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The National Association for Black Veterans (NABVETS) was established in 1969 as a result of Black servicemen and women not being able to join white veteran organizations once we had served our Country. Black servicemen and women were denied equal access to home loans by banks, educational opportunities, and many general Veteran benefits.
As a result, NABVETS was formed and certified by The United States Department of Veterans Affairs in 1969 as a Veterans Service Organization which advocates for veterans rights (Veterans of “all” colors), and serves the communities in which we live as well. Nabvets of Columbus, Inc. Chapter 114, is an affiliate of the National Association for Black Veterans, Inc. and is a 501c3 Domestic Non-Profit organization formed and certified in 2015 by the Ohio Secretary of State.
Chapter Commander, Horace Walker Jr. is a former Marine Corp Combat Vietnam Veteran. Commander Walker voluntarily served his final 30 days of combat in the 1968 “TET” offensive's battle for Hue City. Commander Walker has a Bachelor’s degree in Business and an Associate’s degree in Law Enforcement as well. He is currently an accredited Veterans Service Officer. He was accredited by the Office of General Counsel in January 2016 and certified by the Department of Veterans Affairs in November 2015.
Nabvets of Columbus Inc. was formed and established in 2015 as result of the rise in unconscious bias at VA Medical Centers in the form of despaired treatment and delivery of services to minority veterans. For example, the National Center for PTSD research found that if clinicians do not evaluate for negative race-related events that may have led to psychiatric problems, the ethnic minority veteran may not be receiving the appropriate disability rating or compensation. Thus, it behooves VA clinicians to be particularly attentive to examining possible race, ethnic, or cultural issues among ethnic minority veterans.
Oftentimes many veterans are not aware of what benefits are owed to them.
Census data showed that there were over 23.2 million military veterans. Over 5.5 million have some type of disability, of which 3.4 million have obtained a “service-connected” rating, but only 2.9 million are receiving compensation. (Dept. of Veterans Affairs 2010)