Thursday, November 10, 2011
Department of Commerce Report Shows Massive Economic Impact of Oklahoma Military Bases
OKLAHOMA CITY – Governor Mary Fallin today thanked veterans and active duty military personnel for their service, and asked all Oklahomans to set aside time on Veterans Day to honor and pray for our troops.
“We owe our veterans and our active duty military men and women a debt we can never repay,” Fallin said. “Their courage and sacrifice have allowed America to serve as the beacon of freedom and hope that it is today.”
“This November 11, I would ask all our citizens to join me in thanking our veterans for everything they have done for this country and for the people of Oklahoma. Please also say a prayer for the many men and women who are overseas continuing to fight for freedom and democracy.”
Oklahoma Secretary of Veterans Affairs Rita Aragon thanked military personnel and veterans for their unique contributions to Oklahoma.
“The quality of life we experience in Oklahoma is dramatically enhanced and amplified by the contributions of our military community,” Aragon said. “It is an honor to serve them and act as a voice for their needs in Governor Fallin’s administration, and it’s a privilege to join Oklahomans this Veterans Day in thanking them for their service.”
Report Details Economic Impact of Oklahoma’s Military Installations
The governor also commented on a Department of Commerce report detailing the significant economic impact Oklahoma’s five military installations have on the economy.
“Oklahomans have a profound respect for the service and sacrifice of our military men and women, but we also realize and appreciate the significant economic impact of our five military installations,” Fallin said. “These installations are economic engines that provide good-paying jobs for thousands of people around the state and have helped bring millions of dollars in private-sector investment and research to Oklahoma.”
Among the highlights of the report:
To read the report, visit http://www.okcommerce.gov/militaryimpact.