On April 18th, 1979, a group of veterans from all branches of the military representing enlistees from WWII through Vietnam, came together to provide assistance to veterans with problems. Some immediate problems faced were racism and racist policies, little or poor medical and rehabilitative services, unemployment, no re-entry preparation into society. Many soldiers leaving the military lack of knowledge of their rights or the agencies willing to help them. Some veterans experienced hostile social attitudes and a high percentage suffered from exposure to the lethal toxin “Agent Orange”, and continual readjustment obstacles.
B.V.S.J., Inc. has evolved since its humble beginnings into a community fixture, as much as the men and women veterans from this community. While a new generation of veteran has served this country, many have the same problems especially poor medical services, unemployment and inadequate services for soldiers re-entering into civilian society.
B.V.S.J employees help veterans and veterans help the community. At Black Veterans for Social Justice, we provide “tender loving care and a listening ear” to all veterans and community residents that seek to be a productive part of society.