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HVLA Vice President is new member of the Reserve Forces Policy Board

Jun 22, 2022

HVLA Vice President is new member of the Reserve Forces Policy Board

Department of Defense

On November 29, 2021, the Secretary of Defense directed that the Reserve Forces Policy Board (RFPB) can resume operations after his Zero Base Review, and on June 09, 2022, he appointed the following new Board members.
U.S. Space Force announces addition to University Partnership Program

Mar 1, 2022

U.S. Space Force announces addition to University Partnership Program

United States Space Force

Recently, the United States Space Force (USSF) announced that Clemson University was added to the list of partner universities. HVLA applauds the effort as minority institutions, both HSI and HBCU, are included on the list.
Caucus Hispano del Congreso destaca nueva ayuda para los miembros del servicio militar y los veteranos sin ciudadanía

Feb 7, 2022

Caucus Hispano del Congreso destaca nueva ayuda para los miembros del servicio militar y los veteranos sin ciudadanía

Congressional Hispanic Caucus

Hoy, el Caucus Hispano del Congreso (CHC), el Comité de Asuntos de Veteranos de la Cámara de Representantes y el Comité de Seguridad Nacional de la Cámara de Representantes exaltaron el lanzamiento de un nuevo centro de recursos en línea para miembros del servicio militar y veteranos que buscan la naturalización y asistencia con casos de deportación.
CHC Highlights Key Resources for Noncitizen Servicemembers and Veterans

Feb 7, 2022

CHC Highlights Key Resources for Noncitizen Servicemembers and Veterans

Congressional Hispanic Caucus

Today, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC), the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, and the House Committee on Homeland Security lauded the launch of a new online resource hub for military servicemembers and veterans seeking naturalization and assistance with deportation cases.
Few Latinos hold high-ranking positions in U.S. military

Nov 10, 2021

Few Latinos hold high-ranking positions in U.S. military

NBC News

According to the Defense Manpower Data Center, Latinos make up just over 17 percent of active-duty members, but only 8 percent of the officer corps and 1 percent of general and flag officers. NBC News’ Tom Llamas reports on the obstacles Latinos are facing and looks at the efforts to bring change.

Top Brass Op-Eds

Jun 28, 2022

$60M for one community, zero for Hispanics--yet again!

For several years the Hispanic Veterans Leadership Alliance (https://hvlavets.org/) has been pointing out to the Department of Defense (DoD) that it is failing in its goal to have our military “reflect the face of America” in that the number of Hispanics in its leadership positions falls woefully short of the number of potential candidates to fill them, particularly as compared to the representation of the African-American community.
Gil Cisneros: A life of service towards others

Apr 22, 2021

Gil Cisneros: A life of service towards others

Military Times

The nomination of Gil Cisneros to be under secretary for personnel and readiness at the Department of Defense is welcomed by the Hispanic Veterans Leadership Alliance (HVLA) as timely and visionary.
The Need to Address Hispanic Disparities in the Air Force

Jan 27, 2021

The Need to Address Hispanic Disparities in the Air Force

The undersigned recently reviewed the Air Force’s Independent Racial Disparity Review (IRDR) published in December 2020, which focused on disparities affecting the African-American members of the force and provided recommendations to develop systemic action plans for each.
There should be more Hispanics in the senior ranks

Jun 24, 2020

There should be more Hispanics in the senior ranks

Stars and Stripes

The continuing focus on Diversity and Inclusion has become more of a "Race issue" and a "Gender issue" than an "Ethnicity issue".  The Hispanic American population has grown to be the largest minority group in this country, and yet, comparatively speaking, our Armed Forces still do not reflect “the face of the nation” with regard to the Hispanic American population.
DoD Must Do More to Recruit and Grow Hispanic American Officers

Mar 16, 2020

DoD Must Do More to Recruit and Grow Hispanic American Officers

MOAA: Military Officers Association of America

The struggle for equality of races, genders, and ethnicities at the Defense Department has undergone many positive transitions since the end of World War II. But, counter to these successful outcomes, there are other groups severely lacking in representation in the senior ranks of military and civil service levels. One of these groups has a strong tradition of exemplary service to our nation.

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Jul 27, 2022

Congressional Hispanic Caucus Applauds Markup of the Veteran Service Recognition Act

The Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC)

Today, the House Committee on the Judiciary held a markup on the Veteran Service Recognition Act that would prevent the unjust deportation of veterans from the country they once served.

Jun 22, 2022

HVLA Vice President is new member of the Reserve Forces Policy Board

Department of Defense

On November 29, 2021, the Secretary of Defense directed that the Reserve Forces Policy Board (RFPB) can resume operations after his Zero Base Review, and on June 09, 2022, he appointed the following new Board members.

Apr 11, 2022

Texas A&M University Kingsville to host book release for Carrington Firmin

Texas A&M University Kingsville

UTSA Military Liaison and retired USAF colonel Lisa Carrington Firmin recently published the stories of 14 veterans and active-duty service members who experienced sexual harassment, sexual assault, and misogyny, from the Vietnam era to present, on the anniversary of the murder of US Army Specialist Vanessa Guillén at Fort Hood.

Apr 10, 2022

UTSA Press Release: "Stories from the Front: Pain, Betrayal, and Resilience on the MST Battlefield

UTSA Center for Military Affiliated Students

Retired USAF colonel publishes stories of 14 veterans and active-duty service members who experienced sexual harassment, sexual assault, rape, and misogyny, from the Vietnam era to present, on anniversary of the murder of US Army Specialist Vanessa Guillén at Fort Hood.

Mar 1, 2022

U.S. Space Force announces addition to University Partnership Program

United States Space Force

Recently, the United States Space Force (USSF) announced that Clemson University was added to the list of partner universities. HVLA applauds the effort as minority institutions, both HSI and HBCU, are included on the list.

Nov 11, 2021

Axios Latino: Honoring Veterans' Service & Sacrifice

Axios

Axios justice and race reporter Russ Contreras will discuss ways to commemorate the contributions of fallen heroes and the importance of public policy that supports Latino veterans in civilian life after they have served, featuring Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-Ariz.) and Hispanic Veterans Leadership Alliance board member Col. Lisa Carrington Firmin.

Nov 10, 2021

Few Latinos hold high-ranking positions in U.S. military

NBC News

According to the Defense Manpower Data Center, Latinos make up just over 17 percent of active-duty members, but only 8 percent of the officer corps and 1 percent of general and flag officers. NBC News’ Tom Llamas reports on the obstacles Latinos are facing and looks at the efforts to bring change.

Oct 8, 2021

Latina Air Force colonel speaking up for victims of military sexual trauma

The Denver Channel

As retired Air Force Colonel Lisa Carrington Firmin sits in her kitchen, she flips through a binder of poems she’s written. Every one of them was penned in the last year and a half. Every one of them she describes as “deeply personal.”

Sep 28, 2021

This MOAA Member Encourages Hispanic Servicemembers to Become Leaders

MOAA: Military Officers Associate of America

Retired Col. Lisa Carrington Firmin spent her 30 years in the Air Force leading others and helping them to succeed, all while being looked at as a role model for Hispanic servicemembers.

Sep 20, 2021

HVLA Welcomes Air Force's Disparity Review Confirming Widespread Inequities

Nation’s Top Ranking Hispanic Veterans Association Says Findings Highlight Historical Challenges Confronting Latino Service Members.

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