Tribe celebrates Veterans Service Center’s first anniversary
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – Veterans and Cherokee leaders on March 11 celebrated the one-year anniversary of the Cherokee Nation Veterans Service Center.
Principal Chief Bill John Baker and Deputy Chief Joe Crittenden, a Navy veteran, spoke and served cake to veterans and others. After the ceremony, the center’s staff hosted an open house.
“I certainly enjoy any event that we have here at the Veterans Center. I’m so proud of this as a veteran, as a citizen of the Cherokee Nation and as an office holder in our tribe. I’m proud for what this building represents for all veterans,” Crittenden said.
During the ceremony, it was announced by Veterans Service Center Manager Ricky Robinson that the CN would soon be organizing a second “Honor Flight” to Washington, D.C. The flight is for Cherokee World War II veterans to enable them to visit the World War II Memorial and other memorials and sites in the nation’s capital. The first flight took place in September when seven Cherokee World War II vets from the area traveled to Washington.
Robinson also listed the services available to veterans and their families at the center during the anniversary celebration. He said customer service representative Raymond Vann and Robinson are available at the center to assist veterans with paperwork.
This veterans center is mainly for Cherokee warriors, but all warriors are invited to it. This can be their home away from their home.
Principal Chief Bill John Baker
Robinson said CNVSC staff can also answer questions about paperwork and whether a veteran or his or her family member is qualified for certain benefits, which saves time. Vann, who is knowledgeable about CN programs and services, is able to determine if a Cherokee veteran would be helped better and quicker by the CN instead of the Veteran Affairs, Robinson said.
Also, a computer lab is available for veterans or their families, and the center is able to make copies and fax paperwork for veterans or their families.
The CN Color Guard can be contacted through the center if a family wishes to have the guard attend a veteran’s funeral service, Robinson said, and the center hosts seminars for regulations for being interred in a U.S. National Cemetery such as that one in Fort Gibson. Also, CN Veteran Services staff is able to help families deal with funeral homes to ensure the funeral home does paperwork so a deceased veteran receives their burial benefits.
The center also hosts a state VA representative who assists veterans with paperwork and is able to scan paperwork and send it directly to the proper department so that the veteran can receive an answer or assistance quicker. A readjustment counselor, Matthew Tiger, has an office at the center through an agreement with VA. Tiger also visits the tribe’s 14-county jurisdictional area to serve veterans.
“A lot of veterans just want to come in and talk for maybe 10 or 15 minutes. If they have a question that we can’t answer, we do the research and get back to them,” Robinson said.
He added that the center’s meeting hall is used for functions such as the anniversary celebration, Memorial Day events, a veterans’ dinner during the Cherokee National Holiday and a breakfast and ceremony to commemorate Veterans Day in November.
Baker said he arrived early to the anniversary celebration to tour the facility and study the display cases in the center that house the memorabilia of area veterans.
“It is much nicer today than it was a year ago. Now, I travel the 14 counties quite a bit, and I go to a lot of veterans centers...and this veterans center keeps getting better and better and these displays are equal to some of the military museums in Washington, D.C.,” he said. “This veterans center is mainly for Cherokee warriors but all warriors are invited to it. This can be their home away from their home, their place for their meetings, their weddings or their funerals for that matter, and we want to keep it nice. We want to keep it pristine, and we want to keep it alive and growing because we can never repay our veterans for the sacrifices that they have made for the Cherokee Nation and for our country.”
For more information, call 918-453-5000, ext. 6147 or ext. 5695.
ᏓᎵᏆ, ᎣᎦᎳᎰᎹ. – ᎤᏂᏲᏏᏙᎸᎢ ᎠᎴ ᏣᎳᎩᎯ ᏗᎾᏓᏘᏂᏙᎯ ᎾᎯᏳ 11Ꮑ ᎠᎾᎵᎮᎵᎬᎢ ᏣᎳᎩᎯ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎤᏂᏲᏏᏙᎸᎢ ᏧᏂᏍᏕᎸᎡᏗᎢ ᎤᏙᏢᏒᎢ ᎢᏃᏱᏱᎢ ᎤᏕᏘᏱᏍᎬᎢ.
