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MVA is both a boots-on-the-ground community organization and an organization that advocates for a more just world for minority veterans at the US Capitol. For media inquiries, contact:

Cassie Gabelt, M.P.S. Communications Manager cgabelt@minorityvets.org 
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All of your questions about MVA’s COVID-19 Relief Fund, from applications and contact information to membership and proof of veteran status, answered.

About Minority Veterans of America

Minority Veterans of America (MVA) is a non-partisan, non-profit organization that was designed to create belonging and advance equity for underrepresented veterans, including women, people of color, LGBTQ, and religious minorities. The organization aims to transform the narrative of the American veteran by building an interconnected community, fostering greater understanding of our memberships’ identities, and serving minority veterans through the development of targeted programming and advocacy.

Lindsay Church is the Executive Director in addition to being a co-founder.
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Minority Veterans America's History

MVA was founded in 2017 by Lindsay Church and 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. MVA and its members are an intersectional movement of minority veterans and allies that represent the needs and spectrum of experiences of the minority veteran community, and have become a collective voice that is bigger, stronger, and more capable of fighting for change. We advocate equity, respect, and justice for all minority veterans.
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Minority Veterans America's Work

Minority Veterans of America is committed to being responsive, adaptive, and innovative in how we deliver service to meet our community's greatest needs.
We have built resources, events, services, and launched a Relief Fund designed to meet your needs during this time. Since the declaration of a national emergency in the face of COVID-19 and before, the team of MVA has been working to prepare plans for how we can continue to serve our community while bracing for the impact of this pandemic.
Start your week with virtual recovery meetings, connect with your friends for a social event, or cap your week off with Community Coffee Hour. The team at MVA is building events and groups to help you stay connected to each other during this time of ‘social distancing’. We embrace the power of positive change and are creating the community of our future through our work today. both in-person and virtual opportunities.
 
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Read all about the things we’ve done in our communities, and the services we have provided. We update this regularly.

Minority Veterans of America Announces COVID-19 Relief Fund Dedicated to Provide Financial Assistance to Minority Veteran Community

[Seattle, WA -- April 23, 2020] Minority Veterans of America is dedicating $30,000 to provide financial assistance to the minority veteran community during the COVID-19 pandemic. The fund is designed to deliver direct aid to members in communities served by the non-profit. Relief will be offered in the Seattle/King County, WA area, Richmond, VA, and Atlanta, GA. Disbursements will support access to food and transportation assistance.

Minority Veterans of America: Effectively Supporting Our Nation’s Veterans Will Require Social and Structural Change

[Washington D.C. – July 23, 2020] Minority Veterans of America (MVA) Executive Director Lindsay Church testified at the U.S. House of Representatives’ Veterans Affairs Committee Open Legislative Hearing on July 23, 2020, praising the Committee’s increased attention to the role that intersectionality plays in the veteran community while cautioning that 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.

Minority Veterans of America Signs on to Amicus Brief to U.S. Supreme Court in Challenge to ACA: California v. Texas

[Seattle, WA – May 14, 2020] Minority Veterans of America (MVA) has joined The National Women’s Law Center, National Partnership For Women & Families, Black Women’s Health Imperative, American Medical Women’s Association, and 76 additional organizations to support California’s defense of the Affordable Care Act in California v. Texas . The case centers on the damage to the Affordable Care Act when the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 rendered the “individual responsibility provision” of the ACA void. Shortly thereafter, anti-ACA-policymakers and the state of Texas sought to use the zeroing of the “individual responsibility provision” to challenge the ACA in its entirety.

Minority Veterans of America and Community Partners will March in Stonewall Rising: LGBTQ March for Black Lives

[Richmond, VA – June 22, 2020] Minority Veterans of America (MVA) is uniting with Virginia Pride, Nationz Foundation, Black Pride RVA, Virginia Anti-Violence Project, S.O.N.G.: Southerners On New Ground, Stonewall Sports, Richmond Triangle Players, Side By Side, Richmond Lesbian Feminists, Richmond LGBTQ Chamber, Equality Virginia, and Diversity Richmond to unequivocally state that Black Lives Matter. Pride events around the country have been cancelled, but MVA and community partners are stepping up to encourage members in our community to engage in a meaningful celebration of Pride and march in solidarity with the #LGBTQforBlackLives community.

Minority Veterans of America to Host MVA Pride Block Party June 27-28, 2020

[Seattle, WA – June 22, 2020] Minority Veterans of America (MVA) is joining forces with REI Co-Op, The Mission Continues, Spart*a, and Modern Military Association of America to celebrate Pride on June 27-28, 2020. Pride events around the country have been cancelled, but MVA and community partners are stepping up to encourage members our community to take Pride in their own block through participating in and organizing local neighborhood block cleanup projects.

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General Inquiries​

Cassie Gabelt, M.P.S.
Communications Manager

(760) 517-6682
cgabelt@minorityvets.org

If you are a reporter looking for information on media services please contact us at:

communications@minorityvets.org

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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.

Copyright © 2020 Minority Veterans of America, All rights reserved.

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