Southwest Native American Veterans Association

Southwest Native American Veterans Association The Southwest Native American Veterans Association (SWNAVA) educates and assists Native American veterans and their families with entitlements & benefits.

SWNAVA provides education and information for Native vets and their families to obtain benefits. Other resources include: Veterans Benefits Administration: www.benefits.va.gov/benefits/ VA's Office of Tribal Government Relations: www.va.gov/tribalgovernment/ VA's Center for Minority Veterans: www.va.gov/centerforminorityveterans/ VA's Native American Direct Home Loan: www.benefits.va.gov/homeloans/nadl.asp Small Business Administration's Loans for Veterans: www.sba.gov/blogs/business-loan-opportunities-military-veterans-2014 Indian Health Service VA Reimbursement for Direct Care to Tribal Veterans: www.va.gov/opa/pressrel/pressrelease.cfm?id=2409

SWNAVA provides education and information for Native vets and their families to obtain benefits. Other resources include: Veterans Benefits Administration: www.benefits.va.gov/benefits/ VA's Office of Tribal Government Relations: www.va.gov/tribalgovernment/ VA's Center for Minority Veterans: www.va.gov/centerforminorityveterans/ VA's Native American Direct Home Loan: www.benefits.va.gov/homeloans/nadl.asp Small Business Administration's Loans for Veterans: www.sba.gov/blogs/business-loan-opportunities-military-veterans-2014 Indian Health Service VA Reimbursement for Direct Care to Tribal Veterans: www.va.gov/opa/pressrel/pressrelease.cfm?id=2409

Mission: The mission of the Southwest Native American Veterans Association (SWNAVA) is to educate and assist Native American Veterans without regard to branch of armed forces, or combat status with regards to veterans rights, entitlements and benefits.

Operating as usual

#WarriorWednesday Thank you for your service, Ms. Ola “Millie” Rexroat! #NatveVets #USArmy #WomenWarriors #WWII
08/18/2016
Native Women's Group Honors WWII Lakota Pilot

#WarriorWednesday Thank you for your service, Ms. Ola “Millie” Rexroat! #NatveVets #USArmy #WomenWarriors #WWII

A Lakota elder who is the only known Native American military pilot to serve in World War Two has been honored by a national Native American Women’s group.

Congrats to Joane Mathews, who is now serving as Wisconsin's first female general officer in the #Army National Guard. S...
08/17/2016
‘Very Honored’: Lac Du Flambeau Woman First Female Army National Guard General

Congrats to Joane Mathews, who is now serving as Wisconsin's first female general officer in the #Army National Guard. She was a maintenance test pilot in Germany and a flight instructor at Fort Rucker. Mathews also served in the no-fly zone of northern Iraq as part of Operation Provide Comfort, which helped protect Kurdish refugees after #DesertStorm. #NativeVets

Joane Mathews has many firsts in her combined active duty and National Guard military career.

Joining us for the 3rd annual SWNAVA Regional Conference next month? Don't forget to make your reservations at the Shera...
08/16/2016
Albuquerque Hotel | Sheraton Albuquerque Uptown Hotel

Joining us for the 3rd annual SWNAVA Regional Conference next month? Don't forget to make your reservations at the Sheraton.

In the heart of Albuqueruqe New Mexico, Sheraton Albuquerque Uptown is steps away from shopping, dining and entertainment.

Housing issues & #veteran home loans will be discussed at the during the 3rd Annual SWNAVA Regional Conference. For more...
08/15/2016
Ending All Native Homelessness Next Federal Target

Housing issues & #veteran home loans will be discussed at the during the 3rd Annual SWNAVA Regional Conference. For more info on this free event, go to http://swnava.org/conference/. #NativeVets

The multi-agency effort just announced by the federal government to alleviate Native American veteran homelessness may just be the tip of the iceberg.

Thank you NM National Guard Brig. Gen. Judy Griego for your service! Brig. Gen. Griego was a speaker last year for the a...
08/13/2016
First NM female Nat'l Guard Brig. Gen. retires

Thank you NM National Guard Brig. Gen. Judy Griego for your service! Brig. Gen. Griego was a speaker last year for the annual SWNAVA Regional Conference. For info on this year's conference, go to http://swnava.org/conference/.

New Mexico National Guard Brig. Gen. Judy Griego said her retirement day was bittersweet, full of la ...

