Veterans Canoe

Veterans Program

Our Veterans program removes barriers and provides services that deliver equitable opportunities to empower indigeneous veterans, service members, and their families to achieve their greatest potential. Unkitawa is one of the King County Veterans Program’s (KCVP) key partners providing Native American pathfinding for Native Americans experiencing hardship in King County.

Veteran services include,

  • Spiritual and Cultural Connection
  • Crafting
  • Employment
  • Other supportive services
John Romero Veteran Program Director Awards

John Romaro, center, Director and Veteran, receives honorary quilt.

Monthly Events

We host three – five community outreach, veteran outreach, and cultural events every month. Cultural events include making drums, belts, and paddles, and drumming circles. Our Folk Life and Veteran Homecoming events are central to the Native American tradition of honoring our veterans and warriors who come home from battle.

Veterans Canoe

Our veterans program is building a canoe for the annual Canoe Journey. This canoe is more durable and broader (wider) than other canoes, making it safer and less likely to tip. It has space for elders, families with kids, and people with disabilities.

You can help! Donations pay for canoe materials, supplies, and more.


We welcome donations to support our monthly events.

  • Share your time and knowledge – teach how to make a cultural craft, or participate in community or veterans outreach
  • Donate materials or food for projects or events
  • Donate money for project, event, or outreach materials, supplies, or food

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