About Us

A veteran’s wartime experience collides with the civilian world upon their return home.

Often they do not make it if they do not have any access to any resources. This is not only a struggle for the veterans themselves, but also for their family and loved ones who have to try to help them during this struggle.The National Association of American Veterans, Inc. (NAAV) was established in 2005 to assist the severely wounded warriors, especially single parent service members, military caregivers, disabled veterans and their families by helping them access their benefits, improving communications and coordination for veterans and collaborating among health agencies, medical professional, organizations, educational organization and the general public.

NAAV Military Family Program seeks to ease the burden of caregivers, who are unexpectedly thrust into the caregiver role, by providing coaches and trainer to equip them with tools, training, and resources needed to become effective caregivers. NAAV works with leaders in the military and civilian community to build partnerships for the association. Aside from the large metropolitan and urban areas, NAAV has concentrated assistance efforts to rural area and southern communities, with outreach to returning soldiers and veterans in Alabama, Georgia, North and South Carolina, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas.

About National Association of American Veterans

To help those veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, depression and suicidal tendency, NAAV has sponsored a guided imagery program, “Managing Stress and Anxiety Through Guided Imagery,” by Diane Tusek, a Noted national expert. Guided Imagery is a relaxation technique used to ease stress and anxiety during a stressful or difficult time in someone’s life. Guided Imagery is also recommended for the caregivers of adults with chronic and disabling health conditions.

In 2007, NAAV was instrumental in getting support for caregivers of veterans in the final recommendations of the President’s Commission on Care of America’s Returning Wounded Warriors which became Public Law 111-163, The Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act, on May 5, 2010. In 2008, NAAV was successful in getting the Guide to Healthy Caregiving published by the Quick Series Publishing in Florida in support of caregivers of veterans. This booklet was later adopted by the VA Caregiver Support Program in 2011. NAAV founder and chief executive officer serves on the DC VA Caregiver Support Program Advisory Board as the Community Liaison in support of its programs for veterans and their families in the greater Washington, DC Capital area. Your gift of $20, $50, $100 or even $10 can help assure that NAAV Military Family Program will be able to continue, expand, and provide this loving care to all who greatly need it.

Leadership

The initial management team of NAAV has a combined total of over 60 years in active military and federal government experience. The National Advisory Council includes not only retired and well-placed active military officers but doctors, attorneys, senior corporate managers, social workers, ordained clergy, university professors, retired VA claims officers and case workers, published writers, motivational speakers, and technology specialists. They contribute to NAAV their years of acquired expertise in accounting, finance, administration, project management, writing, brand management, human resources, systems automation, and web design.

Collaborations

NAAV has established connections with a wide array of organizations of, by, and for veterans, as well as government agencies that serve men and women who are leaving military service and attempting to find a comfortable place in American life. All have been interested in working together to offer necessary services.

For example, on December 16, 2010, the Walter Reed Army Medical Center led a one day Warrior-Centric Healthcare training workshop for healthcare providers. NAAV veteran’s service officer attended this training. The medical healthcare leaders took time from their schedules to help us understand those returning from the war in the Middle with post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury, working with diversity, understanding and documenting critical medical information in support of those receiving treatment. NAAV veterans’ service officer will work collaboratively with these healthcare providers to provide assistance to veterans and their families in the future.

Examples of other organizations, largely not-for-profit, with which we have made contact with a view to information-sharing and cooperative projects:

