Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

The Great Seal of the Choctaw Nation

The Choctaw Nation will honor its veterans with a ceremony on Nov. 11 at Tushka Homma. The ceremony will begin at 11 a.m.

“We look forward every year to having this special opportunity to thank our veterans,” said Chief Gregory E. Pyle. “As I look at their faces, young and old, I am reminded of the sacrifices made so that we can enjoy our freedom.”

Maj. Gen. Leroy Sisco is keynote speaker. Sisco is currently retired after a 42-year career with the military. General Sisco’s military experience spans command positions from company to Deputy Commander 49th Armored Division and Commander of the Texas State Guard. His commands included the 231st Engineer Company, the 386th Engineer Battalion, and 111th Area Support Group which required a lot of his time in Germany working the 21st TAACOM. He has served in a variety of joint and combined assignments that included major staff positions with the 71st troop command. In his civilian career he is the CEO and president of Military Warriors Support Foundation.

The State of Texas has honored him twice with a joint resolution on the House floor from the Senate and House for his duty and dedication to the State of Texas and his country.

Capt. Teri Scroggins is scheduled to present the Tvshka Chunkash (Heart of a Warrior) scholarship. She began her tour at IKD-M as a Ground Military Intelligence Analyst covering the 15 countries of West African Region and would be the first Army Element Officer-In-Charge for IKD-M. Currently, she is a dynamic targeting officer. The Tvshka Chunkash Scholarship is a $1,000 scholarship offered through the Choctaw Nation Scholarship Advisement Program. Tribal members who are enrolled in SAP and are attending an accredited college or university were eligible to apply. The award is given on behalf of the veterans of the Afghan and Iraq wars. Capt. Scroggins is responsible for starting this scholarship and a major contributor for the award.

Cara Caldwell, a Texas Tech Junior from Ovilla, Texas, was selected as this year’s scholarship recipient. Staff will be on hand at 10 a.m. on the Capitol Grounds near the War Memorial to present all Choctaw veterans with a token of gratitude from the Choctaw Nation. A free lunch will be provided.