Honoring our Native Warriors and their families
Native American Veterans Association
Candidate Vince Smith
Looking Back/Looking Forward
I want to congratulate NAVA's newly elected officers and the members of our Association who have entrusted us with the growth of the Association. As your new Post Commander/President, I will uphold your trust, and support all the new officers this year and help NAVA grow to new heights.
We recognize it is the perfect time to recommit to what should never change. Our work must always be consistent with our vision and mission: "We are a non-profit organization that prepares and educates veterans organizations, community health agencies, government leaders, educational institutions, and the Native American community to bring the deserved services to Native American veterans and veterans at large.
A "thank you" to all the past Post Commanders, Mario Salgado, Post Vice Commander Micheal Wayne, Sergeant at Arms Anthony Quesada, and the appointed officers Ron Gallegos Post Vice Commander /Treasurer, who generously given time to NAVA over the past few years.
Those mentioned are just a few of the people who donated their time to make NAVA the Association it is today. If you get a chance, thank these people for all their hard work. Also, I hope you donate some of your time to help as well. The best way to say "thanks" is to contact one of the new officers and volunteer your time to the Association.
Lastly, I would like to thank NAVA consultants, partners, and the people in our community and across the United States, and around the world. Without all of their support, none of our historical achievements would have been possible.
I look forward to working with the members of the 2014-2015 NAVA Executive Board of Directors as we continue to bring the highest level of veteran's services to the Native American community.
In the Spirit of Gathering,
Ted Tenorio, Post Commander
"The warrior, for us, is one who sacrifices himself for the good of others. His task is to take care of the elderly, the defenseless, those wo cannot provide for themselves, and above all, the children - the future of humanity."