For Immediate Release
Nov. 22, 2019
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Citizen attends White House conference
Issues faced by contemporary Native Veterans discussed
WASHINGTON — Muscogee (Creek) citizen and Naval officer Capt. Calvin Foster was invited to attend the Supporting Contemporary Native American Veterans Conference Nov. 19 at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building at the White House.
The conference hosted nearly 200 Native American and Alaska Native Veterans, active duty service members, and state, local and tribal Veterans’ champions to honor the legacy of Native Americans in the military.
During the conference discussion was facilitated on issues faced by contemporary Native American Veterans such as housing, job training, entrepreneurship and pathways to prosperity post-service.
Attendees interacted with several Federal leaders from the White House, Department of Veterans Affairs, Department of the Interior, Department of Labor, Small Business Administration and several other agencies, including Vice President Mike Pence.
“Native Americans have bravely served our country in uniform and we are forever grateful for the contribution they have made to the life of our nation,” Pence posted on Twitter following the event.
Foster said it was an honor to attend the conference and hear Pence speak about the critical role of Native American families and tribes play in supporting Veterans.
“I left the event encouraged in the unity of Native American and Alaska Native Veterans in our nation’s defense and greatly appreciate the President’s commitment and support to our tribes and our veterans,” he said.
(Photo credit: Vice President Mike Pence twitter)