Department of Veterans Affairs Visits Lac Courte Oreilles
In July, 2014, OTGR Director Stephanie Birdwell met with Veterans, tribal leaders and service providers at Lac Courte Oreilles.
Eastern Band Cherokee Veteran builds family mountain home using the VBA Native American Direct Loan mortgage product.
On March 25, 2014 in collaborations with VHA, CBO, and IHS OTGR hosted the webcast VA Working with the Indian Health Service and Tribal Governments to Serve Veterans in Indian Country that featured subject matter experts across Indian Country who will discussed in-depth, "How to establish Reimbursement Agreements between the VA and Tribal Health Programs." More
August 20-21, 2014: Ute Mountain, Colorado
September 18-19, 2014: Smith River, CA
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The OTGR team works to strengthen and build closer relations between the VA, tribal governments and other key federal, state, private and non-profit partners in an effort to effectively and respectfully serve Veterans across Indian Country. This work is done in the spirit of government to government consultation and collaboration, respectful of the special relationship that exists between the United States and tribal governments.
Our efforts focus on three important goals: facilitating VA's Tribal Consultation Policy, facilitating increased access to health care and promoting economic sustainability (highlighting opportunities for Veterans to access fiscal, educational, housing and other special programs and benefits through the VA).
We bring key partners to the table to address important issues raised by tribal leaders. Linking decision makers and stake holders to tribal leadership ensures Indian Country's Veterans know who we at VA are, what VA offers Veterans and how to reach VA to ensure access to the full range of services and benefits our Veterans have courageously earned through their service.