57 National Service Officers (NSO) supporting more than 74,000 Veterans requests for support with the Veterans Administration (VA) resulting in more than $1.7 billion in earned benefits back to Veterans.
AMVETS National Service Foundation
AMVETS National Service Foundation provides support to veterans through service programs as well as providing community- and youth-oriented programs designed to promote unity and patriotism. It counsels and represents veterans and their dependents before the Veterans' Administration at no charge to the veteran or their dependent.
AMVETS NSF informs veterans of VA benefits available to them, and represents veterans who need assistance from the VA at no charge to the veteran. Between September 1, 2015 and August 31, 2016, our national service officers assisted 1,441 national Guard/Reserve members, veterans or surviving family members.
- VA Claims Assisted as of Filing: 54,742
- Retroactive Benefits to Date: $206,732,478
- Recovery of Current Benefits to Date: $450,774,714
AMVETS NSF focuses on Americanism -- to promote American patriotism by interaction with community groups, local charities, and schools. 20,000 American flags were sent out this year to hang outside businesses and homes, as well as handheld flags for parades and ceremonies, and graveyard flags. Hundreds of flag lapel pins and flag etiquette books were also distributed. Also, 115 students and 1;6; chaperones were sent to Freedoms Foundation in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania -- a unique four-day educational experience for 9th grade national Americanism essay contest winners.
AMVETS NSF annually awards scholarships to veterans/active duty military, their sons, daughters, or grandchildren. A son, daughter, or grandchild of a deceased veteran is also eligible. Awarded on the basis of academic excellence and financial need, scholarships primarily go to deserving high school seniors, high school JROTC students and veterans pursuing a higher education. Awards range from $1,000 to $5,000. 13 scholarships were announced this year with a total of $44,000 being awarded.
AMVETS Healing Heroes program helps wounded veterans as they recuperate in VA polytrauma centers and their families by providing monetary assistance with transportation, lodging, food and child care. This year, we have assisted 48 families.
The organization operates and manages discount merchandise (thrift) stores for the benefit of veterans and their families.
AMVETS NSF establishes and maintains memorial chimes in 85 national, state, and overseas veterans' cemeteries under our carillon program.