Antwanisha Williamson, USN, MBA-MPM
CA/HI State Conference NAACP Executive Committee Member
Chair, State Armed Services and Veterans Affairs (ASVA) Committee
After serving our country for eighteen (18) years of dedicated service in the United States Navy, I am honored to be your CA/HI State NAACP Armed Services and Veterans Affairs Committee Chair and look forward to continue serving you!
As Veterans Day 2022 quickly approaches, I would like to take a moment to say to all of our active-duty military and military veterans, thank you for your service, not only today but each and every day. Take time to reflect on your dedicated service and be open to all the love and appreciation everyone gives on the memorable day. The sacrifice you have made for our country shall always be honored and we are truly grateful for all that you have done and continue to do.
The CA/HI State NAACP Armed Services and Veterans Affairs (ASVA) Committee is dedicated to working closely with agencies responsible for providing services to members of the Armed Forces and Veterans to ensure programs are administered fairly and justly to the minority community. The Committee on Armed Services and Veterans’ Affairs seeks to: (1) establish a working relationship with those agencies in government, national, state, and local, having the responsibility for the affairs of members of the various Armed Services and Veterans and ensure that the programs for which they are responsible are administered fairly and justly to members of the minority community; (2) study conditions pertaining to veterans and members of the Military Service and their dependents and/or survivors in the community; (3) serve as a center of information on matters affecting the members of my Active Military, Reserves, State National Guard and Veterans; (4) maintain a repository of materials, information, and forms to be used in assisting veterans and/or dependents of veterans and military personnel with their concerns; (5) receive and act on all complaints relative to acts of discrimination on account of race, color, creed, or denial of benefits to which they are entitled because of discrimination; (6) prepare a quarterly report on committee activities to be submitted to the Executive Committee of the State and the National Director of Armed Services and Veterans Affairs.
The CA/HI State NAACP Armed Services and Veteran Affairs (ASVA) Committee has been hard at work all year long to ensure that we are addressing the needs of our veteran communities as well as bringing a level of awareness and advocacy towards veteran issues that plague our veteran communities of color.
This year I would like to identify and thank our CA/HI State NAACP ASVA Committee Members for their continued service and support towards fighting for our armed forces and veteran communities. I recognize your dedicated service and appreciate every one of you!
2022 – 2023 CA/HI State Conference NAACP (ASVA) Committee Members
Antwanisha Williamson, USN, is the CA/HI NAACP State Executive Committee Member and Chair of the State Armed Services and Veterans Affairs (ASVA) Committee
Alphonso Braggs, USN (Retired), is the National Director of the Armed Services and Veterans Affairs (ASVA) Committee and the President of NAACP Honolulu Hawaii Branch
Irma Hagans Cooper, USA (Retired), is the Chair of the Armed Services and Veterans Affairs (ASVA) Committee of the San Gabriel Valley NAACP, Branch #1066
Malachi Smith, USA is the Chair of the Armed Services and Veterans Affairs (ASVA) Committee of the NAACP Sacramento, Branch # 1060
Latia Suttle, USA (Retired), is the Chair of the Armed Services and Veterans Affairs (ASVA) Committee of the NAACP Beverly Hills Hollywood Branch # 1027
Mike Asfall, USN, is the Chair of the Armed Services and Veterans Affairs (ASVA) Committee of the NAACP Los Angeles Branch #1046
Sue May, USN, is the Armed Services and Veterans Affairs (ASVA) Committee who is a member at large
Ron Robinson, USN, is the Treasurer and Chair of the Armed Services and Veterans Affairs (ASVA) Committee of the NAACP Ventura County Branch #1053
In closing, we end this month with giving thanks on Thanksgiving. Please remember to say a prayer or two for our deployed troops. The holiday season can be a very difficult time those deployed. Remember their contributions and sacrifice and pray for their safe passage and return.
Military & Veteran Key Dates for November (2022)
Veterans Day: November 11, 2022
Veterans Day Deals & Discounts: https://www.military.com/veterans-day/restaurants-veterans-day-military-discounts.html
The United States Marine Corps 247th Birthday: November 10, 2022 https://www.military.com/marine-corps-birthday
New Military Movie Release – Devotion: November 23, 2022 https://youtu.be/NCDEGP6VjYY
Thanksgiving (Please remember our deployed troops): November 24, 2022
Military Month-Long Observations
Warrior Care Month: Warrior Care Month (veteran.com)
National Family Caregiver Month: National Family Caregivers Month (veteran.com)
Veterans & Military Families Month 2022: https://veteran.com/military-family-month/
Antwanisha Williamson, USN, MBA – MPM
CA/HI State Conference NAACP Executive Committee MemberChair, State Armed Services and Veterans Affairs (ASVA) Committee