Honoring Those that Serve
By Assistant Chief Jack Austin Jr.
November 1, 2021
It’s November, and we’re closing in on the end of 2021. Veteran’s Day is Thursday, November 11, and it’s a time for us to honor those who have served in the United States Armed Forces. The Choctaw Nation is proud to honor its veterans. Each month, at the regular session of the Choctaw Tribal Council, a veteran is recognized from their respective district.
If you have had the opportunity to visit any of our facilities, you will have noticed the veteran parking sites.
The Choctaw Nation Veterans Advocacy Program works to assure that Choctaw veterans receive benefits and services on par with other veterans. They also assist veterans in decreasing barriers or impediments in their attempts to access these services and treat them with respect and dignity by Veteran Affairs service providers.
The program serves Choctaw veterans by assisting with the eligibility and entitlement of veterans and their dependents. The Veterans Advocate will assist with contacting the appropriate VA service provider in their area.
These are just a few of the ways we work to honor our veterans.
According to the 2010 Census, it is estimated that over 150,000 veterans identified as American Indian and Alaska Native alone. The U.S. Department of Defense estimates there are currently over 24,000 active-duty Native service members in the United States Armed Forces.
The Choctaw Nation wants to continue to do its part by honoring the men and women who have sacrificed so we can enjoy our liberties and freedom. If you are a veteran and need assistance, please call (800) 522-6170.