Indian Country Today

One of the few remaining Navajo Code Talkers has died. David Patterson, Sr., died Sunday in Rio Rancho, New Mexico, from pneumonia.

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In this edition of KSJD's monthly Veteran's Affairs program, Tom Yoder talks with Bert Valencia of local VFW Post 5231 and DAV Chapter 44 about the programs and services offered by the Vet Center in Farmington, New Mexico, how those programs are also available at the Cortez Vets Outreach Center, and the differences in Vets Centers and the federal Veterans Administration.

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Monday, August 14th was Navajo Code Talkers Day. It honored the men who served in the South Pacific during World War II, developing a code based on their native language to send communications during the battle. It is the only language-based code in history to never have been broken.  World War II Code Talker Samuel Sandoval visited the Sunflower Theatre here in Cortez on Monday. After a screening of a documentary about his life, he spoke to an overflow crowd in the theatre about his experiences in the war and after he came home to become a drug counselor in the Navajo Nation.

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On this episode of KSJD's monthly veterans' affairs program, KSJD's Austin Cope talked with Bert and Sandy Valencia, with VFW Post 5231 and the local chapter of Blue Star Moms, about the role Blue Star and Gold Star Moms play in the community, what it's like to have a child in the military, and what to expect from the upcoming George Geer Memorial Car Show August 11th through 13th.

A Look At The Issues Facing Women Veterans

Jun 30, 2017
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The challenges that women veterans face can be quite different than those that their male counterparts are dealing with. In this episode of KSJD's monthly Veteran's Affairs program, KSJD's Tom Yoder and Bert Valencia of local VFW Post 5231 talk with Melanie Suazo from the New Mexico Women Veterans Program to discuss how women vets are viewed and treated differently.