What Are Some Services of AMVETS?


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AMVETS services include career centers, help filing disability compensation claims, funding for education, and discounts for hotels, car rentals, prescription drugs and health insurance. AMVETS is a volunteer veterans organization offering assistance to current and former members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families.

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AMVETS was established in 1944 by World War II veterans to assist fellow veterans. The organization also lobbies federal politicians on issues such as national defense, veterans' pension benefits, compensation for disabled veterans and services for homeless veterans. AMVETS campaigns for flag protection and POW/MIA accountability and to raise support for the Veterans Affairs hospital system. AMVETS volunteers also visit hospitalized veterans.

AMVETS awards tens of thousands of dollars in scholarships each year to high school seniors, ROTC students and veterans. The group also sponsors a carillon program to honor deceased veterans. AMVETS has financially supported the renovation of national monuments including the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the Statue of Liberty and USS Arizona. AMVETS presents an annual Silver Helmet Award, shaped like a small silver replica of a World War II helmet, to recognize excellence and achievement in such fields as defense, rehabilitation, Americanism and congressional service.

AMVETS was originally known as the American Veterans of World War II. In 1947, President Harry Truman granted AMVETS a congressional charter. As of 2015, AMVETS has more than 250,000 members.

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