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Road to Resilience: Supporting a Navajo Nation Veterans' Mobility

Within the stretches of picturesque land on the Navajo Nation lies a challenge veiled by its natural beauty: the necessity of reliable transportation. For individuals living on the sprawling nation, transportation is an indispensable lifeline for daily life. So when a veteran whose life weaves through community meetings and market trips contacted Diné Naazbaa Partnership (DNP) looking for help with their vehicle repairs, the DNP team knew how vital this resource is to the very rhythm of their existence.

Linda Onesalt is a Navy/Coast Guard veteran (’92-‘95) living on the Navajo Nation, who recently found herself immobilized by vehicle troubles. This immobilization can make it almost impossible to obtain necessities like food and water. Discussing this with a fellow veteran, the veteran referred her to Diné Naazbaa Partnership (DNP) for support in this challenging time. With the weather shifting ominously, the DNP team sprang into action, dedicated to getting Linda back on the road.

After combing through our network of partners, DNP succeeded in finding a pivotal ally in the Arizona Coalition for Military Families (ACMF). ACMF agreed to purchase vital equipment from the auto part store for Linda. In a heartening display of community spirit, Linda's family rallied around her, piecing together the parts and resurrecting her means of mobility. Gratitude filled Linda's heart as she navigated the familiar roads once more, her journey reinstated by the timely intervention orchestrated by DNP.


Too many veterans and their families are suffering – to the point of taking their lives. Our passionate donors empower the lives of veterans, their families, and caregivers through our upstream approach to reach a veteran before a crisis occurs.

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