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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.
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.
PROCESS TO START A CHAPTER
CONTACT NAMVETS OF AMERICA
Contact NAMVETS at firstname.lastname@example.org. A representative will forward you an application.
COMPLETE AN APPLICATION
Complete and submit the Chapter Application. If NAMVETS needs additional information, we will contact you.
INTERVIEW WITH NAMVETS LEADERSHIP TEAM
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.
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