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Veterans Service Organizations - Overview

 

Seals of the five military armed services branches -- Army, Air Force, Marine Corps, Navy, and Coast Guard.

 

There are many Veterans Service Organizations (VSOs) at the National, State, and local levels. Aside from their fraternal aspects, many offer assistance to veterans with disabilities and their families who are attempting to receive benefits or become employed.

Some VSOs are "chartered", which means they are federally chartered and/or recognized or approved by the VA Secretary for purposes of preparation, presentation, and prosecution of claims under laws administered by the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Veterans Service Organizations Topics

This version of WorkWORLD has separate topics for the Veterans Service Organizations listed below.

               AMVETS

               Blinded Veterans Association (BVA)

               Disabled American Veterans (DAV)

               Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH)

               Paralyzed Veterans Of America (PVA)

               The American Legion

               U.S. VETS

               Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW)

               Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA)

Directory of Veterans Service Organizations

Image of Veterans Service Organization Report CoverThe Office of the Secretary of Veterans Affairs publishes an online Directory of Veterans Service Organizations as an informational service. This up-to-date, database driven website allows you to view VSO information in a variety of ways. You may also search through the VSO database to find information that suits your needs. See the database online at:
http://www.va.gov/vso/

Congressionally-Chartered Veterans Service Organizations

A list of Veterans Service Organizations ordered by date of Congressional Charter, with links to their websites, is maintained by the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs. It is available online at:
http://veterans.house.gov/vetlink/

Recognition of Veterans Service Organizations

The Office of General Counsel in the Department of Veterans Affairs publishes Bulletin 23-0, a list of national, state, and other veterans service organizations approved pursuant to the authority granted in 38 United States Code 5902(a). This section is shown below.

5902. Recognition of representatives of organizations

(a) (1) The Secretary may recognize representatives of the American National Red Cross, the American Legion, the Disabled American Veterans, the United Spanish War Veterans, the Veterans of Foreign Wars,
and such other organizations as the Secretary may approve, in the preparation, presentation, and prosecution of claims under laws administered by the Secretary.

(2) The Secretary may, in the discretion of the Secretary, furnish, if available, space and office facilities for the use of paid fulltime representatives of
national organizations so recognized.

The most recent Bulletin 23-0 is available in Microsoft Word format online at:
http://www.va.gov/ogc/docs/23bulletin.doc

The Office of General Counsel also publishes Information Bulletin 2-151, listing veterans' service representatives currently recognized by the Department of Veterans Affairs in the presentation of claims before the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

The most recent Bulletin 2-151 is available in Microsoft Word format online at:
http://www.va.gov/ogc/docs/2151bulletin.doc

 

Contact Information

United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)
Special Assistant to the Secretary
for Veterans Service Organizations Liaison
810 Vermont Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20420

United States House Committee on Veterans' Affairs
335 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-3527

United States Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs
Majority Office
Senate Russell Building 412
Washington, DC. 20510
Majority (202) 224-9126

United States Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs
Minority Office
Senate Hart Building 202
Washington, DC. 20510
Minority (202) 224-2074

Additional Information

The Senate Committee On Veterans' Affairs also maintains a website. Its homepage is located at:
http://veterans.senate.gov/

See also:

Veterans Affairs (VA) Benefits - Overview

Source

Information for this topic was drawn from the websites at:
http://www.va.gov/OGC/page.cfm?pg=35
http://www.va.gov/directory/guide/facility.asp?ID=2011
http://veterans.senate.gov/
http://www.va.gov/vso/
http://veterans.house.gov/


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