Veteran Service Organizations
Congressionally-chartered Veteran Service Organizations (VSOs) are listed below. We try to keep this information up-to-date—for the most current information, see the respective VSO website, or contact them directly.
African American Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Association
9129 Veterans DR SW, Lakewood, WA 98498
This non-profit organization helps servicemen from all branches of the Armed Forces to cope with their PTSD.
Air Force Association
1501 Lee Highway, Arlington, VA 22209
This non-profit association publishes its own magazine, Air Force Magazine, as well as lobbying for a stronger Air Force.
Air Force Sergeants Association (members: 110,000)
5211 Auth Road, Suitland, MD 20746
Founded in 1961, the association lobbies for a better quality of life for all Air Force veterans and pushes for fair legislation in Washington, DC.
American Coalition for Filipino Veterans (members: 4,000)
867 North Madison St., Arlington, VA 22205
Since 1995, the mission of this organization has been to pass the “Filipino Veterans Equity Act” to win equal VA benefits for Filipino veterans.
American Ex-Prisoners of War
3201 East Pioneer Parkway, Suite 40, Arlington, TX 76010
Founded in 1942, this non-profit organization provides support and relief for prisoners of war and their families. It consists of family members affected by soldiers who are prisoners of war.
The American Legion (members: 2,400,000)
700 N. Pennsylvania St., Indianapolis, IN 46206
Serving veterans since 1919, the Legion raises millions of dollars for worthy efforts, and helps to lobby for veterans in Washington.
AMVETS (members: 180,000)
1 (877) 726-8387
4647 Forbes Blvd. Lanham, MD 20706
Founded in 1944 and granted a congressional charter in 1947, this organization provides help for dependents of veterans as well as providing scholarships for veterans pursuing higher education.
Army & Navy Union USA, Inc.
528A Canton Rd. Akron, OH 44312
Founded in 1886, the group has Medal of Honor and Navy Cross holders as well as famous officers and political figures such as Harry Truman, Dwight D. Eisenhower, and Theodore Roosevelt within its ranks. The association is open to all veterans with an honorable discharge.
All Faith Consortium
1 (866) 650-4600
2000 14th St., NW Washington, DC 20009
The group wants to promote community and uses unique approaches to help single mothers, low-income fathers, ex-convicts, and youth in achieving self-reliance. It advocates a strength-based and family-centered approach for their members.
Blinded Veterans Association
477 H Street, Northwest Washington, DC, 20001
Determined to help blinded veterans strive toward their rightful place in society, the association also provides resources such as blindness organizations and other veterans groups.
American Logistics Association
1101 Vermont Avenue, NW, Suite 1002, Washington, DC 20005
Representing veterans and other members of the armed forces in the military marketplace, the ALA helps veterans find a voice within the marketplace fixtures such as Commissaries and Exchanges.
American Military Retirees Association
5436 Peru St, Suite 1, Plattsburg, NY 12901
The AMRA provides benefits such as additional insurance, discounts with hotels, car rentals, and moving companies, and is open to all ranks of the armed forces.
American Military Society
1 (800) 379-6128
P.O. Box 90740, Washington, DC 20090
The AMS represents the professional and personal interests of veterans and also provides support via life insurance, dental, cancer, and Medicaid plans. It provides easy contact to local legislators through its website.
American Red Cross
1 (800) 733-2767
2025 E. Street NW, Washington, DC 20006
The American Red Cross provides medical services all over the world via blood drives and mobile clinics, but it also provides help to veterans as well. The Red Cross has local offices in contact with the local community in order to connect veterans with necessary services. The Red Cross also responds to emergency services and provides clothes, food, and counseling services.
American Veterans Alliance, Inc.
13899 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL 33181
The AVA works with other veterans organizations, nonprofits, and government agencies to support and advocate veteran affairs throughout the country.
American Veterans for Equal Rights, Inc.
P.O. Box 94376, Atlanta, GA 94376
The American Veterans for Equal Rights Association works for equal rights for all veterans throughout the armed forces in all aspects of life, especially for the LGBT section of the military. AVER helps ensure that LGBT soldiers and veterans can speak their minds within the military.
Association of the U.S. Army
2425 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22201
Protecting the interests of America’s Army as well as providing services for active duty members of the U.S. Army as well as veterans, the group is the voice of those who have served in the Army and provides support through professional education as well as developing public support.
Association of the United States Navy
1 (877) 628-9411
1619 King St, Alexandria, VA 22314
The group serves to help the interests of the Navy. It provides support to former Navy members, as well as to the dependents of Navy veterans.
