Like many Veterans, Brandon brought the war home: Combat had changed him. This proud son of Wisconsin’s Ho-Chunk Nation, whose family members include the tribal chief and a Vietnam combat Veteran, needed help.
Encouraged by loved ones, he sought care at the Minneapolis VA — and by using his VA benefits to receive treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder and get an education, this young Marine Veteran built a new life and career, producing Native American music.
Hear and share Brandon’s story.
“Anything that you might have going on,” Brandon says, “that’s what the VA’s for and there are plenty of people there to help you.”
Brandon shared his experience in hopes of helping other Veterans. He’s one of dozens of Veterans telling their stories at Explore.VA.gov, a site that allows Veterans to learn about and apply for the benefits they’ve earned.
Beyond benefits like health care and education, which all eligible Veterans may receive, VA has programs and services specifically for Native American Veterans like Brandon.
For instance, through a partnership with the Indian Health Service, VA is expanding home-based primary health care services to tribal lands and adjacent rural areas.
Direct home loans are also available to eligible Native American Veterans who want to buy, build, or improve homes on federal trust lands through VA’s Native American Direct Loan program. (All qualifying Veterans also can use VA’s home loan guaranty program.)
VA’s Office of Tribal Government Relations, established in 2011 to strengthen collaboration between VA and American Indians and Alaska Natives who served, coordinates these initiatives and other VA benefits, programs, and services for Veterans living in tribal communities
Hear from Brandon and others and learn more about VA benefits for Native American Veterans — and all Veterans — at Explore.VA.gov.