I hope that the CPN Veterans who planned to attend the January CPN Veterans Organization meeting were informed of its cancelation due to concerns of COVID exposure risks. Most of our regular active members are among the high-risk category, so, we thought it wise to avoid the risk. This decision was not made lightly. Hopefully future meetings will be less risky and meet as planned. We will try to keep everyone advised of future meetings. If you have any questions on the status of meetings you can call me, Daryl Talbot, Commander at 405-275-1054.

An issue that has frequently been in the national news is active-duty military personnel and Veterans being harassed. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recognizes that Veterans are a diverse group who served and sacrificed on behalf of this great Nation. They have a responsibility to ensure every Veteran who receives treatment, benefits or services at a VA facility is treated with dignity and respect. The VA is committed to ensuring their community is safe and welcome in a place that is free of harassment for all Veterans, their caregivers, volunteers, visitors and employees. They are thankful for all of those using any VA facility and treating everyone with respect, regardless of race, color, religion, sex, age, physical or mental disability, or language. The VA has a zero-tolerance policy for harassing, disruptive, abusive or violent behavior. Such conduct is inappropriate and will not be tolerated. Any reports of such conduct will be investigated and action taken as needed. To make a confidential report against any individual contact the VA Office of Inspector General (OIG) Hotline at 1-800-488-8244.

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Intimate Partner Violence Assistance Program (IPVAP)

Military Sexual Trauma (MST)

Women Veterans Health Care

Caregiver Support

Chaplain Services

Vet Centers (Readjustment Counseling) (War Vets)

Veterans Crisis Line
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Remember the Citizen Potawatomi Nation Veterans Organization has its meetings every month on the 4th Tuesday at 6 p.m. (or as soon as you can get there). All CPN Veterans and spouses and families are welcome. We meet in the North Reunion Hall located at the CPN Powwow Grounds.

(Thank you),
Daryl Talbot, Commander