Association of the Vietnam Veterans of America
8719 Colesville Road, Suite 100, Silver Spring, MD 20910
Founded in 1999, the group offers services for those who suffer from PTSD, who have been exposed to Agent Orange, or veterans who need medical testing. It provides a community to veterans who have had difficulties adjusting to everyday society and need someone to talk to.
Bowlers to Veterans Link
11350 Random Hills Road, Suite 800 Fairfax, VA 22030
The mission of Bowlers to Veterans is simple: provide recreational bowling for therapeutic purposes. Anyone can get involved.
Catholic War Veterans
USA, Inc., 441 North Lee Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
The CWV is open to all Catholic war veterans from every faction of the armed forces, and received a blessing from Pope Pius XI in 1935.The group spends its time by supporting parish and veteran activities, volunteering in VA Hospitals, and attending mass together.
Cold War Veterans Association
Attn: Albert J Lepine, 225 Riverside Drive, Auburn, Maine 04210
Open to Cold War Veterans from any branch of the armed forces. The CWVA wants a Cold War memorial in Washington and also promotes legislation for Cold War Veterans.
Commissioned Officers Association of the US Health Service, Inc.
8201 Corporate Drive, Suite 200, Landover, MD 20785
Working on behalf of the PHS Commissioned Corps Officers, seeking to improve public health within the United States, the COA is a legislative aide, a media consultant, and a career consultant. This assistance is always available to all veterans.
Destroyer Escort Sailors Association
1 (800) 603-3332
P.O. Box 488, Henderson Harbor, NY 13651
The association is a way for ex-DE sailors to communicate and does so via the DESANews, which provides wartime stories, member contributions, ship reunion updates, and information on veteran affairs.
Disabled American Veterans
P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250
The DAV provides support and advocacy for disabled veterans. The organization also provides assistance and represents the interests of disabled veteran’s families.
Eighth Air Force Historical Society
P.O. Box 956, Pooler, GA 31322
Founded in 1975, the group’s original purpose was to remember the legacy of the Mighty Eighth, but has now expanded to keep that legacy alive.
Enlisted Association of the National Guard of the US
3133 Mount Vernon Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22305
Organized in 1972, EANGUS works to voice the opinions of the National Guard’s enlisted men in Washington, DC.
Fleet Reserve Association
125 N. West Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
With over 220 branches, the group works to protect the pay and benefits of the enlisted members of the Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard.
Gold Star Wives of America, Inc.
1 (888) 751-6350
P.O. Box 361986, Birmingham, AL 35236
The group consists of widows of all Armed Forces personnel. It lobbies for compensation, education benefits, and medical care for widows of military personnel.
Help Hospitalized Veterans
P.O. Box 98088 Washington, DC 92596
The group provides therapeutic arts & crafts kits to veterans in order to provide activity for veterans and active duty patients recovering from surgery, or who have been wounded.
Hispanic War Veterans of America (members: 35,000)
13899 Biscayne Blvd., North Miami Beach, FL 33181
Founded and led by veterans, the association works to improve benefits for Hispanic veterans and their families.
Homeless & Disabled Veterans
P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250
A subsidiary of the Disabled American Veterans association, this group helps veterans who have no place to stay.
Iraq & Afghanistan Veterans of the United States (members: 176,257)
292 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10017
The association provides benefits and a community for veterans from all parts of the Armed Forces and also works to improve veterans’ mental health.
Italian American War Veterans of the United States
Attn: George Le Porte
72 Oswego Street, Baldwinsville, NY 13027
Federally chartered in 1981, this association works to help veterans and their families as well as appealing to public and private agencies to promote the group.
Japanese American Veterans Association
c/o Gerald Yamada, JAVA President
10316 Mountington Ct., Vienna, VA 22182
The association works to perpetuate the memories of deceased Japanese American veterans as well as providing help to surviving veterans and their families.
Jewish War Veterans of the USA
1811 R Street NW, Washington, DC 20009
In addition to promoting the Jewish faith, the group is used to support veterans as well as their families. The association also has programs that support patriotism and Jewish identity.
Korea Veterans of America
Massachusetts State House Room 545-2, Boston, MA 02133
In addition to veteran support, the group also promotes remembrance for Korean War Veterans and provides events, links to benefits, and important lobby sources.
Korean War Ex-POW Association
909 Whisperwood TR Cleveland, TN 37312
Formed in 1976, the association assists its members, preserves camaraderie, and honors the memory of those missing in action in Korea.
Korean War Veterans Association, Inc.
P.O. Box 407 Charleston, IL 61920
The association’s website provides a list of Korean War memorials, MIA Family Outreach programs, VA benefits, and other websites of interest.
