LEUPP, Ariz. — On Nov. 3, Council Delegate Walter Phelps attended a Veterans Day celebration hosted by the Leupp Chapter in honor of women veterans from Leupp and surrounding communities.
Phelps, who represents the community of Leupp as a member of the Navajo Nation Council, said the honorable service, strength, and resiliency of women veterans need to be recognized and commended throughout the Navajo Nation.
“The Navajo Nation needs to increase awareness of women veterans. They have proven that they have the resiliency and inspiration as male veterans in the times of conflict and they played a major role in our nation’s history. They are the leaders of our homes, communities and the public sector,” Phelps said.
During the celebration, community leaders recognized and honored women veterans, who are also members of the American Legion “Curtis-Huskon” Post 112 of Leupp.
Phelps helped pin recognition medals of the women veterans and also participated in a parade near the chapter following the pinning ceremony.
Chee stated that women veterans have served with honor and distinction in the military to protect the freedom of the nation through sacrifice and they deserve equal recognition.
“Our Navajo women warriors need to be treated with the same dignity and respect as male veterans. The Veterans Administration, community leaders, and policy makers need to advocate for women veterans. Overall, continue to pray for our women warriors and their families, because they face the same challenges and obstacles as any other veteran,” Chee said.
Also in attendance was Navajo Nation Vice President Jonathan Nez, Coconino County District 4 supervisor Jim Parks and Navajo Nation Veterans Administration interim director Ryan Sandoval.