Happy New Year everyone! I hope you survived the holidays and have great prospects for this new year, 2023. We have all had a rough 2022, but that is behind us now. Let’s look to a better and brighter 2023.

The CPN Veterans Organization’s Color Guard was very busy through 2022, and with the new contacts and growing Color Guard active members, the prospects for 2023 look very good. I get calls requesting the CPN Color Guard all the time for parades and special events as well as schools asking for explanations and a demonstration of the folding of the flag. If you need us, just call me, Daryl Talbot, Commander at 405-275-1054.

One thing I would like to pass on to you Veterans is a new smartphone app, VA: Health and Benefits from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Since it was started in July 2021, it has earned a rating of 4.6 and 4.8 out of 5 stars on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store, respectively. Veterans can exchange secure messages with their health care providers and download letters and documents as well as view claims information on the app. Veterans no longer need to go to VA to file and check on claims. This puts VA’s care and benefits at Veterans’ fingertips, making it easy for them to access VA services wherever and whenever they want. Visit the Apple App Store or Google Play Store. For more information, read VA Health and Benefits mobile app — six essential facts at Learn more about the VA’s new digital products and services at

Remember our monthly meeting of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation Veterans Organization is the 4th Tuesday of each month, January 24 (unless otherwise notified due to weather or conflicting events) at 6 p.m. (or as soon as you can get there) in the North Reunion Hall on the CPN Powwow Grounds. All CPN Veterans and spouses and their families are welcome. Membership in the Veterans organization is not required; come and visit us and enjoy our socializing. For more information you can contact Daryl Talbot.

(Thank you)!
Daryl Talbot, Commander