Marine Corps League
P.O. Box 3070 Merrifield, VA 22116
Incorporated in 1937, this coalition provides scholarship programs for veterans and the Wounded Marines program that helps marines in hospitals nationwide.
Marine Corps Reserve Association
8626 Lee Highway Suite 205, Fairfax, VA 22031
The association works to represent and assist active duty and veterans of the Marine Corps Reserve. It has chapters in Nashville, Memphis, New York, and San Diego.
Military Chaplains Association of America
P.O. Box 7056 Arlington, VA, 22207
Founded in 1925 and chartered by Congress in 1950, the association represents chaplains, chaplain assistants, and faith leaders. The group also has forums to discuss chaplains in the military.
Military Officers Association of America
201 N. Washington St., Alexandria, VA 22314
Open to all active duty and retired military officers, this organization helps represent military interests in Washington, DC as well as supporting officers and their families.
Military Order of the Purple Heart of the U.S.A., Inc.
P.O. Box 49, Annandale, VA 22003
Formed in 1932, the organization protects the interests of veterans who have earned the Purple Heart. The association also protects the families of veterans as well.
Military Order of the World Wars
435 North Lee Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
John J. Pershing originally established the association in 1919 and now the organization operates by hosting youth programs, and by funding and supporting ROTC programs.
National Alliance on Mental Illness
3802 N. Fairfax Dr., Suite 100 Arlington, VA 22203
Though NAMI is not a veteran’s association per se, but it does provide help via numerous programs to veterans who struggle with mental illness because of past experiences.
National Amputation Foundation, Inc.
40 Church Street, Malverne, NY 11565
Founded in 1919, the organization promotes welfare for veteran amputees and support for their families. The Amp-to-Amp program, which is sponsored by the foundation, provides new members with visits from former members.
National Association for Black Veterans, Inc.
1 (877) NABVETS
This nationally certified organization provides community service for its local communities as well as outreach programs for veterans with PTSD or exposure to Agent Orange.
National Association for Uniformed Services
5535 Hempstead Way Springfield, VA 22151
Founded in 1968, this tax-exempt association works for the benefits of armed service members by providing a voice in government.
National Association of American Veterans, Inc.
1725 I Street, NW Suite 300 (Third Floor) Washington, DC 20006
This organization was founded in 2005 to assist wounded veterans, single parent service members, and disabled veterans in receiving their benefits.
National Association of Atomic Veterans
130 Cleveland Street, Lebanon, OR 97355
Founded in 1979, the organization promotes US Atomic veterans to lobby for health issues such as radiation poisoning and exposure to harmful elements as a result of nuclear testing, fallout, and cleanup.
National Association of Black Military Women (NABMW)
5695 Pine Meadows Court, Morrow, GA 30261
This organization was founded in 1976 and works to preserve the memory of black women who have served as well as celebrating the history of black servicewomen.
National Association of County Veterans Service Officers, Inc.
25 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Suite 500, Washington, DC 20001
The mission of the association is to promote the rights of veterans and their families by education, communication, and technology.
National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors, Inc.
This non-profit group consists of men and women who have served on tug and salvage ships in the Navy. It seeks to serve the community and memorialize those who served on tug ships.
National Association of State Directors of Veterans Affairs
107 S. West Street, Suite 550, Alexandria, VA 22314
Founded in 1946, the organization works in fifty states to ensure that veterans receive the State and Federal benefits they were promised.
National Association of State Veterans Homes
Contact varies by state
This organization ensures that each veteran receives benefits and long-term health care and also provides a way for veterans to search for rest homes.
National Association of State Women Veterans Coordinators (NASWVC)
Founded in 2011, the association works to ensure that female veterans receive equal treatment and that all female veterans are aware of their benefits and have access to all services.
National Coalition for Homeless Veterans
333 ½ Pennsylvania Ave SE, Washington, DC 20003
This nonprofit coalition works with local, state, and federal agencies to ensure that homeless veterans receive the care they deserve.
National Congress of Puerto Rican Veterans, Inc.
2434 E Tremont Ave, Bronx, New York 10461
This coalition operates to ensure that Puerto Rican veterans receive their benefits at the state and federal level.
National 4th Infantry (IVY) Division Association
P.O. Box 1914, St. Peters, MO 63376
This non-profit organization was founded in 1919 and serves veterans who served in the 4th infantry.
National Guard Association of the United States
One Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20001
The association achieves its goals via lobbying in Congress and works to make sure that the National Guard receives its funding and benefits.
National Gulf War Resource Center, Inc.
