Indian Warrior Association: San Diego
AMERICAN INDIAN WARRIORS ASSOCIATION AIWA Honor Color Guard members were invited to be a part of the Veterans Day festivities in Old Town San Diego on Nov. 11, 2011.
There were many local
Tribal Artists and other Native American related Institutional representatives
in attendance: botanical groups, Museum of man and the like. All were
assembled on the grassy plaza in the heart of the State park Prado.
When 51st District
Congressman Bob Filner came into the area we all moved to the flagpole
and the colors and things moved quickly from a blessing by Celia Flores,
Juaneno Elder to Assemblyman, Bob Filner. He was introduced by the days
organizer Minnie. He spoke to the debt our Nation owes our military female
and male Veterans and his efforts on the Veterans committee in Congress.
The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed S. 894, the Veterans Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2011. S. 894 passed the Senate on October 19, 2011. This measure will be sent to the White House, and the President is expected to sign it into law.
I am relieved that veterans will finally be seeing a cost-of-living increase. Veterans are in need of real help in this economy, and the Veterans Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2011 will provide some measure of assistance to our veterans.
The cost-of-living adjustment (COLA), which takes effect on December 1, 2011, would increase the rates of disability compensation for veterans with service-connected disabilities and the rates of dependency and indemnity compensation for survivors. These increases match the increases granted to Social Security recipients, which are expected to be 3.6 percent. This marks the first increase in two years.
The House passed
its version of the COLA bill, H.R. 1407, on May 23, 2011. This version
included a section extending the VAs authority to provide specially
adapted housing assistance to individuals residing temporarily in housing
owned by a family member. This authority was extended to December 2012
in P.L. 112-37, the Veterans Health Care Facilities Capital Improvement
Act of 2011, enacted on October 5, 2011.
I asked to be allowed to sing a song in honor of the Desert Storm and Iraq returning troops. With a hand drum I sang the Kiowa Desert storm song and with a gourd rattle, in respect for the home turf of the local Kumeyaay people, I sang a Wildcat challenge song. These songs were well received and appreciated as befitting the purpose of the day. Later a long known artist Guillermo came into the area. He has been working on a mural here in town for the past 5 months. He now lives in Taos, New Mexico and he had a hand drum and an urge to sing a few songs. We filled the area with round dance, Chumash and plains songs.
All in all, a good day, good times and good tunes for all our brothers and sisters in harms way this day-Veterans Day 2011. Mehan.
"The nation that makes a great distinction between its warriors and its scholars will have its thinking done by cowards and its fighting done by fools" -Thucydides
AIWA Secretary/ Historian, Roy Cook