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WASHINGTON The head Arizona's Department of Veterans' Services, Joey Strickland, who is American Indian of Choctaw-Cherokee-Lumbee descent, is among eleven who will be honored at a White House ceremony today as Champions of Change.
Joey Strickland, Choctaw-Cherokee-Lumbee
These individuals have shown continued support for efforts to end veterans' homelessness, boost veterans' employment, treat substance abuse problems, and develop treatment programs for those dealing with Post-traumatic Stress Disorder.
Director Strickland is the only American Indian in the group that will be honored today.
Strickland was appointed to head the Arizona Department of Veterans' Services in July 2008 after serving more than 10 years as the Deputy Secretary and Executive Director of the Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs.
Director Strickland, also served as Louisiana Director of Indian Affairs from 1996 to 2004 and served on several state commissions including the Governor's Military Advisory Board.
At the national level, Director Strickland has served as chairman of the US Department of Veterans Affairs Advisory Committee for Minority Veterans and is a past president of the National Association of State Directors of Veterans Affairs.
During his nearly 29 year military career, Director Strickland served in the enlisted, noncommissioned officer and commissioned officer ranks. He saw two combat tours in Vietnam and retired from the Army in 1994.
Director Strickland is a life member of the American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States and of the Disabled American Veterans.
posted May 24, 2012 7:50 am edt
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