ᏄᎬᏫᏳᏒᎢ ᎤᎬᏫᏳᎯ Bill John Baker ᎠᎴ ᏔᎵᏁ ᎠᏓᎴᏁᎢ ᎤᎬᏫᏳᎯ Joe Crittenden ᎾᏍᎩᏍᎩᏂ ᎤᏲᏏᏙᎸᎢ, ᎤᏂᏬᏂᏒᎢ ᎠᎴ ᎦᏚ ᎤᎦᎾᏍᏗ ᎨᏥᏯᏙᎡᎸᎢ ᎤᏂᏲᏏᏙᎸᎢ ᎠᎴ ᏭᏅᎬᏛᎢ. ᎤᎵᏍᏆᏛᎾᏃ ᎠᏰᎵᏃ ᎤᏙᏢᏒᎢ ᏧᏂᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎯ ᎤᏂᏍᏚᎢᏏᏙᎸᎢ ᏴᏫ ᎤᏂᎦᏖᏃᎵᏗᏍᏗᎢ .
“ᎢᏙᏳᏃ ᎣᏍᏓ ᎠᎩᏰᎸᏐᎢ ᎠᎱᏍᏗ ᏱᎦᎵᏍᏔᏅᏍᎩ ᎠᎭᏂ ᎤᏂᏲᏏᏙᎸᎢ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎤᏙᏢᏒᎢ. ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᏥᏲᏍᎩ ᏯᏆᎵᏍᏔᏅᎢ ᏥᎩ ᏙᏳᎢᎯᏳᎯᏯᎢ ᏥᎸᏬᏗᏍᎪᎢ, ᎠᎴ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏣᎳᎩᎯ ᎠᏰᎵᎢ ᎨᎳ ᏥᎩ ᎠᎴ ᏗᎩᎵᏫᏍᏓᏁᎯ ᏥᎩ ᎥᎿ. ᏥᎸᏉᏗᏍᎪᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎢᏳᏍᏗ ᎢᏳᏰᏟᏓ ᎯᎠ ᏣᏓᏁᎳ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ Crittenden.
ᎾᎯᏳᎯᏃ ᏣᏍᏆᎵᎲᎢ, Ricky Robinson ᎢᏳᏪᏓ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᏂᏲᏏᏙᎸᎢ ᏗᏂᏍᏕᎵᏍᎩ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎤᏙᏢᏒᎢ ᏄᎬᏫᏳᏒᎢ ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᏣᎳᎩᎯ ᎠᏰᎵᏃ ᎾᏞᎬᏭ ᏙᏛᏄᎪᏔᏂ ᏔᎵᏁ “ ᎨᏥᎸᏉᏗ ᏥᏳᎢ ᏕᎦᏘᎾᏫᏗᎲᎢ” ᏩᏒᏓᏃᎢ D.C. ᎾᏍᎩᏂ Ꮎ ᏥᏳᎢ ᏥᏕᎦᏘᎿᏫᏗᎭ ᎠᏂᏣᎳᎩᏃ ᏔᎵ ᎪᏪᎵ ᏓᎿᏫ ᎤᏂᏲᏏᏙᎸᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎬᏩᏁᏓᏍᏗ ᎥᎿᎾᏂ ᏔᎵ ᎪᏪᎵ ᏓᎿᏫ ᎤᏂᏲᏏᎰᎸᎢ ᎤᎾᏕᏨᎢ ᏚᎾᏙᎥᎢ ᏕᎪᏪᎸᎢ ᎠᎴ ᏗᏐᎢ ᏚᏙᏢᏒᎢ ᎥᎿ ᏄᎬᏫᏳᏒᎢ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎤᏙᏢᏒᎢ.
