On March 20 and 21 in the communities of Many Farms and Cottonwood/Tselani, the VA and the Navajo Nation Tribal Councilman Kee Allen Begay’s staff hosted a VA Claims Event. The Claims Event entitled “Your Service. Our Mission: Bringing VA Benefits Home” is part of a nationwide initiative taking place in communities on 21 American Indian and Alaska Native Reservations. The VA Office of Tribal Government Relations offered guidance to VA colleagues as well as listening to tribal representatives to arrange Claims Events.
Veterans Benefits Administration experts from the Phoenix VBA Regional Office, the VBA Benefits Assistance Service in Washington, D.C., and Pension Claim Management Centers in Minnesota, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin provided direct immediate assistance. Phoenix VBA and VBA Benefits Assistance Service offered person-to-person, hands-on help while WIFI connections made it possible to gain information from the Pension Claim Management Centers.
In Many Farms and Cottonwood/Tselani communities, participants could directly speak with a VA representative, get answers to VA claims and benefits questions, file a claim, and get same-day decisions when complete information was shared.
The “Your Service, Our Mission: Bringing VA Benefits Home” Claims Event breathed life into the VA mission “to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan.” VA experts applied specialized knowledge and training in the service of Veterans, their spouses and dependents. Veterans and their families served us and on March 20 and 21 it was a time for VA to serve them.
Thank you Veterans for showing up and letting VA be part of your life.