Eligible veterans asked to update addresses ASAP; VA to provide list of potential applicants by Sept. 19
A public lands bill that was signed into law March 12 includes a provision to help Alaska Native veterans of the Vietnam War era select up to 160 acres of land in Alaska. It received bipartisan support and was championed by the three members of Alaska’s congressional delegation.
Known as the John D. Dingell Jr. Conservation, Management and Recreation Act, the bill authorizes eligibility to include all Alaska Native veterans who served between Aug. 5, 1964, and Dec. 31, 1971, and who have not previously received an allotment.
Before applications can be accepted by the U.S. Department of the Interior Bureau of Land Management, within 180 days of enactment (Sept. 19, 2019), the Department of Defense, in coordination with the Department of Veterans Affairs, will prepare a list of potential applicants based on their service dates.
If you believe you are eligible under the act, please update your address with the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Department of Veterans Affairs as soon as possible.
- Bureau of Indian Affairs
- Department of Veterans Affairs
For more information, visit www.blm.gov and type in “Alaska Native veterans” in the search bar.