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Raymond Balone's Grand Finale: A Navajo Veteran’s Place to Call Home

In a heartwarming tale spanning over a decade, the journey towards stability and contentment finally peaked for one Navy veteran in the Northern Agency of the Navajo Nation. It all began two years ago when Raymond Balone shared his struggles securing a home under his veteran status with the Diné Naazbaa Partnership (DNP) team. Following this, DNP, alongside the Shiprock Chapter Government, embarked on a relentless advocacy campaign, amplifying Ray's story through media channels and the Navajo Nation VA. Their collective efforts culminated in a grand finale on February 28, 2024, as the Shiprock community gathered to bless Raymond's newly completed veteran home.

Amidst the joyful atmosphere, veterans, service members, family, friends, and community members joined to celebrate Raymond's long-awaited milestone. As the Medicine woman performed the blessing, DNP Case Coordinator Karen Shirley and volunteers served all attendees delectable golden frybread and Navajo tacos. It was a momentous occasion, filled with gratitude and camaraderie, as Raymond personally thanked his guests and cherished memories with DNP, who had been steadfast companions on his arduous journey.


With his new permanent residence, Raymond can now rest assured of a stable future, significantly enhancing his quality of life. As DNP looks forward to supporting more veterans in need, Raymond's story stands as a testament to the power of community, perseverance, and unwavering support in overcoming challenges and achieving dreams.


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