Minority Veteran Program - Orlando VA Healthcare System
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Orlando VA Healthcare System


Minority Veteran Program

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Program Mission

The goal of the Orlando VA Medical Center Minority Veterans Program is to increase local awareness of minority Veteran related issues and develop strategies for increasing their participation in existing VA benefits programs for eligible Veterans.  The program also ensures that minority Veterans receive benefits and services on par with other Veterans, encounter no barriers or impediments in their attempts to access those services, and are treated with respect and dignity by VA service providers.
What is the Minority Veterans Program?

The term “Veterans who are minorities” means Veterans who are identified as African Americans, Asian American/Pacific Islander, Hispanic, Native American/Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian. As a minority Service member or Veteran, you may qualify for a wide range of benefits offered by the Department of Veterans Affairs.


This position was implemented by Former Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Jesse Brown’s letter on April 25, 1995, to assist the Directors of their respective facility and the Center for Minority Veterans assess and identify the needs of minority Veterans.
The primary goal of this outreach initiative is to increase local awareness of minority Veteran related issues and develop strategies for increasing their participation in existing VA benefit programs for eligible Veterans.

Minority Veterans Program Coordinators are located at Regional Offices, Health Care  Facilities and National Cemeteries and they are responsible for:

• Promoting the use of VA benefits, programs, and services by minority Veterans.
• Supporting and initiating activities that educate and sensitize internal staff to the unique needs of minority Veterans.
• Targeting outreach efforts to minority Veterans through community networks.
• Advocating on behalf of minority Veterans by identifying gaps in services and make recommendations to improve service delivery within their facilities.
• Assist management of the Medical Center in their efforts to address the needs of minority Veterans

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VA Benefits

Minority Veterans may be eligible for a wide-variety of benefits available to all U.S. military Veterans. VA benefits include disability compensation, pension, education and training, health care, home loans, insurance, vocational rehabilitation and employment, and burial.

Referral Services

VA Benefits and Programs for Native American Veterans: Native American Direct Loan (NADL) Program
The NADL program helps eligible Native American Veterans finance the purchase, construction, or improvement of homes on Federal Trust Land or reduce the interest rate on such a VA loan. Native American Veterans may use these direct loans to simultaneously purchase and improve a home or refinance another VA direct loan made under NADL to lower the interest rate.  Learn more about the Native American Direct Loan (NADL) Program.
Related Links

Center for Minority Veterans

Women Veterans

Veteran's Benefits Administration (VBA)

Office of Tribal Government Relations
National Cemetery Administration (NCA) 

Contact Info


  • Lake Baldwin

Contact Number(s)

  • 407-631-4704

Hours of Operation

  • 08:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.