---In loving memory of Willie J. Griffin (Jack)---

We will never forget the way he touched our lives and our hearts.


Important Notification!

 The African American PTSD Association is contacting all members to notify them of the following open positions: Treasurer, Secretary and membership on the Board of Directors.  If you are interested in serving our Veterans’ community in any of the following positions please contact us with a copy of your Bio at 9129 Veterans Drive SW, Lakewood, WA 98498 within thirty days of this dated notification. A special membership meeting will be conducted to address the election of new Officers and Board Members. We look forward to hearing from you!!!



The African American Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Association  (AA PTSD Assn.) is a non-partisan, non-profit, 501(c) 3, National Veteran's Service Organization. We are dedicated to the service of All Veterans and the family members of veterans in the achievement and education of Veterans Benefits as provided in Public Laws, Chapter 38 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) and Title 38 United States Code (USC). 

Please Note:  We are not an organization that helps only minority Veterans, and/or Veterans with PTSD!!!  We assist ALL Veterans, of ALL colors/race/creed/gender with ALL claims to be presented to the VA for compensation and/or pension. 

Please use the navigation on the left side of the page to learn more about who we are, how we assists, the Family Views, Treatments, and other aspects of our organization.


A Special Note from the President

We are currently in the process of conducting a membership drive; funds that are derived from your membership allows the successful expansion of our services, enhances the lives of Veterans and the family members of Veterans, helps in reducing the number of homeless Veterans and in providing assistance and services to disabled Veterans. These funds will also be used to assist in reducing the number of unemployed and disabled Veterans through employment programs that will enable them to assist themselves and other Veterans in acquiring benefits they have earned through their services in the Armed Forces.

Please remember we are Veterans helping Veterans’ providing this service from the heart, as we are volunteers and not paid employees. All contributions, memberships and donations of any amount are all tax deductible. Your assistance in our times of need are greatly appreciated and we thank you.


Sidney A. Lee


August 2011 Update

The eBenefits Portal is an online resource that you can use to find and manage benefits-related information.  As a Premium eBenefits user, you can apply for benefits, download your DD-214, check the status of claims, an more.  eBenefits can help you take charge of your own life and make sure you're getting everything you deserve.

eBenefits Features:
1)  Access to DoD and VA Records:  Download your Official Military Personnel file, including your DD-214
2)  Access to Compensation & Pension (C&P) Claims Information:  View the status of your open Compensation & Pension claims and monitor   claim payment history.
3)  Determination of VA Home Loan Eligibility:  Instantly determine your eligibility for the VA Home Loan benefit or submit an application for a VA decision.
4)  Board of Veterans' Appeals Submission Status:  Check the status of a current appeal and view historical information about previous appeals dating back to 2000
5)  Specially Adapted Housing Grant Application:  Apply online for a Specially Adapted Housing Grant from the VA

How to Register:
To get an account, (1) you must be registered in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS); and (2) you must have a DS Logon  A DS Logon is a username and password accepted by various DoD and VA self-service websites.  If you already have a DS Logon, you can start using eBenefits right away.  If you do not have a DS Logon go here

If you need help maneuvering through eBenefits, you can call the toll-free eBenefits Customer Support line at 1-800-983-0937.  Representatives are available Monday through Friday from 8 am to 8 pm EST.         




New! The American Veteran Series

The American Veteran is a monthly video magazine produced by the Department of Veterans Affairs. Each program reports stories of interest and value to the veterans and their families and the American public. The American Veteran is carried on the Pentagon Channel at http://www.pentagonchannel.mil/ and available on the VA Internet site at http://www1.va.gov/opa/feature/amervet/index.htm . VA invites community broadcaseters to review the DVDs of the first eight monthly editions of The American Veteran and incorporate the program into their broadcast and cablecast schedules. For more information, contact Chris Scheer, 202.273.5732 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it , in the VA Office of Public Affairs, Washington , DC .

Or, you can download The American Veteran in several formats, including text:

Series 1-4: http://www1.va.gov/OPA/feature/amervet/amervet1-4.asp

Series 5-8: http://www1.va.gov/OPA/feature/amervet/amervet5-8.asp


Want to know more about what's featured in The American Veteran? Download the summaries here.