Cape Verdean American Veterans Association

The Cape Verdean American Veterans Association, commonly known as "THE VETS", a non-profit organization was established in New Bedford, MA in 1946. The purpose is to provide suitable quarters for civic, educational, and charitable functions. The VETS also maintain an Honor Roll dedicated to those service members who sacrificed their lives in defense of their country.

In 1946 Cape Verdean Americans returning from military service in World War II established the Cape Verdean American Veterans Association, New Bedford. Over the years the organization has played a central role in advocacy for Cape Verdean recognition within the USA. Cape Verdeans served in all branches of the U.S. war effort in the Pacific and in Europe. Most served in segregated black units. Some of the others with a lighter complexion found themselves assigned by their superiors to white units.

FOUNDING FATHERS/CHARTER MEMBERS
JUNE 4,1946

ANTONE RAMOS Jr.
ANTONE R. GOMES
ZETA MONTEIRO
RODNEY O. FIELDS
ADALBERTH S. ROZARIO
IVAN COSTA
HANNIBAL FONSECA
ARTHUR FORTES
ERNEST G. FONSECA
JOHN BRITTO
ANTONE J. RAMOS Sr.
JAMES LOPES
JOAQUIM OLIVIERA