TAG is dedicated to meeting the needs of all local veterans, not only those of Native American descent, by “hearing their voices”. This is embodied within the ongoing veteran’s benefit program. Each month TAG hosts a veteran’s meeting where they and their families can socialize with others who have had similar experiences, and can share these and their feelings within a supportive environment. The programs are also dedicated toward healing and learning, with special guests including professional Medicine Men/Women and specialists in medical and mental health fields willing to give education and support. The focus is on both traditional and modern forms of healing made possible through association with Jesse Brown VA Hospital, Hines VA Hospital, and other institutions. Our vision includes partnerships with the Wounded Warriors program and Alexian Brothers Hospital Network. Veterans also have the chance to learn skills from each other in veteran-run workshops where they can share their skills and talents. Through talking, creating, and working together, TAG strives to promote a healthy, fun, and safe place for veterans and their families. Our goal is to have these events well-staffed with volunteers, as well as qualified individuals with the skill sets required for research and veteran support. In addition, the staff person would gather data based on each veteran to align future programs.
Also to benefit veterans is our annual National Gathering of American Indian Veterans: Celebrating All U.S. Military. This is an annual event created to provoke discussion, share the untold stories, and educate people on the contribution of American Indians in the military. The National Gathering brings together military, health, and tribal policy leaders, who are able to connect and hear the stories of struggle regarding traditional health and wellness and economic development while within the military and out, for American Indians as well as all other service members. This year the event will be July 21st – 23rd at Cantigny Park in Wheaton, IL. Click here to see more event details.