4:18 PM / Tuesday October 4, 2022

2 Jan 2015

Small non-profit looking to create big benefits for veterans

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
January 2, 2015 Category: Local Posted by:

ABOVE PHOTO:  Maury Singleton, President of the NFBVN and Sgt. Major Wesley at the Comfort House for Veterans. 

By Kendall Alexander

There are countless programs designed to improve the welfare of veterans in the country, but it is still tough to find one here in Philadelphia.  There is one non-profit that is seeking to change the state of veteran affairs for good.

The National Federation of Black Veterans Network (NFBVN) is a veteran founded organization that strives to improve the lives of black veterans, no matter what branch of the service they served in. Established in 2008, the mission of NFBVN is to educate, uplift, and honor.  This organization is committed to offering an alternative avenue to veterans of color through workshops, forums, support systems, outreach initiatives, career counseling, and volunteer services.

Founder Maury Singleton wants local veterans to understand that there is a place for them to be heard. 

“[Veterans should be] aware that there is an organization out there like the National Federation of Black Veterans Network. It is important to inform the ones who are uninformed because I know what they went through personally.  They should be aware of what their entitlements are, and understand that they are valued no matter their mental state and that their fight was worth it.”  

The National Federation of Black Veterans Network is not limited to those who have served in the military. Non- veterans are also welcome to join and share their expertise.

NFBVN does all it can to spread the word about their services including community interaction and appearances on a local radio programs. This past September, the organization held their first Veterans Health Fair in Camden, New Jersey.  Services included blood pressure screenings, health insurance referrals, a veteran history movie screening, food and giveaways.

“We wanted to cater to the minds, bodies and spirits of veterans because their health is vital,” said Executive Project Manager Elise Brown.  When they come out of service, they are not always concerned about health issues.  Ultimately, we want them to understand that there are indeed resources out there that are willing to help sustain them in the long run.” 

The organization successfully introduced themselves to the Camden community in efforts to create a South Jersey chapter in partnership with their Philadelphia branch.  Volunteers are always welcome.

The NFBVN  meets on the first Monday of each month from 6:30-7:30pm, at The New Freedom Theater, 1346 N Broad Street in North Philadelphia. For more information, you can call 215-594-5830, send an email to at [email protected], or go to the NFBVN website at 

  • Facebook
  • Twitter

Leave a Comment

Recent News


Biden signs bill to avert government shutdown, aid Ukraine

October 1, 2022

Tweet Share Pin Email By KEVIN FREKING WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden signed into law Friday...


A message from Superintendent Watlington regarding the shooting outside of Roxborough High School

September 30, 2022

Tweet Share Pin Email Dear School District of Philadelphia staff and families, The School District of Philadelphia...


The Jacksons in concert on September 10

September 30, 2022

Tweet Share Pin Email (Photos/Afea Tucker) The Jacksons — Jackie, Tito, and Marlon, along with a backup...


Puerto Ricans await aid, fret about post-hurricane recovery

September 30, 2022

Tweet Share Pin Email ABOVE PHOTO: A man points to a home that was collapsed by Hurricane...

Go With The-Flo

Lil Wayne is looking to make a big profit from the sale of his waterfront Miami Beach mansion

September 30, 2022

Tweet Share Pin Email ABOVE PHOTO: Lil Wayne (Paul Smith / Featureflash / Shutterstock) By Flo Anthony...

Food And Beverage

What’s Cookin’? Vegan Shortbread Cookies

September 30, 2022

Tweet Share Pin Email Tweet Share Pin Email Related Posts What’s Cookin’? Chewy Five Ginger Spice Molasses...

The Philadelphia Sunday Sun Staff