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11:04 AM Tue, Sept. 18th

American Indians honor veterans

Courtesy/Commander Alfonso Santillan Jr.
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Richard Smith, center, a Korean War combat veteran stands at attention as he received a “Warriors Medal of Valor” from Larry Kimmel, left, (Miami Tribe of Indians of Indiana) and Ed Albert, right, (Cherokee Tribe) of the Arizona Territory Gourd Society.

Courtesy/Commander Alfonso Santillan Jr. <br> Richard Smith, center, a Korean War combat veteran stands at attention as he received a “Warriors Medal of Valor” from Larry Kimmel, left, (Miami Tribe of Indians of Indiana) and Ed Albert, right, (Cherokee Tribe) of the Arizona Territory Gourd Society.

The Native American Nations of the United States of America honored hospitalized veterans and outpatients at the Extended Care and Rehabilitation Center at the Bob Stump VA Medical Center, Prescott, in January.

The Military Order of the Purple Heart #608's Major John R. Tapia, PhD., sponsored the event, and the Disabled America Veterans #16, and Korean War Veterans Association, H. Edward Reeves Chapter #311 supported it.

Commander Alfonso Santillan Jr. (Huichol Tribe) of the local Military Order of the Purple Heart reports the group has honored 431 warriors with this medal since its start in May 2007. This medallion comes from the heart of the American Indians to all veteran "warriors," men and women, who have served this great nation. The group's mission is to honor all veterans in Yavapai County one by one, Santillan said. This event is possible through donations and volunteers from veterans groups. There is no cost to the veteran.

For information contact: Commander Santillan at alfonso_santillan@msn.com