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PHOENIX (Feb. 1, 2021) – The Veterans Medical Leadership Council (VMLC), MD Helicopters, and the Goldwater Foundation have officially joined together with the Southwestern Native American veterans’ leadership to form Native American Sustainability for Veterans and those in Uniform (NASVU).

NAVSU Press Release

From the Navajo Nations Winter 2021 Speakers Report- s. Speaker Seth Damon and the 24th Navajo Nation Council extend sincere appreciation to the Veterans Medical Leadership Council and the Native American Sustainability for Veterans and those in Uniform for their generous donations of goods and services. The VMLC and NASVU are veterans helping our Navajo veterans help our veterans and those in critical need in the Chinle, Monument Valley, Shiprock, Hard Rock areas, to name a few. They distribute PPEs, sanitizers, toys, chainsaws, and other important goods by the generosity of MD Helicopters.

In this time of pandemic, with its new challenges and expectations, there are stories to tell not just about keeping our distance from one another, but also in spanning the distance between despair and hope. One such effort, to bring hope where it is desperately needed, takes flight nearly every week from a suburb of Phoenix, Arizona, to the heart of the Navajo Nation at Chinle, in the northeast corner of the state.

To give credit where it is due and, more importantly, share some ways that people can help, I will report on the who and the how and the why in an upcoming issue of ROTOR magazine. In the article below, I share the simple techniques I practiced to capture the images to illustrate that story.

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NASVU is a collaborative project between Fort Veteran http://www.fortveteran.org/, The Veterans Medical Leadership Council (VLMC) https://www.arizonavmlc.org/ , and the Goldwater Foundation https://goldwaterfoundation.org/ . A veteran led collaboration with the Southwestern Native American veterans’ leadership to create solutions to solve water, power and housing sustainability issues throughout the Native American Communities.

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Medical professionals serving the Navajo Nation made an urgent plea to residents Thursday to stay home as coronavirus cases rise, testing the limits of health care on the vast reservation.
“If we don’t stop COVID, we will run out of beds, we will run out of nurses, we will run out of supplies,” said Dr. Loretta Christensen, chief medical officer for the Navajo-area Indian Health Service. Read More
 

What began as a small, grassroots COVID-19 relief effort by military veterans in Phoenix, who gathered donations and delivered groceries to veterans on Navajo, has now grown into a major collaboration with the Barry and Peggy Goldwater Foundation.

Led by Tom Eisiminger and Bob Dalpe of the Veterans Medical Leadership Council, the group has now delivered over $150,000 in goods and services to help Navajo veterans and their survivors during the pandemic. Read more

 

NASVU is a collaborative project between Fort Veteran http://www.fortveteran.org/, The Veterans Medical Leadership Council (VLMC) https://www.arizonavmlc.org/ , and the Goldwater Foundation https://goldwaterfoundation.org/ . A veteran led collaboration with the Southwestern Native American veterans’ leadership to create solutions to solve water, power and housing sustainability issues throughout the Native American Communities.

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