Congresswoman Heather Wilson, together with Congresswoman Stephanie Herseth Sandlin, introduced a resolution today to honor and recognize the contributions of Native American Veterans.
The resolution also calls upon the President to issue a proclamation urging the United States to observe a day in honor of Native American Veterans.
"Native American Veterans should be recognized for their service in uniform," said Wilson and Herseth Sandlin. "This resolution gives all Native American Veterans the formal recognition they deserve for their sacrifices and contributions."
There are an estimated 195,871 Native American Veterans in the United States.
Native Americans have been participants in the War of 1812, the Civil War, and the Spanish-American War. During World War I, 12,000 Native Americans served in the United States Military and in World War II, more than 44,000 Native Americans served their country in both the European and Pacific fronts of the way. Native Americans have also fought in the Korean conflict, Vietnam War, Persian Gulf War, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Operation Enduring Freedom.