Selected Veterans Organizations

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Selected Veterans Organizations 2003

Veterans organizations assist eligible veterans in obtaining services and benefits to which they are entitled and advocate on their behalf. Many groups sponsor community service projects and civil, social, or athletic activities. The online Directory of Veterans Service Organizations, sponsored by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, is available at <>.

Organizations for Veterans with a Visual or Physical Handicap

Blinded American Veterans Foundation

P.O. Box 65900
Washington, DC 20035-5900
(202) 462-4430
(301) 622-3330 fax

Offers employment networking and rehabilitation counseling for veterans who are blind. Supports medical research on sensory disabilities.

Blinded Veterans Association

477 H Street NW
Washington, DC 20001-2694
(202) 371-8880
(202) 371-8258 fax

Principal publication: BVA Bulletin, bimonthly, in print, on cassette, and online

Serves veterans who became blind or visually impaired during or after their military service. Assists veterans in obtaining benefits and rehabilitation training and in finding jobs. Offers scholarships to their spouses and dependent children.

Disabled American Veterans

3725 Alexandria Pike
Cold Spring, KY 41076
(859) 441-7300 (directory of state chapters)

National Service and Legislative Headquarters
807 Maine Avenue SW
Washington, DC 20024
(202) 554-3501

Principal publication: DAV Magazine, 6/year, in print, on cassette, and online

Chartered by Congress to provide free assistance to service-connected disabled veterans and their families in obtaining benefits and services earned through military duty. Represents the interests of disabled veterans before Congress and in the White House.

Disabled American Veterans

Blind Veterans National Chapter
40 Seward Avenue
Toms River, NJ 08753
(732) 244-7057

Provides services to meet the specific needs of disabled veterans who are legally blind in both eyes or totally blind. Veterans can hold dual membership in a local DAV chapter and the national chapter.

Eastern Paralyzed Veterans Association (EPVA)

75-20 Astoria Boulevard
Jackson Heights, NY 11370
(718) 803-3782
(718) 803-0414 fax

Principal publications:

Enhances the lives of veterans with spinal-cord injuries or diseases by ensuring quality health care, promoting research, and advocating for civil rights and independence. Serves 2,300 members, most of whom reside in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and Maine.

National Amputation Foundation

40 Church Street
Malverne, NY 11565
(516) 887-3600
(516) 887-3667 fax

Principal publication: The Amp, 3-4 issues/year

Offers assistance to veteran and civilian amputees, including peer counseling and donated medical equipment for persons in need.

Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA)

801 Eighteenth Street NW
Washington, DC 20006-3517
800-424-8200 (directory of state chapters)

Principal publications:

Serves veterans who have experienced spinal-cord injury or dysfunction. Advocates for benefits and quality health care for its members, for research and education on spinal-cord injury and dysfunction, and for civil rights and opportunities that maximize the independence of its members.

General Organizations for Veterans

The American Legion

700 North Pennsylvania Street
P.O. Box 1055
Indianapolis, IN 46206
(317) 630-1200
(317) 630-1223 fax (directory of departments by state)

Washington Office

1608 K Street NW
Washington, DC 20006
(202) 861-2700
(202) 861-2728 fax

Principal publications:

Has 15,000 posts worldwide that are organized into fifty-five departments-one for each of the fifty states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, France, Mexico, and the Philippines. Offers assistance with veterans' claims, military family support, and public policy advocacy.

AMVETS National Headquarters

4647 Forbes Boulevard
Lanham, MD 20706-4380
(301) 459-9600
(301) 459-7924 fax (directory of departments and posts)

Provides free counseling and claims assistance for eligible veterans and their dependents. Advocates for veterans' benefits and services. Promotes involvement in community activities and offers scholarships.

Catholic War Veterans of the United States of America

441 North Lee Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 549-3622
(703) 684-5196 fax

Serves the interests of eligible veterans who are members of the Catholic church.

Italian American War Veterans of the United States

P.O. Box 1742
Newark, NJ 07101-1742
(973) 344-4792 fax (lists departments for CT, FL, IL, MA, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI)

Principal publication: The Torch, 3/year

Assists veterans and their families. Promotes mutual helpfulness and comradeship among veterans, spouses, and survivors.

Jewish War Veterans of the United States (JWV)

1811 R Street NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 265-6280 (list of National Service officers)

Principal publication: The Jewish Veteran, 5/year, in print and online

Advocates for health and employment benefits. Supports community projects and strong United States-Israeli relations by sponsoring missions to Israel. Maintains the National Museum of American Jewish Military History.

Korean War Veterans Association, Inc.

P.O. Box 10806
Arlington, VA 22210
(703) 522-9629 (directory of state chapters)

Dedicated to those who served in the Korean War between June 25, 1950, and January 31, 1955. Advocates on behalf of its members.

National Association for Black Veterans (NABVETS)

P.O. Box 11432
Milwaukee, WI 53211
(414) 342-8387
(414) 342-1073 fax (lists departments for CA, DC, FL, IL, NJ, WA, WI)

Principal publication: Eclipse Magazine, quarterly

Provides transitional and permanent housing for homeless and low-income veterans and their families and services encompassing health, rehabilitation, economic assistance, and education and training. Preserves the historical contributions of minority veterans.

Swords to Plowshares

1063 Market Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 252-4788
(415) 252-4790 fax

Serves as a community-based veterans self-help group to advocate for veterans' rights and to help homeless and low-income veterans through providing direct services.

Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW)

406 West 34th Street
Kansas City, MO 64111
(816) 756-3390
(816) 968-1149 fax (directory of state posts)

Washington Office
VFW Memorial Building
200 Maryland Avenue NE
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 543-2239
(202) 543-6719 fax

Principal publication: VFW Magazine, monthly

Assists veterans and their dependents to obtain federal or state entitlements and advocates on their behalf.

Veterans of the Vietnam War, Inc. (VVnW)

805 South Township Boulevard
Pittston, PA 18640-3327
(570) 603-9740
(570) 603-9741 fax (directory of state posts)

International organization dedicated to assisting veterans of all wars and all branches of service through programs and services such as trauma counseling and rehabilitation.

Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA)

8605 Cameron Street, Suite 400
Silver Spring, MD 20910
800-VVA-1316 (directory of state posts)

Principal publication: The VVA Veteran, 7-8/year, online

Congressionally chartered and exclusively dedicated to Vietnam-era veterans and their families. Works to promote the full range of issues important to Vietnam veterans and to change the public perception of these veterans. Supports a national task force for homeless veterans and a national scholarship fund.

Vietnam Women Veterans, Inc.

10185 Mammoth Avenue
Baton Rouge, LA 70814
(800) 217-8753 (website will move to this site at a future date)

Members include all military staff and line officers and enlisted women who served in Vietnam.

Women Veterans of America (WVA)

680 SW 18th Court
Boynton Beach, FL 33426
(561) 732-4596 telephone and fax

Advocates for women veterans and for women currently serving in the military by providing information and support, serving as liaison to government agencies, assisting in obtaining Veterans Administration benefits, and becoming involved in local and national issues pertaining to women presently or previously in the armed forces.

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Posted on 2010-08-25