Keweenaw Bay Indian Community veterans…

11/15/2018

BARAGA, Mich. (WLUC) - The Keweenaw Bay Indian Community veterans receive a new vehicle through Wounded Warriors Family Support and Copper Country Ford.

"Well, it is a brand new Explorer and we are really glad to help. We've been supporters of the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community for years and when they tie it in with the Wounded Warriors, it gets me all warm and fuzzy and I really feel good about supporting both causes at one time," said Copper Country Ford owner and general manager David Johnson.

The 2018 Ford Explorer XLT will give veterans reliable transportation to doctor's appointments and other events year round.

"I can't wait for us to get this. It is going to be a safe means for veterans to be able to get in and out of their vehicle safely without having to climb in and out of a van and to be able to get to their appointments, pretty much like the Marine Corps, any time and place," said Rodney Loonsfoot of the Marine Corps Keweenaw Detachment.

Loonsfoot is the first Michigan Veterans Service Member for a tribe in the state.

"The whole idea is to have tribal veterans have somebody advocate, help and file their benefits, their compensation and their educational claims and then be able to help them navigate the VA system the way it is," said Loonsfoot.

The KBIC veterans program welcomes new members. They will hold a coffee social for interested tribal veterans after the holidays.

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