Wednesday, November 16, 2016

HONORING OUR VETERANS - STAND DOWN 2016 by Patricia Smith, Freelance Writer - Cheyenne & Arapaho Tribal Tribune


You can read the story that I wrote in its entirety on the front cover page in the November 15th Veterans Tribute edition of the Cheyenne & Arapaho Tribal Tribune newspaper. (continued on page 8)

Link to story:

50,000 plus homeless veterans today are sleeping on the American streets every night according to the Department of Veteran Affairs. Native Americans whose members form 1.7% of the US active duty forces are twice as large as their 0.8% US population. Of that 1.7% Native American soldiers --- 26% of these veterans are homeless and poor.

America is the greatest nation in the world. We live in the land of the free and the home of the brave. Who are the brave? They are the proud men and women that are in the armed services that keep us safe and protect us from the known and unknown terrors of the world. They are the men and women that are enlisted in the Army, Air Force, Navy, Marines, National Guard and Coast Guard. They are our family members---- our fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters and children. We are able to go about our daily lives and live in this land of the free because of these brave men and women that protect us here in the United States and abroad in over 100 countries.

The 2016 Inter-Tribal Veterans Stand Down was held at the Cox Convention Center November 4, 2016.

The Cheyenne & Arapaho Tribe sponsored the Inter-Tribal Veterans Stand Down event. Stand Down is a nationwide event for the homeless. Stand Down is unique in that it is for all Military Veterans. No one was turned down for any service.

Pictures from this event can be found at:


Patricia Smith

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