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AMVETS logoAs one of America's foremost veterans service organizations, AMVETS (or American Veterans) has a proud history of assisting veterans and sponsoring numerous programs that serve our country and its citizens. Returning veterans of World War II founded AMVETS in 1944. In 1947, AMVETS became the first World War II organization to be chartered by Congress.

Today, membership in AMVETS is open to anyone who is currently serving, or who has honorably served, in the U.S. Armed Forces from World War II to the present, to include the National Guard and Reserves.

AMVETS National Headquarters is located in Lanham, Md., a suburb of Washington, D.C. AMVETS' operations worldwide are administered through the Office of the National Commander and several departments. The bulk of the organization's work with veterans and communities is focused in three of these - legislative, programs and service.

AMVETS funds, through its AMVETS National Service Foundation, a 501(c)19 charity, among other things, a network of trained national service officers - veterans themselves - who offer free counseling to fellow vets on their earned government entitlements. It also provides hospitalized veterans with personal care kits and phone cards for free long-distance calls. Additionally, it furnishes AMVETS posts with matching funds so that they can donate medical equipment to nearby veterans hospitals.

Helping others is not limited to fellow veterans. AMVETS members in more than 1,400 posts nationwide also promote and support "quality of life" community-service programs ranging from Special Olympics and ROTC to scouting and organ-donor projects.

Veterans Service

A nationwide cadre of AMVETS national service officers (NSOs) offers information, counseling and claims service to all honorably discharged veterans and their dependents concerning disability compensation, hospitalization, rehabilitation, pension, education, employment, and other benefits.

Accredited by the Department of Veterans Affairs, AMVETS NSOs are trained in all aspects of veterans' benefits and are knowledgeable about changes in VA regulations, entitlements, policies and procedures. Each NSO will personally develop and manage claims to ensure his or her clients receive the maximum benefits to which they are legally entitled. National service officers also provide representation at VA hearings if appeals are warranted.

The assistance provided is free of charge, and you are not required to be an AMVETS member to receive it.

A directory of National and Regional service officers with complete contact information is available online at:

Legislative Action

AMVETS is a staunch advocate of providing America's veterans with the benefits and services they've earned through honorable military service. To ensure that veterans obtain these entitlements, legislative efforts are aimed at helping to identify and implement the solutions necessary to secure their availability. In so doing, it works closely with Congress and the administration on the full range of veterans' issues, urging passage of measures in accordance with AMVETS' legislative goals. It actively follows all veterans' legislation on Capitol Hill and play a key role in its enactment through correspondence and testimony, member alerts and coalitions.

Quality-of-Life Programs

Service to country does not end on discharge as AMVETS members in more than 1,400 posts across the country provide a wealth of community service that enhances the quality of life for their families, their neighbors and other American citizens. Through programs tested and executed at the local level - where members play a particularly effective role as community organizers and coordinators - countless hours are devoted to a variety of services that are making a difference in people's lives. In addition, AMVETS coordinates and administers a number of programs on the national level as well as endorses and promotes other worthwhile community activities.

Departments and Posts

The cornerstone of AMVETS membership is the local post. Varying in size from 10 members to more than 2,000 in some cases, each AMVETS post conducts programs and activities related to the state and national organization's goals and objectives.

A directory of Departments and Posts is available online at:

Contact Information

AMVETS National Headquarters
4647 Forbes Boulevard
Lanham, MD 20706-4380

Phone: (301) 459-9600
Toll-Free: 1-877-726-8387
Fax: (301) 459-7924


See also:

Veterans Service Organizations - Overview

Veterans Affairs (VA) Benefits - Overview


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