Military-Veterans Advocacy Inc

"Litigate, Legislate, Educate"

Slidell, LA   |  www.militaryveteransadvocacy.org

Mission

Specifically the organization provides legal services, education and defense to members of the armed forces, counseling, education and assistance to veterans in obtaining veterans benefits and advocating for legislation on the federal state and local levels to benefit veterans. The organization defends the constitutional rights of members of the armed forces.

Ruling year info

2013

Chairman

CDR John B Wells USN (ret)

Main address

PO Box 5235

Slidell, LA 70469 USA

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EIN

38-3890520

NTEE code info

Military/Veterans' Organizations (W30)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We are working to make sure that suffering active duty service members and veterans are not ignored. We aim to protect the rights of members of the armed forces and veterans as well as help veterans and their families receive their earned benefits without delay.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Legislative Advocacy

Meet with Members of Congress, Senators and their staff to propose and discuss legislation affecting active duty service members members, veterans, and their families. Testify before Congress as requested. Help enact Toxic Herbicide Agent relief for Guam, American Samoa, Johnston Island, Panama, Okinawa, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, and the airspace over Vietnam. Explore and support other toxic exposure legislation.

Population(s) Served
Veterans
Military personnel

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our goal during the first quarter of 2022 is to at least double our membership and keep it above the required threshold to be officially federally recognized. We should also find a potential leader for a “Burn Pit” section by the end of the first quarter of 2022, this will help drive younger membership.

Our fundraising goal for the first quarter of 2022 should be $10,000 which would be a $2,000 increase based on 2021’s quarterly fundraising average, not including Riffle Raffle or Breakfast which didn’t occur each quarter. This will be reached through updating the website and making the donation page easier to find and understand as well as emphasizing Amazon Smile plus other smaller fundraising outreaches.

Our overarching goals are to ensure that the rights of members of the armed forces and veterans are protected as well as help veterans and their families receive their earned benefits without delay.

To help reach membership and fundraising goals we will make our social media pages more interactive. This will include the sections spotlights on Facebook that have been on hold, creating a LinkedIn page that will share our accomplishments, using Twitter to share more than the bill of the week and donation links, and creating an Instagram page that will post pics available for free from the government to go along with stories about Agent Orange and burn pits effects on veterans’ health. I need section leaders to start ASAP identifying potential members for their member spotlight during their section spotlight week. We can also use every section’s first week to describe the origins of your section and why as the section leader you are so passionate about it, then in future section spotlight weeks you can share updates and other information about your section.
We can also use the different section Facebook pages to get new email addresses for potential members and add them to our contact list on the new service we will use. This new service will allow us to send targeted emails for each section so we would be able to cut down the length of the newsletter. This new service will also allow us to send more emails without limiting us and we can target those who aren’t members with emails asking them to join or donate to show support.
We need to spread a message of excitement and encouragement for those applying for VA benefits. Obtaining these benefits are not easy and the process can be difficult, but we need to show the sunnier side of it and how much those benefits help once your application is successful. With a positive message and sharing our success stories we can drive more people to us for help and they will trust us to help.
We need to have a minimum of 2 boosted posts or ads live on Facebook every month. One should be a general awareness ad with no hard defined demographics besides 18+ so we can become better known to more people. The other should be a small monthly fundraiser asking for donations as well as encouraging membership that should be targeted to our demographic stated earlier.

To help reach this membership and fundraising goal we will make our social media pages more interactive. This will include the sections spotlights on Facebook that have been on hold, creating a LinkedIn page that will share our accomplishments, using Twitter to share more than the bill of the week and donation links, and creating an Instagram page that will post pics available for free from the government to go along with stories about Agent Orange and burn pits effects on veterans’ health. I need section leaders to start ASAP identifying potential members for their member spotlight during their section spotlight week. We can also use every section’s first week to describe the origins of your section and why as the section leader you are so passionate about it, then in future section spotlight weeks you can share updates and other information about your section.
We can also use the different section Facebook pages to get new email addresses for potential members and add them to our contact list on the new service we will use. This new service will allow us to send targeted emails for each section so we would be able to cut down the length of the newsletter. This new service will also allow us to send more emails without limiting us and we can target those who aren’t members with emails asking them to join or donate to show support.
We need to spread a message of excitement and encouragement for those applying for VA benefits. Obtaining these benefits are not easy and the process can be difficult, but we need to show the sunnier side of it and how much those benefits help once your application is successful. With a positive message and sharing our success stories we can drive more people to us for help and they will trust us to help.

We helped gather enough support in Congress to pass the Blue Water Navy Act in 2019 that extended Agent Orange to Navy Veterans who served in the harbors and seas of Vietnam. Our organization has also helped write bills to extended similar benefits to other veterans who served in areas impacted by toxic exposure. We have also sent rule making requests to the VA to expand benefits as well as appearing in federal courts to fight for these expanded benefits for veterans.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Veterans

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Community meetings/Town halls, Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We provided a life membership program and also began a monthly newsletter.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    Better communication

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Military-Veterans Advocacy Inc

Board of directors
as of 2/3/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Commander John Wells

Military-Veterans Advocacy, Inc.

Term: 2021 - 2022

James Kuiken

Military-Veterans Advocacy, Inc.

Michael Kvintus

Military-Veterans Advocacy, Inc.

Thomas Walden

Military-Veterans Advocacy, Inc.

Michael Yates

Military-Veterans Advocacy, Inc.

Brian Lewis

Military-Veterans Advocacy, Inc.

Susan Belanger

Military-Veterans Advocacy, Inc.

Brian Moyer

Military-Veterans Advocacy, Inc.

William Rhodes

Military-Veterans Advocacy, Inc.

Jerry Balmes

Military-Veterans Advocacy, Inc.

Donna Tornoe

Military-Veterans Advocacy, Inc.

Brian O'Callaghan

Military-Veterans Advocacy, Inc.

Rob Maness

Military-Veterans Advocacy, Inc.

Robin Hood

Military-Veterans Advocacy, Inc.

John Wells

Military-Veterans Advovacy

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Not applicable
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Not applicable
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/29/2022,

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person with a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/03/2022

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Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.