Navajo code talker Thomas Begay – Jason Jimenez/U.S.M.C
In a stunning act of solidarity, the South Korean government sent 10,000 face masks and 3.9 tons of other supplies including hand sanitizer to the Navajo Nation to honor the veterans who served during the Korean War…
About 800 Navajo men served in the war, many as Code Talkers who used their native language as an unbreakable code to confound opposing forces. Around 130 of the Navajo veterans are still alive, South Korea’s Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs said…
According to Stars and Stripes, the shipment of protective supplies meant to prevent COVID-19 infections among the Navajo tribe community was delivered in conjunction with the 70th anniversary of the Korean War…
The shipment of protective supplies is on top of the 500,000 face masks the South Korean government already sent to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to distribute to non-Navajo veterans.
The coronavirus has devastated nursing homes across the country, killing tens of thousands of vulnerable older Americans. Nursing homes did not cause the pandemic, but poor infection control, inadequate staffing and sluggish mitigation allowed the virus to spread.
Rather than hold these facilities accountable, however, states increasingly are protecting them from lawsuits.
At least 21 states have taken actions within the last four months to limit the liability of health care providers, with nine states expressly including nursing homes. The industry is calling for similar protection in other states, and at the federal level, nursing homes are connecting with other trade groups to push for expansive, national immunity from lawsuits.
Check in on your state’s elected officials to see if they actually care for senior citizens, nursing home patients – or are they too busy pimping for healthcare corporations?