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Minority Vets Policy Priorities

Minority Veterans of America’s Policy Priorities are based on the real lives of real veterans to ensure that all veterans receive the care, recognition, and support that they earned.

Equity and justice

Minority Vets
Advocacy

Our goal is to ensure that minority veterans can move through post-service life in a just, equitable, and supportive environment.

Minority Veterans of America advocative efforts are driven by certainty that effectively supporting our nation’s minority veterans begins with recognition that at the heart of the problem lies with social and structural inequalities. We advocate social and structural change to equitably serve all veterans.

Minority Veteran Economics

Often, minority veterans have lower economic status and opportunity compared to their non-minority counterparts. 
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unemployed veterans living in the United States
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higher risk of unemployment for minority vets compared to peers
Priorities for the 117th congress

Minority Vets
Policy Priorities

Every piece of policy has the potential to impact at least one of the veterans we serve and becomes our responsibility to support the legislation that will make the most difference for our communities.

Addressing Economic Disparities

Addressing economic disparities begins with fully funding GI Bill Education to include break pay and childcare, access to capital for home ownership and entrepreneurship, and facing the veteran homelessness crisis head on.

Resolving Systemic Injustices

Resolving systemic injustices includes ending MST and supporting survivors, repatriating deported veterans, codification of the Military Trans Ban Repeal, reducing justice system involvement and recidivism, and reparations for institutional racism and homophobia.

Pandemic Recovery

The pandemic has disproportionately impacted minority veterans. Legislative emphasis on physical and financial circumstance to include food and transportation assistance, childcare assistance, education assistance, and job/skill retraining is paramount.

Healthcare Access Disparities

Healthcare access disparities exist for veterans based on their sex, gender, and race. We aim to rectify such disparities by working to guarantee access to IVF and surrogacy programs, abortion and contraception, and gender confirmation surgery through VA for veterans.

Creating a More Equitable VA

With a substantial lack of equitable services, we seek answers to problems and advocate decisive responses to build a more inclusive VA with comprehensive data collection and mandated, minority-focused training for VSOs, VA staff, and contracted organizations.

Addressing Mental Health Disparities

Addressing mental health disparities, including veteran suicide, requires focus on minority stress/social determinants of health, eating/substance abuse disorders, expanded psycho-pharmacological medical interventions (cannabis/psychedelics), and gun violence.

Congressional Testimonies

Check out some of our past advocacy work.

For more information, contact:

Andy Blevins, JD, MBA
Acting Policy Director
ablevins@minorityvets.org

 

Ensuring Equitable Representation and Support for 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

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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

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

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Veterans’ Access To Reproductive Healthcare And Our Women Veteran Community

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

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VA Telehealth During The COVID-19 Pandemic: Expansion And Impact

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

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Cultural Barriers Impacting Women Veterans Access To Healthcare

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

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

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Securing Equitable and Just Conditions for the Minority Veteran Community

March 3, 2021
Securing Equitable and Just Conditions
for the Minority Veteran Community

Written Testimony Provided for the House of Representatives and Senate Committees on Veterans’ Affairs Joint Session on VSO Legislative Priorities Presentations

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Beyond Deborah Sampson: Improving Healthcare For America’s Women Veterans In The 117th Congress

March 18, 2021

Beyond Deborah Sampson: Improving Healthcare For America's Women Veterans In The 117th Congress

Written Testimony Provided for: the House of Representatives Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Health’s Oversight Hearing

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Advocating for the Provision of Quality, Comprehensive Healthcare Services

April 15, 2021

Advocating for the Provision of Quality, Comprehensive Healthcare Services 

Statement of Lindsay Church, Minority Veterans of America Executive Director, for the Open Session Legislative Hearing Covering HR 234, HR 344, HR 958, HR 1448, HR 1510, and several Discussion Drafts

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