Veterans Program
Veterans Event group photo

About the Program

On September 28, 2023, the Wichita Executive Committee approved a $100,000 budget for FY-2024 for the Veterans Program. Funds were also allocated for the two surveys for Veterans the Tribe sent out.

As we begin to develop a Veterans Program, some of the things that the Program will help work on are:

  • VA Cemetery grant
  • Locating all Veteran graves at Rock Spring Cemetery and other cemeteries
  • Veterans monument
  • Maintaining the list of Veterans and their branch of service
  • MOU-IHS (Billing)
  • VA Loan Program
  • Color Guard and Jr. Color Guard
  • Benefits and compensation assistance
  • Stand Down Event
  • Keeping up with the national Veterans TAC
  • Setting up an office
  • Finding resources for suicide prevention for Veterans
  • Helping respond to consultations
  • Veterans Homes/HUD VHash
  • Making sure our Veterans get the health care they need
  • Veterans Day events
  • Memorial Day events
  • Assisting Veterans family survivors
  • Providing Veteran activities
  • Meeting with other tribal Veteran Programs
  • Providing data on the population of our Veterans
  • Staffing the program
  • Purchasing equipment for the program for events
  • Making sure that Veteran activities are culturally appropriate
  • Preserving Veteran songs
  • Participating in the Annual Dance
  • Making sure the Color Guard is invited to Tribal events
  • Addressing homelessness of Veterans
  • Incorporating all of the ideas into a 5 year plan

To learn more about the Veterans Program, please download the President’s Veterans Report:

Veterans Information Form

Are you a Wichita Veteran and/or Wichita active military tribal member? If so, please fill out the form below to be added to our database.

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Please upload the following documents: DD-214 (Veterans), Military ID (active military), photo in military uniform
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    Contact Us

    Veterans Program Director

    Larry Topaum
    (405) 247-2425, ext. 315

    Office Address

    122 W. Broadway St.
    Anadarko, OK 73005

    NADL Program

    On December 27, 2023, the Wichita Executive Committee, by a vote of 5-0-0, approved Resolution-WT-24-086 authorizing the President to execute a Memorandum of Understanding with the Department of Veteran Affairs for the Native American Direct Loan (NADL) Program.

    NADL provides home loans to eligible Native American Veterans for housing on Federal Trust land or to reduce the interest rate. Before the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) can consider a NADL application from a Veteran living on Federal Trust Land, VA and the tribe or sovereign body governing the Federal Trust Land where the home is or will be located must enter into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).

    The MOU sets out the rights and responsibilities of both Government’s with respect to access to the land, default and foreclosure proceedings, and other legal rights and obligations.

    Advisory Committee

    1. OFFICIAL DESIGNATION: Advisory Committee on Veteran Programs

    2. AUTHORITY: The Advisory Committee on the Veteran Programs (Committee) is established under Article V – Committees under the Governing Resolution of the Wichita and Affiliated Tribes which states “There shall be an Executive Committee which…shall have the power to appoint subordinate committees…”

    3. OBJECTIVES AND SCOPE OF ACTIVITIES: The Committee provides advice and guidance to the President of the Wichita and Affiliated Tribes on all matters relating to Wichita Veterans. The Committee may be called upon by the President to participate in Veteran activities such as preparing care packages, participating in cultural events, etc.

    4. DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES: The Committee serves in an advisory capacity and advises the President on ways the Veterans Program can improve the programs and services of the Veterans Program to better serve Wichita Veterans.

    5. MEETINGS: The Committee shall meet with the President each year in November to provide recommendations to improve the Veterans Program. The President may call additional meetings of the Committee.

    6. COMPOSITION OF COMMITTEE: The Committee shall be comprised of all enrolled Wichita Veterans that have submitted their DD-214 and picture to the Tribe.

    Plan of Operation


    The Wichita Tribal Veterans Program (WTVP) was established by the Wichita Executive Committee on October 1, 2019. The Wichita Tribal Veterans Office was not established in 2024 due to the Coronavirus Pandemic.


    The purpose of the Veterans program shall be:

    To establish a database of Wichita Veterans and Wichita active military tribal members.

