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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.

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  • DTN is a Start-up-Non Profit Veterans Community Services Organization. We are in the process of applying for Federal Status. A couple of concerned “Brother” Veterans started out in a local DAV Chapter and Dog Tags TV was born. A Public Access Veterans Affairs Program took off after the DAV Mid-Winter Conference in 2012. Long story short! WE need our OWN National Org. You (NABVETS) are that! I am interested in the formation of a Chapter in New England. In my opinion The National Veterans Orgs are Dying out on some local fronts. Posts & Chapter buildings are being sold. Financial mismanagement and no professional skills from the membership’s; then of course, corruption!

    “It won’t get done; unless you Do It” So, ‘do the do’
    Let’s Do NABVETS NE.

    • Damon Dorsey

      Thank you for your message. I happen to completely agree with you and we are excited about what you want to do. Please Visit our Chapter page on this website. If you want to start a Chapter, contact Richard Rogers at Richard.Rogers@cvivet.org.

      NABVETS is here to empower Black Veterans to make an impact in their community – having your own Chapter is a good way to do that. Let me know how I can be of assistance.

      Damon Dorsey
      NABVETS Operations
      Damondor@msn.com

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