By Claire Spinner
Cronkite News 

Group steps up to get supplies to Navajo veterans during pandemic

 

Last updated 6/7/2021 at 10:43am

Courtesy of Native American Sustainability for Veterans and Those in Uniform

Volunteers deliver supplies to the Navajo Nation t help veterans living on the reservation. The efforts were coordinated by a new grou called Native American Sustainability for Veterans and Those in Uniform.

PHOENIX-It started with chain saws and a will to serve.

When COVID-19 first struck the United States, the Navajo Nation was hit hard. Within months, infection rates across the reservation were the highest in the country, and death rates skyrocketed.

Among those affected: about 5,000 United States veterans who live on the reservation, which covers parts of Arizona, New Mexico and Utah.

In March 2020, when Tom Eisiminger and Bob Dalpe heard of the struggles facing Navajo veterans amid the pandemic, they felt it was their duty to help. Only later would their effort come to have an official nam...



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