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Native American Veterans - Storytelling for Healing

Published: October 3, 2012
Native Veterans

Resources for Native Veterans

Native veteran Eddie &quot;EJ&quot Crandell, Robinson Rancheria Band of Pomo Indians, Army, Operation Iraqi Freedom; CollectionThe publications and websites listed on this page do not reflect a comprehensive listing of all existing resources; however, they do provide a variety of the types of resources available in print and on the Internet.


  • Cantrell, Bridget, Ph.D. and Dean, Chuck. Down Range to Iraq and Back. Seattle: Wordsmith Publishing, 2005.
  • Hart II, Ashley B. Ph.D, An Operators Manual for Combat PTSD: Essays for Coping. Lincoln: iUniverse.com, Inc., 2000.
  • Holm, Tom. Strong Hearts, Wounded Souls: Native American Vietnam Veterans. University of Texas Press, 1996.
  • Johnson, Kendall, Ph.D. After the Storm: Healing After Trauma, Tragedy and Terror. Alameda: Hunter House Inc. Publishers, 2006.
  • Kahele, Rose. “In Country.” Hana Hou: The Magazine of Hawaiian Airlines. Vol. 11, No. 3. June/July 2008.
  • Kent, Jim. “American Indians Have Proud Tradition of Military Service.” Voice of America, May 2007.
  • Robinson, Gary and Lucas, Phil. From Warriors to Soldiers: The History of Native American Service in the United States Military. New York: iUniverse.com, Inc., 2008.
  • Tick, Edward, Ph.D. War and the Soul: Healing our nation’s Veterans from Post-traumatic Stress Disorder. Wheaton: Quest Books, 2005.
  • U.S. Department of the Interior, Office of Indian Affairs. Indians in the War. Haskell Printing Department, 1945. Online: http://www.history.navy.mil/library/online/indians.htm
  • Walle, Alf H. The Path of Handsome Lake: A Model of Recovery for Native People. Information Age Publishing Inc., 2004.


The link below is to a U.S. Department of Defense publication, 20th Century Warriors: Native American Participation in the United States Military, which provides readers with an overview of contributions specific to that time period.

Service and Resource Sites for Veterans and their families

  • Vet Centers provide readjustment counseling and outreach services toall veterans who served in any combat zone. Services are also available for their family members for military related issues. Veterans have earned these benefits through their service and all are provided at no cost to the veteran or family. Locations for all 232 Veteran Centers are listed.
    Vet Center Website: http://www.vetcenter.va.gov/
  • Native Domain Programs: http://www.ruralhealth.va.gov/native/programs.asp
  • National Center on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Website: http://www.ptsd.va.gov/

Site designed to educate, support or honor Native Veterans

  • http://firstwarrior.com/ A photo essay website designed to recognize and honor the military service of America’s First People.

Eddie "EJ" Crandell, Robinson Rancheria Band of Pomo Indians, Army, Operation Iraqi FreedomCollection of medicine objects: goard, tobacco, sage, and medicine bagLanny Asepermy, Comanche/Kiowa, Army, Vietnam

Last Reviewed: October 4, 2016