    To identify, assess and prioritize the special needs of Wichita Tribal Veterans, their dependents and spouses especially when their immediate family members pass away. This may include assisting with transportation back home for active military.

    To seek out additional funding sources and make recommendation for the implementation, expansion and improvement of existing programs to ensure that the Wichita Tribal Veterans receive the benefits and services they are entitled to.

    To recommend policies regarding Wichita Tribal Veterans to the Wichita Executive Committee which are consistent with acceptable traditional and customary practices of the Wichita People.

    To advocate and assist Wichita Tribal Veterans with filings for disability benefits, social security, unemployment and retirement services.

    To assist Wichita Tribal Veterans with advocating for better health care, including mental health and assistance with PTSD, through the Veterans Administration, Indian Health Services and other health care agencies. This can also include dental services.

    To monitor, advocate and promote efforts towards employment and educational training of Wichita Tribal Veterans and to seek out other services and benefits for Wichita Tribal Veterans provided by Vocational Rehabilitation Services and other agencies.

    To seek out opportunities for homeless Veterans, housing programs, housing rehabilitation programs and collaboration to assist Wichita Tribal Veterans with housing needs. This includes programs offered by the Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs.

    To include programs such as HUD Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing VASH and Native American Direct Loan Program (NADL).

    To seek out ways to recover fees for services from the Veterans Administration for services the Wichita and Affiliated Tribes offers to tribal Veterans.

    To provide resources and information to Veterans about tribal programs, Veteran Programs, and other Veteran organizational resources.

    To assist Veterans transitioning in and out of the military.

    To assist Veterans with transportation to medical facilities the Veterans Administration for assistance.

    To provide check ins and home visits to Veterans and matching older and younger Veterans for check ins.

    To provide care packages to active military with input from Wichita Veterans.

    To develop a resource book or electronic document for Veterans to access contact information for tribal programs, Veteran programs and other Veteran organizational resources.

    To seek opportunities to recognize Veterans and their military service such as events, social media, website, newspaper articles and other opportunities such as military holidays.

    To capture or acquire pictures of Veterans and active military for recognition.

    To establish billing for Veteran services such as medical and transportation services.

    To assist Veterans in correcting service records.

    To establish a mobile unit for Veteran services.

    To encourage Veteran participation by reaching out to Veterans directly when events recognizing Veterans will be held such Wichita Night at the Wichita Annual Dance.

    To establish and have oversight of the Wichita and Affiliated Tribes Color Guard.

    To establish a relationship with the Wichita Service Club to assist in providing services to Wichita Tribal Veterans such as dinners, pow-wows and dances.

    To establish a Veteran Advisory Board to the President of the Wichita and Affiliated Tribes.


    The responsibilities of the Department Director shall be:

    To supervise and administer the Wichita Tribal Veterans Program and other approved programs, such as a Color Guard, authorized under the provisions of the Wichita Tribal Veterans Program Plan of Operation for the Wichita and Affiliated Tribes.

    To implement, carry out and enforce authorized policies and directives as promulgated by virtue of the Wichita Tribal Veterans Program Plan of Operation for the Wichita and Affiliated Tribes including, but not limited to:

    Representing the Wichita Tribal Veterans Program as directed and authorized by the President of the Wichita and Affiliated Tribes in dealing with the public and representatives of other organizations.

    Determining, evaluating and advocating for the needs of Wichita Tribal Veterans.

    Recommending and providing coordination for implementation of authorized federal, state and tribal programs for the benefit of Wichita Tribal Veterans.

    Serving as a liaison to seek out ways to recover fees for services from the Veterans Administration for services the Wichita and Affiliated Tribes offers to tribal Veterans.

    Recommending and preparing the annual budget for the Wichita Tribal Veterans Program to be approved by the Wichita Executive Committee.

    Overseeing and processing program monetary assistance and/or services to all eligible Wichita Tribal Veterans pursuant to approved program policies and procedures.

    Developing, recommending and implementing policies and procedures to work with other departments for Veterans services within programs established by the Wichita and Affiliated Tribes.

    Advocating and assisting Wichita Tribal Veterans with disability benefits filings.

    Collecting and maintaining files containing specific information for Wichita Tribal Veterans.