1 (866) 531-7183
1725 SW Gage Boulevard, Topeka, KS 66604
Founded shortly after the Persian Gulf War in 1991, the organization works to protect veterans affected by the Gulf War.
National League of Families
5673 Colombia Pike, Suite 100, Falls Church, VA 22014
This organization is committed to the families of POWs and MIAs, seeks the release of all prisoners, and seeks accounting and reparations for the remains of those missing.
National Military Family Association
3601 Eisenhower Avenue, Suite 425, Alexandria, VA 22304
The association works with military families to answer questions on deployment issues, caring for children, and mental health issues.
National Veterans Foundation
9841 Airport Blvd Suite 418, Los Angeles, CA 90045
The organization has been helping veterans and their families since 1985 with crisis, medical services, and other information via a hotline.
National Veterans Legal Services Program
P.O. Box 65762, Washington, DC 20035
Since 1980, this nonprofit organization has worked to make sure that veterans receive their benefits.
National Veterans Organization of America (NVOA) (members: 5,000)
P.O. Box 2510, Victoria, TX 77902
The organization works toward lobbying for better treatment and efficiency in VA hospitals as well as receiving due benefits.
Naval Enlisted Reserve Association
6703 Farragut Avenue, Falls Church, VA 22042
Representing the enlisted reservists of the Navy, Coast Guard, and Marine Corps, the association works to protect the benefits and services for enlisted reservists.
Navy Club of the United States of America
509 N Washington Street, De Pere, WI, 54115
Chartered by Congress in 1940, the organization lets veterans voice their opinions about National Defense and the Navy within the group.
Navy League of the United States
2300 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 200, Arlington, VA 22201
Founded in 1902 with encouragement from Teddy Roosevelt, the group provides a variety of services to the Navy, and lobbies Congress for a stronger Naval force.
Navy Mutual Aid Association
1 (800) 628-6011
29 Carpenter Road, Arlington, VA 22212
This association has provided life insurance and annuity products to military families since 1879 and ensures that its members receive their benefits.
Navy Nurse Corp. Association
P.O. Box 3829, Newport, RI 02840
Formed in 1987 for all Navy Nurses, this association makes sure that the history of the Navy Nurses is preserved as well as providing a social outlet.
Non Commissioned Officers Association
9330 Corporate Drive, Suite 701, Selma, TX 78154
Established in 1960 to guarantee quality of life for non-commissioned and petty officers in all branches of the Armed Forces, the association works to bring new benefits to its members.
Paralyzed Veterans of America
801 Eighteenth Street, NW, Washington, DC 20006
The group works to bring quality health care to paralyzed veterans as well as bringing a better quality of life within the workplace.
Polish Legion of American Veterans, USA
P.O. Box 1213, Emmitsburg, MD 21727
Open to any veterans who want to join, this group provides a social outlet for veterans and was formed just after the first World War.
Reserve Officers Association of the United States
One Constitution Avenue, NE Washington, DC 20002
The association has been devoted to protecting the rights and benefits of Reservist Officers for more than ninety years.
Society of Medical Consultants to the Armed Forces (SMCAF)
This group has promoted good medical standards within the military since 1946 and seeks to preserve and promote medical knowledge.
Society of Military Widows
Founded in 1968, this non-profit society helps women whose husbands died on active duty, on disability, or during military retirement.
Student Veterans of America
1625 K Street NW, Suite 320, Washington, DC 20006
The primary focus of this group is to help younger veterans with support and resources in order to have a successful career in higher education.
Swords to Plowshares: Veterans Rights Organization
1060 Howard Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
With over 40 years of experience, this non-profit organization helps veterans in the San Francisco area adapt to everyday life after military duty.
The Forty & Eight (members: 16,051)
250 E 38th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46205
Originally part of the American Legion, the organization eventually became fully independent in 1960, but still voices its opinions within the Legion.
The Red River Valley Fighter Pilot Association
P.O. Box 1553, Front Royal, VA 22630
The group consists of fighter pilots and works for national recognition of military service and for those MIA in Vietnam.
TREA: The Enlisted Association
1001 N. Fairfax Street, Suite 102, Alexandria, VA 22314
Representing the needs of the retired enlisted men of the Armed Forces, the association endeavors to give members their benefits via legislation.
TLC Brotherhood, Inc. Veterans of Thailand, Laos, Cambodia in Vietnam War
The group works for all servicemen who have fought, yet focuses on those who served in Southeast Asia.
Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, Inc.
