As one of America’s foremost veterans service organizations, AMVETS (or
American Veterans) has a proud history of assisting veterans and
sponsoring numerous programs that serve our country and its citizens.
The helping hand that AMVETS extends to veterans and their families
takes many forms.
One of the most visible is our network of trained national service
officers (NSOs) accredited by the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Funded by the AMVETS National Service Foundation, these dedicated men
and women can be found in close to 40 states, providing sound advice
and prompt action on compensation claims at no charge to the veteran.
In one recent year alone, AMVETS national service officers processed
more than 24,000 claims that resulted in veterans receiving some $400
million in compensation. This commitment to service traces its roots
back to 1948, when our NSOs first began helping veterans of World War
II to obtain the benefits promised them by the federal government.
Coincidentally, it was these returning veterans who provided the
impetus for forming AMVETS in the first place. At the time, many of
them belonged to veterans clubs on college campuses. As the number of
returnees swelled into the millions, it was evident that some sort of
nationally organized assistance for them would be needed. The older
established national groups wouldn’t do; the leaders of this new
generation of veterans wanted their own organization.
With that in mind, eighteen of them, representing nine veterans clubs,
met in Kansas City, Mo., and founded The American Veterans of World War
II on Dec. 10, 1944. Less than three years later, on July 23, 1947,
President Harry S. Truman signed Public Law 216, making AMVETS the
first World War II organization to be chartered by Congress.