Coming home to see these Warriors broken and battered is heart-breaking. So many of our vets are facing grave economic crisis and substandard living conditions. We had to do something about it. That’s why Native Vets (NAVA) was born.
Our founder is Major Clay Ramsey, and our board of directors include Charles Little Spotted Horse, Charlotte Moore, Brandy Maxcy, and Tonya Belile. The rest of the team includes Logistics Director Will Burritt and Programs Director Ed Vocu Jr.
I enlisted in the United States Marine Corps 35 years ago. The Marines helped me to go to college to be an officer in the Marines. I started out as a private in the infantry and ended my career as a reserve Major. I was fortunate. However, many others have not been so fortunate. That is why we have decided to do every thing we can to help these honorable Native American Warriors with a hand-up. I have worked with hundreds of programs on dozens of reservations helping people. We know what we are doing as a trusted partner in Indian Country.
My name is Charles Little Spotted Horse. I joined the Marines to serve my country as a true Lakota Warrior. I never knew I would return to the economic depression I left years before with a disability. I am not angry – service to our country is what we warriors do. Natives have always served in the Armed Forces. I am incredibly proud to be on the board of Native American Veterans Assistance and incredibly proud to be a Marine for life – once a Marine, always a Marine.