Johnny J Kidwell Plans to launch Facility for Care of Veterans.
A multi-generational facility to encourage the interaction and support of warriors helping warriors.
“ My ultimate goal is the creation of a warrior care center.”
Veteran Support Is Needed.
Since before recorded history the Cherokees have honored and revered their warriors. Today, Cherokee warriors continue to serve. In just this century since 9/11, almost 19% of Native Americans served in the Armed Forces and current estimates show that nearly 31,000 Native American men and women are wearing uniforms today. Our Nation’s efforts to recognize our Warriors are positive steps in the right direction.
Sadly, far too many of our young men and women are returning home with physical and mental health issues that hinder their ability to reintegrate into society. Protecting those who served is one of the most important things we can do as a Nation. We have to expand current healthcare and mental health programs to utilize telemedicine and virtual meetings to help At-Large as well as in nation veterans. As a tribe, we must ensure our healthcare system is expanded to treat and aid in the recovery of trauma, depression and anxiety.
My ultimate goal is the creation of a warrior care center. A state-of-the-art retirement, rehabilitation and reunion complex open to all honorably discharged CN veterans. A multi-generational facility to encourage the interaction and support of warriors helping warriors.