A Good Day to Remember Veterans
Every day is a good day to remember Veterans. This is especially true for Native American Veterans who have the highest rate of military service of any ethnic group in the United States, not to mention distinguished service.
The nonprofit group, Disabled American Veterans Charitable Service Trust (DAV), sets a good example of remembering Veterans year-round. Known for “bringing hope to the forgotten and suffering families of Veterans,” the DAV serves homeless and at-risk Veterans by providing food and shelter; V.A. medical transportation; assistance for mobility, hearing or vision loss, amputations and profound military service injuries; and support for therapeutic and physical/psychological rehabilitation. As DAV puts it, they are “caring for those who bear the scars of war.”
In keeping with their mission, DAV recently granted $6,000 to National Relief Charities (NRC) to help us provide nutritious food to elderly Veterans in Mission, South Dakota, on the Rosebud Indian Reservation. This food supply is being provided through NRC’s Breakfast-in-a-Bag (BnB) service and, thanks to DAV Charitable Service, 74 Rosebud Sioux Veterans are benefiting.
Each month, these Native American Veterans receive healthy breakfast foods such as milk, juice, breakfast sausage, ground or stew meat, eggs, potatoes and more. Their healthy food is available for pick up during the third week of the month – the time of month when Elders say their food supply and fixed income begins to run low. For anyone who is homebound or lacks transportation, community volunteers deliver the food to the home of the Veteran/Elder.
The Veterans being served by DAV, NRC and Breakfast-in-a-Bag reside in in the rservation communities of Grass Mountain, Ring Thunder, Horse Creek, Corn Creek, Parmelee, St. Francis, Okreek, Two Strike, Soldier Creek, Rosebud, Swift Bear, Butte Creek, Lakeview and the largest Veteran community being served, Antelope.
Breakfast-in-a-Bag is an annually renewable service available only to Rosebud Elders, both Veterans and non-Veterans alike. Nearly 700 Native Americans Elders aged 62 to 99 participate in the service, including the 74 Veterans mentioned above. Our Breakfast-in-a-Bag service ensures:
- Veterans and Elders who need the food get the food
- Veterans and Elders receive food they may otherwise be unable to purchase
- Veterans and Elders save money on their food bills
- Volunteers have opportunities to serve and visit with community Veterans and Elders
- Veterans and Elders feel valued by NRC, our reservation BnB partner, the volunteers, the tribal community and now by DAV Charitable Service.
NRC wishes to thank DAV Charitable Service for their generous support of Native American Veterans and for making it their mission to remember Veterans on Veterans Day and every day of the year.