Long-time OPEA member and Executive Director of the Department of Veterans Affairs Phillip L. Driskill retired July 31, after 37 years of dedicated service to ODVA and the citizens of Oklahoma.
Driskill joined OPEA in 1985, when he was the Assistant
Administrator at the Talihina Veterans Center
and supported the association throughout his
He also served as Claremore Veterans Center Administrator for thirteen years and seven years as the agency director.
"I remember my first OPEA meeting," said Driskill
was one of the first to understand that a strong employee organization is in the best interest of the agency and its clients."
worked with the agency recently when the Norman Veterans Center
came under attack by public officials and the media.
career in state service Driskill
received numerous awards including AMVETS National
"Man of the Year", Veterans
of WWI National Award for Service, United States Department of Veterans Affairs
Secretary's Award for Service to the Nation, and many others.
was a strong leader, a man with great determination, feared but respected by those under him.
It was a while until I saw his
real human side, but as I got to know him better, I could sense a real warmth.
I admire his
ability to push through despite health problems.
Happy retirement Phillip!