    To hire a caseworker to assist with casework for Veterans.


    The Wichita Tribal Veterans Program shall be administratively responsible to the Chief Operations Officer under the Organizational Chart with direction and funding from the President of the Wichita and Affiliated Tribes and Wichita Executive Committee.

    The Wichita Tribal Veterans Programs shall be officed in a place determined by the President and Wichita Executive Committee.


    The Wichita Tribal Veterans Program shall be supervised by a Department Director who shall be selected and employed by the Chief Operations Officer with the concurrence by the Wichita Executive Committee according to the Policies and Procedures of the Wichita and Affiliated Tribes.


    This Wichita Tribal Veterans Program Plan of Operation for the Wichita and Affiliated Tribes may be amended from time to time by the Wichita Executive Committee.

    Veterans FAQ

    What is the PACT Act?

    The PACT Act is a new law that expands VA health care and benefits for Veterans exposed to burn pits, Agent Orange, and other toxic substances. The PACT Act adds to the list of health conditions that we assume (or “presume”) are caused by exposure to these substances.

    For more information, please visit the VA’s website.

    As of March 5, 2024, all Veterans exposed to toxins and other hazards during military service – at home or abroad – are now eligible for VA health care.

    At the direction of President Biden, VA is expanding health care eligibility to millions of Veterans – including all Veterans who served in the Vietnam War, the Gulf War, Iraq, Afghanistan, and any other combat zone after 9/11 – years earlier than called for by the PACT Act.

    VA encourages all eligible Veterans to visit or call 1-800-MYVA411 to learn more and apply for VA health care today.

    For the full press release, see here.

    What is the Rural Native Veteran Healthcare Navigator Program?

    The Veterans Rural Health Resource Center under the auspices of the Office of Rural Health, Veterans Health Administration, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) with the development and implementation of a new program: a rural Native Veteran Healthcare Navigator program (RNV-HN released a report for July 2023 titled “Collecting Tribal Perspectives on Native Veteran Health Navigation”.

    President Terri Parton of the Wichita and Affiliated Tribes in acknowledged in the report for gathering Wichita Veterans, family members and those within local healthcare facilities to participate in the interviews to discuss barriers and help provide recommendations to address barriers. The primary barrier to getting to the Veterans Health Administration was transportation.

    The Wichita and Affiliated Tribes hopes to continue to be useful to helping them to expand the Veteran Healthcare Navigator Program in the future.

    What is a Stand Down?

    Stand Downs (SD) are typically one- to three-day events providing supplies and services to homeless Veterans, such as food, shelter, clothing, health screenings and VA Social Security benefits counseling. Veterans can also receive referrals to other assistance such as health care, housing solutions, employment, substance use treatment and mental health counseling.

    They are collaborative events, coordinated between local VA Medical Centers, the Department of Labor (DOL), other government agencies and community-based homeless service providers.

    DOL’s Veterans’ Employment and Training Services (VETS) awards Stand Down funding through the Homeless Veterans’ Reintegration Program (HVRP) on an annual basis, pending funding reauthorization. This noncompetitive grant is awarded on a first-come, first served basis to support one day or multi-day events at up to $7,000 to $10,000, respectively.

    Has the Wichita and Affiliated Tribes applied for a cemetery grant?

    Yes. The Wichita and Affiliated Tribes applied for a grant to the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) Veterans Cemetery Grants Program (VCGP) administered by the National Cemetery Administration (NCA). On July 14, 2023, the Wichita and Affiliated Tribes was notified that further evaluation of our preapplication resulted in VCGP determining the preapplication for Federal Assistance to establish a new Veterans’ Cemetery for the Wichita and Affiliated Tribes conforms to all requirements listed in 38 CFR 39.31 Preapplication requirements.

    NCA will rank the project on the FY2024 Priority List of Pending Veterans Cemetery Construction Grant Pre-Applications. NCA’s Under Secretary for Memorial Affairs will approve the FY2024 Priority List, which NCA will use as the basis for offering grant opportunities for FY 2024.

    Once assigned a priority ranking, our project will continue to compete each year with other projects until it is either funded or we formally request VA to withdraw the project.