ᎢᎬᏱᎢ ᏥᏳᎢ ᏥᏕᎨᎦᏘᎾᏫᏛᎮ ᏚᎵᏍᏗ ᏥᎧᎸᎢ ᏥᎨᏒᎢ ᎾᎯᏳᏃ ᎦᎵᏉᎩ ᎢᏯᏂᎢ ᎠᏂᏣᎳᎩ ᎤᏂᏲᏏᏙᎸᎢ ᎠᎭᏂ ᎡᏍᎦᏂ ᎠᏁᎯ ᎤᏁᏅᏒᎢ ᏩᏒᏓᏃᎢ.
Robinson Ꮓ ᎾᏍᎩᏊ ᏚᏃᎯᏎᎸᎢ ᎢᏳᏍᏗ ᎨᎲ ᎦᎨᏥᏍᏕᎸᏗᎢ ᎤᏂᏲᏏᏙᎸᎢ ᎠᎴ ᎠᏂᏏᏓᏁᎸᎢ ᎥᎿ ᎠᏰᎵᎢ ᏓᎾᏠᏍᎬᎢ.
ᎯᎠᎴᎾᏍᏊ ᏄᏪᏎᎢ ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎠᎾᏓᏩᏛᎯᏙᎯ ᏗᏂᏍᏕᎵᏍᎩ ᏧᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎯ Raymond Vann ᎠᎴ Robinson ᎠᏁᏙᎰᎢ ᎥᎿ ᎠᏰᎵᎢ ᏧᏂᏍᏕᎸᎡᏗᎢ ᎤᏂᏲᏏᏙᎸᎢ ᏧᏂᎧᎵᏏᏐᏗᎢ ᏗᎪᏪᎵ.
Robinson Ꮓ ᎤᏃᎮᏞᎢ Ꮎ CNVSC ᏧᎸᎳᏍᏓᏁᎯ ᎾᏍᎩᏊ ᏯᏂᏬᎯᎵᏴᎾ ᎢᏳᏍᏗ ᎨᎦᏛᏛᎲᏍᎬᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏱᏗᎬᏁᏗᎢ ᏗᎧᎵᏏᏐᏗᎢ ᏗᎪᏪᎵ. ᎠᎴ ᎤᏲᏏᏙᎸᎢ ᏏᏓᏁᎸᎢ ᎨᎳ ᏱᎩ ᎠᏍᎦᏯ ᎠᎴᏱᎩ ᎠᎨᏯ ᏰᎵᎢ ᎦᎨᏥᏍᏕᎸᏗ ᏱᎩ, ᎠᎯᏗᏳ ᎨᏐᎢ. Vann Z, ᎠᎦᏘᎯ ᏄᏍᏛᎢ ᏚᏙᏢᏒᎢ ᎥᎿ ᏣᎳᎩᎯ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎠᎴ ᎦᎨᏥᏍᏕᎸᏗᎢ, ᏧᏭᎪᏙᏗᎢ ᎠᏣᎳᎩ ᎤᏲᏏᏙᎸᎢ ᏱᏓᏤᏝ ᎦᏰᏥᏍᏕᎸᏗᎢ ᎠᎴ ᏳᏟᏍᏗᏯ ᏣᎳᎩᎯ ᎠᏰᎵ ᏏᏅ ᎥᎿᎾᏂ Veteran Affairs ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ Robinson.
