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Who is DNVA?

The Navajo Nation Veterans Administration is a department under the Division of Human Resources under the executive branch of the Navajo Nation Government that provides services to Navajo Veterans.

In the year 1971, Chairman Peter McDonald established and funded the Department to further the Navajo Veterans’ cause through the development and enactment of a Plan-of-Operation for the Navajo Nation Veterans Administration whose purposes include seeking funds to compliment Navajo Nation funds to serve Navajo Veterans.


What were some of your milestones or major accomplishments?

  • Since its inception, the Department received annual funding from the Navajo Nation to deliver financial assistance such as housing material, hardship and emergency assistances.
  • The DNVA secured a Grant from AmeriCorps to serve Veterans and dependents for a three year period; the partnership is currently in process to be reestablished.
  • The DNVA received funding to construct the Navajo Nation Veterans Memorial Park in Window Rock, Arizona in 1994.
  • New office buildings were constructed for the Shiprock, Crownpoint, Chinle, and Tuba City agencies to house the DNVA program.
  • In 1998, an Agreement between Navajo Nation Veterans Administration and Carl T. Hayden Veterans Administration Medical Center (VAMC) of Phoenix, Arizona was established. The partnership developed a Fee Reimbursement Program to assist Navajo Veterans who are referred to diagnosticians and traditional ceremonies as part of their treatment. Upon approval by Carl T. Hayden VAMC, fee reimbursement will be paid to DNVA for the financial assistance which DNVA has provided for Navajo veterans.
  • Implementation and management of a Navajo Veterans Loans Program; servicing all eligible Navajo Veterans.
  • Implementation and continuous maintenance of the Navajo Nation veterans registry for consistent and accurate account of the Navajo veterans.


What is your Vision?

The Department’s Vision Statement is, “To honor, respect and value our Navajo Veterans by delivering professional services in the most equitable, expedient and responsible manner.”


What is your Mission?

The Department’s Mission Statement is, “The Navajo Nation Veterans Administration administers benefits and services; and advocates on behalf of all eligible Navajo Veterans, surviving spouse, dependents and Gold Star Mothers.”


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