Advocacy & Social Networking

You are definitely encouraged to join a group or affiliation. You would be surprised at the joy and benefits and/or assistance you will receive from joining and/or volunteering. In most cases if a membership fee is required, you can request financial assistance for the fee or they may find a sponsor to assist with the fees. The membership fees go to aiding the support of our Veterans. Most of these places can help with financial resources or assist in helping you find resources.

What Does a Veteran Service Organization Do?

Veteran Service Organizations exist to serve you and support your specific needs. Whether you are interested in reconnecting with your branch of service, networking with other veterans who share your disability, maximizing your VA benefits, learning more about current legislation or even researching the many programs in place to get you involved in recreation or employment. With histories dating back to many of America’s wars, and proven track records for putting veterans first, the following organizations, as well as a host of other local, regional and national VSO’s put the needs of the disabled veteran first.

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Advocacy, Peer Support & Social Networking

This is not a complete list of clubs or organizations, just enough to give you an idea of what is available nationally. Groups and activities differ from state to state.

Directory of Veterans Groups

Combat Veteran's International

Combat Veterans of America Motorcycle Club (CVAMC)

Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association (CVMA)

Heroes on the Water

Iraq, Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA)

K9s for Warriors

Military Bikers - See national and state-by-state lists of clubs

Military Veteran Peer Network (MVPN)

Military with PTSD

Mission Continues

National Association of American Veterans

Project Healing Waters

Student Veterans of America - Found at colleges and universities

Team Red, White & Blue

Team Rubicon

VetFriends - See national and state-by-state lists of clubs

Chartered Veterans Organizations

AMVETS - Ladies Auxiliary - Sons of AMVETS - AMVETS Riders

Services include help with filing a VA claim, career center and scholarships for Veterans and active military and their children.

African American Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Association

Provides information on PTSD and assistance with homelessness, self-education, training programs and claims preparation for all Veterans with PTSD and/or other military service-related concerns.

Air Force Sergeants Association

Represents the interests of current and former enlisted personnel in the Air Force, Air National Guard, Reserve and their families. Co-sponsors scholarships for dependents.

American Defenders of Bataan & Corregidor - Auxiliary

Brings together WWII Veterans who were POWs of the Japanese and assists the families of those men killed in action or who died in captivity trying to learn more about their loved ones.

American Ex-Prisoners of War Organization (AXPOW)

Provides assistance to former prisoners of war and their families with VA benefits claims and finding lost buddies. Also provides information on prison camp descriptions and medical issues.

American GI Forum of the United States

Addresses problems of discrimination and inequalities endured by Hispanic Veterans. Serves as an opportunity for civic involvement for the returning Veteran with leadership, volunteer opportunities and advocacy.

American Gold Star Mothers, Inc.

Provides support to surviving mothers and their families and works with Veterans and other Veteran organizations.

American Legion - Auxiliary - Legion Riders - Sons of The American Legion

Offers a variety of programs that provide financial assistance, career resources and other supports for Veterans and their families.

American Red Cross - Services for Military Members & Families

Provides emergency communications that link Service Members with their families back home, access to financial assistance, counseling, referral to community resources and assistance to Veterans.

American War Mothers

Organization whose members are mothers of children who have served or are serving in the Armed Services during a time of conflict.

Armed Forces Services Corporation (AFSC)

Offers Service Members, Veterans and their families personalized service in handling their government benefits, including beneficiary changes on insurance policies, claims representation and more.

Army and Navy Union, USA, Inc.

Associates of Vietnam Veterans of America

To advance the work of Vietnam Veterans of America through cooperative projects and programs to facilitate, enhance and improve communication with our members and the general public and to continue legislative efforts to ensure the rights and benefits for all veterans and their families.

Blinded Veterans Association (BVA)

Provides resources and service programs, such as Operation Peer Support and Field Service Program, linking Veterans to services, rehabilitation training, job search assistance and other benefits.

Blue Star Mothers of America, Inc.

Provides support for mothers who now have, or have had, children honorably serving in the military.

Catholic War Veterans of the United States of America

Service organization for the nation's Catholic Veterans and those who support them. Works to increase awareness of the struggle and needs of our nation's Veterans, their widows and children.

Congressional Medal of Honor Society of the United States

Fosters friendship and comradeship among all holders, protects the name of the medal and individual recipients from exploitation and provides appropriate aid to all persons to whom the medal has been awarded and their families.