ᎠᎴᎾᏍᏊ, ᏗᎦᏙᎲᏒᎢ ᏗᏍᏆᏂᎪᏗᏍᎩ ᏓᏛᏅᎢᏍᏓ ᎥᎿᎾᏂ ᎠᏂᏲᏍᎩ ᎠᎴ ᎠᏂᏏᏓᏁᎸᎢ ᏧᎾᏙᏗ, ᎠᎴ ᎥᎿᎾᏂ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎤᏙᏢᏒᎢ ᎾᏍᎩᏊ ᏱᏓᎾᏓᏟᎶᏍᏓᏏ ᏗᎪᏪᎵ ᎠᎴ ᏗᏟᎶᏍᏔᏅ ᎪᏪᎵ ᏫᎦᏅᎥᏍᎩ ᎬᏗ ᏱᏫᏓᏂᏅᎠ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏱᏂᎨᎦᏛᏂᏏ ᎤᏂᏲᏏᏙᎸᎢ ᎠᎴ ᎠᏂᏏᏓᏁᎸᎢ.
ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᏣᎳᎩᎯ ᎠᏰᎵᎢ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎤᏙᏢᏒᎢ ᏱᏓᏂᏯᎾ color guard ᎢᏳᏃ ᎠᏂᏏᏓᏁᎸᎢ ᏳᎾᏚᎵᎠ ᎤᏁᏓᏍᏗᎢ ᎤᏲᏏᏙᎸᎢ ᎠᏂᏍᏆᏂᎪᏗᏍᎬᎢ, ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ Robinson.ᎠᎴ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎤᏙᏢᏒᎢ ᏓᎾᏠᏍᎪᎢ ᎬᏂᎨᏒᎾᏅᏁᎰᎢ ᏱᎬᏛᏁᏗ ᎥᎿ U.S. National ᏧᎾᏓᏂᏐᏗ ᎥᎿᎾᏂ ᏧᏍᏆᎦᎵ ᏥᏧᏙᏢᎭ. ᎠᎴᎾᏍᏊ, ᏣᎳᎩᎯ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎤᏂᏲᏏᏙᎸᎢ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎤᏙᏢᏒ ᎠᎾᏓᏍᏕᎵᏍᎩ ᏧᏂᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎯ ᏱᏓᏂᏍᏕᎳ ᎠᏂᏏᏓᏁᎸᎢ ᎤᏂᎪᎶᏒᎢ ᎢᏳᎾᏛᏁᏗᎢ ᏱᏭᏂᎷᏥ ᎥᎿ ᏧᏂᏲᎱᏒᎢ ᏧᏂᏅᏗᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎢᏳᎾᏛᏁᎢ ᎢᏳᎵᏍᏙᏗᎢ ᏗᎪᏪᎵ ᏓᏂᎧᎵᏏᏍᎬᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᏂᎩᏍᏗ ᎢᏳᏍᏗ ᎨᏥᏚᏍᏓᏁᎸᎢ ᎤᏂᏲᏏᏙᎸᎢ ᎨᏥᏍᏆᏂᎪᏗᎲᎢ ᏓᎵᎬᏩᏢᏍᎬᎢ.
ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎥᎿ ᎤᏂᎧᎭ ᏍᎦᏚᎩ ᏧᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎯ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏓᏍᏕᎵᎰᎢ ᎤᏂᏲᏏᏙᎸᎢ ᏗᎪᏪᎵ ᏗᎧᎵᏏᏌᏅᎢ ᎠᎴ ᏱᏓᏟᎶᏍᏓ ᏗᎪᏪᎵ ᏗᎧᎵᏏᏌᏅᎢ ᎠᎴ ᏱᏫᏕᎦᏅᎢ ᎥᎿᎢ ᏧᏙᏢᏒᎢ ᏄᏟᏍᏗᏴᏃ ᏱᏛᎠᏂᏬᎯᎵᏴᎾ ᎠᎴᏱᎩ ᏄᏟᏍᏗᏴᏭ ᎦᎨᏥᏍᏕᎸᏗ ᏱᎩ. ᎪᏢᎯᏍᏏᏍᎩ ᏗᏍᏕᎵᏍᎩ, Matthew Tiger, ᏧᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᏗᎢ ᎤᏬᏢᎭ ᎥᎿᎾᏂ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎣᏏ ᏧᏅᏓᏰᎸᎾᏁᎸᎢ VA. Tiger Z ᏓᏩᏛᎯᏙᎰᎢ ᎠᏂᏍᏓᏢᎢ 14 ᏗᏍᎦᏚᎩ ᎢᎬᎾᏕᎾ ᏚᏙᏢᏩᏗᏏᎢ ᏧᏍᏕᎸᏟᏗᎢ ᎤᏂᏲᏏᏙᎸᎢ . “ᎤᏂᎪᏗ ᎤᏂᏲᏏᏙᎸᎢ ᎤᎾᏚᎵᎰᎢ ᎤᏂᏴᏟᎯᏍᏗᎢ 10 ᎠᎴ 15 ᏱᏔᏬᏍᏔᏅ ᎤᏂᏬᏂᎯᏍᏗᎢ. ᎢᏳᏃ ᏱᏣᎭ ᎪᎱᏍᏗ ᏣᏛᏗᎢ ᏰᎵᏊ ᎬᏲᎩᏬᎯᎵᏴᏍᏗ, ᎣᎩᎬᏛᏂᏙᎰᎢ ᎠᎴ ᏫᏙᏥᏃᎯᏎᎱᎢ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ Robinson.
ᎠᎴ ᎠᏠᏯᏍᏗᏍᎬᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎥᎿᎾ ᎠᏰᎵ ᏧᎾᏠᎯᏍᏗᎢ ᎪᏢᏒᎢ ᏧᏓᎴᏅᏗ ᏂᎦᎵᏍᏔᏅᏍᎬᎢ ᎠᏅᏗᏍᎪᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏥᏂᎦᎵᏍᏗ ᎤᏕᏘᏱᏍᎬᎢ ᎠᎾᎵᎮᎬᎢ ᏣᏍᏆᎵᎭ, Memorial Day ᎠᏍᏆᎵᏍᎬᎢ, ᎤᏂᏲᏏᏙᎸᎢ ᎤᏅᎵᏍᏓᏰᏗ ᎨᎦᏛᏅᎢᏍᏓᏁᎰᎢ ᎾᎯᏳ ᏣᎳᎩᎯ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎤᏕᏘᏱᏍᎬᎢ ᏳᏍᏆᎸᎯ ᎠᎴ ᏑᎾᎴ ᎡᎯ ᎠᎵᏍᏓᏰᏗ ᎠᏅᎵᏍᏓᏴᎲᏍᎪᎢ ᎠᎴ ᎤᏂᏍᏆᎸᎡᎰᎢ ᏓᎾᏠᏍᎪᎢ ᎠᎾᏅᏓᏗᏍᎪᎢ Veterans day ᎾᎯᏳᎢ ᏚᏂᏃᏗ ᎧᎸᎢ.
Baker Ꮓ ᎢᎧᏃᎮᏍᎬᎢ Ꮟ ᎾᏅᎴᏂᏍᎬᎾ ᏓᎾᏠᏍᎬ ᎤᎷᏤ ᎤᎦᏖᏃᎵᏙᎸ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎤᏙᏢᏒᎢ ᎠᎴ ᎤᎦᏎᏍᏔᏅᎢ ᎪᎱᏍᏗ ᎠᏍᏆᏂᎪᏛᎢ ᎬᏂᎨᏒ ᎠᎪᏩᏛᏗ ᎥᎿ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎤᏙᏢᏒᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᏂᏍᏆᏂᎪᏛᎢ ᎡᏍᎦᏂ ᎠᏁᎯ ᎤᏂᏲᏏᏙᎸᎢ ᎤᎾᎵᏍᎪᏟᏔᏅᎢ ᎪᎱᏍᏗ ᎠᎾᎢ.
