Select Page

Start a Chapter


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.  


Chapters are front line leadership organizastions, working to make an impact on local communities.


Chapters give veterans the opportunity to serve their community to improve the lives of veterans and their family members.


Chapters honor local veterans for their sacrifice and service.

The Call of Leadership and Service

By William Sims, National Commander/Co-Founder

NAMVETS of America

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.



Contact NAMVETS at   A representative will forward you an application.    


Complete and submit the Chapter Application.    If NAMVETS needs additional information, we will contact you.   


Once the application is complete, it will be reviewed.   If the NAMVETS Chapter Committee wants to move forward, you will be contacted for an interview.

NAMVETS Chapter Committee Reviews and Makes a Decision

The application, interview and other information will be reviewed by the Committee, and a decision will be made as to approve the establishment of a Chapter.

If approved for a chapter, Submit additional paperwork and start-up fee

Iff approved complete additional paperwork and pay Chapter Fee.

Schedule NAMVETS Chapter Training

Schedule initial Chapter Training.  

complete preliminary chapter policies, bylaws

Create Bylaws, financial policies, conflict. of interest policies.

Host First Chapter Meeting

Host first meeting of Chapter Command Council.  Approve Bylaws, policies, NAMVETS Affiliate Agreement.   Authorize incorporation of organization at. the State, and obtain an EIN.

Schedule Chapter Charter Ceremony

Schedule Chapter Charter Ceremony.  A National Leader will attend to present the Charter – The National Commander, National Vice Commander or/and Regional Commander.

Latest NEWS

Veterans Facing Shortage in Affordable Housing

Veterans Facing Shortage in Affordable Housing

Despite a significant amount of attention paid to veteran homeless over the past 20 years, veterans continue to face enormous challenges in securing affordable and decent housing. Damon Dorsey, Executive Director of the National Association of Minority Veterans of...

read more
Share This