"One of our highest priorities is Native American veterans," said James R. Floyd, director of the VA Salt Lake City Health Care System, during the Region 8 Tribal Consultation Session held at the Huntsman Cancer Institute on Tuesday and Wednesday.
The gathering included tribal representatives from Utah, Colorado, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming and Montana, as well as officials from various state and federal health and human services programs.Floyd
said the VA earned a poor reputation among Native Americans in the Vietnam era."The VA is kind of the last place they want to go," he
The goal, said Floyd
, is to reach veterans who are in crisis.