Native American Vets Seek Assistance

Native Bill Silaghi, a member of Echota Cherokee Tribe of Florida, is working on a proposal to make traditional, cultural-focused help available for veterans suffering from military-related mental health issues east of the Mississippi River. Currently Mr. Silaghi is only aware of three such programs in Washington, Arizona and Minnesota – all west of the Mississippi River.

Mr. Silaghi currently owns a piece of land where he holds an annual intertribal powwow attended by Natives from across the country. He is hoping to use this land for the proposed clinic. Mr. Silaghi has not heard back from the Department of Veterans Affairs about the clinic. If opened, the clinic would provide veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan and veterans of previous wars with therapy such as talking circles and sweats.

Learn more about the proposed clinic.

Bill Silaghi

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