- AMVETS, which is also known as American Veterans, is the most inclusive Congressionally-chartered veterans service organization open to representing the interests of 20 million veterans and their families. We are veterans serving veterans since 1944.
- Founded in 1944 and chartered by an act of Congress, the AMVETS organization has more than 250,000 members nationwide. AMVETS exists to enhance the quality of life for all veterans, their families and survivors. Membership in AMVETS is open to anyone who honorably served or is currently serving in the U.S. Armed Forces, including the National Guard and Reserves.
- AMVETS has made a long-term economic impact by providing assistance, jobs, and services to veterans and their communities for more than 70 years.
- We are also known for our annual Silver Helmet Awards to “recognize excellence and achievement in Americanism, defense, rehabilitation, congressional service and other fields. Sometimes called the “Veterans Oscar,” the award is shaped like a silver WWII helmet. Many famous Americans have been recipients of the award through the years.
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- The AMVETS National Service Foundation was created in 1948, with the goal of assisting our returning veterans from World War II by aiding in their readjustment back into civilian life.
- It is the same for our veterans of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF). Our National Guard and Reserve Forces have been utilized and called to active duty in far greater numbers than ever before. Today female soldiers, seamen and airmen, are serving in or near combat zones in ever increasing numbers, thereby creating unique family separation problems not encountered in other wars and conflicts. Financial, family and emotional problems as well as Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs) have surfaced in such large numbers that the local National Guard and Reserve units were not prepared to deal with them in the early stages of the war.
- AMVETS National Service Foundation responded to this unique challenge. AMVETS signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), with the National Guard to provide direct support to our deploying and returning personnel and their families, providing this assistance in their local armories and home units.
Activities in the Community
Members of AMVETS participate & partner on a volunteer basis with many local & community organizations. Here are a few:
Sadie G. Mays Health & Rehabilitation Center a 206-bed, skilled nursing facility located in northwest Atlanta, Georgia. The facility is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation which operates under the auspices of The Atlanta Association for Convalescent Aged Persons, Inc. We volunteer to read, and provide positive interactive experiences for Convalescent aged persons.
We also have an on-going partnership with local schools sponsoring young people in JROTC programs.
Non-profit veteran organizations such as Soldiers’ Angels provides an easy, no-cost way for Atlanta veterans in-need to receive food assistance. Volunteers pack bags of groceries and load them into cars, pushcarts, or backpacks of registered veterans. This monthly event provides food support to over 200 veterans and their families.
AMVET members participate in this service every month.