The Minority Veterans Program (MVP) was established under Public Law 103-446 in 1994 to address the unique circumstances and special needs of minority veterans. Bay Pines Healthcare System is dedicated to ensuring all Veterans are treated fairly, respectfully and receive quality care regardless of race, origin, religion or gender.
The MVPC serves as the principal advisor to the Healthcare System Director on issues and concerns related to healthcare services that affects minority veterans.
Bay Pines Healthcare System Minority Veterans Program services all Veterans included but not limited to:
The MVPC is available to meet one-on-one with veterans and their families. The program stresses the need for open discussion between the Program Coordinator and the veterans served. The confidentiality of all conversations is ensured.
The MVPC works closely with various organizations throughout the community. This involves visiting minority communities, meeting with service organizations, and networking to promote use of the various programs and services available to today's' veterans. Stand downs, Pow Wow, community town hall meetings, and focus groups enable the MVPC to remain current on issues that affects the provision of services and benefits.
The Association on American Indian Affairs * has eight different scholarship programs to offer students in need. Visit their website for more information.
Kareen Anderson, LMSW
Minority Veterans Program Coordinator (MVPC)
Bay Pines VA Healthcare System
5682 Bee Ridge Road
Sarasota, FL 34233
941-302-3257 or via email