2017 Annual Anniversary Dinner/Gala — With a few short weeks remaining until the big event, the National Association for Black Veterans, Inc., Delaware Chapter 0094 (NABVETS) proudly announces its fourth (4th) anniversary of service to Delaware’s diverse veteran population and recognition ceremony.
November 13, 2013, State Commander Nolan S. Lewis and five other veterans established a Delaware Chapter of NABVETS, the 94th in the national 501(c)(3) organization. Mission – The National Association for Black Veterans, Inc. provides strategic advocacy on behalf of its membership with Congress, the Federal Administration, State Administrations and other agencies and organizations. NABVETS also provides personal advocacy on behalf of veterans seeking claims against the United States Department of Veterans Affairs; advocacy for youth in all matters required for successful passage into adulthood; advocacy on behalf of families; with community involvement, provides advocacy in creating positive lifestyles for veterans; and to generate and preserve historical records. Vision – “No matter where black veterans are or what they are doing, they recognize that they have a voice in NABVETS and, in that voice, an unyielding champion for justice; and that no matter what the issues or obstacles are, NABVETS will do all it can to protect their rights, promote their cause and restore their dignity; and, in so doing, empower those veterans to make a lasting and positive impact in their communities.”
Immediately Commander Lewis and the other founding council members set out to make a difference in Delaware. In that first year, Commander Lewis hit the ground running; meeting with anyone that would listen or was sympathetic towards the organization’s cause. Conducting Public Meetings which are held on the third Saturday of every month at 10:00 AM in the Kingswood Community Center – 2300 Bowers Street, Wilmington, Delaware 19802. Participating in outreach efforts targeted to raising brand awareness, membership recruitment, veteran assistance and program development.
Now in its third year, this Chapter continues to raise awareness of veteran issues some of which are, but not limited to, homelessness, hunger, PTSD, re-entry programs, and VA claims benefits process. In 2014 the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People recognized Chapter 94 for its humanitarian efforts among the veteran populations in Delaware. By 2015, Chapter 94 had made advancements in National Veteran Services Officer, and claims/benefits assistance for all veterans. In 2016, the City of Wilmington, sponsored by Councilman Michael Brown, recognized this organization’s tireless efforts to improve the quality of life for not just minority veterans, but those of all diversities, and awarded Chapter 94 for outstanding work in Wilmington, Delaware. The success achieved to-date has been a consistent result of collaborations and partnerships with other organizations throughout the state.
Saturday, November 18, 2017, a celebratory anniversary/recognition ceremony, open to the public, is scheduled at Kingswood Community Center – 2300 Bowers Street, Wilmington, Delaware 19802. A Silent Auction featuring movie and theater tickets, gift certificates, gift baskets, and much more is expected to be a big hit at this event.
Visit www.32auctions.com/nabvetsDE2017 for more information about the Silent Auction. Guests can also expect prizes for 50/50 raffle give aways. Event tickets are currently on sale at Eventbrite and by contacting Commander Lewis directly at (302) 345 – 6911 or events@nabvetsDE.org. We hope to see many of you there!