Taos Pueblo veterans

10/23/2016

Taos Pueblo veterans get new wheels

By Cody Hooks / The Taos News

Imagine needing to get to Santa Fe or even Albuquerque for a doctor appointment but with no way to get there.

That’s a reality faced everyday by some veterans at Taos Pueblo.

Wounded Warriors Family Support (WWFS), a veterans advocacy organization, donated a 2016 Ford Explorer to the tribe to help out those veterans for whom time and distance are major roadblocks to health care. It was dedicated during a ceremony Oct. 17, which featured a procession on the Pueblo with Taos Pueblo government officials and a group of Pueblo men that were singing a parade song.

Col. John D. Folsom, of WWFS, told The Taos News his organization has donated 22 vans to different tribes over the last year, including one at Jemez Pueblo.

Taos Pueblo Governor Benito M. Sandoval told those in attendance Monday that while many veterans had passed, the donated van will serve those still in the community “who put their lives on the line for our freedom…to see the sun rise every day and the moon rise every night.”

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