New Office to Serve as Advocates for Tribal Veterans
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D.C. Veterans who are American Indian,
Alaskan Native, Hawaiian Native or are part of the
Alaska Native Corporations will receive the VA benefits
they have earned.
The Department of Veterans Affairs has created the
Office of Tribal Government Relations to serve Native
“There is a long, distinguished tradition of military
service among tribal peoples,” said Secretary of
Veterans Affairs, Eric K. Shinseki. “VA is committed to
providing these Veterans with the full range of VA
programs, as befits their service to our nation.”
The 200,000 Native veterans come from 800 federally
recognized tribes. Although the VA has provided benefits to Veterans in
tribal lands, the new office will strengthen and
expand that relationship.
first OTGR director is
Stephanie Elaine Birdwell from the Cherokee Nation from Oklahoma.
Stephanie has spent nearly 15 years working on tribal issues with
the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the
Bureau of Indian Education.
She will oversee a 6-person office to establish,
maintain, and coordinate a nation-to-nation,
The office has a charter that officially extends to
Veterans who are American Indians, Alaska Natives,
Native Hawaiians and Alaska Native Corporations.
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