- Posted August 17, 2013 by
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Black Veterans of America and the Minneapolis VA Health Care System needs to hear from Minnesota’s Black veterans
BVA in conjunction with the VA Health Care System are holding a series of “dialog groups” for veterans, families, and caregivers with special women veteran dialog groups in the Twin Cities. This will assist the VA Health Care System in reaching more veterans of color while addressing their needs. Participants receive a $25 Cub Foods gift card (one per family).
By Donald Allen on behalf of The Black Veterans of America
Minneapolis, MN… The Bridge Builder Project in collaboration with the Minneapolis VA Health Care System, and sponsored by V4V invites Black Veterans to attend 1 of 9 Dialogue Groups to help the VA better serve you. The BVA needs your help to create a better future by bridging the gap between Black Veterans and their Benefits. To that end, Black Veterans and their families are invited to attend an upcoming Dialogue Groups.
Black Veterans of America is a veteran fraternal organization (501-C19) founded by Retired Marine Corporal David L. Hall Jr., in 1991. Mr. Hall began his work to meet the needs of Black veterans who had problems accessing services. BVA currently advocates for Veterans and helps them navigate VA Systems. The BVA also serves as a cultural advisor to the city, county, state, and regional Veterans Service Organizations. We collaborate with Veterans and Community Organizations to help Veterans, especially African Americans, access VA services.
Many veterans may be unaware they are eligible for compensation if they were wounded, injured or became ill while on active duty in the Armed Forces. Pre-existing injuries or illnesses, which were aggravated by military service, are also covered. Although most service-connected disabilities show up during or soon after military service, some conditions may not have appeared at all or appeared but were not too “disabling” until many years after you got out of the service.
Upcoming dialog groups start in south Minneapolis on Tuesday, August 20.
South Minneapolis dialog groups will be held at Hosmer Library, located at 347 E 36th St in Minneapolis. On Tuesday 8/20 is the Women Vet's Dialogue from 6:00 pm-8:00 pm; on Thursday 8/22 is the All Vet's Dialogue from 6:00 pm-8:00 pm; and the Vet Families & Caregivers Dialogue on Saturday 8/24, from 3:00 pm-5:00 pm.
Saint Paul Dialog Groups will begin on August 27 at the Rondo Library located at 461 N Dale St (the corner of Dale Street and University) in Saint Paul. On Tuesday 8/27 is the Women Vet's Dialogue from 5:30 pm-7:30 pm; on Thursday 8/29 is the All Vet's Dialogue from 5:30 pm-7:30 pm; and on Saturday 9/7 is the Vet Families & Caregivers Dialogue from 11:30 am-1:30 pm.
All veteran, caregiver and family participants must register online by clicking here. If you do not have online access, please don’t hesitate to attend a group, veterans will be able to register onsite.
Again, Black Veterans and their families are invited to attend an upcoming Dialogue Groups. Participants will receive a $25 gift card (one card per family) from Cub Foods. Childcare is available and Refreshments will be served. Pre-registration is required. To register and more information, click here now: http://www.blackvetsofamerica.org/