Veteran Organizations

AMVETS is the nation’s most inclusive Congressionally-chartered veterans service organization,representing the interests of 20 million veterans. AMVETS is open to and fighting for all who honorably served in the United States military, including the Reserve and Guard. With more than 250,00 members nationwide, we are veterans serving veterans.

Veteran Services

One of the most visible is our network of trained national service officers (NSOs) accredited by the Department of Veterans Affairs. Funded by the AMVETS National Service Foundation, these dedicated men and women can be found in close to 50 states, providing sound advice and prompt action on compensation claims at no charge to the veteran. In one recent year alone, AMVETS national service officers processed more than 74,000 claims,

Website: amvets.org

Find a Post: http://amvets.org/nationwide-presence/

The American Legion is a nonpartisan, not-for-profit organization with great political influence perpetuated by its grass-roots involvement in the legislation process from local districts to Capitol Hill. Legionnaires’ sense of obligation to community, state and nation drives an honest advocacy for veterans in Washington. The Legion stands behind the issues most important to the nation's veterans community, backed by resolutions passed by volunteer leadership.

Operation Comfort Warriors

The program supports recovering wounded warriors and their families, providing them with "comfort items" and the kind of support that makes a hospital feel a little bit more like home. 

Website: https://www.legion.org/

Find a Post: http://www.members.legion.org/

DAV is a nonprofit charity that provides a lifetime of support for veterans of all generations and their families, helping more than 1 million veterans in positive, life-changing ways each year. 

The organization provides nearly 615,000 rides for veterans attending medical appointments and assists veterans with more than 250,000 benefit claims annually.

DAV is also a leader in connecting veterans with meaningful employment, hosting job fairs and providing resources to ensure they have the opportunity to participate in the American Dream their sacrifices have made possible.

Website: https://www.dav.org/

Find a Chapter: https://www.dav.org/veterans/find-your-local-office/

MOAA is the nation's largest and most influential association of military officers. 

 

In addition to representing your interests before Congress, MOAA offers a wide range of personal and financial services exclusive to MOAA membership. Whatever the stage of your career, your MOAA membership delivers benefits geared specifically to you - and your family.

 

From active-duty service through retirement, MOAA can help you make the most of your career as an officer. 

Website: http://www.moaa.org/

Find a Chapter: http://www.moaa.org/Content/Chapters-and-Councils/

The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States is a nonprofit veterans service organization comprised of eligible veterans and military service members from the active, guard and reserve forces.

Our voice was instrumental in establishing the Veterans Administration, development of the national cemetery system, in the fight for compensation for Vietnam vets exposed to Agent Orange and for veterans diagnosed with Gulf War Syndrome. In 2008, we won a long-fought victory with the passing of a GI Bill for the 21st Century, giving expanded educational benefits to America's active duty service members, and members of the guard and reserves, fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan. We were the driving force behind the Veterans Access and Accountability Act of 2014, and continually fight for improved VA medical centers services for women veterans.

Website: https://www.vfw.org/

Find a Post: https://www.vfw.org/find-a-post

The Air Force Association (AFA) is a non-profit, independent, professional military and aerospace education association promoting public understanding of aerospace power and the pivotal role it plays in the security of the nation.

 

AFA holds national symposia, publishes Air Force Magazine, and disseminates information through outreach programs. It sponsors professional development seminars and recognizes excellence in the education and aerospace fields through national awards programs. AFA presents scholarships and grants to Air Force active duty, Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve members and their dependents; and awards educator grants to promote science and math education at the elementary and secondary school level.

Website: https://www.afa.org/

Find a Chapter: http://secure.afa.org/contact_link_search.asp

Since 1950, the Association of the United States Army has worked to support all aspects of national security while advancing the interests of America's Army and the men and women who serve.

The Association of the United States Army is a nonprofit educational and professional development association serving America’s Total Army, our Soldiers, Army civilians, and their families; our industry partners, and supporters of a strong national defense. AUSA provides a voice for the Army, supports the Soldier, and honors those who have served in order to advance the security of the nation.

Website: https://www.ausa.org/

Find a Chapter: https://www.ausa.org/search/chapters

The Coast Guard Foundation is a national nonprofit organization that supports the men and women of the U.S. Coast Guard and their families.

Founded in 1969, the Coast Guard Foundation provides education

support, and relief for the brave men and women who enforce maritime law, protect our homeland, and preserve the environment.

An independent organization separate to the U.S. Coast Guard. As a recognized 501(c)(3) nonprofit, we provide vital support that the U.S. government cannot provide to Coast Guard members and their families.

We are committed to serving them with high quality programs and resources that enhance their service and better prepare them for duty.

Website: https://coastguardfoundation.org/

Members of the Marine Corps League join in camaraderie and fellowship for the purpose of preserving traditions. Promoting the interests of the United States Marine Corps, banding together those who are now serving in the United States Marine Corps and those who have been honorably discharged from that service. Effectively promote the ideals of American freedom and democracy.

 

Voluntarily aiding and rendering assistance to all Marines, FMF Corpsmen, FMF Chaplains, and former Marines, FMF Corpsmen and FMF Chaplains and their widows and orphans; and to perpetuate the history of the United States Marine Corps and by fitting acts to observe the anniversaries of historical occasions of particular interest to Marines.​

Website: https://www.mclnational.org/

Find a Detachment: https://www.mclnational.org/find-a-detachment.html​

The Navy League of the United States, founded in 1902 with the support of President Theodore Roosevelt, is a nonprofit civilian, educational and advocacy organization that supports America’s sea services: the Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and US - flag Merchant Marine.

