Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly made it known recently that the Nation is dedicated to its Veterans, noting a move to establish a Navajo Division for Veterans Affairs and announcing June 17-18 as “Navajo Nation Veterans Stand Down.”
“We are calling on all Navajo Nation citizens to join us and volunteer to support our veterans at this event and through out the year,” Shelly said in a press release. “The Shelly-Jim Administration is working hard to create the Navajo Division for Veterans Affairs and a Title 27 Navajo Nation Code that will focus on veterans issues.”
The event, hosted by the Navajo Nation Department of Veterans Affairs, will begin each morning with a flag raising and opening prayer at 8 a.m. at the Chinle Community Center.
“The main thing I want people to understand is that they need to give back or help any way they can to these warriors that served our country,” David Nez, department manager for NNDVA said in a press release.
According to the press release the Stand Down event will provide basic medical exams, clothing, food, access to experts in veteran and family rights and benefits legal advice, counseling by traditional practitioners as well as western counseling. Mental health counseling for post-traumatic stress disorder will also be available.