Native Veterans represent the highest proportion of rural Veterans in the country. The often isolated and dispersed nature of rural Native Veterans presents significant barriers for access and quality of care. In response to these challenges, the Office of Rural Health established the Native Domain to serve as a national resource on healthcare issues for rural Native Veterans. Learn more about the Native Domain.
The Native Domain's three core focus areas are:
Population Science — To understand the scope of Native Veteran demographics, healthcare utilization and patterns within the VA.
Policy — To collect and review existing policies and research affecting Native Veterans for the development of strategic recommendations and policy planning based on existing data.
Programs — To support the implementation, identification and dissemination information on culturally-competent best practices for Native Veteran clinical care and outreach.
Natives & the Military: 10 Facts You Might Not Know - Indian Country Today, January 9, 2014
"Considering American Indian and Alaska Native Veterans have served in every branch of the U.S. Military for well over the past 200 years, It goes without saying that their efforts and histories of distinguished services should be recognized."
"In addition to any recognition, while studying the facts surrounding Native Veterans through such reports as released by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) or the historical accounts of War Department officials, you will discover some interesting facts about Native Veterans outside the fact that American Indians serve at a high rate and have a higher concentration of female servicemembers."
Ten interesting and surprising facts…
Questions or comments? Please contact the Native Domain staff at ORHNative@va.gov..
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Last updated January 13, 2014