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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 <www1.va.gov/vso/>.
P.O. Box 65900
Washington, DC 20035-5900
(301) 622-3330 fax
Offers employment networking and rehabilitation counseling for veterans who are blind. Supports medical research on sensory disabilities.
477 H Street NW
Washington, DC 20001-2694
(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.
3725 Alexandria Pike
Cold Spring, KY 41076
www.dav.org/help/service_offices.html (directory of state chapters)
National Service and Legislative Headquarters
807 Maine Avenue SW
Washington, DC 20024
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.
Blind Veterans National Chapter
40 Seward Avenue
Toms River, NJ 08753
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.
75-20 Astoria Boulevard
Jackson Heights, NY 11370
(718) 803-0414 fax
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.
40 Church Street
Malverne, NY 11565
(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.
801 Eighteenth Street NW
Washington, DC 20006-3517
www.pva.org/aboutPVA/chap/chap.htm (directory of state chapters)
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.
700 North Pennsylvania Street
P.O. Box 1055
Indianapolis, IN 46206
(317) 630-1223 fax
www.legion.org/?section=our_legion&subsection=ol_departments&content=ol_departments (directory of departments by state)
1608 K Street NW
Washington, DC 20006
(202) 861-2728 fax
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.
4647 Forbes Boulevard
Lanham, MD 20706-4380
(301) 459-7924 fax
www.amvets.org/HTML/for_our_members/where_find_friends.html (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.
441 North Lee Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 684-5196 fax
Serves the interests of eligible veterans who are members of the Catholic church.
P.O. Box 1742
Newark, NJ 07101-1742
(973) 344-4792 fax
www.itamvets.org/ (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.
1811 R Street NW
Washington, DC 20009
www.jwv.org/communication/national.html (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.
P.O. Box 10806
Arlington, VA 22210
www.kwva.org/chapters.html (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.
P.O. Box 11432
Milwaukee, WI 53211
(414) 342-1073 fax
www.nabvets.com/ (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.
1063 Market Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
(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.
406 West 34th Street
Kansas City, MO 64111
(816) 968-1149 fax
www.vfw.org/index.cfm?fa=mbr.leveld&did=737 (directory of state posts)
VFW Memorial Building
200 Maryland Avenue NE
Washington, DC 20002
(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.
805 South Township Boulevard
Pittston, PA 18640-3327
(570) 603-9741 fax
www.vvnw.org/Posts/vvnw_posts.htm (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.
8605 Cameron Street, Suite 400
Silver Spring, MD 20910
www.vva.org/map2/plaintxt.html (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.
10185 Mammoth Avenue
Baton Rouge, LA 70814
www.spencergroup.net/vwv (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.
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