Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

At our last meeting in October, we had two guest speakers who addressed some issues that are important for our Citizen Potawatomi Nation Veterans. Our first speaker was Chris Lenggenhager from CPN’s Cultural Heritage Center. He told us of the need for CPN veterans who served in the military, in peacetime and war, to be interviewed about their military experiences for historical records for their future families to know their story in their own words. You can contact Chris Lenggenhager by calling 405-878-5830. This is your family’s history that is being saved for generations to come.

Our second guest speaker, Tanya Moore, talked to us about a program called Respite Care. It is a service through the Veterans Administration that pays a person to come to a veteran’s home for a care program while their family caregiver takes a break. While a veteran gets respite care, the family caregiver can run errands or go out of town for a few days without worrying about leaving the veteran alone at home. This service can be helpful to veterans of all ages and their caregiver, and it can be done in an inpatient, outpatient or home setting.

The program is for veterans who need skilled services, case management and help with activities of daily living. Examples include help with bathing, dressing, fixing meals or taking medicines. This service can help lower the stress that veterans and their family caregiver may feel when managing a loved one’s long-term care needs in the home. All enrolled veterans are eligible if they meet the clinical need for the service, and it is available in your area through the VA. You may be able to get a paid home health aide to come to your home; you could attend an adult day health care center; you could go to a community living center, a VA nursing home or a VA medical center for a short stay. Depending on the respite care services in your area, you can choose which options are best for you and your family caregivers. Most veterans choose a home health aide to come to their home. No matter which option you use, trained staff will help you with your care needs. Respite Care services may be available up to 30 days a calendar year. For more information you may call the VA at 1-877-222-8387, or if you are in Oklahoma, 405-259-9155.

The Citizen Potawatomi Nation Veterans Organization will begin having our regular monthly meetings on the fourth Tuesday of each month starting on January 25, 2022, at 6 p.m. in the North Reunion Hall of the CPN powwow grounds. All CPN Veterans and their families are welcome. We hope to see you all there.

(Thank you),

Daryl Talbot, Commander