Celebrating 25 Years
The Center for Minority Veterans (CMV) Commemorated its 25th Anniversary on December 5, 2019 during its annual Advisory Committee on Minority Veterans (ACMV) fall meeting.
The ceremony started with an invocation from Chaplain Marvin L. Mills, and included introductory remarks from Stephen B. Dillard, CMV Executive Director, and special guest VA Secretary Robert Wilkie who gave keynote remarks and presented the Presidential Message. The ceremony was attended by former CMV Directors Lucretia McClenney (2005) and Barbara Ward (2012) along with previous Deputy/Associate Directors: Anthony “Tony” Hawkins (1994) and Ruby L. Miller (2002). Current and former CMV and ACMV members also attended. The Secretary, along with all CMV and ACMV (past and present) in attendance were awarded with the inaugural CMV 25th Anniversary Commemoration poker chip.
CMV was established on November 2, 1994, under Section 509 of Public Law 103-446; section 510 of the law also established the Advisory Committee on Minority Veterans (ACMV). The law authorized the VA Secretary to establish a Center for Minority Veterans to advise the Secretary on the adoption and implementation of policies and programs affecting minority Veterans.
Over the past 25 years, CMV has been instrumental in ensuring minority Veterans are knowledgeable of VA benefits and services and understand how to take advantage of those services. In addition to celebrating its 25th anniversary, 2019 was a banner year for the Center as they reached a record number of Veterans through their outreach efforts and hosted the first-ever National Minority Veterans Summit in Dallas, TX.