Disabled American Veterans (DAV) - Auxiliary

Provides services and assistance to Veterans, including DoD and VA benefits claims, transportation to and from VA medical facilities, help for homeless Veterans and transition back into civilian life.

Fleet Reserve Association

The leading voice of enlisted Sea Service personnel on Capitol Hill, preserves and enhances benefits and quality-of-life programs for members of the Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard.

Gold Star Wives of America, Inc.

Provides service, support and friendship to the widows and widowers of military personnel who died on active duty or as the result of a service connected cause. Also assists members in understanding and obtaining VA, DoD and other benefits.

Italian American War Veterans of the USA - Auxiliary

Provides support and assistance to Veterans and their families. Services include VA benefits claims representation, aid, peer support and more.

Jewish War Veterans Association (JWV)

Offers support to current Jewish Service Members and new Veterans. Provides scholarships for descendants of JWV members, Veterans' Service Officers, member life and health insurance coverage, the JWV disaster relief fund, care packages and more.

Korean War Veterans Association

Provides a means of contact and communication among members, promotes the establishment of memorials and aids needy members and their wives and children, and the widows and children of persons who were members at the time of their death.

Legion of Valor of the United States of America, Inc.

Organization of members who are recipients of the Medal of Honor, Distinguished Service Cross, Navy Cross and Air Force Cross.

Marine Corps League

Offers programs to current and Veteran Marines and their family members, including programs for wounded Marines and scholarship opportunities.

Military Chaplains Association of the USA

A support and advocacy organization dedicated to the religious freedom and spiritual welfare of Service Members, Veterans, their families and their survivors. Also provides financial assistance to seminary students who are currently serving as chaplain candidates in the Air Force, Army or Navy.

Military Officers Association of America

MOAA is the nation's largest and most influential association of military officers. We are a powerful force speaking for a strong national defense and representing the interests of military officers and their families at every stage of their careers.

Military Order of the Purple Heart of the USA

Provides services and programs for Purple Heart recipients, including assistance with VA benefits claims through "70 offices"nationwide, scholarships, automobile donations and more.

Military Order of the World Wars

Provides an opportunity for officers of all of the federal Uniformed Services to unite in a strong program to promote national security, patriotism, good citizenship and service to country. The Order is comprised of over 133 Chapters across the nation and supports programs including youth leadership and the Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC).

National Amputation Foundation

Provides programs and services to help Veterans who lost a limb or limbs in service to their country. Programs include peer counseling, medical equipment donation and recreational activities.

National Association for Black Veterans

Provides benefits and services covering claims, health care, compensation and pension, education and training and more for minority Veterans.

National Association of County Veterans Service Officers (NACVSO)

Works with the VA and other Veterans organizations to ensure that Veterans and their dependents receive the entitlements they deserve. Find a County Service Officer in your state.

National Association of State Directors of Veterans Affairs

Works to secure uniformity, equality, efficiency and effectiveness in providing services to Veterans and their families, especially with claims representation.

National Veterans Legal Services Program (NVLSP)

Trains, coordinates and mentors volunteer attorneys nationwide to assist Veterans with obtaining VA benefits.

National Veterans Organization of America (NOVA)

We are dedicated to the preservation and enhancement of Veterans Benefits.

Navy Club of the United States of America (NCUSA) - Auxiliary

Service organization made up of citizens of the U.S. who have served, or are now serving in the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, Seabees, or the U.S. Coast Guard. Advocates on military personnel policy, compensations and retirement formulas.

Navy Mutual Aid Association

Provides life insurance and annuity products, assists Service Members and survivors in securing federal benefits and provides education on financial security matters.

Non Commissioned Officers Association (NCOA)

Advocates on behalf of current and former enlisted Service Members and their families. Legislative efforts cover compensation, benefits and quality of life issues. Also offers financial assistance for health care, education and disaster relief and employment assistance.

Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA)

Supports those with spinal cord injury and disease by advocating for health care, research, education, Veterans benefits and rights, accessibility, sports programs and disability rights. Find a local chapter.

Pearl Harbor Survivors Association, Inc.

Organization of Veterans who survived Pearl Harbor. A symbol of America's commitment to preparedness against unprovoked acts of aggression, dedicated to ensuring that this and future generations remember the events of December 7, 1941.

Polish Legion of American Veterans

Dedicates time and effort to insure that no benefits are denied to those who served their country and advocates for legislation on their behalf.

