Wounded Warriors Donate Ford Explorer To Ohkay Owingeh Vet Program
On April 21, the Ohkay Owingeh Veterans Program will celebrate the recent donation of a 2017 Ford Explorer by the Wounded Warriors Family Support Program. The vehicle was donated to help the Veterans Program transport veterans to their veterans medical appointments in Espanola, Santa Fe and Albuquerque, which is 97 miles away.
In January the Wounded Warriors Family Project donated a new 4×4 Ford Explorer to the Ohkay Owingeh Veterans Program to be used to transport veterans in the Ohkay Owingeh service area, including both native and non-native vets.
The celebration will begin at 10 a.m. on April 21 at the Ohkay Owingeh Community School. Refreshments will be served by the Veterans and Families Program. Ohkay Owingeh community members, the tribal council and other dignitaries will be on hand.
There are approximately 3,000 enrolled tribal members and 11,500 non-tribal members living within the confines of the Ohkay Owingeh reservation and larger service area, which covers 4,000 square miles and consists of Ohkay Owingeh, Chamita, Alcalde, Ranchitos, El Duende and Hernandez.
Ohkay Owingeh has an on-demand Public Transportation System (the PoPay Messenger) to aid tribal members in their transportation needs. The new Explorer will be added to the transit program’s inventory to increase its ability to serve veterans and tribal members. The new vehicle will give area veterans priority for use.
As part of the vehicle donation, the Veterans Service Officer agrees to transport veterans to their necessary appointments after completing driver training and safety courses.