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Empowering Veterans to Make the World a Better Place For All.

National Association of Minority Veterans is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) veterans service organization that serves America’s 5.5 million veterans of color, in communities across the United States of America.  Since 1969, NAMVETS of America members have advocated for veterans, ensuring that they have full access to the information and resources they need to not only improve the quality of their lives but also to improve the conditions of the communities in which they live.  

OUR VISION

Our vision is that all veterans of the US military – particularly veterans of color – to be treated with the dignity and respect that they deserve.

OUR MISSION

Our mission is to be the leading source of information, education, support, recognition, connection and advocacy for veterans of color.

OUR IMPACT

By connecting veterans to the resources they need, we improve the quality of their lives and their family’s lives and the condition of their community.

Our Story

The inspiration for the National Association of Minority Veterans of America started in the jungles of the Philippines and Vietnam, in the employment offices of some of America’s largest institutions, in homeless shelters and VA benefits offices, in refugee centers and immigration offices, and in marches for women’s rights, civil rights and human rights.

Our story is the story of Americans who served and of an America that far too often has failed to serve them.   It is the story of struggle, perseverance, rejection, determination, discrimination, racism, sexism and love – love for the boundless ideal that is the greatness of America; love the Constitution and the rights that it so ardently guarantees; and for the people of America who, in their core, believe in liberty and justice for all.

The seed for NAMVETS of America was started in 1969 when William Sims and 30 other Black veterans started the Interested Veterans of the Central City (IVOCC), an organization that advocated for veterans to gain greater access to employment opportunities and to VA Benefits.   Over a fifty year period, the IVOCC under the leadership of Mr. Sims, Mr. Tom Wynn and Mr. Mel Dorsey expanded its focus to serve all veterans of color and women veterans.   Today, NAMVETS of America serves the nation’s 5.5 million minority veterans and the organization is a leading resource for connecting veterans to employment opportunities.

What We Do

CONNECT VETERANS TO EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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CONNECT EMPLOYERS TO VETERANS OF COLOR AND WOMEN VETERANS

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Provide employment support services to veterans

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MONITOR PROGRESS IN HIRING WOMEN AND MINORITY VETERANS

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