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Honoring the Lipan Apache Men and Women in uniform
who are serving or have served in the U.S. Military and in Public Safety

From: Daniel Cooky Villarreal,
Dir. of Lipan Tribe's Veteran Affairs

Tribe members who are veterans are invited to participate in a ceremony solely for our veterans. In this ceremony, we will display battle streamers with each Lipan veteran's name on our tribal flag. The flag with the streamers will then be carried by our Lipan Apache Tribe's Color Guard at special events. We also need veterans to serve in the Color Guard. Contact me for details at Also, spread the message to other Lipan members who are veterans.

Tribe's Flag Flown
During Battle

   ...In June,2009, the Lipan Apache Tribe of Texas flag was flown on an Apache helicopter in a combat mission in Afghanistan.... [I]t is a rare thing for the U.S. military to fly a secondary flag, such as our Tribal flag, during battle. The Tribe thanks our brave warrior, Jason Pompa, for coordinating this great honor....

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On Warriors by
Chairman Barcena

   The expression I wish to lay before you, is the heartfelt definition of the word "WARRIOR"....

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News from the
Lipan Apache Veterans Society

   Retired Colonel Dave Loy, guest of the Lipan Apache Veterans Society, writes about the importance of the DD214.

From David Loy: While your military discharge is formally known as the Department of Defense Form 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, most of us refer to it as our DD214. Without a doubt this is probably the most important document issued to Veterans during their military service...

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From: Snake Jason Blocker

   On 6 OCT 2012, Snake Blocker received the El Jebel Shriners Medal of Honor & Certificate for meritorious service and dedication (Navy) at ....

Read more on Snake's Events and Apache Stories

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From: Joaquin Guerrero

   Joaquin Guerrero, Lipan Apache, is a 23-year police veteran; 22 years with the City of Saginaw Police Department (Michigan). He is now with the Oakley Police Department part-time. For 15 of his years with Saginaw, Joaquin worked in the K9 unit with his two loyal partners, Rookie I and Rookie II. He and the first Rookie responded to Ground Zero immediately after 9/11 and worked search-and-rescue on the pile of debris for 7 days. Sadly, Rookie got cancer in his jaw, most likely from the toxins in the crushed tower debris. Despite everyone’s efforts to save Rookie, he died in 2004 and received an honorary memorial service....

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A Memorial to
Marine Lance Corporal
Jose Luis Maldonado

   The following are stories from our veterans and active service members on their military service. Click their names to read their stories.

In alphabetical order:

•  Snake Blocker
•  Gloria Bumgart
•  Phillip Cornejo
•  Benigno Cruz Jr.
•  Frank M. Leota
•  Jason Rodriguez
•  Juan Z. Soliz
•  Carlos Vela

A Prayer

We honor each day
our love ones--
sons and daughters,
husbands and wives,
brothers and sisters--
who have laid down their
lifes for this country.

Those left behind
will cherish their spirits
and never forget their
ultimate sacrifice.

Frank Ramirez
Frank Ramirez - Special Advisor to the Tribe

In January, 2010, I was in Washington DC with Mr. Don Loudner, the National Commander of the National American Indian Veterans Inc. We met with 10 Congressional members and/or their staff to discuss:
    1. Granting a Congressional Charter to American Indian Vets,
    2. Protecting the Water Rights of American Indians, and
    3. Establishing VA Community Health Clinics on Tribal Lands.
We also met with Assist Secretary L.T. Duckworth, US Dept. of Veterans Affairs... READ MORE

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