Blood donation opportunities upcoming in Rogers County

In honor of Black History Month this February, the American Red Cross encourages eligible donors, and especially those who have recovered from COVID-19, to give blood to honor the legacies of African Americans like Dr. Charles Drew and Dr. Jerome Holland. Their passion for helping improve the lives of patients in need of lifesaving blood products is carried on through dedicated blood donors, blood drive sponsors, volunteers and Red Cross employees.

Veteran Surprised with Home in House Presentation

Veteran Surprised with Home in House Presentation

The Oklahoma House of Representatives honored retired U.S. Marine Corps Staff Sergeant Rowdy Free-man, as he was presented with a home built for him by Military Warriors Support Foundation, a non-profit that provides programs designed to facilitate a smooth and successful transition into civilian life for combat-wounded veterans and Gold Star families. The home was gifted to him through their program Homes for Wounded Veterans, which awards mortgage-free homes to veterans wounded in direct combat and Gold Star spouses whose loved one was killed in action. While serving in Afghanistan in 2010, Freeman’s vehicle struck an improvised explosive device. Freeman was diagnosed with a compressed spine, muscle strain in his back and a concussion. He continues to have hearing and back problems as a result of his injuries.

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Former Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Ross Swimmer is one of nearly 6,000 Cherokee elders recently receiving a COVID-19 Vaccine through the tribe.

The Cherokee Nation this week administered its 10,000th dose of the COVID-19 vaccine to Cherokee citizens falling within the tribe’s Phase 1 and Phase 2A priority distribution plan, including frontline health care workers, first-language Cherokee speakers, and Cherokee elders.


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