• Continue reading Borne the Battle #262: Air Force Veteran DJ Vanas, Best-Selling Author of Finding Your Warrior Spirit

    November 1, 2021

    D.J. Vanas travels around the country speaking at conventions packed with audience members, giving motivational presentations that teach people how to find the unique warrior spirit deeply embedded within them.

  • Continue reading #HonoringVets: Army Veteran Lori Piestewa

    November 29, 2020

    Lori Piestewa, a single mother of two, hoped to one day realize her goal of attaining a college degree. But in April 2003, she became the first Native American soldier and the first woman to die in the Iraq War. For this #NNAHM, we honor her service.

  • Continue reading 75th Anniversary of the Flag Raising at Iwo Jima

    February 24, 2020

    On Feb. 23, 1945, five days after the initial assault on the island of Iwo Jima, Marines took control of the high ground and planted a flag atop Mt. Suribachi. Medal of Honor recipient Hershel “Woody” Williams and Navajo Code Talker Thomas H. Begay recall what it was like to see the Stars and Stripes fly high over the island.

  • Continue reading The Battle of Iwo Jima and the unbreakable Navajo Code

    February 19, 2020

    The Code Talkers used native languages to send military messages before World War II. Navajo, which was unwritten and known by few outside the tribe, seemed to fit the Corps’ requirements. They took their language and developed a “Type One Code” that assigned a Navajo word to each English letter. In addition to being unbreakable, the new code also reduced the amount of time it took to transmit and receive secret messages.

  • Continue reading The Warrior Tradition: PBS documentary highlights Native American Veterans

    November 7, 2019

    The Warrior Tradition tells the astonishing, heartbreaking, inspiring, and largely-untold story of Native Americans in the United States military.

  • Continue reading Housing assistance programs get Veterans back on track

    October 2, 2019

    HUD-VASH is the Department of Housing and Urban Development-VA Supported Housing—a joint program between HUD and VA that assists Veterans and their families.

  • Continue reading Remembering the Navajo Code Talkers

    August 14, 2019

    On National Navajo Code Talker Day, we celebrate the tenacity and remember the courage of the code talkers during World War II.

  • Continue reading Honoring the first people of America and the warriors who served to protect it

    November 21, 2018

      HARLINGEN, Texas -- VA Texas Valley Coastal Bend Health Care System (VCB) recently held a special event in observance [...]

  • Continue reading National series of events to increase outreach to Native Americans kick off in Navajo Nation

    April 2, 2018

    Upcoming Indian Country VA claims events in Navajo Nation will take place April 10 in Kayenta, Arizona,  May 8 in Tuba City, Arizona, and June 14 in Chinle, Arizona.

  • Continue reading Food donations keep Veterans healthy

    December 21, 2017

    In 2010, two nurses from the Overton Brooks VA Medical Center’s Community Outpatient Clinic in Texarkana, Ark., Delta Morris and Stephanie Greer, heard a Veteran say he did not have enough food for him and his wife.

  • Continue reading Native American Veterans find a pathway from homelessness with HUD-VA program

    December 5, 2017

    After her military service, Alvina White Bull struggled to maintain civilian employment, which led to problems with drugs and alcohol. [...]

  • Continue reading To overcome cultural barriers, VA outreach event aims to reach more Native Americans

    November 24, 2017

    VA employees teamed up with Veterans service organizations to hold an outreach event for Native American Veterans on the White Mountain Apache Reservation.