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Native communities grapple with what it means to honor their U.S. military veterans

Emmy Her Many Horses said there are a great many reasons why Native people choose to join the U.S. military, but that regardless of their motivation, they should be recognized for having served.

“For Native people there is a difficulty in trying to remain true to who we are from our tribal nations, and who we are in society today. For some, I think, they are seeking to be that warrior. For others, the military may be their best chance at getting away from their homes and finding opportunity. The military is also an opportunity that will help pay for school, allow travel, and teach new skills. Many are following a family tradition, a cultural tradition.” Continue Reading

Celebrating Veteran’s Day with a Lao call to action

This morning, it was very cold. The temperature was at about 22 degree F. Five Lao veterans attended the Veterans Day at the Vietnam Memorial in front of the State Capitol. I was among the attendees. I had a chance to talk about the war in Laos by expressing my thanks and I urged my fellow Brothers in Arms to do whatever they can so we will be treated as U.S. veterans. -Khao Insixiengmay Continue Reading

The fallen: Armistice Day, 2014

The UK celebrated Armistice Day on November 11 in this 100th anniversary year of the outbreak of World War I with a display of 880,000 ceramic red poppies — one for each soldier from the British E Continue Reading

What Veterans Day means to a veteran: A collection of stories from Veterans’ voices

Veterans’ Voices—a program of the Minnesota Humanities Center—is a network of Veterans, connected through the humanities, operating as a positive and creative force in Minnesota whose mission is to form a public narrative that affirms Veterans as positive leaders and contributors to our future. These Veterans involved with the Veterans’ Voices program have compiled a short collection of what Veterans Day means to Veterans, written in their own voices.This is a Community Voices submission and is moderated but not edited. The opinions expressed by Community Voices contributors are their own and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the TC Daily Planet. What Veterans Day Means to Me By: Angie BaticaWhat does Veterans Day mean to me? It is a day that deserves to recognize and appreciate Veterans who served in a branch of the United States military on November 11th of each year. Continue Reading

How you can help celebrate Veterans Day

My brother was a homeless veteran. Since his death, Veterans Day isn’t just another meaningless federal holiday. I’m grateful that two years before my brother died, he found housing. Yet over 57,000 veterans are homeless each night, according to HUD. Sixty percent of them are in shelters, the rest un-sheltered. Nearly 5,000 are female.

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