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Transforming the narrative of the American veteran.

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OUR WORK

WHO WE ARE

A space minority veterans gather together to connect and to fight for justice for our collective communities

WHAT WE DO

We are building an intersectional movement of minority veterans and allies. We advocate equity, respect, and justice for all veterans. We're creating community among our members and delivering culturally informed programming.

HOW YOU CAN HELP

Become part of a collective voice that is bigger, stronger, and more capable of fighting for change! Whether you're a minority, or an ally; there's a place in Minority Veterans of America for you!

ABOUT MVA

MISSION

To create community, belonging, and advance equity for minority veterans.

VISION

Our vision is a just world that empowers minority veterans.

VALUES

Our work is built on fundamental values that we use as our guiding principles for our organization.

OUR VALUES

EQUITY

We recognize that without true and committed work to creating equity, there is no hope for equality and justice in our community. As an organization, we look to understand and address the equity gaps and disparities that exist between minority veterans and their non-minority veteran and civilian counterparts.

INCLUSION

We are a community and organization that is inclusive of veterans of all walks of life and lived experiences. So long as you are here to fight for our collective liberation and stand with those who represent a spectrum of identities, there is a place in MVA for them.

EDUCATION

We recognize that advocacy and representing the needs, wants, and experiences of our members and community is imperative to changing the landscape of services for those who feel as though they have been forgotten in the veteran community. Our advocacy efforts help us to ensure that the change we are working toward is both tangible and lasting.

INTERSECTIONALITY

History shows us that if we don't find a way organize, we'll lose our seat at the table and our communities will suffer for it. Using an intersectional framework that works from the understanding that minority veterans are impacted by multiple layers of discrimination, we are building a united community to address the greatest challenges our communities face. Through this work, we are creating a collective voice that is bigger, stronger, and more capable of fighting for change and winning.

ADVOCACY

We believe that education and developing the minority veteran community are not just a portion of what we do but is the means for sustaining our organization, our work, and our community. Through education and development programs, we will offer both training and education about the needs of minority and underrepresented groups in the veteran community as well as offer development opportunities to our members and minority veterans.

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ABOUT MVA PROGRAMS

MVA programs operate around the country to provide unique opportunities for engagement and growth for minority veterans. Our programs support social engagement and community connection, financial stability, leadership development, and enhanced opportunities to gain access to critical systems and services that our communities need most.


PEOPLE TO PEOPLE

KING COUNTY, WA

Holistic case management to promote social engagement, financial stability, and access to systems and services.

PROJECT THRIVE

NATIONAL

Economic justice and development programs including Emerging Leaders and Equity, Inclusion, and Justice Summit.

CHAPTER PROGRAMS

ATLANTA, PITTSBURGH, RICHMOND, SEATTLE

Local communities focused on social engagement, service, and organizing.



PEOPLE TO PEOPLE

Our P2P Program, located in Seattle and King County, WA takes a holistic approach in meeting the veteran where they are in space and time, resulting in a greater sense of belonging and reducing barriers to accessing services and systems for our communities. The program provides human-centered case management services for minority and underrepresented veteran communities.

This program receives funding from the King County Veterans, Seniors and Human Services Levy.


PROJECT THRIVE

Project Thrive works to support minority veterans achieve economic stability and success. Our holistic approach meets veterans where they are, no matter what that may look like, and empower them to achieve their dreams through culturally responsive and holistically designed economic wellness programming. The program focuses on achieving equitable wages and income, increasing generational wealth, and expanding access to culturally informed training and development.

PROGRAM OFFERINGS

EMERGING LEADERS

PROGRAM

EQUITY, INCLUSION, & JUSTICE SUMMIT

PROJECT THRIVE SPEAKER SERIES

COMING SOON:

JOB BOARD


PROJECT THRIVE

EMERGING LEADERS PROGRAM

The Emerging Leaders Program invests in developing the next generation of minority veteran leaders as they continue to make an impact in their local communities. Working to address the leadership development gaps that exist for minority veterans, the program includes an annual retreat, 12 months of leadership development opportunities, and mentorship from community partners, career coaches, and program alumni.

Annual Retreat

3-day retreat hosted in small groups throughout the country. Retreat will host topics focused on personal and professional development, organizing, and leadership development.

Quarterly Firesides

Leaders will meet quarterly to participate in trainings and engage in small and large group discussions on important topics and themes.

Mentorship

Personal, professional, and peer mentorship to empower growth and development.

Community Connection

Ongoing connection with program participants around the country to build community.


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CHAPTER PROGRAMS

Our chapter networks are designed to facilitate a “home” and community for local membership. In addition to community events and leadership opportunities, each chapter engages in social engagement and joy, service and volunteerism, and local activism and organizing. We work to create a community and network in which our nation’s most marginalized communities are able to bring their whole selves without worrying about navigating historically oppressive frameworks.

MINORITY VETS CHAPTER LOCATIONS

ATLANTA, GA

Chapter Lead
Keshawn Ballard
Kimia Flournoy

PITTSBURGH, PA

Chapter Lead
Nathan Porter
Michael Nelson

RICHMOND, VA

Chapter Lead
Stephanie Merlo

SEATTLE, WA

Chapter Leads
Sean LaMarr
Jon Hegwood

MVA STAFF

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Executive Director

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Operations Director

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Development Director


MVA BOARD

Laila Ireland

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Board of Directors,

Chair

Kristine Reeves

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Board of Directors,

Vice Chair

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Board of Directors, Secretary

MVA BOARD

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Board of Directors

Jordan Blisk

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Board of Directors

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About

Minority Veterans of America (MVA) is a nonpartisan, 501(c)3 nonprofit organization designed to create belonging and advance equity for underrepresented veterans.

Contact

PO Box 65089

Washington, DC 20035

CONTACT US TODAY.

COME VISIT US AT OUR OFFICE.

By appointment only.

Seattle, Washington

918 S. Horton St.

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@minorityvets.org

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