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Veterans

Minority Veterans Program

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. We encourage you to learn about available resources and programs and to apply for the benefits you may have earned.

VA Benefits

Minority Veterans may be eligible for a wide-variety of benefits available to all U.S. military Veterans. VA benefits include disability compensation, pension, education and training, health care, home loans, insurance, vocational rehabilitation and employment, and burial. See our Veterans page for an overview of the benefits available to all Veterans.

VA Benefits and Programs for Minority Veterans

Native American Direct Loan (NADL)Program

This program helps eligible Native American Veterans finance the purchase, construction, or improvement of homes on Federal Trust Land or reduce the interest rate on such a VA loan. Native American Veterans may use these direct loans to simultaneously purchase and improve a home or refinance another VA direct loan made under NADL to lower the interest rate.

Learn more about the NADL Program.

Minority Veterans Program Coordinators (MVPCs)

The main goal for Minority Veterans Program Coordinators is to increase the awareness of issues pertaining to minority Veterans. This includes developing long-term strategies to encourage eligible minority Veterans to participate in VA benefit programs. Additionally, MVPCs advocate on behalf of minority Veterans and recommend ways to improve the delivery of services within VA facilities.

Each VA Regional Office has a Minority Veterans Outreach Coordinator who is a direct point of contact for you to learn more about what benefits you qualify for, assist you with applying for those benefits, and refer you to other organizations and resources that will help you meet your needs.

Learn more about Minority Veterans Program Coordinators.

How to Apply

The specific VA benefit or program web page will provide tailored information about how to apply for a particular benefit or program. Generally, Servicemembers, Veterans, and families can apply for VA benefits using one of the methods below.