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Nonprofit Overview

Mission: AMVETS National Service Foundation provides direct support to Veterans and their Family 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 without charge.

Target demographics: American Veterans

Geographic areas served: United States

Programs: Veterans Service Officers, VAVS, Memorial Carillons, Healing Heroes, Scholarships, Americanism Programs

Community Stories

23 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 1

UNBELIEVABLE!!! I wish I would have read the reviews before dragging a box and six bags of donations out for pick up on 12/12/16. Apparently this organization is notorious for allowing people in the public to go out of their way to collect donations, drag them to the front of their home, only for them to have the ignorance to be ignored via a no show, then have the public drag the items back into their homes. Horrible horrible organization.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am so happy that I met Mr D Boller at KACC Ft. Meade,Md. AMVETS helped me with less headaces & paper work. They took care of everything. Since than I have told many how they helped me & referred them to AMVETS for help. Mr. D. Boller follows up with me any help I need. Thanks again for all your help. James H. Leffel

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

AMVETS National Service Foundation is a National 501(C)3 that does not solicit and has not ever solicited via telephone for cash donations. They only send solicitations via United States Postal System mail for cash donations. Please review the Veterans Programs at www.amvetsnsf.org

A few of their Programs are:

• Americanism Program
• National Service Officer Program
• Department of Veterans Affairs Voluntary Service (VAVS)
• National Carillon Program
• National Scholarship Program
• Healing Heroes Program
• Thrift Stores

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I work with Service Officer Michael Black in St Petersburg, FL for my VA disability ratingwhen I retired from the Marine Corps in 2014. He really took the time to sit with my and go over everything from start to finish. He was very professional and made sure to make himself available to me when I had questions about anything. I recommended him to anyone looking for help!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been shopping at AMVETS thrift stores since the 90s and have enjoyed every visit. The staff has always been friendly and have been able to inform me how my purchases support those who have served our country.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I had the pleasure of seeing first hand what AMVETS does to help Veterans. I shop in their thrift stores all of the time and the employees are always a delight. One day I realized, I do not know what AMVETS does. I was informed of all of the great programs this organization does to help Veterans. Hearing this reminded me of a good friend who just returned from Iraq who was injured. He was having difficulty obtaining his benefits and suffered from PTSD. Their "service officers" stepped in and took over his case free of charge and without any catches. I was amazed at what great work these people do and I will continue to shop and donate to AMVETS.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Thank you for allowing me to address the wonderful work that the Cleveland Regional Office and Timothy Sherman gave to me during my claim process. I came to AMVETS after trying to understand the VA claim process and met Mr. Sherman who welcomed me into his office with a polite and professional attitude. He listened to my story, reviewed my paperwork, and assured me he would handle the claim correctly. He told me that if I ever had any questions to give him a call or any of the AMVETS service officers a call and they’d be happy to answer them for me. He also told me if the claim I was filing was approved AMVETS would make sure I received what I deserved under the law and from my conditions. At the same time he told me if I wasn’t approved for a condition that he would make sure it was a correct denial and explain to me why. If it’s wasn’t correct he would walk by my side the entire time to make sure I got what I was entitled to. I did receive a couple of denials that I didn’t agree with, but once Mr. Sherman explained to me why I completely understood and accepted the decision. The conditions I was approved for are to the max under the law and I thank him for that. If anybody ever wants a straight answer get an AMEVTS Service Officer as your representative and you won’t be steered wrong. Thank you Mr. Sherman for everything you’ve helped me with!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Hello, I am a disabled vet who in Jan.2016 had surgury at the V.A. I filed a claim with another organization and they messed up my paper work to the point that they actually whited out a date on it, well once it was determined that there was a white -out i was denied my claiim. I then went to AMVETS in CLEVELAND AND IMMEDIATLY knew i made the right choice,Tim Sherman and Mr. Cook made me feel at ease right away, they explained the process and went over everything and let me know what documents were needed for my case . They never rushed me and were very professional at all times .. They resubmitted my case and I did recieve an increase in my disability pension and an award for convalecence .I have stopped by their office from time to time to ask questions and they are quite knowlegdable ,I am proud to be veteran and proud to have AMVETS represent me and I will tell my other buddies about the treatment and consideration i recieved ,
THANK YOU JOHN R ,ROSS 440-223-4528