Reserve Officers Association of the United States

ROA is the premier advocate for Reserve Component equipment, training, recruitment and retention incentives, and employment rights.

Swords To Plowshares

Provides national advocacy as well as local emergency shelter, mental health services, residential rehabilitation programs, job referrals, and legal representation to Veterans and their families.

The Retired Enlisted Association (TREA)

Supports uniformed services enlisted personnel, their families and survivors, including active components, Reserve and National Guard and all retirees, and works to stop the erosion of earned benefits through legislative efforts. Learn about TREA's National Scholarship program

United Service Organization (USO) - Guam

Find support services and recreation activities that include free internet, television, movies, interactive electronic gaming and refreshments for Service Members and dependents.

United Service Organization (USO) - Japan

Find information on the support services along with USO Japan contact information for Service Members and dependents stationed in Japan.

United Service Organization (USO) - Naples & Rome

Find information on support programs, recreation, and community events for Service Members and their families stationed in the areas of Naples and Rome.

United Service Organizations (USO) - Europe

Find information about USO Europe and the various chapters overseas. Access contact information and useful travel information.

United Service Organizations (USO) - Korea

Find support services and recreation activities that include BBQs, fun fairs, cross cultural events, holiday programs, tours at reduced rates, monthly birthday programs and more for Service Members and dependents. Locate individual USO Korea sites, hours, and contact numbers

United Service Organizations (USO) - Rhein Main Area

Find information on services and fun activities that support Service Members and their families stationed or traveling through the Rhein Main area of Germany.

United Service Organizations (USO) - Stuttgart

Find information on support services and on-going morale building events for Service Members and families stationed in the Stuttgart area of Germany.

United Service Organizations (USO) Kaiserslautern

Find information on support service and recreational activities for Service Members and their families stationed in the Kaiserslautern area.

United Service Organizations (USO) Okinawa

Find information for Service Members and dependents on USOs in the Okinawa area including contact information, hours, services and location. Services offered included: free wifi, free international phone calls, gift shop, coffee shop, American style food and more!

United Service Organizations (USO) Pacific Region

Find the Pacific Region USO on three countries with five locations and 18 Service Centers. Access support and recreation services from Hawaii and Guam to Japan and Korea for deployed Service Members and dependents.

United Spinal Association

Offers the VetsFirst program, which directly serves the needs of the Veteran community, offering a network of National Service Officers to Veterans that provide assistance and representation in claims for VA benefits and services and legal representation before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims.

United States Submarine Veterans, Inc.

The organization's purpose is "to perpetuate the memory of our shipmates who gave their lives in the pursuit of their duties while serving their country.

US Submarine Veterans of World War II - Wives of U Auxiliary

"THE PRIMARY OBJECTIVE is to provide a historic perspective of the United States submarine men who served in World War II, and to foster general public awareness of life aboard submarines during World War II."

Veterans Assistance Foundation (VAF)

Operates transitional housing programs for Veterans who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. Find out about the

Veterans Of Foreign Wars (VFW) of the United States

Assists Veterans with benefits including compensation, pension, health care, vocational rehabilitation and employment, education and training, home loans, life insurance, and dependency and indemnity compensation.

Veterans of World War I of the USA, Inc.

Supports those who have served honorably in the Armed Forces of the United States, during the period of World War I, provides aid to their surviving families and dependents and advocates for preferential legislation and laws beneficial to these World War I soldiers.

Veterans of the Vietnam War, Inc. (VVnW)/Veterans Coalition

Serves all Veterans and their families with support programs, including a transitional homeless Veterans housing and reintegration program, support packages for military serving overseas and for Veterans' families, assistance for Veterans in trouble with the law, counseling resources and a 24-hour 1-800-VIETNAM phone line.


Provides peer support and free retreats for Veterans of the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Vietnam Veterans of America

Represents Vietnam-era Veterans and their families and advocates on Veterans issues, provides VA benefits claims representation and supports the next generation of war Veterans. Local Service Officers are available throughout the country for assistance with VA benefits and other related claims.

Membership organization for those who have served in the Women's Army Corps, the Auxiliary Corps or the Army, Army Reserve or the Army National Guard. Provides volunteer services to VA and civilian hospitals and nursing homes.

Wounded Warrior Project

This project is to honor and empower wounded warriors who incurred service-connected injuries on or after September 11, 2001.