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.
Look for these organizations on Facebook.
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.
Military Bikers - See national and state-by-state lists of clubs
Student Veterans of America - Found at colleges and universities
VetFriends - See national and state-by-state lists of clubs
Chartered Veterans Organizations
Services include help with filing a VA claim, career center and scholarships for Veterans and active military and their children.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Provides support to surviving mothers and their families and works with Veterans and other Veteran organizations.
Offers a variety of programs that provide financial assistance, career resources and other supports for Veterans and their 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.
Organization whose members are mothers of children who have served or are serving in the Armed Services during a time of conflict.
Offers Service Members, Veterans and their families personalized service in handling their government benefits, including beneficiary changes on insurance policies, claims representation and more.
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.
Provides support for mothers who now have, or have had, children honorably serving in the military.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Provides support and assistance to Veterans and their families. Services include VA benefits claims representation, aid, peer support and more.
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.
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.
Organization of members who are recipients of the Medal of Honor, Distinguished Service Cross, Navy Cross and Air Force Cross.
Offers programs to current and Veteran Marines and their family members, including programs for wounded Marines and scholarship opportunities.
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.
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.
Provides services and programs for Purple Heart recipients, including assistance with VA benefits claims through "70 offices"nationwide, scholarships, automobile donations and more.
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).
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.
Provides benefits and services covering claims, health care, compensation and pension, education and training and more for minority Veterans.
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.
Works to secure uniformity, equality, efficiency and effectiveness in providing services to Veterans and their families, especially with claims representation.
Trains, coordinates and mentors volunteer attorneys nationwide to assist Veterans with obtaining VA benefits.
We are dedicated to the preservation and enhancement of Veterans Benefits.
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.
Provides life insurance and annuity products, assists Service Members and survivors in securing federal benefits and provides education on financial security matters.
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.
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.
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.
Dedicates time and effort to insure that no benefits are denied to those who served their country and advocates for legislation on their behalf.
ROA is the premier advocate for Reserve Component equipment, training, recruitment and retention incentives, and employment rights.
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.
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
Find support services and recreation activities that include free internet, television, movies, interactive electronic gaming and refreshments for Service Members and dependents.
Find information on the support services along with USO Japan contact information for Service Members and dependents stationed in Japan.
Find information on support programs, recreation, and community events for Service Members and their families stationed in the areas of Naples and Rome.
Find information about USO Europe and the various chapters overseas. Access contact information and useful travel information.
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
Find information on services and fun activities that support Service Members and their families stationed or traveling through the Rhein Main area of Germany.
Find information on support services and on-going morale building events for Service Members and families stationed in the Stuttgart area of Germany.
Find information on support service and recreational activities for Service Members and their families stationed in the Kaiserslautern area.
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!
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.
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.
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.
"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."
Operates transitional housing programs for Veterans who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. Find out about the
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.
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.
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.
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.
This project is to honor and empower wounded warriors who incurred service-connected injuries on or after September 11, 2001.
- Association Of Student Veterans
- Association For Service Disabled Veterans (ASDV)
- Christian Military Fellowship
- Christian Military Wives
- Disabled Veterans Charities
- Faith Deployed: Daily Encouragement For Military Wives
- Grace After Fire
- Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program
- Iraq Afghanistan Veterans Of America
- Military Wives Matter - Resources for male spouses too.
- National Military Family Association
- National Veterans Foundation - this site has so many resources, it’s hard to put it in just one category.
- Remind.Org - resources & support to injured service members, veterans & their families.
- Salvation Army
- Student Veterans Association
- United We Serve
- USA Cares
- Vet Friends
- Veterans For Veteran Connection
- VetPropulsion - Accelerating Individuals towards Career Readiness & Meaningful Employment
- Women Veterans Of America
- Wives In Bloom