Honoring 100 for the 100th: Jeremy Nikel

Image of Jeremy NikelnikelJeremy Nikel is a native of Oklahoma and a two-time graduate of the University of Oklahoma. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree and was commissioned a Naval Officer in 1993. Jeremy subsequently served as a Naval Aviator, deploying twice and serving as the NATO Helicopter Element Coordinator during the Kosovo War. Jeremy earned his Master of Social Work degree in 2011. He currently works as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker at the Department of Veterans Affairs and is a National Consultant for the VA in Motivational Interviewing and Motivational Enhancement Therapy.

Jeremy is a strong advocate for veterans. He was a founding board member of the non-profit veteran organization Coffee Bunker and served as Vice President and President from 2010-2016. He remains active in an advisory role with the Community Service Council and other non-profit organizations in the Tulsa community. Jeremy is frequently called upon for his expertise by universities, businesses, and civic organizations, and has presented at several conferences and symposiums, including the Zarrow Mental Health symposium and NASW state conference.

Jeremy is humbled to be named one of the 100 for the 100th and accepts on behalf of all who are working to help veterans reintegrate with their families and communities. As a veteran who experienced a wide range of challenges when transitioning from active duty, being recognized by his pre- and post-service alma mater feels like a long awaited welcome home. Additional information about Jeremy can be found at the following links: http://socialwork.ou.edu/alumni-news-jeremy-nikel, http://rsu.tv/shows/oklahoma-heroes/oklahoma-heroes-jeremy-nikel/, http://bridenstine.house.gov/blog/?postid=409, and http://ktul.com/news/local/tulsa-restaurant-hosts-fundraiser-to-support-services-assisting-veterans.

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