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Effectively supporting our nation’s minority veterans begins with recognition that the heart of the problem is inextricably bound to social and structural forces, and will require social and structural change to equitably serve all veterans.

Equity. Inclusion. Advocacy.

Minority Vets
Advocacy

We strongly advocate for and support bills and policies that consider aspects beyond veteran status, such as race, gender, sexual orientation, and religious identity.

While we support veteran-centered legislation, we urge legislators and policy makers to recognize intersectionality and the compounding systems of oppression that impact a veteran’s lived experience.

Our Work

congressional Testimony

Our advocacy priorities are rooted in dedication to securing equity, inclusion, and justice for our community to fulfill our vision of a just world that empowers minority veterans.

September 10, 2020
Testimony Submitted to: Committee on Veterans’ Affairs United States House of Representatives 116th Congress

Ensuring Equitable Representation and Support for Minority Veterans Written Testimony Provided for the Open Session Legislative Hearing Covering H.R. 6039, HR 6082, H.R. 4908, H.R. 2791, H.R. 4526, H.R. 3582, H.R. 96, H.R. 4281, H.R. 3010, H.R. 7163, H.R. 7111, H.R. 2435, H.R. 7287, H.R. 3228, H.R. 6141, and several Discussion Drafts

July 8, 2020
It’s Not “Quality of Life,” it’s “Life or Death” The Disparate Structural Barriers that Accompany VA Regulatory Policies for Minority Veterans Holding “Bad Paper” Discharge Characterizations

Written Testimony Provided for: The House Veteran’s Affairs Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs’ Hybrid Oversight Hearing: Stuck in Red Tape: How VA’s Regulatory Policies Prevent Bad Paper Veterans from Accessing Critical Benefits

July 1, 2020
Veterans’ Access to Reproductive Healthcare and our Women Veteran Community

Testimony submitted to: House Veterans Affairs Committee Subcommittee on Health and the Women Veterans Task Force U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Veterans’ Affairs 116th Congress

June 23, 2020
VA Telehealth During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Expansion and Impact

Testimony submitted to: House Veterans Affairs Committee Subcommittee on Technology Modernization & Subcommittee on Health U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Veterans’ Affairs 116th Congress

May 2, 2019
Cultural Barriers Impacting Women Veterans Access to Healthcare

Testimony submitted to: House Veterans Affairs Committee Subcommittee on Health 116th Congress

MVA advocates for the use of an intersectional approach to veteran legislation.

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

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