Wounded Veteran's Event

  • All American Solutions, Miami, FL
  • America Supports You
  • America Works of Washington, DC
  • Affordable Homeownership Foundation, Inc., Fort Myers, FL
  • Bethesda Fisher Houses, Bethesda, MD
  • Blue Star Families
  • Brain Injury Association of America
  • BraunAbility – The Braun Corporation, Winamac, IN
  • Bubbles Productions, LLC, Bowie, MD
  • Burns & Levinson LLP
  • Business and Professional Women’s Foundation
  • Caring Connection
  • Capitol Hill Hotel, Washington, DC
  • Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
  • Central Union Mission
  • Choice International Hotels
  • Corner Bakery Café, 18th and PA Avenue, Washington, DC
  • Cunningham Caterers, Fort Washington, MD
  • DC VA Fisher House, Washington, DC
  • Dept. of Employment Services, District of Columbia
  • District of Columbia, Office of Veterans Affairs
  • DPRA Architects of Michigan
  • Family Caregiver Alliance National Center on Caregiving
  • Four Points by Sheraton
  • Friendship Place, Washington, D.C
  • Guided Imagery, Inc. of Ohio
  • Habitat for Humanity of Washington, DC
  • Hamilton Crowne Plaza Hotel, Washington, DC
  • Honda of North America, Inc., Marysville, OH
  • Hyatt Place, Washington, DC/White House
  • K&L Gates LLP
  • Magic Mobility, New Jersey
  • Mobility Works, Norristown, PA
  • MobilityWorks Foundation, Richfield, OH
  • Music is My Life, LLC, Washington, DC
  • National Family Caregivers Association
  • National Community Reinvestment Coalition of Washington, DC
  • National Conference Center, Leesburg, VA
  • National Veterans Foundation, CA
  • Norfolk Waterside Marriott, Norfolk, VA
  • Operation First Response
  • Paralyzed Veterans of America
  • Pepco Holdings, LLC
  • PNC Place, Washington, DC
  • Pure History.org
  • SafeLink Wireless
  • Salamander Hotel & Spa, Middleburg, VA
  • Sheppard’s Hands, Lexington, Kentucky
  • Sheraton Norfolk Waterside Hotel, Norfolk, VA
  • Silver Spring Vet Center, Silver Spring, MD
  • Social Security Administration
  • Southeast Veterans Service Center, Washington, DC
  • Sparkman & Associates
  • Special Kids Fund, Inc.
  • St. Michaels Inn, St. Michaels, MD
  • StreetWise Partners
  • TechAnax, LLC, Montclair, VA
  • The Torres Foundation
  • Think Green Promos
  • Thrivent Financial, Appleton, WI
  • TracFone Wireless, Inc.
  • The Veterans Law Firm
  • Unmet Needs – VFW
  • U.S. Department of Defense, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, MD
  • U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, DC VA Caregiver Support Program
  • USO Warrior and Family Center, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, MD
  • VA Caregiver Support Center and VA Fisher House, DC
  • Veterans Upward Bound, Prince George’s Community College
  • Vietnam Veterans of America
  • Visit Norfolk, Norfolk, VA
  • Washington DC VA Medical Center, Washington, DC
  • Wounded Warrior Resource Center
  • WiseHealth, Inc.
  • Xerox Foundation

Board of Directors and Executive Team

Constance A. Burns

Founder, President, Chief of Operations, Board of Directors, and Veterans’ Service Officer, Washington, DC;
email: cburns@naavets.org

Leroy A. Thomas, Jr.

Veteran Production Manager, NAAV Board of Directors, Washington, DC and Advisor for Fundraising, Strategic Planning, Budgeting, Marketing, Corporate and Individual Donations; email: Leroy.hgp@gmail.com

Kim D. Neal,

CPT (Retired) U.S. Army, NAAV Board of Directors
Columbia, Maryland, Advisor for Fundraising, Strategic Planning, Budgeting, Corporate and Individual Donations; email: kimdash66@yahoo.com

Byron Athan

LTC U.S. Army (Ret) Vice President of Business Development and Board of Directors;
CEO of TechAnax, LLC, Montclair, Virginia;
email: byron.athan@techanax.com

Tonia M. Chestnut

SFC, U.S. Army, NAAV Board of Directors and Advisor for
Support for Wounded Warriors and Families, Individual and Corporate
Donations, Bethesda, Maryland; email:tonia.m.chestnut@gmail.com

Roger L. Kemp

U.S. Coast Guard Veteran, MPA, MBA, and Ph.D., Professional in Residence, Dept. of Public Management at the Henry C. Lee College at the University of New Haven;
President of Kemp Consulting, LLC, Meriden, CT;
NAAV Board of Directors for Corporate and Major Donor Funding and Marketing 2016 and Beyond;
email: rlkbsr@snet.net

Rev. Dr. Lucy Dergarabedian

NAAV Board of Directors and Former Chaplain for the Wounded Warriors at Fort Belvoir, Virginia;
NAAV Advisor for Spiritual Wellness, Corporate and Major Gift Donations
email: Dee.Lucy@yahoo.com

