Minority and Underrepresented Veterans 

Minority and Underrepresented 

The term "Veterans who are minorities" means Veterans who are identified as African Americans, Asian American/Pacific Islander, Hispanic, Native American/Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian. As a minority Servicemember or Veteran, you may qualify for a wide range of benefits offered by the Department of Veterans Affairs.

"The Minority and Underrepresented Veterans Division will ensure that all veterans have equal access to their earned benefits, regardless of race, ethnic origin, religion, gender, gender identity, or sexual orientation. "

CalVet Minority Veterans Facebook

 CalVet Minority Veterans Newsletters  

LGBTQ+ Veterans

The OUT Foundation & OutServe-SLDN Issue Joint Statement in Honor of LGBTQ+ Veterans - The OUT Foundation

 VHA LGBTQ+ Health Program

"The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) welcomes all Veterans, families, caregivers, and survivor beneficiaries, including diverse gender identities and sexual orientations. “LGBTQ+” refers to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer identities. The “+” sign captures identities beyond LGBTQ, including but not limited to questioning, pansexual, asexual, agender, gender diverse, nonbinary, gender-neutral, and other identities. LGBTQ+ Veterans have faced stigma and discrimination, which can affect health. As a healthcare institution, we need to make sure that LGBTQ+ Veterans know that they are welcome at Veterans Health Administration (VHA)."

 Calvet LGBTQ+ Resources & Webinars

"We advocate on behalf of LGBT Veterans by identifying gaps in services and by making recommendations to improve services and by making recommendations to improve service. We Support and initiate activities that education and sensitize the public to the unique needs of our LGBT veterans. " 

Native Veterans

Native Veterans | TME

VA-Benefits and Programs for Native Veterans

"According to the Department of Defense, American Indians and Alaska Natives have one of the highest representations in the armed forces. VA consults with American Indian and Alaska Native tribal governments to develop partnerships that enhance access to services and benefits by Veterans and their families. VA is committed to ensuring that Native American Veterans and their families are able to utilize all benefits and services they are entitled to receive."

VA-Native American Direct Loan Program

"If you’re a Veteran, and either you or your spouse is Native American, our Native American Direct Loan (NADL) program may help you get a loan to buy, build, or improve a home on federal trust land. You may also get a loan to refinance an existing NADL and reduce your interest rate. Find out if you qualify for an NADL—and how to apply."

Native American Veterans Association

"Native American Veterans Association (NAVA) serves and honors men and women who have served active duty and their families. We aid in their transition from a warrior’s journey to civilian life through readjustment assistance, strengthening family ties, links to mental health and wellness services, and career and educational training."