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“No One Steps Up to Serve” More Than Native Americans, Yet They Struggle to Navigate VA Claim System

October 30, 2019, ConnectingVets.com, Abbie Bennett

 

Native Americans and Native Alaskans are more likely to serve in the U.S. Armed Forces than any other group, yet they remain among the poorest and least insured veterans with the least access to Department of Veterans Affairs services.

 

 …. Kevin J. Allis, CEO of the National Congress of American Indians … [testified before Congress that when Native American Veterans] … finally reach out for care, Native veterans also often face major cultural and language barriers. Native veterans also struggle to form tribal veterans service organizations, which could help navigate the sprawling bureaucracy of the VA and its claims system. 

 

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