DAV honors Ba Le’s Nguyen for her support of its mission

From left, DAV member Coleman Nee, DAV Adjutant Daniel Stack, Jennifer Nguyen, and Boston City Councillor Frank Baker. Katie Trojano photo

The Disabled American Veterans of Massachusetts organization has cited Jennifer Nguyen, owner of Banh Mi Ba Le on Dorchester Avenue, for her support of the DAV’s programming.

Nguyen immigrated to the United States from Vietnam in 1982, several years after the fall of Saigon. Her busy Vietnamese sandwich shop and market on Dorchester Avenue in Savin Hill is a regional favorite, with a well-earned reputation for some of the best banh mi in the city. 

Nguyen said she donates to the DAV in the spirit of honoring the help and assistance that she received from churches, charities, and neighbors when she first arrived in the United States. 

“I never forgot when I came to this country how very cold and different the weather was in January,” she said. “We went to the church and they had all of the clothes there— boots, jackets, everything to keep warm — and we were able to take whatever we needed.” 

“We support ourselves on the generous donations of the general public, of which Jennifer here was so kind to donate $2,500,” said Daniel Stack, a DAV adjutant. “She specifically wanted that to go to veterans in need. Her donation to the Veterans Homestead program … will help veterans who were recently homeless or are on the verge of homelessness.”

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