The National Association of State Directors
of Veterans Affairs (NASDVA) is an organization with a history
dating back to 1946. In the aftermath of World War II many
veterans earned State and Federal benefits which required
coordinated efforts to assure that veterans received these
entitlements. Thus, states developed a Department or Agency
specifically to manage veterans?affairs and carry out the
responsibility for veteran services and program.
The NASDVA members represent all fifty
states, the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, Northern
Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Nationally,
we are the second largest provider of services to veterans and
our roles continue to expand.
State Directors as leaders of governmental
agencies are tasked by their respective Governors, State Boards
and/or Commissions with a the responsibility to address the
needs of veterans regardless of age, gender, era of service,
military branch or circumstance of service.
Collectively, states contribute more than $6 billion
annually in of our nationís veterans and their families. We are
connected by the bonds of honorable service and united by our
common goal to make a positive difference in the lives of our