Mission Statement

The Lipan Apache Tribe of Texas Department of Veterans is deeply committed to upholding the noble tradition of service and the well-being of our esteemed tribal veterans. Our mission stands as a beacon of unwavering support and genuine warmth, ensuring a heartfelt welcome to all service members as they return to our tribal community.

At the heart of our mission lies a profound dedication to safeguarding the physical, mental, and emotional welfare of our veterans. Through a comprehensive array of tailored resources, relentless advocacy, and nurturing communal bonds, we pledge to stand by those who have selflessly served our nation with unparalleled courage and unwavering dedication.

With profound respect for our rich heritage and an enduring sense of gratitude for their profound sacrifices, we assume the mantle of a steadfast ally to our tribal veterans. As they navigate the complexities of reintegrating into civilian life, we strive to cultivate a nurturing environment that fosters a deep sense of belonging and unwavering honor.

Driven by our shared values of compassion, integrity, and solidarity, we envision a future where every Lipan Apache tribal veteran feels empowered, supported, and cherished. Through our tireless efforts and unwavering commitment, we endeavor to honor their legacy of service and ensure that their journey beyond the battlefield is met with dignity, resilience, and boundless opportunity.

About Daniel Villarreal, Director

Daniel Villarreal proudly serves as the Director of Veterans for the Lipan Apache Tribe, advocating for the interests of his community with honor and dedication.

A multifaceted individual, Daniel's journey encompasses roles as a scholar, artist, dancer, and United States Army Combat Veteran. Enlisting in the U.S. Army's Military Police Corps in 1999, he achieved the rank of Sergeant stationed at Fort Hood, Texas. Serving with distinction in the esteemed 64th Military Police Company, Daniel deployed to both Afghanistan and Iraq, fulfilling his commitment to defend his nation before concluding his military service with an honorable discharge.

Following his military career, Daniel pursued his passion for training police working dogs, founding Valley K9 Detection Service. Concurrently, he earned a master’s degree in criminal justice and became a criminal justice instructor at a local college, specializing in law enforcement and Police K9 operations.

Amidst his professional pursuits, Daniel remains deeply connected to his roots in Indian country along the Pow Wow trail. Grateful for the opportunity to serve his tribe, community, and fellow Veterans, Daniel acknowledges the Creator for granting him the privilege to serve others with gratitude and humility.