Why We Serve: Native Americans in the United States Armed Forces

WHY WE SERVE is a new publication from the National Native American Veterans Memorial at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C. and chronicles American Indian service to the United States. It tells the stories of the distinguished but largely unknown tradition of military service on and off the battlefield in all branches of armed forces for more than 250 years. WHY WE SERVE is a history of United States wars told through the eyes of Native American servicemen and women. Whenever possible, the authors have used the veterans’ own words to describe the face of battle. In addition, the book is also in chronological war order, meaning the book starts in the Colonial and American Revolution eras and continues through Iraq, Afghanistan, and other war-torn regions. Along with the service of the men and women in uniform, WHY WE SERVE recounts the labors and sacrifices while the warriors are absent, when they don’t return, or come back haunted. As a result, WHY WE SERVE raises awareness of the “long, proud, and distinguished tradition of service in the Armed Forces of the United States” and to honor their legacy.

Review by Anita Comeau