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Military-Veterans Advocacy Inc

"Litigate, Legislate, Educate"

Slidell, LA   |  www.militaryveteransadvocacy.org
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Military-Veterans Advocacy Inc

EIN: 38-3890520


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

Subject area info

Education

Legal services

Civic participation

Disabled persons' rights

Special population support

Population served info

People with disabilities

People with diseases and illnesses

Military personnel

Veterans

NTEE code info

Military/Veterans' Organizations (W30)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

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

Tax forms

Communication

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. We are in itiating a tribal outreach to provide legal education on veterans law to indigenous triba attorneys. MVA is sponsoring Naitonal Veterans Get Outside Day to prmote nature therapy for PTS/TBI

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 results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of meetings with policymakers or candidates

This metric is no longer tracked.
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Related Program

Legislative Advocacy

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total dollars received in contributions

This metric is no longer tracked.
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Type of Metric

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total number of volunteer hours contributed to the organization

This metric is no longer tracked.
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Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

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 for membership is to increase our membership numbers and keep it above the required threshold to be officially federally recognized. We also need to expand membership with younger veterans.

Our fundraising goal for 2023 is to increase donations by at least 30% from 2022.

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.
We can use the different section Facebook pages to get new email addresses for potential members and add them to our contact list. We h ave purchased a leg tracking program to help us provide i nout to OCngress. We are modernizing our b=web site to make it more interactive

To help reach membership and fundraising goals we will make our social media pages more interactive.
We can use the different section Facebook pages to get new email addresses for potential members and add them to our contact list. We have expanded our legislative team to better meet the needs of veterans and are routinelhy providing amicus briefs for veterans cases

We won a case in 2019 in the Supreme Court that extended benefits to Navy Veterans who served in the harbors and seas of Vietnam and suffered from Agent Orange exposure. 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. We also helped support the passing of the PACT Act. We held a successfyl Veterans Get Outside Day in 2023 and plan an expanded event in 2024

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.
  • 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

  • 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

Military-Veterans Advocacy Inc
Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
NET GAIN/LOSS:    in 
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Average of 0.00 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Average of 0.2 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

%

Average of 0% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Military-Veterans Advocacy Inc

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of Military-Veterans Advocacy Inc’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2012 2019
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $0 -$8,836
As % of expenses 0.0% -11.6%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $0 -$8,836
As % of expenses 0.0% -11.6%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $560 $67,609
Total revenue, % change over prior year 0.0% 0.0%
Program services revenue 0.0% 0.0%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.5%
Investment income 0.0% 0.0%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 100.0% 99.5%
Other revenue 100.0% 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $560 $76,444
Total expenses, % change over prior year 0.0% 0.0%
Personnel 0.0% 0.0%
Professional fees 100.0% 16.1%
Occupancy 0.0% 0.0%
Interest 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0% 1.3%
All other expenses 0.0% 82.6%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2012 2019
Total expenses (after depreciation) $560 $76,444
One month of savings $47 $6,370
Debt principal payment $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $607 $82,814

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2012 2019
Months of cash 0.0 1.5
Months of cash and investments 0.0 1.5
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 0.0 1.5
Balance sheet composition info 2012 2019
Cash $0 $9,556
Investments $0 $0
Receivables $0 $0
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $0 $0
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 0.0% 0.0%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 0.0% 0.0%
Unrestricted net assets $0 $9,556
Temporarily restricted net assets $0 N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 N/A
Total restricted net assets $0 $0
Total net assets $0 $955,642

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2012 2019
Material data errors Yes Yes

Operations

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

Chairman

CDR John B Wells USN (ret)

John B. Wells was born in Taylorville, Illinois in 1950. He graduated from Sangamon State University in 1973. Wells entered the Navy in February of 1972. He attended Duquense University Law school night program, graduating in 1994, shortly before his retirement from the Navy. Returning to Slidell, Louisiana, he opened his own practice which emphasized military and veterans laws. CDR Wells travels throughout the nation in support of military personnel. He routinely handles cases in the Washington, D. C. area. CDR Wells founded Military-Veterans Advocacy in 2012 He has traveled to advance legislation important to members of the military and veterans. He has also filed extensive litigation to protect the right of military and veterans. He has testified before both the House and Senate Veterans Affairs Committee. In 2019, he won a landmark court case, Procopio v. Wilkie, which forced the VA to grant toxic herbicide benefits to tens of thousands of veterans.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

Military-Veterans Advocacy Inc

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Compensation
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Military-Veterans Advocacy Inc

Board of directors
as of 02/10/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board chair

Commander John Wells

Military-Veterans Advocacy, Inc.

Term: 2021 - 2024

James A Kuiken

Military-Veterans Advocacy, Inc.

Michael Kvintus

Military-Veterans Advocacy, Inc.

Michael Yates

Military-Veterans Advocacy, Inc.

Brian Lewis

Military-Veterans Advocacy, Inc.

Susan Belanger

Military-Veterans Advocacy, Inc.

Jerry Balmes

Military-Veterans Advocacy, Inc.

Donna Stratford

Military-Veterans Advocacy, Inc.

Rob Maness

Military-Veterans Advocacy, Inc.

John B Wells

Military-Veterans Advovacy

Richard Elliott

Military-Veterans Advocacy

Jackie Blooim

Military-Veterans Asvocacy

Robert McMillin

Military-Veterans Advocacy

Wayne Matthews

Military-Veterans Advocacy

James Haislip

Military-Veterans Advocacy

Heather Kauffman

Military-Veterans Advocacy

Ray CHildress

Military-Veterans Advocacy

Samantha Gassman

Military-Veterans Advocacy

Danique Massingill

Military-Veterans Advocacy

Cheryl C Cox

Military-Veterans Advocacy

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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 5/17/2023

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

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.
There are no contractors recorded for this organization.

Professional fundraisers

Fiscal year ending

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 Schedule G

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