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September 29, 2011

P.M. UPDATE: Cherokee Nation offers program for combat veterans

The Cherokee Nation is partnering with the Tulsa Vet Center to offer area combat veterans help in readjusting to a peaceful civilian life, according to a media release.

The TVC is an extension of the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Matthew Tiger is a readjustment counselor with the TVC, and he works in its Tahlequah outreach station, located in the main Cherokee Nation tribal complex. He offers counseling to veterans and their families, individually and in groups.  

Tiger is forming a support group for combat veterans who have served in war zones during conflicts ranging from World War II to the Global War on Terrorism. Tiger said groups like the one he is putting together can be beneficial to veterans returning home from the battlefield and adjusting to peacetime life. He said many times there are barriers to gaining a veteran’s trust, and they often isolate themselves. But when veterans come together, they tend to be more comfortable and less guarded.

The combat veterans support group and other TVC services are available to veterans eligible for VA benefits. Meetings will regularly be held at Cherokee Nation facilities in Tahlequah and are open to all combat veterans, regardless of whether they are Native American.

Information: Tiger: (918) 453-5693 or matthew-tiger@cherokee.org.

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