Creating a positive lifestyle for veterans

Creating a positive lifestyle for veterans

Creating a positive lifestyle for veteransCreating a positive lifestyle for veteransCreating a positive lifestyle for veterans


NABVETS Portland is a Registered 501c(3) Non-Profit Organization



The National Association for Black Veterans, Inc. is:

A Nationally Certified Veterans Service Organization and a United States Department of Veterans Affairs claims representative for the purpose of benefits and discharge upgrade services

A membership organization with membership and chapters throughout the United States and Puerto Rico

Working in unity with the Community to end homelessness, empower low-income and minority veterans 

An organization that works with disadvantaged youth

Preserving the historical contributions of minority veterans, such as the Congressionally approved National Day of Honor (May 25th)

About Us

Our Team


Our Chapter has office space allocated in the Veteran’s Affairs Regional Office located in downtown Portland Oregon.

NABVETS Chapter #0032 consists of our office staff of VSO’s and Administrative office volunteers who support our claims processes, as well as our General Membership and Executive Board Members that work within the local community to accomplish shared goals with other community partners. 

The commitment of the PDX Chapter Officers, Volunteers and Members have earned the respect of both the civilian and Military Communities.

Our History


The NABVETS Portland Oregon Chapter #0032 was sanctioned on November 4, 2006.

LTC. (Ret) Leneld E. Brown was the force behind the creation of the new NABVETS chapter and original Charter. 

The PDX Chapter was formed to support the veteran community in the Portland Oregon and Vancouver Washington Metro area. Under Leneld’s guidance, support for NABVETS PDX and membership grew.

Our first Veterans Service Officers (VSO’s) were LTC (Ret) Leneld E. Brown, veteran Thomas Brown (USMC), and SFC (Ret) William H. Woods, Jr. 

Each passed extensive background and security clearance requirements and completed the Veteran’s Administration Training Response Involvement and Preparations (TRIP) Certification process.


The VSO Accreditation grants authority to prepare, present and prosecute claims under the laws of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

Our Mission


On an ongoing basis, The National Association for Black Veterans, Inc. (NABVETS) will provide strategic advocacy on behalf of its membership with Congress, the Federal Administration, State Administrations, government and non-government organizations.

NABVETS will provide personal advocacy on behalf of -

à Veterans seeking claims against the United States Department of Veterans Affairs

à Youth in all matters required for successful passage into adulthood

à Families, to protect culture and improve overall quality of our communities

à With community involvement, provide advocacy in creating positive lifestyles for veterans

Help Our Cause

Your support and contributions will enable us to meet our goals and improve conditions. Your generous donation will fund our mission.

Pay with PayPal or a debit/credit card

Contact Us

Better yet, see us in person!

Although we are open until 5:00 PM, you must arrive PRIOR to 4:00 PM, in order to gain access to our office.

The National Association For Black Veterans, Inc.

100 Southwest Main Street, Portland, Oregon 97204, United States

Portland Oregon Chapter #0032 Office: (503) 412-4159 FAX: (503) 412-4156

Walk-in Hours

Open today

01:00 pm – 04:00 pm

Please note that we are in a SECURED building, with mandatory security check required before entry. 

Held on the THIRD THURSDAY of Each Month

NABVETS Monthly General Membership Meetings!

Our General Membership Meeting is held on the 3rd Thursday of each month.  

Time:  6 - 8:00 PM

Location:  446 NE Killingsworth (near Martin Luther King Blvd)

Portland, OR  97211

(Formerly Gloria's 'Reflections' Coffee House)