OMAHA, Neb., Aug. 19, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- What ethnic group has most served in the military since the American Revolution?
According to the U.S. Department of Defense, there were more than 22,000 Native Americans and Alaska Natives on active duty in 2015. The 2010 U.S. Census identified 150,000-plus Native American and Alaska Native veterans. There have been 27 Native Americans who have been awarded the Medal of Honor – the nation's highest military honor.
"Yet, Native American veterans, because of their isolation on remote reservations, are too often underserved and forgotten," said Col. John Folsom, USMCR (Ret.), founder and president of Wounded Warriors Family Support. "We want to help families, regardless of where they are."
Wounded Warriors Family Support's Native American Veterans Support Transportation and Resources (NAVSTaR) program has donated 16 Ford vehicles to tribes in eight states. These donations have topped $600,000. This fall, Wounded Warriors Family Support will announce its latest NAVSTaR donation.
The Black Feet Sioux, Eastern Shoshone, Gros Vetnre, Hopis, Jemez Pueblo, Northern Cheyenne, Oglala Sioux, Santee Sioux and Seminole Nation of Oklahoma are among the tribes that have received Ford vehicles from NAVSTaR.
"We have been able to help these tribes because the American people have stepped up to support us," Folsom said. "I had the honor to serve with Native American soldiers and Marines throughout my 30-year career. We will do what we can to make sure that our Native American veterans are able to have safe and dependable transportation to VA medical centers."
To support Native American veterans, you can contact Wounded Warriors Family Support by calling 402-502-7557 or visiting www.wwfs.org.
About Wounded Warriors Family Support
Wounded Warriors Family Support is an independent nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide support to the families of those who have been wounded, injured or killed during combat operations. Rated a four-star nonprofit by Charity Navigator, Wounded Warriors Family Support aids veterans and their families in healing the wounds that medicine cannot. For more information about Wounded Warriors Family Support, visit www.wwfs.org.
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SOURCE Wounded Warriors Family Support