Staff and Advisors

Major Arnel P. David

U.S. Army and NAAV Senior Advisor for Marketing and Publications;
email: arnelpdavid@gmail.com

Carrie Mc Laughlin

NAAV Combined Federal Campaign Fundraising Advisor;
Greater Washington Metropolitan Area;
email: carrie.mclaughlin625@gmail.com

Rev. Edith Parrish

Spiritual Wellness, Business Development, Marketing, and Public Relations; Maryland;
email: edithparrish@naavets.org

Martha L. Crenshaw

CDR U.S. Navy (Ret) Veterans Advocate and Fundraiser Advisor;
email: aabmcrenshaw@aol.com

Sherri Jones-Kleiner

Media, Publications, Fundraiser, and Veterans Advocate;
email: sjkleiner@naavets.org

Peter J. Meadows

P.A., Advisor, The Veterans Law Firm, Veterans Appeals and Widow Benefits;
email: pmeadowslaw@gmail.com

Delores Moses

Executive Director, Help You Too, Inc. White Plains, Maryland;
NAAV Advisor for Marketing, Corporation and Foundation donations;
email: helpyoutoo2004@yahoo.com

Cheryl L. Poppe

COL U.S. Army (Ret) Advisor for Veterans Benefits and Emergency Assistance Referrals;
email: cpoppe@naavets.org

Geraldine Manning

CH COL U.S. Army (Ret) NAAV Advisor for Counseling and Building Relationships;
email: gmanning@naavets.org

Ramona K. Curry

US Air Force veteran, NAAV Staff and Advisor for Marketing, Website Input, Corporate and Major Donor Donation and Sponsorship; Maryland;
email: ramona.k.curry@gmail.com

Liz Williams Scholz

Certified Meeting Planning and NAAV Advisor for Event Planning;
email: lwilliamsscholz@helmsbriscoe.com

Lucretia McClenney

COL U.S. Army (Ret), former Director of VA Center for Minority Veterans, Veterans Advocate and Veterans Benefits;
email: lmcclenney@naavets.org

Mamie Raquel Nickelberry

Realtor, Exit Realty Associates, Lorton, VA; NAAV Advisor for Fundraising and Corporate Sponsorships;
email: Mnickelberry4@gmail.com

Reverend Byron Williams

U.S. Air Force (Ret) and NAAV Advisor Family Counselor for Spiritual Wellness and Moments of Meditation, Greater DC Metropolitan Area; email: bwilliams7100@gmail.com

Kim M. Watson

NAAV Advisor for Public Relations and Corporate Sponsorship;
Chevy Chase, MD;
email: kmwpr1@gmail.com

Stella J. Adams

NAAV Senior Advisor for Housing, founder and CEO of S J Adams Consulting;
Board of Directors, National Reinvestment Coalition;
Washington, DC and Housing Chair, North Carolina Branch of NAACP, Durham, NC;
email: sadams7943@aol.com

Joe Chirco

NAAV Advisor for Housing and Fundraising, St. Charles, Missouri;
email: jnchirco96@yahoo.com

Spencer F. Cargle, Esquire

NAAV Senior Advisor for Veterans’ Claims and Benefits at Cargle & Associates, LLP, District of Columbia;
email: sfcargle@carglelaw.com;
www.carglelaw.com

Carl Floyd

NAAV Senior Advisor for Employment and Job Counseling, Washington Metropolitan Area and Ft. Belvoir, VA;
email: carl.floyd01@gmail.com

Stacy Pace, Esquire

PACE Group PLLC, NAAV Advisor and Legal Counselor for Bankruptcy, Veterans Claims, and Real Estate, Washington, DC;
email: Stacy@PaceGroupPLLC.com

Lois M. Healy

CEO, Army Veteran, AHF, Fort Myers, FL and NAAV Senior Advisor for Homelessness to Home ownership Veterans;
email: Lois@AHF.Today

Sandra Thomas-Clark

NAAV Advisor for Corporate and Individual Donations;
Atlanta, GA
email: clark-sl@outlook.com

Franklin Woods

NAAV Marketing Director and Advisor for Corporate and Individual donations;
email: fdarrell@hotmail.com

Garnar Sutton

U.S. Navy Veteran and NAAV Advisor for Corporate and Individual
donations and Marketing,California;
email: garnars@yahoo.com