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.
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.
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 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 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.
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 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.
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, 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.
Check out some of our past advocacy work.
For more information, contact:
Andy Blevins, JD, MBA
Acting Policy Director
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
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
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
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
Testimony submitted to: House Veterans Affairs Committee Subcommittee on Health 116th Congress
Written Testimony Provided for the House of Representatives and Senate Committees on Veterans’ Affairs Joint Session on VSO Legislative Priorities Presentations
Written Testimony Provided for: the House of Representatives Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Health’s Oversight Hearing
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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