Maryland NABVETS Command Council (MCC)


NABVETS seeks to build a strong and viable network of veterans’ service organizations throughout the continental United States and beyond to provide quality services and representation for veterans. In doing so, NABVETS will correct historical inaccuracies which sustain ignorance and denigrates the services of minorities and obscures the extraordinary leadership and services of associated non-minorities. NABVETS-Maryland shall conduct to assure that their services are available to all veterans and their families to include all areas surrounding Maryland. NABVETS-Maryland will provide advocacy for Maryland Veterans and their families.

Why NABVETS was created !              

NABVETS, initially the “Interested Veterans of the Central City (IVOCC),” was established and incorporated by seven Vietnam combat Veterans in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (1969). In 1973, it was reorganized (1973) to become the National Association of Black Veterans (NABVETS) – a membership service organization – with the charge to address issues concerning Black and other minority Veterans.

On April 2, 1998, NABVETS was certified as a national Veterans Service Organization by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). NABVETS was certified “for the purpose of preparation, presentation, and prosecution of claims under laws administered by the Department of Veterans Affairs.” NABVETS has served as a leader to address the unmet concerns of minority and low-income Veterans for almost 35 years through direct services, empowerment training and collaborative partnerships. Those Veterans who need assistance filing for disability compensation, pension reimbursement, educational benefits, etc. can utilize NABVETS claims service representatives who guide Veterans through the entire bureaucratic process.

In order to provide the best quality claims service available, NABVETS has centralized the claims review and quality assurance function into one location. All claims are reviewed by the highest trained experts prior to submission to the Department of Veterans Affairs, ensuring the best possible opportunity for positive adjudication of the initial claim. NABVETS works in collaboration with its claims services staff and the highly reputable National Veterans Legal Service Program when representing Veteran’s claims. The system is an electronic database, retrievable by our Veteran’s Service Representatives at anytime, anywhere around the world.

  Why we started and why we must go on!

As many know, NABVETS originally started in 1969 as the Interested Veterans of the Central City or better known as IVOCC. The organization was begun by seven (7) returning veterans that believed that they could make a difference that would help all veterans particularly African American veterans. The primary issues of the day were Welfare, Education, Housing, Hospitalization, Employment and Economic Assistance. In 1973 the National Association of Black Veterans Inc. was born. Little did we realize at the time was that in every city and town around the country, there were carbon copies of the original seven returning veterans that were equally dissatisfied with the lack of attention that was given to their unique needs, namely Less than Honorable Discharges, High Unemployment, higher incidents of PTSD, Chemical Dependency and lack of equal VA claims assistance.

Through the years NABVETS thrived and not withstanding growing pains, that included disagreements as to organizational strategic direction and other personal distractions, the organization was able to come together and present a unified front. We all realized that speaking with one collective voice to our elected representatives went much farther than trying to speak with one individual voice.

Today NABVETS has grown into one of the strongest black veteran’s organization in the country. There are presently over one twenty-two (122) chapters with many state commands. NABVETS has further developed its own nationwide telephone claims system to assure uniform VA claims tracking accountability. (This system will be released soon.)

NABVETS must go on because although we have made some accomplishments, there remains much work to be done. This work includes monitoring and advocating for veterans, particularly veterans of color as it relates to the increasing backlog of VA service disability claims. We are the voice for the voiceless!



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Largo, MD 20774

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