Larry Robinson (Barrancas Administrative Officer), Stephen Dillard (CMV Executive Director), and Elvin A. Hughes, Jr. (Barrancas Assistant Director) attend the Florida MLK Prayer Breakfast in Pensacola, Florida
Minority Veterans Programs Coordinators
Pictured: Larry Robinson (Barrancas Administrative Officer), Stephen Dillard (CMV Executive Director), and Elvin A. Hughes, Jr. (Barrancas Assistant Director)
This position was implemented by Former Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Jesse Brown’s letter on April 25, 1995, to assist the Director’s of their respective facility and the Center for Minority Veterans assess and identify the needs of minority Veterans.
The primary goal of this outreach initiative is to increase local awareness of minority Veteran related issues and develop strategies for increasing their participation in existing VA benefit programs for eligible Veterans. Minority Veterans Program Coordinator’s are located at Regional Offices, Health Care Facilities and National Cemeteries and are responsible for:
- Promoting the use of VA benefits, programs, and services by minority Veterans.
- Supporting and initiating activities that educate and sensitize internal staff to the unique needs of minority Veterans.
- Targeting outreach efforts to minority Veterans through community networks.
- Advocating on behalf of minority Veterans by identifying gaps in services and make recommendations to improve service delivery within their facilities.
There is a Minority Veteran Program Coordinator (MVPC) located in each state’s Regional Office, Health Care Facility and National Cemetery to educate and assist with your eligibility of benefits and services.
Access a listing of Minority Veterans Program Coordinator (MVPC) by administration and state, who can provide service within your community.
MVPCs in Action
 May 2018
Herman Montalvo, MVPC South Texas Veterans Health Care System (San Antonio, TX) conducting outreach at the 8th Annual Welcome Home Event at Morgan’s Wonderland on May 19th, 2018. Mr. Robert M. Walton, Director, South Texas Veterans Health Care System was the key note speaker. Mr. Walton is also seen in the photo conducting outreach (Gentleman wearing the white long sleeve shirt).
 January 2018
Collaboration at the 17th Boomer Expo and Veterans Recognition Ceremony. Left to right in photo: Yalitza Ledgister, MVPC for South FL National Cemetery, Representative from Florida Department of Veterans Affairs, Jerry Johnson, MVPC Miami VAMC, and Representative from Pompano Vet Center.
 October 2016
Ms. Fern Beavers, MVPC at Buffalo VAMC was recognized along with Madeline O. Scott the co-chairperson of the event, members of the Minority Veterans Committee and, commanders of various post for their work Remembering Deceased African American Veterans of WNY exhibit.
 November 2016
Minnie Bowie-Garcia MVPC for Central Texas Veterans Health Care System and Gerald Patterson Waco Regional MVPC with a Native American Veteran at a powwow in Austin, TX. Some of the tribes represented were the Kiowa, Cherokee, Apache, Sioux tribe, Navajo, and Lumbee tribe.
 October 2016
Sometimes you set up your desk where you can. In Texas, VA took its show on the road with a six-county outreach tour. Representatives from the Taylor County Vet Center, the Waco VA Regional Office, as well as county Veterans service officers will be in Waxahachie, Corsicana, Fairfield, Centerville, Groesbeck and Marlin, Texas.
 May 2016
Sharon M. Delgado, Juan Nieves, Director of the Puerto Rico National Cemetery, Danny Aponte Ramos (MVPC), Radio Broacaster and Coordinator of the Health Care for Homeless Veterans, Edwin Ramos Jourdan, Zaida Morales, Agustin Montañez, Puerto Rico Veterans’ Advocate and Chairperson of the Organizing Committee for the Memorial Day and Magdy Pérez Ceremony talked about the this year’s ceremony to be held on May 30, 2016, at the PR National Cemetery in Bayamon. The interview was aired on May 22nd at WKVM 810 AM Radio Paz in the talk show CONTIGO EN DOMINGO from 9:00am thru 10:00am.