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) has been charged by Congress with establishing a Nationa...
08/13/2016
National Native American Veterans Memorial | National Museum of the American Indian

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) has been charged by Congress with establishing a National #Native American #Veterans Memorial. Consultation meetings have been scheduled through 2016. The next one is scheduled Oct. 5 in Sacaton. #NativeVets

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) has been charged by Congress with establishing a National Native American Veterans Memorial, to give “all Americans the opportunity to learn of the proud and courageous tradition of service of Native Americans in the Armed Forces of the...

Have a good weekend! Don't forget to sign up for SWNAVA's fundraising golf tournament Sept. 22, which kicks off the SWNA...
08/12/2016
2016 Conference

Have a good weekend! Don't forget to sign up for SWNAVA's fundraising golf tournament Sept. 22, which kicks off the SWNAVA Regional #Veterans Conference. Contact John Lewis at (505) 514-8327 or [email protected] for more info.

For general conference info: http://swnava.org/conference/

2016 Conference Empowering Native American Veterans to Improve Their Quality of Life ConferenceAgendaGolf TournamentGourd DanceVeteran's BallBooth InformationHotelRegistration InformationSponsorship Opportunities The mission of the Southwest Native American Veterans Association, Inc. is to provide t...

#FlashbackFriday A photo of the Ysleta del Sur Pueblo Tigua Indians #Veterans Association from #ElPaso, Texas, during th...
08/12/2016

#FlashbackFriday A photo of the Ysleta del Sur Pueblo Tigua Indians #Veterans Association from #ElPaso, Texas, during the inaugural SWNAVA conference in 2014. Thank you for your service!

For info on the free 3rd annual conference, go to http://swnava.org/conference/ #NatveVets #USArmy #USAF #USMC #USNavy #Oorah

Join us for a town hall meeting with state & federal representatives September 22 during the 3rd Annual SWNAVA Regional ...
08/12/2016

Join us for a town hall meeting with state & federal representatives September 22 during the 3rd Annual SWNAVA Regional Conference. For more info on this free event, go to http://swnava.org/conference/. #NativeVets

Please join us for a gourd dance to honor our veterans during the 3rd Annual SWNAVA Regional Conference. The event is fr...
08/11/2016
2016 Conference

Please join us for a gourd dance to honor our veterans during the 3rd Annual SWNAVA Regional Conference. The event is free & open to the public. #NativeVets

For general conference info, go to http://swnava.org/conference/.

2016 Conference Empowering Native American Veterans to Improve Their Quality of Life ConferenceAgendaGolf TournamentGourd DanceVeteran's BallBooth InformationHotelRegistration InformationSponsorship Opportunities The mission of the Southwest Native American Veterans Association, Inc. is to provide t...

#ThrowbackThursday Hats off to our female colleagues who have served. Below is an essay recapping the #Native women who ...
08/11/2016
Women In Military Service For America Memorial

#ThrowbackThursday Hats off to our female colleagues who have served. Below is an essay recapping the #Native women who served in the early years. Thank you ladies for your service! #NatveVets
#USArmy #USAF #USMC #USNavy #Oorah

Written by: Judith Bellafaire, Ph.D., Curator Women In Military Service For America Memorial Foundation, [email protected]

Join us for the 3rd annual SWNAVA fundraising golf tournament, which kicks off the SWNAVA Southwest Native American Regi...
08/10/2016

Join us for the 3rd annual SWNAVA fundraising golf tournament, which kicks off the SWNAVA Southwest Native American Regional #Veterans Conference. Contact John Lewis at (505) 514-8327 or [email protected] for more info.

For general conference info: http://swnava.org/conference/

Southwest Native American Veterans Association's cover photo
08/10/2016

Southwest Native American Veterans Association's cover photo

Voter Registration ends today in New Mexico.  Veterans, are you registered to vote in the 2016 June Primary Election? Vi...
05/10/2016
New Mexico Secretary of State

Voter Registration ends today in New Mexico. Veterans, are you registered to vote in the 2016 June Primary Election? Visit the New Mexico Secretary of State website for more information.

The Secretary of State is pleased to announce the launch of online voter registration. Eligible New Mexico citizens can now update their existing registration or register for the first time anywhere they can get online. All you need is a state-issued I.D.

Seminole Nation of Oklahoma and the VA sign a Memorandum of Understanding to assist Seminole  Veterans in building homes...
05/02/2016
VA Helps Seminole Vets Get Homes

Seminole Nation of Oklahoma and the VA sign a Memorandum of Understanding to assist Seminole Veterans in building homes on their tribal land. Find out more about the Native American Direct Loan Program at VA.gov

Through memorandums of understanding (MOU) with specific tribes, the Department of Veterans Affairs is finding ways to get home loans to Native vets.

