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Navajo Veterans Administration Created

Navajo Veterans Administration Created
February 04
12:01 2016

The Navajo Nation Council approved legislation to create the Navajo Nation Veterans Administration and Advisory Council during its winter session. The bill was quickly signed into law by President Russell Begaye.

The VA will provide enhanced outreach services and benefits to Navajo veterans. The Advisory Council opens the door for veterans to have input on veterans policy at the central government level.

The idea of creating a VA “has been something that has been going on for years and years,” according to Delegate Alton Joe Shepherd.

The new VA will be under the auspices of the Office of the President and Vice President. The council’s Health, Education and Human Services Committee will have oversight responsibility.

The VA will consist of 11 veteran members – 10 men and one woman – from each of the five agencies. The VA will develop its own plan of operation with an eye toward becoming officially recognized by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

“This legislation honors Navajo veterans,” said Delegate Jonathan Hale, who sponsored the bill.

It will help to provide veterans with much-needed services, Hale added.

The bill will bring veterans to the table, said Edsel Pete, manager for the Department of Navajo Veterans Affairs.

“It’s an opportunity to instill hope in veterans across the Navajo Nation,” Pete said.

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