In Native American culture our veterans are honor and held in a position of honor. This is
the way our culture has always been, as in the days before discovery we honored those who provided protection and preservation
of our tribal members. Today you will see many gatherings where during the Grand Entry all of the dancers follow the
Veterans who are the honor guard and carry the flags. Some Pow Wows will have the drums play only one veterans song
and others may play up to four. These songs were written by our ancestors to honor the hero's in our tribes.
My husband and I are both veterans, as he served in the Air Force from 1973 thru 1977 and I served
in the Army from 1971 thru 1976. We both were honorably discharged and carry a pride with us for being prepared to defend
the freedoms we have in this country.
We honor those who have served and who are serving and keep them close to our hearts. The job
they do is sometimes tough, and even with the difference of opinion in our country we know that they are serving for the same
reason we did.
VETERANS SUPPORT GROUPS
Recently I have been surfing the web and looking at
many different websites for Women Veterans. There are so many of us out there and before, at least for me, I never mentioned
to many people that I had been in the military. I have always been proud of my military service but never felt that
I needed to mention it. I recently have found many others who would like to share their experiences and are like me
searching for support from sister veterans who are also searching. I have found several places that offer support from
other women who are veterans and I find it very useful. I have added some of their websites here for your convienence.
Please click below and read the messages and add a few of your own if you would like to.
Please take time out from your busy day and offer some support to
your Elders who are veterans. Pass on your feelings of love and appreciation for these brave and proud brothers and sisters.
For many years Native American Indians were not required to serve in the military due to what had happened in the past with
the government, even though many Native American Indians did volunteer and fight the battles of the USA. Without our veterans
we would not have the freedom and independence that we enjoy each day. Hyshque!! Siam!!!
WHISPERING EAGLES MUSIC LIBRARY
The beautiful and relaxing sounds of the Native American flute or the vibration
of the drum, as if often felt like the music can reach out and grab your heart. If you are a Native American Veteran
you will like this selection of music. Click on the link below and you can view and/or order the cd for yourself.
Recently I have been working
on a disability claim with the Veterans Administration and have found valuable support from others who are also going through
the same thing. There is an undeniable bond between those of us who are veterans, and the bond seems to be there whether
the veteran is a man or a woman, it is just something that connects us. I am active in supporting the veterans who live
on my reservation, many of whom are from World War II. My father was a hero during his service in the U.S. Navy during
World War II, and so were many of my uncles. They all are very supportive of me and include me, as if I were their own
daughter. Many have passed on to me the fact that my Father, Joseph Solomon would have been very proud that is "little
girl" volunteered to serve her country in this way.
I am always glad to hear from
others with similar interests and concerns. I hope that you will email me by clicking on the words "Let me hear from you"
below and let me know your impressions and feelings. Thanks for visiting our website.