Honored to care for those who serve
From the desk of Chief Gregory E. Pyle
Thanks to the dedication of tribal members and tribal staff, there have been many awards and commendations presented over the years, yet one of the most meaningful is the United States Freedom Award from the Department of Defense. I am so thankful for our veterans and our soldiers. Just recently, 11 of the tribal employees said goodbye to their families because they were deployed by the National Guard. I understand they are heading to Afghanistan in June. I humbly request that all of you remember them and their families in your prayers.
Several years ago, the Choctaw Nation began sending care packages to our soldiers in active war zones and we continue to do so, not only to Choctaws, but to friends of Choctaws. We have a Veterans Advocacy department and just recently placed a new person to serve in that office because all three of the staff members employed in that division were called into active duty.
The Choctaw people have historically served the United States valiantly in great numbers, especially during wartime, and our tribe has stepped up to the challenge as well. We have offered the use of our tribal airplane on the average of once a month through Veterans Airlift Command to be used by wounded warriors of the current war for flights to medical appointments. These wounded soldiers are not usually able to use commercial flights for various reasons so this is a tremendous blessing for them and their families, and a greatly appreciated service that we are happy to be able to provide them. The warriors have sacrificed willingly for us and for our country, and it is an honor to be able to provide for them.
You can learn more about this great effort at their Web site, veteransairlift.org.