Through national and local programs, the Navy League of the United States provides a powerful voice to educate the public and Congress on the importance of our Sea Services to our nation’s defense, well-being and economic prosperity.

The Navy League provides support to our Sea services personnel and their families and youth programs such as the Naval Sea Cadet Corps. Junior ROTC and Young Marines, that expose young people to the values of our sea services.

Website: http://www.navyleague.org/

Find a Council: http://www.navyleague.org/membership/locator.html

IAVA’s mission is to connect, unite and empower post-9/11 veterans. Founded and led by veterans, IAVA is the modern day veterans hall for the current generation with over 400,000 members worldwide.

IAVA is a non partisan member advised advocacy organization focused on solutions to the issues facing veterans today. In addition to our best in class advocacy work, IAVA offers a case-management program to help veterans of all generations navigate the government and non government services available to them.

Website: https://iava.org/

VVA’s goals are to promote and support the full range of issues important to Vietnam veterans, to create a new identity for this generation of veterans, and to change public perception of Vietnam veterans.

“Never again will one generation of veterans abandon another.”

VVA knows what returning veterans face. We have been through it before and we know that, despite all the rhetoric, returning veterans will face major problems. VVA will be here for as long as it takes to make sure that those who serve our country receive the care and respect they have earned.

Website: https://vva.org/

The Mission of the Korean War Veterans Association (KWVA) is to:

  • DEFEND our Nation

  • CARE for our Veterans

  • PERPETUATE our Legacy

  • REMEMBER our Missing and Fallen

  • MAINTAIN our Memorial

  • SUPPORT a free Korea

Website: http://kwva.us/

Find a Chapter: http://chapters.kwva.org/

Paralyzed Veterans of America, a congressionally-chartered veterans service organization founded in 1946, has developed a unique expertise on a wide variety of issues involving the special needs of our members – veterans of the armed forces who have experienced spinal cord injury or dysfunction.

PVA will use that expertise to be the leading advocate for:

Website: https://www.pva.org/

Student Veterans of America (SVA) is a 501(c)(3) coalition of student-veteran groups on college campuses across the globe. 

Their mission is to provide military veterans with the resources, support, and advocacy needed to succeed in higher education and following graduation.

The heart of SVA is the student-led chapter. SVA supports a network of over 1,300 schools and over 500,000 student veterans. At the individual level, SVA empowers veterans to be informed consumers of higher education and make the most of the transition to civilian life.

Website: http://studentveterans.org/

Find a Chapter: http://studentveterans.org/chapter/directory

BVA promotes the welfare of blinded veterans so that, notwithstanding their disabilities, they may take their rightful place in the community and work with their fellow citizens toward the creation of a peaceful world.

Website: http://www.bva.org/BVA

At the Gary Sinise Foundation, we serve our nation by honoring our defenders, veterans, first responders, their families, and those in need. We do this by creating and supporting unique
programs designed to entertain, educate, inspire, strengthen, and build communities.

Website: https://www.garysinisefoundation.org/

Foundation Programs: https://www.garysinisefoundation.org/programs

Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) serves veterans and service members who incurred a physical or mental injury, illness, or wound, co-incident to their military service on or after September 11, 2001 and their families. Many warriors note a sense of duty to volunteer for the military following these tragic events.

With the mission to honor and empower Wounded Warriors, WWP is the hand extended to encourage warriors as they adjust to their new normal and achieve new triumphs. Offering a variety of programs and services, WWP is equipped to serve warriors with every type of injury – from the physical to the invisible wounds of war.

Website: https://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/

Programs: https://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/programs

The National Association of American Veterans, Inc. (NAAV) was established in 2005 to assist the severely wounded warriors, especially single parent service members, military caregivers, disabled veterans and their families by helping them access their benefits, improving communications and coordination for veterans and collaborating among health agencies, medical professional, organizations, educational organization and the general public.

NAAV Military Family Program seeks to ease the burden of caregivers, who are unexpectedly thrust into the caregiver role, by providing coaches and trainer to equip them with tools, training, and resources needed to become effective caregivers.

Website: http://www.naavets.org/

Programs: http://www.naavets.org/programs/

Blue Star Mothers of America

The Blue Star Mothers of America, Inc. is a non-partisan, non-political, non-sectarian organization. We do not support any political candidate nor do we endorse any religious organization. The military represents all aspects of America as does our organization. Links to our website do not represent an endorsement. We are a 501(c)3 Organization.

We are mothers, stepmothers, grandmothers, foster mothers and female legal guardians who have children serving in the military, guard or reserves, or children who are veterans. We support each other and our children while promoting patriotism. Our organization focuses on our mission every single day and will never, ever, forsake our troops, our veterans or the families of our Fallen Heroes.

Website: https://www.bluestarmothers.org/

Locate a Chapter: https://www.bluestarmothers.org/locate-a-chapter-2

Gold Star Wives of America

The Gold Star Wives of America is a service organization comprised of:

  • The widows/widowers whose spouses died while serving in the Armed Forces of the United States, or as result of service-connected disabilities.

  • The widows/widowers of service personnel of all armed conflicts involving the United States of America.

  • The mothers and fathers of children whose parents gave their life in the service of the country.

  • The widows/widowers of service personnel of all ranks, races, and creeds.

Website: https://www.goldstarwives.org/

Find a Chapter: https://www.goldstarwives.org/Regions-&-Chapters