“ᎨᏴᏃ ᏓᏤᏝ ᎪᎯ ᎢᎦ ᏏᏅ ᏑᏕᏘᏴᏓ ᏥᎨᏒᎢ. ᎾᏊᏃ, ᎨᏙᎵᏙᎰᎢ 14 ᏗᏍᎦᏚᎩ ᏚᏙᏢᏩᏗᏒᎢ ᎠᎴ ᎢᎨᏙᎰᎢ ᎤᎪᏗ ᏕᎪᏢᏒᎢ ᎤᏂᏲᏏᏙᎸᎢ ᎠᏰᎵ ᏕᎪᏢᏒᎢ…ᎯᎠᏃ ᎤᏂᏲᏏᏙᎸᎢ ᎠᏰᎵ ᏥᎪᏢᎭ ᏓᏤᏝ ᏂᎦᎵᏍᏗᎭ ᏂᎪᎯᎸᎢ ᏧᏠᏱ ᏂᏙᎬᏫᏍᏙᎢ ᎤᏂᏲᏏᏙᎸᎢ ᎤᏅᏔᏂᏙᎸᎢ ᎪᎱᏍᏗ ᏓᏍᏆᏂᎪᏛᎢ ᎥᎿᎾ ᏩᏛᏓᏃᎢ, D.C. ᏕᎪᏢᏒᎢ ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ.
“ ᎯᎠᏃ ᎤᏂᏲᏏᏙᎸᎢ ᎠᏰᎵ ᏥᎪᏢᎭ ᏭᎪᏛ ᎨᎲ ᎠᏂᏣᎳᎩ ᏓᎿᏫ ᎤᎾᏟᎸᎢ ᎤᎾᏙᏗ ᎠᏎᏍᎩᏂ ᏂᎦᏓ ᏓᎿᏫ ᎤᎾᏟᎸᎢ ᎤᏁᏓᏍᏗᏭ. ᎯᎠᏃ ᏧᏁᏅᏒ ᏳᏁᏙᎵᏝ ᏧᏁᏅᏒᎢ ᏗᎤᎾᏂᎩᏓ ᏱᎩ, ᎤᎾᏤᎵᎪᎯ ᏧᎾᏠᎯᏍᏗᎢ, ᏱᏗᎨᎦᏨᏍᏗᎠ ᎠᎴᏱᎩ ᎨᎦᎵᏣᏗᎲᎢ ᎾᏍᎩᏊ ᏱᏂᎦᎵᏍᏗᎭ, ᎠᎴ ᎣᎦᏚᎵᏍᎪᎢ ᎤᏬᏚᎯ ᏗᎧᎿᏅᏂᏓᏍᏗᎢ ᎢᏳᎵᏍᏙᏗᎢ. ᎣᎦᏚᎵᏍᎪᎢ ᎤᏓᏅᎦᎸᏗ ᎢᏳᎵᏍᏙᏗᎢ ᎾᏍᎩᏯ ᎢᏤᏍᏗᏭ ᎡᎵᏍᏗ ᏗᎧᎿᏂᏗᏍᏗᎢ, ᎠᎴ ᎣᎦᏚᎵᏍᎪᎢ ᏂᎦᏲᏥᎯᎵᏍᏎᏗ ᎠᎴ ᎤᏁᏉᏍᏗᎢ ᏂᏗᎦᎵᏍᏙᏗᎭ ᏰᎵᏊ ᏱᏙᏣᏈᏴᏏ ᏦᏥᏤᎵᎢ ᎤᏂᏲᏏᏙᎸᎢ ᏄᏍᏛᎢ ᎤᏂᎶᏒᎢ ᎠᏯ ᏣᎳᎩᎯ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎢᎦᎵᏍᏕᎸᏙᏗ ᎠᎴ ᎢᎦᏤᎵᎢ ᏍᎦᏚᎩ.”
ᎤᎪᏗᏓᏃ ᏲᏚᎵᎭ ᎠᎦᏛᏂᏓᏍᏗ , ᏩᏟᏃᎮᏙᏗ 918-453-5000, ᎠᎴᏱᎩ ext. 5695.