AMVETS is one of the nation’s foremost veterans service organizations (VSOs). It stands as a strong and influential advocate for America’s veterans on important issues such as employment and training, mandatory funding for government-provided health care and other benefits to which they are entitled. AMVETS is a 501(c)19 organization.
Unlike other organizations, membership in AMVETS is open to anyone who is currently serving, or has honorably served, in the U.S. Armed Forces from World War II to present, to include those in the National Guard and Reserves.
Approximately 180,000. The organization also boasts of 40 state departments and some 1,300 posts nationally.
In December 1944. At that time, it was known as the American Veterans of World War II. President Truman signed the organization’s congressional charter in 1947. Since then, the charter has been amended several times to broaden membership eligibility and to change the AMVETS name to simply American Veterans to reflect this universality.
AMVETS National Headquarters is based in Lanham, Maryland.
AMVETS is dedicated to supporting veterans and active military, providing community services and preserving freedom.
AMVETS national service officers, accredited by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), provide free claims assistance to veterans, their dependents and survivors. AMVETS members also donate countless hours to brighten the lives of hospitalized veterans and promote quality-of-life programs such as the Special Olympics or Scouting.
Yes. Over the years, the organization has helped to fund the construction and/or the renovation of such national monuments as the USS Arizona Memorial and the Statue of Liberty.
Yes. Each year AMVETS awards scholarships totaling $40,000 to high school seniors, ROTC students and veterans pursuing higher education.
Of particular interest are issues related to veterans health care and other entitlements, POW/MIA accountability, national defense and flag protection.
Unlike other federal programs such as Medicare and food stamps, VA must annually request an appropriation. As a result, funding shortfalls over the years have left veterans to wonder whether the promises made to them under Title 38 of the U.S. Code would be kept. AMVETS wants to eliminate that uncertainty and make funding of veterans health care mandatory. With our co-authors of The Independent Budget, we’re also working to protect each veteran’s benefits in other areas as well.
Note. Membership Meetings are held every 3rd Saturday of the month: 1230 – 1430 hours