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A Mother’s Mission to Honoring Her Veteran Son’s Memory


Losing a child is an indescribable heartbreak. In the face of such tragedy, the need to honor a departed child's memory becomes a sacred mission – a way to keep their spirit alive, finding solace in preserving the legacy they left behind. For parents like Helen Antonio, the quest to honor her late son's memory transcends grief, evolving into a journey to ensure his resting place reflects the love and respect he deserves.

 

Helen, a Navajo Nation mother, faced a heartbreaking obstacle in laying her son to rest as he would have wished —with a VA headstone on his grave. Unfortunately, the cemetery quoted Helen $250 for installation, an expense she could not afford. Persistent on giving her son the respectful farewell he deserved, a Navajo Nation representative contacted Diné Naazbaa Partnership (DNP) on behalf of Helen and her family, inquiring about available resources.

 

Upon assessing the situation, DNP Lead Bernie Tyler embarked on a mission to secure resources for the installation costs. The first stop was VFW Post 9517 in Shiprock, New Mexico, where members generously agreed to contribute what they could toward this cause. Still undeterred to meet the required amount, the DNP Lead contacted other local VFW and American Legion chapters. Thankfully, the American Legion Totah 93 Post stepped in to cover the remaining amount.

 

With the financial burden lifted, Helen could finally schedule the installation of her son's headstone. Grateful and relieved, she thanked the DNP team for making her son's wishes a reality. This final tribute will bring peace to Ms. Antonio and honor her son's service. DNP is proud to provide vital support to Navajo Nation families during their times of need.

 

 

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