Pictured is Edwin St. Clair from the Doya Natsu Healing Center along with VA Medical Center Executive Director Michael Kilmer. Submitted photo.

In August, veterans from the Richard Pogue Post 81 visited the Rocky Mountain Regional VA Medical Center in Aurora, Colo., to be part of a larger gathering between tribal veterans and VA medical center staff.

VA staff members participated in unique trainings led by tribal elders from six sovereign nations of the region. These trainings were held to help VA staff become familiar with and gain a better understanding of traditional cultural practices from Native American veterans. In order to help someone it’s important to understand who they are and where they come from.

Tribal veterans were also invited to build a sweat lodge on the medical center campus. Eastern Shoshone Tribal Veterans Representative (TVR) Lyle Wadda was a presenter for the staff training and also presented the flag to the medical center.

Mr. Wadda took with him a Shoshone tribal flag donated by the Shoshone Business Council. The flag was displayed along with other tribal flags in “Director’s Conference Room.” Director of the VA Eastern Colorado health care, Michael Kilmer accepted the donation.