I have re-established my connection with the Veterans Administration through the South OKC VA Clinic just off I-240 on the south side of Tinker Air Force Base. Its physical address is 7917 Mid America Blvd., Oklahoma City, OK 73135, and more information can be found online at cpn.news/southva. It is easy to access and has plenty of parking and friendly service. I am retired military and have Medicare and Tricare-For-Life for my medical needs, but there are certain services the VA provides that save me time and money. The VA allows me to keep my primary care doctor and my pharmacy provider. In other words, they allow me to choose what VA services I want to use. They were friendly and helpful, and it keeps my VA benefits active. You never know when you will need their help, and they are glad to provide it. So, give them a try.
In other veterans’ news, The Oklahoman had a good article on the Dale K. Graham Veterans Foundation in Norman. The organization helps thousands of Oklahoma veterans obtain VA benefits, giving them access to health care and disability. If you’re a veteran or spouse/widower/care giver of one but are unsure about accessing the benefits your service entitled you to, reach out to them, even if you’re only asking a few questions. Find more information at dalekgrahamveteransfoundation.org.
We have a number of events planned for our Color Guard. In October, we will present the colors for an event at the Grand Casino Hotel & Resort and at a parade during the Wewoka Sorghum Festival. All CPN Veterans are welcome to join us in our parades; you don’t have to be a member of the CPN Veterans Organization. We have a trailer since several of our members can no longer march in a parade and carry a flag, myself included. All you need is your own lawn chair. It’s a great feeling to see the support we get from the kids and adults watching us pass by. It really makes you feel proud.
The parades and presenting the colors at events are our way of representing the Citizen Potawatomi Nation. We have lost several of our active members. Some have moved away, and others have walked on. All will be greatly missed. Veterans and veteran spouses, please join us in honoring our veterans and the Citizen Potawatomi Nation through participating in parades and other community events. Migwetch (thank you).
Attention CPN veterans and veteran spouses, I have an announcement to make. The CPN Veterans Organization will be having our monthly meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 28, in the North Reunion Hall at 6 p.m. or as soon as you can get there. Pizza will be served. Remember, all CPN veterans and spouses with their families are welcome.
Daryl Talbot, Commander