In July, 756 VVA Chapter delegates representing 75, 363 members passed a resolution supporting the American Indian Veterans Memorial, Inc. (AIVMI) in their efforts to raise money for the new ‘Education Center at the Wall’ in Washington, D.C.
Collaborating with the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF), AIVMI plans for the education center to be built near the Vietnam Veterans Memorial; and for it to house an exhibit that will give the proper recognition to the American Indian, Alaskan Native and Pacific Islander veterans who proudly served in the Armed Forces of the United States.
AIVMI is a native-led, non-profit organization founded by Seminole Tribe member Stephen Bowers in 2011. Its mission is to raise awareness of the contributions and sacrifices of American Indian, Alaska Native and Pacific Islander veterans who have fought in all military conflicts and wars involving the United States, since the Revolutionary War.
In World War I, tribes first used their native languages as code to transmit messages in the field. In World War II, 33 tribes had ‘code talkers’ serve in the military. The Navajo Nation tribal members were recruited by the United States Marine Corp, and developed a unique code using their language that helped win the war in the Pacific.
During the Vietnam War, more than 42, 000 American Indians, Alaskan Natives and Pacific Islanders served in all branches of the military. Three American Indians were awarded the Medal of Honor.
These veterans have earned, and should receive, the full acknowledgement of their service to the United States on the National Mall.
Source: The AIVMI Blog