Founded in November 2017 by two military veterans, the Minority Veterans of America (Minority Vets) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that was designed to create community belonging and advance equity for minority van underrepresented veterans. The team of Minority Vets works to serve the unique identities that veterans hold, outside of their identity as a military servicemember.
The primary underrepresented groups that Minority Vets serves are: Veterans of Color, Women Veterans, LGBTQ Veterans, and (Non)Religious Minority Veterans. We believe that through bringing these four minority groups together, we can build a veteran community that encompasses veterans from a wide range of diverse backgrounds and experiences.
MVA was founded by two University of Washington Husky veterans, Navy Veteran Lindsay Church and Air Force Veteran Katherine Pratt. Church and Pratt first began their work in 2014 through the Husky United Military Veterans where they built a Diversity Committee that celebrated the underrepresented groups within the student veteran community at the University of Washington.
Today, they partner to build and grow Minority Vets in order to celebrate the identities that they both feel that they hold that make them underrepresented in the veteran community.