As of 2015, AMVETS National Service Foundation does not have donation pickup services available in all locales. Where donation pickup services are available, it is necessary for donors to contact their nearest AMVETS-associated thrift center to schedule a pickup time. Contact information for AMVETS thrift centers across the United States is available at AMVETSNSF.org. AMVETS generally accepts donations of furniture, clothing, books, shoes and toys.
Founded in 1944, AMVETS received a congressional charter in 1947 signed by President Truman. AMVETS' mission is to support veterans and active military personnel by providing community services and advocating for veterans' causes such as continued federal funding for health care benefits, education and training assistance, and other entitlements. AMVETS is accredited by the Department of Veterans Affairs to provide free claims assistance to veterans, their dependents and survivors.
Membership in AMVETS is open only to persons actively serving in, or honorably discharged from, the U.S. Armed Forces, National Guard or Reserves. Spouses and the children of active and honorably-discharged service members may join one of two AMVETS auxiliary organizations.
As of 2014, Charity Navigator gives AMVETS National Service Foundation an overall rating of four out of four stars based on its score of 96.00 for accountability and transparency and score of 86.46 for financial performance.