As the first organization of its kind, NOCVA is a nationally recognized advocacy organization that unites Chamorro veterans at the grassroots-level, connected at the national-level by regional chapters throughout the 50 states in the U.S., Guam, and the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI).*

Organized and motivated with common purpose, NOCVA members effectively participate and engage in the U.S. political process for the purpose of influencing legislation for the benefit of Chamorro veterans and their families. Although connected to a national office by a national charter and strategic goals, each regional chapter acts independently, determining their own agenda of how best to carry out NOCVA’s mission to serve Chamorro veterans and their families.

NOCVA’s Grassroots Organization: Roles and Responsibilities

As a grassroots advocacy group, NOCVA is led by a national office based in the Washington, DC, metro area and regional chapters representing the 50 states, with advisors in the islands. All NOCVA members are volunteers. These committed individuals connect through online communication, through a the www.chamorrovets.com website, onsite meetings and conferences, and frequent direct personal contact (in person and/or by phone), depending on the issue.  Each level of the organization works independently in building NOCVA’s influence at the national, regional, and island level; all are critical to furthering NOCVA’s mission and vision.

Roles and Responsibilities

National Coordinators & Staff

  • Develop mission & vision
  • Establish non-profit status and explain implications, develop procedures to comply
  • Set national level goals and priorities
  • Conduct outreach with members
  • Build and strengthen relationships with national veterans organizations
  • Develop relationships with elected officials in Congress to raise awareness of Chamorro veterans
  • Monitor services delivered by government agencies and organizations to ensure they are meeting the needs of Chamorro veterans
  • Oversee NOCVA’s national, regional, and island initiatives; coordinate as necessary
  • Prepare materials that help participants understand the U.S. political system
  • Monitor current legislation for its impact on Chamorro veterans and develop appropriate responses
  • Highlight activities of regional chapters through NOCVA newsletter
  • Share ongoing items of interest to members via website, newsletters, and facebook
  • Develop fundraising opportunities (grants, sponsors)
  • Establish national data base of members for statistical purposes
  • Interact with media as needed

Regional Coordinators

  • Organize chapter; establish meeting schedules, designate officers
  • Build membership
  • Raise awareness about NOCVA and its benefits
  • Understand NOCVA’s mission and vision in order to educate others
  • Model active participation in political process
  • Understand non-profit status and implications, develop procedures to comply
  • Build and strengthen relationships with regional/state veterans organizations
  • Develop relationships with local and state elected officials to raise awareness of Chamorro veterans
  • Monitor services delivered by government agencies and organizations to ensure they are meeting the needs of Chamorro veterans
  • Monitor current legislation for its impact on Chamorro veterans
  • Participate in the U.S. political system
  • Forward information on chapter activities/initiatives for input into NOCVA newsletter
  • Develop fundraising opportunities
  • Establish data base of members for national office statistics
  • Coordinate input from members in response to national initiatives

Island Advisers*

  • Provide advice and analysis to national office to help founders/national coordinators keep abreast of issues affecting Chamorro veterans in islands
  • Act on behalf of national office on island
  • Raise awareness about NOCVA and its benefits
  • Understand NOCVA’s mission and vision in order to educate others
  • Model active participation in political process
  • Understand non-profit status and implications, develop procedures to comply
  • Build and strengthen relationships with island veterans organizations
  • Develop relationships with local elected officials to raise awareness of NOCVA
  • Monitor services delivered by government agencies and organizations to ensure they are meeting the needs of Chamorro veterans
  • Coordinate input from Chamorro veterans in islands in response to national initiatives

*At this time, NOCVA’s representative in Guam serves as a Special Advisor to the National Coordinators.

Members

  • Become involved with regional chapter; elect officers, attend meetings
  • Raise awareness about NOCVA and its benefits
  • Understand NOCVA’s mission and vision in order to educate others
  • Understand non-profit status and implications, follow procedures to comply
  • Learn about the U.S. political process and participate
  • Become knowledgeable about legislation that affects Chamorro veterans
  • Suggest initiatives at the local/regional level
  • Network and connect with other members
  • Participate in events to raise funds for NOCVA initiatives
  • Participate with other regional/state veterans organizations
  • Contact local and state elected officials to raise awareness of Chamorro veterans
  • Monitor services delivered by government agencies and organizations to ensure they are meeting the needs of Chamorro veterans
  • Monitor current legislation for its impact on Chamorro veterans
  • Help regional coordinator maintain data base of members for national office statistics
  • Provide input in response to national initiatives

Regional Chapters

As of August 2014, NOCVA has regional chapters in the following areas:

California

– Sacramento

– San Bernardino-Riverside

– San Diego

Florida

Illinois-Missouri

Maryland-Virginia-D.C.

Massachusetts

Nebraska

Nevada

North Carolina

Oklahoma

Pennsylvania

Texas

Washington State