Our Goals

of Benefits

Black Veterans underutilize key health care, housing, education, and disability benefits which further erode outcomes. BVEC has committed to training 500 Black Veterans Service Officers to shift the status quo.


Black Veterans have served honorably since the nation’s founding, despite a history of discrimination and erasure. BVEC works to preserve, honor and amplify the legacy of Black military service, highlighting the contributions of Black veterans to American culture and history.


For decades, a lack of substantive policy advocacy on issues affecting Black veterans has exacerbated disparities.  BVEC collaborates with stakeholders across government to address the needs of Black veterans.

Keeping our eyes fixed on justice

The Black Veterans Empowerment Council (BVEC) is a non-partisan coalition of national, state and local veterans organizations seeking to shift long-standing racial inequities suffered by Black veterans in the United States. Since its inception, BVEC has grown to include 15+ organizations, representing more than 20,000 members with the ability to reach hundreds of thousands more in communities across our nation.

Following national unrest in the wake of the murder of George Floyd, the House Veterans Affairs Committee convened a roundtable of Black veterans organizations from around the nation to begin confronting persisting racial inequities in homelessness, joblessness, educational outcomes and access to benefits amongst our nation's Black veterans.

After the roundtable concluded, to continue a spirit of collaboration and uplift among organizations committed to shifting outcomes for Black veterans and their families, BVEC was formed.


Minority veterans face a 44 percent greater likelihood of unemployment relative to white veterans. There are more than 2 million Black veterans in the United States. [1]


Black veterans account for a third of our nation’s homeless veteran population. [2]


Minority veterans are twice as likely to live in poverty than their white counterparts. [3]

Honoring our past, fighting for our future

Since BVEC's inception, the coalition has advanced the passage of S. 1031, a bill earmarking a government study of racial disparities in the allocation of veterans benefits and advised on numerous legislative efforts - to include the Military Justice Improvement Act and efforts to address diversity, equity and inclusion within the Department of Veterans Affairs. As the nation’s premier voice representing Black veterans on Capitol Hill, BVEC will continue to advance legislation to address Black veterans housing, education, employment and healthcare outcomes.


Black service members account for 17 percent of our military. [4]


Black service members face between a 32 to 71 percent greater likelihood of punishment across the military. [5]


More than one-third of  Black service members allege experiencing racial discrimination and harassment in the ranks. [6]

Our Team

Victor LaGroon

Chairman, BVEC

Victor leads BVEC's policy advocacy while growing the coalition's reach across public, private and non-profit sectors.

Richard Brookshire


Richard advises on communications and marketing, working with BVEC's partners to facilitate storytelling.

Yomika Alexander

Director of Operations

Yomika leads operations for the BVEC, managing stakeholder engagement and event planning.

Tiahna Pantovich

Policy & Advocacy Strategist

Tiahna researches legislation and academia, lobbying on both Capitol Hill and HBCUs to pass policies that allow BVEC to build a better future for veterans on campus.