Oklahoma Department of Veteran Affairs (ODVA) has a mission to provide Oklahoma Veterans and their families residing in the State of Oklahoma the highest quality services and care available anywhere in the Nation.

Mission: In partnership with the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, the Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs, state and local agencies, and Veterans Services Organizations, the state of Oklahoma will facilitate in providing to the Veterans residing in the state of Oklahoma the highest quality support and care available anywhere in the Nation.

Additional characteristics of ODVA style and services driven by the mission include:

  • All employees are sensitive to residents and their families
  • Employees communicate well and enjoy coming to work
  • Employees’ knowledge, skill and experience are recognized and leveraged
  • Facilities are maintained in good repair
  • Eligible veterans are assisted with claims
  • Benefits include both VA and others

Veteran Service Representatives are available in Durant at the following locations:

Choctaw Nation Headquarters building on Mondays from 9:30 AM to 2:30 PM-
Chris Surratt
Contact Chris for an appointment at: 918-397-2560


Veterans Crisis Line


Veteran Service Officers are assigned responsibilities involving the coordination of benefits and other related services for eligible veterans and their dependents and as legal representative/Power of Attorney on their behalf before U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (USDVA) federal boards.  Serves as an advocate for veterans in order to maximize services and benefits for eligible veterans and their families in a designated geographical area.  Serves as a liaison to other federal and state agencies in matters related to veterans services and benefits.

You can locate the nearest veteran service officer by clicking on the link Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs