Remembering those who gave the most and returned to the least.
The Veteran's Radio Hour is aired Sunday mornings on Kili Radio, voice of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota: http://www.kiliradio.org/
The Veteran's Hour covers current indigenous veteran's news on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation and also gives a voice to veteran's needs around the country.
Recently interviews have been conducted with Francisco Lopez, a veteran who was deported to Juarez, Mexico seventeen years ago. He was six years old when he came to the United States.
When Francisco joined the military , officials told him that, "when I took the oath to serve the United States of America, I would be a citizen." Honorably discharged after serving in Vietnam, he was deported after 40 years here.
The Veteran's Radio Hour raises awareness about these and other issues facing our nation's veteran's, shining a light on those who otherwise would be forgotten.
We are currently raising awareness assisting and advocating for deported veterans at the Juarez Bunker Support House in Chihuahua, Mexico. They are in need of food, clothing, equipment such as computers, long-term shelter and basic necessities.
When deported from the United States to Juarez, Mexico, veterans are taken from their families, with only the clothes on their backs, driven across the international bridge and deposited without any means of sustenance or support.
United States veteran's are stripped of accumulated social security benefits and cannot access VA facilities to obtain needed medical care and medication.
Last year a deported veteran was found sleeping on the streets of Juarez. He had been there for three years with no means of support.
Others have since died in deportation away from families and loved ones in the United States. Good enough to fight in our nation's wars, but not good enough to live in the country they fought and suffered for? Our nation's veteran's deserve better...
We remember the Indigenous Dega/Montegnaard people who were recruited by the U.S. during the Vietnam war with the promise that they would not be left behind, "even in the worse case scenario." The Montegnaard lost half of their male population in service to America.
In 1975, 2000 Montegnaards gathered on a beach waiting for a promised Navy ship that never came. Since that time more than 250,000 Montegnaard soldiers have been tortured and killed, or sent to "reeducation" camps. 85 percent of their villages have been destroyed. This systemic extermination continues today.
Some Montegnaard veterans and family members who made it to the United States with the help of Special Forces Veterans and who have been given permanent residency, but not citizenship, have subsequently faced deportation back to Vietnam.
Stand with All Relations United to support and advocate for the remaining Montegnaard brothers and their families who are still being persecuted in Vietnam.
No soldier should ever be left behind, especially to face genocide...
Veterans on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation are in desperate need of food and basic necessities.
Currently veteran's from our nation's wars including Iraq, Desert Storm and Vietnam are housed at the shelter. A veteran in his 80's from the Korean War has also taken refuge at the shelter and is in poor condition. All are disabled.
We are asking for donations to help fund a food pantry, as well as to purchase essentials including soap, shampoo, toilet paper and
Please go to the DONATE button on our home page to give via Paypal, or send a check to All Relations United,
P.O. Box 13794, Las Cruces, NM 88012.
All donations are tax deductible and will go directly to help the homeless veterans.
El Calvario Advocacy Center is working with All Relations United to give support to our veteran's who have been deported. Giving all in service to our country, especially serving in our nation's wars should confer automatic U.S. citizenship.
Instead, some of our veteran's are being deported back to the countries they came from. Many times they came in their youth and oftentimes do not speak the language of their birth country, have no connections there and no visible means of support.
Through El Calvario's Advocacy Center we are working with an immigration attorney in Las Cruces, New Mexico to review the cases of veterans currently in deportation status and prevent further deportations to be carried out without a required hearing.
All Relations United partners with Cruces Creatives, a non-profit makerspace helping us to help our veterans.
Recently All Relations United obtained a laptop computer donated by Cruces Creatives for our veterans who have been deported to Juarez.
Cruces Creatives is committed to fostering economic development, furthering education, supporting the arts, protecting the environment, strengthening social connections, and advancing science and technology.
It connects people with the tools, training, and community to make practically anything. They are a great asset to our veterans and our community.