Native Americans come home after war with scars…

http://centerforhealthreporting.org/article/war-leaves-ptsd-scars-native-american-vets906  Quote from this site…

Ruben Ramirez, 86, holds photographs of himself and others while serving in Italy during World War II. Ramirez, an American Indian, is undergoing treatment for PTSD. (Eric Paul Zamora/The Fresno Bee)

“Ruben Ramirez earned a Bronze Star and three Purple Hearts as a World War II infantryman fighting Nazi troops in North Africa and Italy. The physical wounds he sustained in combat eventually healed. Not so his emotional injuries.

To this day, Ramirez, 86, a retired diesel mechanic and American Indian who traces his roots to the Apache nation, is tormented by recurrent nightmares of having witnessed his buddies being blown apart. He gets out of bed every few hours to patrol the perimeter of his house in Fresno.”

While visiting the absolutely beautiful City of St. George, Utah yesterday, I was reminded of our rich Native American history, including my own Lakota blood lines from my Great-Grandmother, Mattie Sparks, who was half Lakota.  You could see Native American in my Grandfather,  Art, and his brothers, but not so much with our Dad and my siblings because of our Norwegian & German heritage.  I can say we are all proud to be of Native American heritage!  I love the American Indian Great Plains flute music for starters, and really enjoyed the variety of Native American art displayed in the galleries around St. George.

Native Americans have always served in the U.S. Armed Forces and continue to do so.  We can learn how to help our warriors returning home to life after war by looking back at the way Native American tribes and communities cared for their own warriors long ago.  One of my favorite reads as a reference is War and the Soul, by Dr. Edward Tick, which can be purchased from this website along with my own book, Reconciliation: A Son’s Story.  When warriors returned from battle with other tribes of the past, the entire tribal community surrounded them with love and “soul-feeding” to help them readjust to life after war.  This kind of loving care and attention was part of the Native American culture.  In modern America we struggle with caring for our warriors at the local level where veterans return home to life after war.  My recommendation is to learn from the experience of our Native American heritage to help us do a better job of caring for our veterans returning home from war today.

Honor Native American warriors along with American veterans of all wars…

Steve Sparks
Author
Reconciliation: A Son’s Story

St. George Utah – Gateway to Zion National Park

http://www.sgcity.org/

St. George, Utah near Zion National Park

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._George,_Utah



Steve & Judy at Jake’s Old House: Life is Good/Desert Artisan Gifts

Nicole with Life is Good
 
 
Judy and I stopped at the local park, Vernon Worthen Park & Centennial Park, for a picnic and to scope out our beautiful surroundings in this special City of St. George, Utah.  Also the home of Dixie State College.  We learned while talking to Nicole at the Life is Good shop that Dixie is sort of a party school and well attended by those who love having a good time along with serious studies,http://dixie.edu/.  Believe it or not the Life is Good brand is new to me, which shows how much I go shopping.  I was compelled to buy a hat and shirt while in the store.  It was a pleasure talking to Nicole who made us feel right at home.  Nicole’s smile is captivating, and she clearly loves meeting people and sales work with Life is Good.  Nicolle is from Idaho and on a break from college.
 
 

Entrada Country Club

Split Rock is developing over 1,000 acres in the very scenic Snow Canyon corridor adjacent to the renowned Johnny Miller Championship Golf Course at Entrada Golf and Country Club. Split Rock Development Group has woven the land, the symbols and the artwork of the Native American heritage into several distinct communities surrounding the Entrada Championship Golf Course.
 
 

 

Split Rock is the high end developer in this area…  They own the Ancestor Square & Gallery where the Life is Good store is located  http://www.ancestorsquare.com/.  It was a treat to hang out for the afternoon in this historical site where Native American art is a highlight in the Gallery.  Wish we had some extra pocket change to buy a piece or two.  My style these days is a new hat and T-shirt…  We enjoyed our visit to St. George very much, especially Starbucks where we got our coffee treat for the day, and Wi-Fi access.  Judy and I are technology crazy boomers with smart phones and laptop always in hand.  I love doing my blog on this trip to record and share the sites and what we are learning.  We hope our followers are enjoying it as much as we do.  You are joining us on this trip from start to finish while we head southeast to Florida and points along the way.  Thanks for coming along in cyberspace!

Steve Sparks
Author
Reconciliation: A Son’s Story