Archive for Veterans

Grant Assists with Homeless Veterans in Cherokee

Cherokee Seed Corn Inc. has been awarded a $10,123 grant from the Evergreen Foundation based out of Waynesville. The grant is to help renovate 10 rooms and a kitchen/dining area at the Home Stead Motel to serve homeless veterans.

The Veteran Housing is the pilot project for the 7th generation programs that Cherokee Seed Corn Inc. is focused on. Plans are to expand to family housing to reconnect veteran families as the veteran is more capable of adjusting to civilian life. Future projects will be announced as funding becomes available.

Two Veterans Honored by USET

United South and Eastern Tribes, Incorporated’s (USET) honored two veterans of U.S. armed forces, who are citizens of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. USET presented plaques and blankets show appreciation of their service to Sam Lambert and Ernest D. Panther during the opening ceremonies of the 2015 Semi-Annual Meeting in Mashantucket, Connecticut.

Sam Lambert is a Vietnam veteran, who served three west pacific tours and two Vietnam tours of duty while serving in the United State Navy from 1966 through 1972. Lambert earned the rank off Boatswains Mate 3rd Class and served on the board from Landing Craft Carrier LKA USS Union.

Ernest Panther is a retired staff sergeant from the United States Air Force, who enlisted in 1955 and was assigned to the 3555 Instillation Group at Perrin Air Force Base in Texas and retired in 1975 with more than 21 years of service. In addition to his service, which took him to Japan and various points in the United States, Panther was also on special detail as participant in the inauguration of President John F. Kennedy.

“You are not just veterans of the United States Armed forces. You are valued warriors who have protected our Tribal nations’ sovereignty and are honored members of Indian Country. The plaques and blankets are only small tokens of the tireless work and service you have given to Indian Country by promoting veteran affairs,” USET President Brian Patterson said to Lambert and Panther.


DVA-logoThe North Carolina Division of Veterans Affairs, is collaborating with the NC Division of Motor Vehicles and the Motor Vehicle Network to build awareness for veterans’ services. This interagency partnership is an example of how the NCDVA is reaching veterans across North Carolina. The MVN is a closed circuit television network located at 124 Driver’s License Offices statewide that broadcasts messages to DMV patrons. The pilot project of the new NCDVA veteran outreach effort has the potential to reach many veterans and their supporters. Current messaging provides veterans with information about the NC Women Veterans Summit and Expo to be held on April 17, 2014 at the North Carolina National Guard Joint Force Headquarters in Raleigh. There, women veterans will have direct access to information and services offered by NCDVA and many others. For more information visit www.ncdot.gov/dmv.