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Military heroes are honored

From the desk of Chief Gregory E. Pyle

January 2011

In my opinion, the most honorable award in my office is the United States Freedom Award, which was presented to the tribe in 2008 for the extraordinary treatment of the men and women serving in the military. The Choctaw Nation has a tremendous history of respecting our soldiers, and we try very hard to make sure employees who are on active duty are taken care of properly. We want to make sure they do not suffer financially, and we want to ensure that their job is secure for their return.

The Veterans Advocacy Department was started a few years ago and has grown to three full-time employees who are members of the Oklahoma Army National Guard. All three of these soldiers just recently were notified they will be deployed to Afghanistan this year, as well as several other of our tribal employees. I appreciate all of the men and women who serve our country, and the Choctaw Nation staff members who are willing to be in the military have my deepest gratitude as well as my prayers.

The families of these soldiers are also foremost in my thoughts, as they also endure a great deal while loved ones are deployed.

The tribe has been sending care packages to soldiers in active war zones for several years, regardless of whether the soldier is Choctaw or not. If you would like to have a package sent to your loved one who is serving in an active war zone, send the address to the Veterans Advocacy Department, P.O. Box 1210, Durant, OK 74702, or if you would like to donate to the program to help mail a care package to a soldier, you can do so at the same address or call 580-924-8280 to inquire about dropping off items.

The Choctaw Nation has a proud history of military heroes and this generation continues that history of heroes in service to our country.

Thank you, soldiers!