WWFS Donates Ford Vehicle to Pine Ridge Lakota Sioux Tribe
SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota, Nov. 23, 2015 – In conjunction with its “Mobility is Freedom” program, Wounded Warriors Family Support donated a 2016 Ford Transit Connect to the Pine Ridge Lakota Sioux tribe Monday at Sioux Falls Ford in an effort to provide safe and dependable transportation to VA facilities.
“Native Americans provide the highest percentage of our soldiers, airmen, sailors and Marines than any other demographic group, yet they are underserved because of their isolation,” said Col. John Folsom, USMCR (Ret.), founder and president of Wounded Warriors Family Support. “This vehicle will provide the Pine Ridge Lakota with adequate transportation.”
For years, the Pine Ridge Lakota have relied on the charity of another organization to provide transportation to the VA Black Hills Health Care System in Hot Springs, South Dakota. This donation is in memory of Lance Cpl. Brett Lundstrom, who was killed Jan. 6, 2006, during a Marines deployment.
“We are grateful to the Wounded Warriors Family Support organization for this donation,” said Ramon Bear Runner, coordinator of the Oglala Lakota Veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces. “This Ford van will enable our organization to assist our veterans residing on the Pine Ridge Reservation, who live in remote areas, with a vehicle to transport them to their appointments and to employment opportunity sites.”Share: