In Wake of Oklahoma Tornadoes Federal and State Lawmakers Support Blind Veterans for Memorial Day

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In honor of Memorial Day two Oklahoma lawmakers, Senator Jim Inhofe and Congressman Jim Bridenstine, participated in Google+ Hangouts with local blind veterans who showcased the skills they have learned from job training offered by the Veterans Workshop.

Congressman Jim Bridenstine supported wounded US veterans and job training programs provided by Veterans Workshop over Memorial Day weekend.

“Your support in Congress and talking to other lawmakers about what we’re doing is very helpful,” said Veterans Workshop instructor Robert Anderson.

On May 23, officials from the office of U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and U.S. Congressman Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla.) joined local blind veterans in Google+ hangouts to see the veterans showcase the skills they have learned in their relay operator training program provided by the non-profit Veterans Workshop.

Oklahoma First District Representative Bridenstine, a veteran combat pilot of Iraq and Afghanistan and staff from Senator Inhofe’s office participated in a video conference with several wounded veterans, learned more about innovative job trainings and learned how the veterans have been using Google+ in their training to become relay operators for deaf veterans.

Karla Niemann, Constituent Representative, for Senator Inhofe states that "Senator Infhofe is a devote and strong supporter of all veterans and the American blind veterans throughout Oklahoma and across the country." The Google+ Hangout allowed staff from Senator Inhofe's office to meet and interact with disabled veterans in ways that traditionally would be difficult due to the veterans' low vision.

Participating veterans had one request for the participating lawmakers: to assist with raising visibility of the different trainings available so that veterans across the country would have a chance to participate.

“Your support in Congress and talking to other lawmakers about what we’re doing is very helpful,” said Veterans Workshop instructor Robert Anderson.

Veterans Workshop provides job training for deaf, blind and paralyzed combat-wounded US veterans that is teaching blind veterans to make phone calls for deaf veterans using new Google + technology; training deaf veterans on Adobe CS6 software that allows them to work converting websites to be 508 compliant and usable by the blind; and equipping the paralyzed and unemployed with new job skills.

There are 26 million veterans in the United States. Of those, 4.7 million are living with service-related, life altering disabilities.

Injured US veterans often face a barrage of unexpected obstacles upon returning home. Difficulty finding proper employment, trouble communicating and networking, lack of mobility due to physical or perceptual disabilities and limited access to education and training are common challenges.

For more information on Veterans Workshop or if you're a veteran interested in training, please visit


For interviews with Veterans Workshop staff or to speak with Oklahoma veterans currently participate in trainings, contact:

Hilary Snyder

About Veterans Workshop:

Veterans Workshop provides free job training to combat-wounded deaf, blind and paralyzed veterans—training them on technology that is enabling blind vets to make phone calls for fellow deaf vets on Adobe CS6 software to convert websites to be compliant and navigable by blind vets and more. Our mission is to equip injured vets with quality job training that allows them to embark on meaningful careers—with a purpose. Learn more about our training programs for wounded veterans at

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