The Center for Minority Veterans (CMV) - Dayton VA Medical Center, Ohio
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Dayton VA Medical Center, Ohio


The Center for Minority Veterans (CMV)

The Center for Minority Veterans was established under Public Law 103-446 on November 2, 1994. The goal of the Center is to promote the use of VA programs, benefits and services by minority Veterans. The Center also ensures that all Veterans receive equal service regardless of race, origin, religion, or gender.


The CMV will assist the Department of Veteran Affairs in its efforts to address the unique circumstances and special needs of minority Veterans. Many of the services needed are currently available at this Medical Center, and we are committed to making these services available to all eligible Veterans.

CMV Services

The CMV is part of the Office of the Secretary of the Department of Veteran Affairs. It assists eligible Veterans in their efforts to receive benefits and service from the VA. The Center acts as a mediator and facilitator. As such, the Center does not process claims, handle equal employment complaints or employee related problems. The Center is dedicated to ensure that all Veterans are aware of benefits, services and programs offered by the VA.

Targeted Veterans

The CMV was developed to assist the following target minority Veterans: African Americans, Asian Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans (American Indians, Alaskan Native and Native Hawaiians), and Pacific Island Americans.

Your Local Representative

Each VA Medical Center and regional office has assigned to it a VA staff member who is responsible locally to design and carry out a program consistent with the goals of the Center. Known as the Minority Veterans Program (MVP) Coordinator, that person's goal is to:

  • Focus on the needs of minority Veterans in the local community
  • Assist Medical Center Directors and regional office directors in their efforts to address the needs of minority Veterans
  • Inform Veterans of VA benefits, service and programs
  • Identify barriers and create a more accessible environment for minority Veterans

Dayton VA Medical Center MVP Coordinator

Additional responsibilities of the MVP Coordinator for the Dayton VA Medical Center include outreach to minority Veterans in the Medical Center’s catchment area:

Dayton serves 16 Counties (15 in Ohio and 1 in Indiana); and shares Clinton county with Cincinnati & Chillicothe:

  • Allen
  • Auglaize
  • Butler
  • Champaign
  • Clark
  • Clinton (Share with Cincinnati and Chillicothe)
  • Greene
  • Darke
  • Hardin
  • Logan
  • Mercer
  • Miami
  • Montgomery
  • Shelby
  • Preble
  • Warren
  • Wayne (Indiana)

Questions or Concerns

If you have any questions or concerns that you would like to have addressed, please Jeffery {dot} Rhinehart3 {at} va {dot} gov***.

If you need additional information, please call the Dayton VA Medical Center at (937) 268-6511.