Governor Brad Henry establishes the Operation Homefront Task Force
On February 14, 2005, Governor Brad Henry moved closer to the creation of a Military Family Relief Fund. He signed an executive order establishing the Operation Homefront Task Force that will help identify the most pressing needs of Guardsmen and their families. Gov. Henry said the 15-member panel will recommend what needs should be addressed by the relief fund, as well as what criteria should be set up to determine eligibility for relief grants. The task force will also identify other issues affecting Guard members, especially upon their return home from active duty. The proposed benefits package of “Operation Homefront” also directs that the State purchase a $250,000 life insurance policy for every Guardsman and provide tax exemptions for up to half of all veterans’ military pensions. Oklahomans would be able to contribute to the Military Family Relief Fund through an income tax check-off program.