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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: Phillip Cornejo,

   Cornejo shares information of interest to veterans and current service members, information about their rights to benefits through Social Security Disability, the Veterans Administration (VA) and its initiatives, and the Wounded Warrior Project (AW2).... and information pertaining to diversity and Native American recognition in the military and workforce. Read Cornejo's reports at...

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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 and deeply thanks him for his service to his country.....

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Lipan Soldier Recieves Degree Using CLEP

   Sgt. 1st Class Jorge Guzman was lauded for completing 18 College Level Examination Programs and Dantes Subject Standardized Tests April 9 in Red Cloud Garrison’s Freeman Hall.
   Guzman took college courses online and was able to earn his associate and bachelor’s degree in half the time.

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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 ....

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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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