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

AMVETS has done a phenomenal job helping me and my family with my husband's claim work. They have not only been there every step of the way, but they are so helpful in explaining the process and paperwork needed to file his claim. We have had nothing but polite courteous help the entire time and when my husband received a denial they explained why he received it and he was thankful to have an answer for closure knowing it wasn't from he active duty which allowed him to look at other jobs that caused his injury. If I had to recommend to anyone who to go to for caring, expert, advice and assistance with the VA I'd recommend AMVETS time and time again. THANK YOU !!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Good morning from North Carolina! Thank you for this privilege to address the honorable work of Mr. Russ Woodall and Mr. Alan Malone of Region 2. Retired in early 2000s, Lt Col Michael Ryckeley and I have been privileged to become introduced and engage this network of professionals within the VA system.

In 2006, I entered Duke University School of Nursing to study cardiology with my VA educational benefits. My goal was to return to the work force as a cardiology nurse practitioner in whatever capacity I could become established. In December 2009, graduation led me to full time employment in Columbia. I wrote my friend, Billy Barker, now in Congressman Rouzer's office: "I have found my mission – I am taking care of both civilians and veterans now with the right level of privileges & preparation."

In February 2013, I had both my knees replaced over at Pinehurst. Prior to February 2013, both the joints were swollen with effusions and painful after a 12-13 hour shift. I would come home and pack them with ice for relief, swallowing Aleve five and six tablets at a time for inflammation relief and go right back to it. When the procedure was complete, I went back to work in two months. I was not thinking about a service connected disability at the time. About 18 months into the recovery, I recalled I had a paperwork from the Air Force addressing both knees and called the Winston Salem office to meet Russ Woodall for the first time. Russ executed a key role in addressing this service connected disability dating back to 2001 and advocating for my repetitive illness, osteoarthritis, to both knees and in my spine which have received wonderful attention.

I returned to work full-time where I care for veterans routinely to this day, many of whom were Viet Nam veterans, prisoners of war, Persian Gulf and now OEF/OIF in Iraq and Afghanistan. It is a privilege beyond words to provide care in their recovery.

Likewise, retired from the Air Force, Mike experienced a chronic musculoskeletal issue which has troubled him for years. In November 2015, he was fortunate enough to get the shoulder replaced and returned to similar use, much improved over the original joint. While the prosthesis may never be the same as the original shoulder, the original chronic pain is improved. Mike is greatly relieved with care expedited through VAMC Kernersville. Russ was instrumental in advocating for Mike and his recovery.

Through our working relationship and in the role of family friend, I learned more about how to engage with AMVETS. Russ was instrumental in helping me obtain a TREMENDOUS response for a veteran in Columbia through Mr. Alan Malone at AMVETS/VAMC Columbia. Dorn VAMC actually sent a doctor, a home health RN and all kinds of response to the home of this veteran to evaluate what needed to be done and then delivered. This family was appreciative beyond words.

Russ and Alan of Region 2 are unsung heroes to veterans in North and South Carolina. I have referred friends to them who endure pain every day as former Marines from Iraq and Afghanistan as well. Both Russ and Alan take their responsibilities to heart, organizing and tailoring the right response to each situation on behalf of the veterans, their families and the nation they serve. This time they serve in the next chapter of life as AMVETS with their scripts unfolding in service, duty, honor and integrity.

This effort reflects the wisdom, savvy and compassionate execution of professional responsibilities which are very much alive and well in our region of the country. Mr. Malone in Columbia and Mr. Woodall in Winston Salem absolutely deliver the BEST CARE veterans and their families could have ever hoped for. Their collective and combined efforts reflect the great dignity, credit upon their respective branches of service and to their patriotic calling through selfless duty and service to the nation. As a friend to veterans in North and South Carolina, thank you for allowing me to address the call to professional and honorable service aptly demonstrated by Mr. Woodall and Mr. Malone.

Very Respectfully,

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JANICE BUTLER RYCKELEY, Lt Col, USAF NC Retired