The National Association for Black Veterans, Inc. (NABVETS), initially the “Interested Veterans of the Central City (IVOCC),” was established by seven Vietnam combat veterans, IVOCC was incorporated in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (1969), and reorganized (1973) to become NABVETS – a membership service organization – with the charge to address issues concerning Black and other minority veterans.
On April 2, 1998 NABVETS was certified “for the purpose of preparation, presentation, and prosecution of claims under laws administered by the Department of Veterans Affairs,” as a national veterans service organization by the Department of Veterans Affairs.
NABVETS has served as a leader to address the unmet concerns of minority and low-income veterans through direct services, empowerment training and collaborative partnerships; and in the service design to address the “holistic” issues of homelessness among veterans. Since inception, NABVETS has provided direct services to 65,000 veterans and on behalf of 240,000 veterans – primarily of the Vietnam and post-Vietnam era. NABVETS accomplishes its veterans’ services through partnerships with community-based and veterans’ organizations, federal, state and local governments, human service agencies, and concerned citizens.
NABVETS is recognized nationally for its advocacy for family and youth empowerment, and community development. Over the last 29 years, NABVETS led several campaigns to bridge the void for mainstream services to Black, all low-income and homeless veterans.