In Baltimore City
In Baltimore City
Our core values
The National Association for Black Veterans, Inc. (NABVETS) was first introduced to Baltimore in 1980 and became known as the Baltimore Metro Area Chapter (B-MAC) of NABVETS. The organization opened an office at 2117 E. North Avenue and began its outreach, service delivery, and advocacy for Vietnam Veterans. Vacant lots adorned the adjacent area to the office and NABVETS organized community youth to clean up the lots – removing broken glass and other debris to accommodate what was planned to be a playground area. Subsequently, an urban garden (best in the city) arose from the once debris laden lots.
In 1986, several veterans lamenting the lack of appreciation for their sacrifice and service initiated African American Patriots Day to celebrate their service stating that “we don’t need others to appreciate our patriotism, we will pay tribute to ourselves.” The focus shifted to our fathers – WWII and Korean – who had been relegated to obscurity despite their extraordinary service in defense of America. The last Saturday in February was chosen as the annual date to honor Black Patriotism and the relentless effort of black veterans to eradicate “Jim Crow” and other forms of racism, discrimination and subjugation in America. The first honoree was Reverend Parren Sumler, WWI Veteran. There were two others but were physically unable to attend and participate. Rev. Sumler was 106 years old at the time.
On an ongoing basis, NABVETS will provide strategic advocacy on behalf of its membership with all branches of government – federal, state and local – to include advocacy with other service organizations. NABVETS will provide personal advocacy on behalf of individual veterans seeking claims against the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and will foster community development by creating positive lifestyles for veterans and their families. NABVETS will generate and preserve the historical record for minority veterans and promote necessary revisions to assure historical integrity.