Bozho (Hello),

I hope this report finds all our CPN veterans doing well and surviving earthquakes and winter weather. Our Citizen Potawatomi Nation Veterans Organization is anxiously looking forward to this year’s events, parades, festivals and flag fold demonstrations at local schools. It never gets old … but we do. We look forward to having more CPN veterans join us in participating. We have the best equipment to see to your comfort. I have acquired a 125cc Mini Jeep with flags to add to our parade equipment. In fair weather I even drive it to our monthly meetings on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. (or as soon as you can get there) in the North Reunion Hall on the Potawatomi Powwow Grounds. All CPN veterans and their families are welcome … and you don’t even have to be a member. It is a social event with food.

On a more serious note, I have a special interest in our CPN veterans’ health. I try to keep our veterans informed of the help and needs. The Veteran’s Affairs Department has made it their mission to provide improved care. They are continually working to improve and meet healthcare needs of veterans. If you have a specific health problem, they will do everything they can to meet your needs.

One female veteran has a story of beating cancer with support from the VA, learning the importance of vigilance, timely screenings and the impact of the VA’s comprehensive care after a diagnosis of cancer. After a routine mammogram, she got a call for a follow-up appointment. The next day, she received another mammogram and ultrasound. She got a biopsy the same day. With hard decisions and a frightening diagnosis, the VA’s system of care and navigators provided comprehensive support. Advice? Be your own advocate and get into VA’s health care system early in order to be proactive and preventative.

Migwetch (Thank you)!

Our March CPN Veterans Organizations meeting will be held March 26 at 6 p.m. (or as soon as you can get there) in the North Reunion Hall with food and socializing.

Daryl Talbot, Commander