The Southwest Native American Veterans Association honors the Pueblo of Ysleta del Sur Veterans and Bear Claw Society. T...
05/02/2016

The Southwest Native American Veterans Association honors the Pueblo of Ysleta del Sur Veterans and Bear Claw Society. Thank you for your service.

Stay connected with the VA's Office of Tribal Government Relations. Learn more about their mission, important events and...
04/29/2016
Office of Tribal Government Relations Home

Stay connected with the VA's Office of Tribal Government Relations. Learn more about their mission, important events and initiatives taking place in Indian Country. A great resource for Native American Veterans.

Tribal Governmental Relations

Southwest Native American Veterans Association
04/28/2016

Southwest Native American Veterans Association

Are you a Veteran or know a Veteran who would like to apply for VA Health Benefits? Find out how to apply by phone, onli...
04/28/2016
Easy Ways to Apply for Enrollment - Health Benefits

Are you a Veteran or know a Veteran who would like to apply for VA Health Benefits? Find out how to apply by phone, online, in person and by mail.

The very first step in obtaining access to your VA Health Benefits is to apply for enrollment. Effective immediately, Veterans who served in a theater of combat operations after November 11, 1998, can complete applications for enrollment in VA health care by telephone without the need for a signed p…

Times are changing for women serving in the military.  This article from militarytimes.com addresses the issue of women ...
04/28/2016
House panel votes to make women register for the draft

Times are changing for women serving in the military. This article from militarytimes.com addresses the issue of women registering for selective service. Read more about it.

Women 18 to 26 will have to register with the Selective Service System and would be eligible to be drafted into service

Marine Vietnam Veterans reunite. Oorah Devil Dogs.
04/27/2016
For four Marines, reunion photo after 50 years means getting it right

Marine Vietnam Veterans reunite. Oorah Devil Dogs.

Saturday morning, on the sun-drenched Atlantic shore of Cinnamon Beach on Florida's northeast coast, four Marine veterans gathered around a yellow longboard turned upright, trying to re-create a moment from five decades earlier.

04/27/2016
Step-by-Step Filing of an Electronic FDC on eBenefits

Utilize technology for filing for compensation. Learn more about eBenefits.

This video walks you through the step-by-step process for filing an electronic Fully Developed Claim (FDC) for disability compensation on the VA/DoD eBenefit...

04/26/2016

Good Afternoon to all our Southwest Native American Veteran Association family and friends. Today I would like to introduce two of our newest board members. First is our new Vice-Chairman Mr. Joe Rosetta from the Pueblo of Santo Domingo. Second, is Brad Lakin USMC retired and the Employment Initiative Director for the New Mexico Employer Suppport for the Guard and Reserve (ESGR). They bring a wealth of knowledge to our team and are dedicated to the mission of assisting our Native American Veterans in the Southwest.
We would like to thank our outgoing board members; Ramus Suina, Howard Richards and Perry Benally for all their hard work and support for our Veterans during previous years.
We look forward to continuing to work hard for our Native American Veterans in the Southwest.
Semper Fidelis,
Chairman Trujillo

On behalf of the Southwest Native American Veterans Association, I take great pleasure in wishing our Veterans and their...
11/11/2015

On behalf of the Southwest Native American Veterans Association, I take great pleasure in wishing our Veterans and their families a "Happy Veterans Day." We thank you and honor you for your dedication and service to our country. - Chairman Trujillo

11/04/2015

Join us at the 17th Annual Native American Veterans Health and Wellness Symposium sponsored by the Indian Health Service and the Veterans Administration. The event will be held at the Isleta Casino and Resort on Friday November 7th 2015. The event is FREE. Meet key Veterans Representatives and network with other Veterans from the area. For more information or to register contact Grace Baca at 505.248.4600 / 4714 or e-mail at [email protected]. Hope to see you there.
Semper Fi,
Chairman Trujillo

09/23/2015

Thank you to everyone who came out to the 2015 SWNAVA Regional Veterans Conference. Your support and attendance made it a success. Special thanks to Governor Torres, the Isleta Pueblo Council and the Isleta Resort and Casino for your gracious hospitality. We look forward to seeing you again next year.
Semper Fidelis,
Chairman Trujillo

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718 Central SW
Albuquerque, NM
87102

Opening Hours

Monday 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00

Telephone

(505) 366-1560

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