The Oklahoma National Guard’s Office of Public Affairs announced today that all individuals applying for benefits and identification cards will be able to do so at one of four federally owned National Guard locations throughout the state.
The Oklahoma National Guard will process identification cards and benefits for all eligible individuals at the Oklahoma National Guard’s Regional Training Institute in Oklahoma City; the Camp Gruber Maneuver Training Center in Braggs; the Tulsa Air National Guard Base; or Will Rogers Air National Guard Base in Oklahoma City. These are the only ID and benefit processing locations that will be operated by Guard personnel.
“The new policy treats all Oklahoma National Guard Soldiers, Airmen and others eligible for benefits exactly the same,” said Col. Max E. Moss, director of media relations. “Oklahoma National Guard federal employees won’t process benefits for some and exclude others.”
“The shift in benefit sites means our federal employees on federally owned property can address the needs of applicants that come into those four facilities,” said Moss. “I think there is a misperception out there that we had the capability to issue identification cards and process benefit applications at all our National Guard facilities, but that has never been the case due to equipment availability.”
The ID and benefit processing sites in Broken Arrow and Norman will be moved to support the new locations. Moss said the newly announced sites will open in the next few weeks and their hours of operation will be announced.
Eligible individuals and their dependents can also have their benefits processed at the state’s five federal military installations: Tinker Air Force Base in Midwest City, Altus Air Force Base, Vance Air Force Base in Enid, Fort Sill in Lawton, and McAlester Army Ammunition Plant.