Membership in MVA is completely free and available to any of the following individuals:
A Minority Veteran is an individual who has served at least one day in the active duty and is a member of any of the following communities:
- Person of Color
- Religious and non-religious minority
An individual who has served at least one day on active duty.
Active Duty, National Guard, and Reservists
An individual who has served at least one day on active, National Guard, or reserve duty.
Any individual who supports those that we serve and the overall mission of MVA.
Membership categories are based on a system of self-declaration when the individual signs up to be a member of MVA. Should an individual wish to update their declarations, they may do so at any time.
Membership Rights & Responsibilities
All MVA members have the right to:
- Be treated with respect and dignity by all members and leaders of MVA.
- Not be discriminated against based on race, color, ethnicity, religion, national origin, political affiliation, veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, ability, or socio-economic status.
- Not be harassed, verbally or physically, in any manner, by any MVA member or leader, either in person or through online/digital mediums.
- Exist in MVA spaces (online or in person) free of sexual/romantic advances or harassment by any MVA member or leader.
- Participate in any affinity groups with which they identify, without challenge or qualification.
- Make your preferred name/s and pronouns known and to be addressed accordingly.
- Submit a grievance against any member or leader of MVA for violation of these community guidelines, and for that grievance to be fully considered and addressed through an accountable and transparent process.
- Provide a defense if accused of violating these community guidelines, and for that defense to be fully considered and addressed through an accountable and transparent process.
All MVA members have the responsibility to:
- Treat all members and leaders of MVA with respect and recognition of their dignity.
- Not discriminate based on race, color, ethnicity, religion, national origin, political affiliation, veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, ability, or socio-economic status.
- Not verbally or physically harass, shame, or belittle any MVA member or leader, either in person or through online/digital mediums.
- Not make sexual/romantic advances toward any MVA member or leader while in MVA spaces (online or in person).
- Not challenge or qualify the identities of other members.
- Address others by their preferred name/s and pronouns.
- When engaging in discussion, MVA members are expected to:
- Enter all conversation intentionally and in good faith.
- Expect and accept discomfort.
- Listen actively for understanding and ask honest questions.
- Assume positive intentions of the group and our members and center on MVA’s mission, vision, and values as a point of reference.
- Acknowledge intent when addressing impact.
- Speak to share authentic ideas, thoughts, and experiences, not to dismiss, degrade, or compete with those of others.
- When offering a differing opinion, do so respectfully and only after allowing the other speaker to fully articulate their position and reasoning, affording their perspective the consideration we all deserve.