Celebrate with MVA the 8th anniversary of the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.

Sept. 20th, 2019 marks the 8th anniversary of the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. This is the day that our LGB service members and veterans rose from the ashes to finally be able to serve openly and authentically. We are proud of all of the work that MVA has done over the course of just two years and we’re all so excited for our future as an organization.

As we celebrate the anniversary of the end of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, we do not forget that there is currently a ban on open transgender military service. We join in solidarity both with and as LGBT service members and veterans. #FightTheBan

On this anniversary of repeal, join us for FREE at West Seattle Bowl to socialize and share in stories of solidarity and resilience! We have ten (10) lanes available for teams of five (5) or individual bowlers. Signup today!


Our Mission

To create community belonging and advance equity for minority veterans.

Who we serve 

Demographic Data on Minority Veterans

4.4 Mil

Veterans of Color

1.6 Mil

Women Veterans

1 Mil

LGBTQ Veterans

1.7 Mil

(Non)Religious Minority Veterans

Pillars of Our Work


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Learn more about minority veterans, the issues we face, and find resources to serve.


Coming soon – Learn about our programs and how we work to address our community’s equity gaps.

How we started

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.

Stories of Us

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Ash Flakes

Uncountable drops clouding and squeezing me tight, as I ponder with wonder of the unknown above me and below and […]