Public Hearings Push Veterans Concerns & Approval of Navajo Veterans Act

Thus far there have been seven public hearings held across the Navajo Nation in places like Chinle, Tuba City, Nenahnezad and Crownpoint to name a few. The public hearings and presentations were all conducted in Navajo and English.   Information on the events have been distributed to media outlets and veterans organizations.

During these initial hearings, veterans and attendees asked for a follow-up hearing to ensure that their recommendations were incorporated into the revised document that is the Veterans Act.

As a result of this continued collaboration a second follow-up public hearing has been set for Monday, Jan. 11th at the Gallup New Mexico University campus, Student Services and Technology Building, Conference room from 10 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Before the Veterans Act was submitted for legislation it was redrafted to include concerns and suggested recommendations from veterans.  Because of this, the new draft will be the subject of Monday’s public hearing at UNM Gallup.

Documents related to each hearing are available online at the Navajo Department of Veterans Affairs website at:

The Veterans Act legislation, sponsored by Honorable Council Delegate Jonathan Hale, was signed on Thursday, Dec. 7, by Navajo Nation Council Speaker Lorenzo Bates.  It was assigned Tracking Number: 0006-16 and is posted on the Navajo Nation Councils website at:

From here the legislation will go forward the to the Navajo Nation Law and Order Committee, Health, Education and Human Services Committee, and the Naabik’yati Committee.  OPVP urges all veterans and interested individuals to follow meeting schedules on the Navajo Nation Council website and submit all comments to


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