Jesse Brown leads veteran outreach at Native American Gathering
Jesse Brown VA Medical Center contacted Native American Veterans at the National Native American Veterans Gathering at Cantigny Park in Wheaton on Saturday, July 17.
The mission of the awareness event is to connect Native American veterans with the services to which they are entitled as a result of their military service.
COVID-19 vaccines were available to any veteran who wanted the vaccines. Jesse Brown’s VA enlistment staff were also present at the event to enroll veterans in VA health care.
Events like the National Gathering are great opportunities for veterans to learn about the services and programs available to them, according to Rob Christopher, director of business development at Jesse Brown.
“We want to make sure that veterans are aware of all the services available to them at our medical center, including new services and programs that have been developed,” Christopher said.
Jesse Brown and the Veterans Health Administration have focused more on health programs and services for veterans.
With programs such as yoga, tai chi, acupuncture, and more, veterans are encouraged to view their health care holistically based on their values, needs, and goals.
This matches how many Native American veterans already view their health care, according to Debbie Rafael Shanley, Minority Veterans Program Coordinator at Jesse Brown.
“Native American veterans have proven time and time again their willingness to serve. Now it is our turn to show them the services available to them that match their vision of health and care for their whole being,” he said. Shanley said.
According to the National Gathering website, American Indians serve in the military at a higher rate per capita in their race than any other race of people in the United States.
The National Gathering is an opportunity for these veterans to connect with other veterans from across the country, as well as with policy makers and service providers.
Veterans and veteran family members can visit www.benefits.va.gov/persona/veteran-tribal.asp or the VA Office of Tribal Government Relations at www.va.gov/tribalgovernment to learn more about outreach from VA to Native American veterans.
Jesse Brown VAMC is located near downtown Chicago in the Illinois Medical District. It is a 220 bed acute care facility and operates four community ambulatory clinics in Auburn Gresham, Lakeside, Chicago Heights and Crown Point, IND. It provides care to approximately 62,000 registered veterans who reside in the city of Chicago, Cook County and six counties in northwest Indiana.