3033 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 630, Arlington, VA 22201
The group reaches out to families who have lost a loved one who was serving. Their services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
United Spinal Association
75-20 Astoria Boulevard, East Elmhurst, NY 11370
The association is dedicated to improving the livelihoods of those suffering from spinal cord injuries, which includes veterans, and provides information and support to loved ones.
United States Army Warrant Officers Association
462 Herndon Pkwy, Suite 207, Herndon, VA 20170
Founded in 1972, this non-profit association lobbies for the recognition and benefits of warrant officers.
United States Merchant Marine Veterans of World War II
P.O. Box 629, San Pedro, CA 90733
The organization serves to provide a social outlet for its members.
United States Navy Cruiser Sailors Association (members: 3,300)
21 Colonial Way, Rehoboth, MA 02769
A tax-exempt organization that is both social and volunteer-oriented. It consists of members who served on or are interested in Navy Cruisers.
United States Submarine Veterans Inc. (members: 13,432)
P.O. Box 3870, Silverdale, WA 98383
The group comprises all submarine veterans who enjoy the camaraderie of their fellow submariner veterans.
USCG Chief Petty Officers Association
5520-G Hempstead Way, Springfield, VA 22151
Created by CPOs of the Coast Guard, the organization volunteers within the community
and provides benefits for its members.
Veterans for Common Sense
900 Second St., NE, Suite 216, Washington, DC 20002
This non-profit organization primarily deals with lobbying so that veterans can get their fair share from Congress.
Veterans and Military Families for Progress
PO Box 66353, Washington, DC 20035
This group proposes legislation for the well-being of veterans and their families as well
as promoting the needs of veterans in the public.
Veterans Assistance Foundation, Inc.
312 Superior Avenue, Tomah, WI 54660
Since 1994 the organization has helped veterans in low-income situations and veterans on the brink of homelessness.
Veterans Leadership Program of Western Pennsylvania
2417 East Carson Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15203
The mission of the group is to provide housing, employment, and vital needs to veterans in Western Pennsylvania. Its overall goal is the improvement of quality of life for veterans.
Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (members: approx. 2 million)
The group was founded in 1899 just after the Spanish-American war. The group helped with the passage of the GI Bill for the 21st century as well as improving VA hospitals nationwide.
Veterans of Modern Warfare, Inc.
The organization supports veterans and their families by providing benefits, education, and support.
Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge
P.O. Box 27430, Philadelphia, PA 19118
Formed in 1981, this tax-exempt and non-profit group helps with reunions and preserving the history of the Battle of the Bulge.
Veterans of the Vietnam War, Inc. & The Veterans Coalition
Founded in 1978, the group provides links to other organizations and also has ninety posts worldwide design to help maintain a quality of life for Vietnam Veterans.
Veterans’ Widows/ers International Network, Inc.
P.O. Box 441043, Aurora, CO 80044
Founded in 1995, the association helps to remind families of the benefit qualifications and how to obtain their benefits as well as how to receive necessary attention.
Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund
2600 Virginia Ave NW, Suite 104Washington DC 20037
Organized in 1980 to provide funding for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
Vietnam Women’s Memorial Foundation, Inc.
1 (866) 822-8963
1735 Connecticut Ave, NW, 3rd Floor, Washington DC 20009
This organization strives for the recognition of women who have served in Vietnam and hopes to preserve the Vietnam Women’s Memorial.
This group was formed in 1979 and is intended for any women who have worked in the Sea Services such as the Navy, Marines Corps, or Coast Guard.
Women in Military Service for America Memorial Foundation, Inc.
Dept. 560, Washington, DC 20042
The organization helps to preserve the Women’s Memorial in Arlington Cemetery.
Women’s Air Force Service Pilots, WWII
1620 South Ninth, Waco, TX 76706
The association is dedicated to conserving and sharing the memory of the Women Air Force Service Pilots.
Women’s Army Corps Veterans Association (members: 3,500)
The main focus of this organization is to preserve the memory of the Women’s Army Corps and to offer a social outlet for its members.
Women Marines Association
P.O. Box 377, Oaks, PA 19456-0377
Founded in 1960, this non-profit and charitable organization helps to tell the history of women in the Marines.
Women Overseas Service League
P.O. Box 124, Cedar Knolls, NJ 07297
The association works to promote overseas service, foster the welfare of the armed services, and to assist those who were wounded while serving.
National Women Veterans of America
P.O. Box 330368, Nashville, TN 37203
The organization works to provide information and benefits to all female veterans.
Wounded Warrior Project
(904) 296-7350 4899 Belfort Road, Suite 300, Jacksonville, FL 32256
The association works to service wounded servicemen and women, to encourage their well-being, and to improve their quality of life.