Otoe-Missouria Tribe collaborates with U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to Host Inter-Tribal Veterans Stand Down October 6
The Otoe-Missouria Tribe and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs hosts an Inter-Tribal Homeless Veterans Stand Down offering services to Native American veterans from across the State of Oklahoma.
The Stand Down takes place October 6 at the 7 Clans Paradise Event Center, 7500 HWY 177, Red Rock, OK beginning at 9 a.m. and ending at 3 p.m.
The event focuses on assisting homeless veterans, however, if you have served in the military- in any capacity –please attend this event. You may qualify for VA benefits and healthcare services. All attendees are encouraged to ask questions and provide feedback. Please bring your DD Form 214 and any documents needed for your claim.
A variety of services including health care, mental health, housing, vocational rehabilitation, flu shots, job and employment services, social security services will be offered at the event. In addition, representatives from a myriad of tribal services as well as other federal, state and non-profit services will be on-hand to assist veterans.
Legal offices such as Bureau of Indian Affairs Office of Special Trustee, Oklahoma Indian Legal Services, Oklahoma BAR Association and Legal Aid of Oklahoma will also provide information on services available to tribal members.
Several barbers will be on hand to provide free haircuts, and a clothing room focused on cold weather items will also be available for the veterans. Lunch will also be provided courtesy of the Otoe-Missouria Tribal Council.
If you are the widow of a veteran and are not sure if you would qualify to receive benefits or services, you are highly encouraged to come to the event and ask questions. Widows are encouraged to bring a copy of their marriage certificate, a copy of their spouses DD Form 214 (if they have one) and a copy of the death certificate (if applicable). Veterans are encouraged to bring a copy of their DD form 214 and any other documentation they might need to be presented the day of the event.
While the focus of the event is on the Native American homeless veteran population, all veterans who attend will be serviced. Please note that only veterans may enter the clothing room with priority given to homeless veterans first. Veterans must be present to receive clothing/gear. Handicap access is offered at the event.
Transportation to the event is provided. For information regarding transportation pick up locations and times call Eugene Big Soldier at 580-304-3185.
For more information about the VA Office of Tribal Government Relations, please visit www.va.gov/tribalgovernment
or call Mary Culley, Office of Tribal Government Relations, at (405) 456-3876. For general event information call Heather Payne, Otoe-Missouria Public Information Office at 580-723-4466 ext 217.
The event is sponsored by the Otoe-Missouria Tribe and the Otoe-Missouria Veterans Organization working in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
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Inter-Tribal Veterans Stand Down Flyer (PDF)