To thank military veterans, Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker, Deputy Chief and U.S. Navy veteran S. Joe Crittenden, Chief of Staff Chuck Hoskin, and Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. hand-delivered candy, stuffed animals and homemade valentines to veterans living in a vets center.
Each year tribal employees and students throughout northeastern Oklahoma schools create about 5,000 handmade Valentine cards as part of the tribe's annual Valentines for Vets program, which are then delivered to veterans in area hospitals and nursing homes in Tulsa, Tahlequah, Muskogee, Fayetteville, Vinita, Jay, Claremore and Talihina in time for Valentine's Day.
Cherokee Nation's Valentines for Vets program started in 2008 by the late Rogan Noble, a Marine Corps veteran and advocate for the tribe's veterans' affairs. The program is part of the National Salute to Veteran Patients.
For more information on the Cherokee Nation's Valentines for Vets program, call the Cherokee Nation Veterans Center at 918-772-4166.