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State and Community Programs and Services
Connect and Join
Connect And JoinAc"Ac is a secure online communications and activities site that connects families around the world who are separated by military deployment while serving our country or who have family members living away from home due to job-related responsibilities.
Inter Service Family Assistance Program
The Inter Service Family Assistance Program of Oklahoma is instrumental in supporting various events for Family Programs and Yellow Ribbon. Volunteers speak to various organizations to help build OklahomaAca,!a,,cs community awareness.
Military Spouse Residency Relief Act
On November 11, 2009, the President signed into law the Military Spouse Residency Relief Act. This Act, among other things, provides that when a service member leaves his or her home State in accord with military or naval orders, the service member's spouse may retain residency in his or her home State for voting and tax purposes, after relocating from that State to accompany the service member. In the State of Oklahoma an exemption from Oklahoma withholding tax may be claimed if an employees spouse is a member of the US Armed Services and their state of legal residence is not Oklahoma. For more information visit www.tax.ok.gov.
Mock Youth Deployment and Kudos
Both the Mock Youth Deployment and Kids Understanding Deployment Operations (KUDOS) allow youth to experience what Service Members do in preparation for deployment. The youth attend briefings, are issued shirts and dog tags, receive their malaria pill (actually a smarty candy), and much more. As Service Members take their children through the deployment process, the Family Members are able to sit in on various pre-deployment and mobilization briefings. KUDOS is coordinated by Tinker Air Force Base and all military youth are invited.
Oklahoma National Guard Youth Camp
The Oklahoma National Guard Youth Camp provides an opportunity for Oklahoma Guard youth to experience what life is like in the military. The camp allows the youth to be with others whose parents or grandparents have deployed. Youth learn teamwork, marching, rappelling, and other military related activities. The camp also explains the role of the Guard in State and Federal missions and the reasons their parents serve in the National Guard.