Costa Mesa, CA, September 04, 2018 --(PR.com
)-- Walking Shield, Inc. sends its condolences to the family and friends of the late Senator John McCain. They would also like to acknowledge his tremendous support of the efforts to improve the quality of life for American Indian families. Senator McCain assisted with sponsoring legislation to relocate homes from military bases to American Indian reservations. The legislation allowed Walking Shield, Inc. access to a surplus of homes on all military bases across the fifty states. Prior to his amendment, Walking Shield, Inc. only had access to Airforce homes in seven states.
Since 1995, Walking Shield, Inc. has relocated 1,135 excess military homes to 15 reservations across the United States. The first tribe to have the opportunity through the newly amended legislation to receive homes from the Army was the Kickapoo Nation of Kansas. They were able to relocate 10 homes from Fort Riley in Kansas to their reservation.
“We are totally excited about this because we get to work with Fort Riley and Operation Walking Shield,” Kickapoo Tribal Council Chairman Lester Randall said. “What this does for us is it gives our reservation members living in multi-family households an opportunity to have their own home, whether it’s rented or owned, and that will help economically, help the tribe and allow members to move back to the reservation.”
Senator John McCain is the longest-serving member of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs. He served twice as chairman in 1995-1997, and again in 2005-2007. He was a strong advocate in addressing the disparities in Native communities in regards to education, health, and employment. Walking Shield, Inc. appreciates his leadership in all his efforts to assist over the years in improving the quality of life for Native communities.
About Walking Shield, Inc.
Since 1986, Walking Shield has been improving the quality of life for American Indian families by coordinating programs that provide shelter, healthcare, community development support, educational assistance and humanitarian aid. Walking Shield, Inc., a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization collaborates with tribal leaders, the Department of Defense, government agencies, corporations and foundations to fulfill its mission in some of the country’s most remote regions. Visit website at www.walkingshield.org.