September 16, 2020
Presentations on American Indian Alaska Native Veterans’ Topics
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TRIBAL VETERAN REPRESENTATIVES
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9/16/20 WEDNESDAY 3:00 pm ET; 2:00 pm CT; 1:00 pm MT; 12:00 pm PT; 11:00 am Alaska
Increase understanding of the roles and duties of Tribal Veteran Service Officers (TVSOs) and Tribal Vet-eran Representatives (TVRs), the work they do, accreditation, and how they help deliver services to vet-erans living in Indian Country. This will inform tribes/states without TVSOs/TVRs on how they can better serve their own veterans as well as educate non-Native veteran advocates on engaging with tribes. The presentations will cover information from a wide geographical perspective, including tribes in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Arizona, and Oklahoma.
Kerry R. Metoxen Manager, Oneida Nation Veterans Department. Retired Air Force. Tribal Veterans Service Officer for 17+ years. Accredited with Wisconsin Dept of Veterans Affairs and National Assoc of County Veteran Service Officers.
James Miller Field Operations Supervisor, Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs. Operation Joint Endeavor and Operation Iraqi Freedom Veteran. Began military career in the U.S. Army and served 26 years in both the Regular and Minnesota National Guard. Serves as the Department Tribal Liaison since January 2008.
Eugene “Geno” Talas Manager, Hopi Veterans Services. Geno was raised on the Hopi Indian Reservation in Moenkopi village and is Bamboo/Reed clan and retired from the US Air Force in 2004 in the rank of Chief Master Sergeant, serving 30 years from the Vietnam era to the Iraqi War. Hopi Veterans Services was first tribal office in AZ to conduct VA compensation / pension claims using web camera internet connection for Hopi Veterans and AZ Department of Veterans Services claims officers .
Michael Robbins Tribal Veterans Program Coordinator, Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. Working for the Choctaw Nation for 8 years and a certified Veteran Service Officer for 3 years. Served in Army 2008-2012 and National Guard 2013-2017. Earned Bachelor of Science in Occupational Safety and Health. He will graduate with MBA with Finance emphasis in Dec 2020 from Southeastern Oklahoma State University.