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Nonprofit Overview

Mission: AMVETS National Service Foundation provides Veterans, Donors, Advocates, & Volunteers the organization they require to ensure Veterans and their dependents are provided counsel and are represented before the Veterans Administration (VA) without charge every day.

Results: • Americanism Program: Promotes national pride and patriotism by distributing American flags, pins and etiquette books to schools, civic groups and community organizations. • Department of Veterans Affairs Voluntary Service (VAVS): Over 2,350 VAVS volunteers provide ongoing care and attention to hospitalized and disabled veterans and contributed 172,489 volunteer hours of service at nearly 200 VA medical centers throughout the United States. • National Carillon Program: Established memorial carillons in VA cemeteries, presidential libraries, and historic sites honoring those who fought to preserve freedom. • National Scholarship Program: Provides college opportunities for high school graduates who cannot afford ever-escalating tuition cost. These scholarships are available to sons and daughters of America veterans as well as former members of the Armed Forces, provided they have exhausted government financial aid. Four-year scholarships for $4,000 for high school seniors, one year $1,000 scholarships for JROTC students and four-year $4000 for veterans are offered. Over $40,000 dollars awarded in Scholarships per year. • National Service Officer (NSO) Program: One of the major services provided by the AMVETS National Service Foundation is our corps of National Service Officers (NSO) located in VA regional offices and on military bases throughout the United States. Daily our NSOs assist veterans and their dependents in obtaining all benefits they are entitled to under the current law for their service-connected disabilities. These include claims for service-connected disability compensation, non-service connected pension claims, death benefits for surviving family members and educational benefits. These services are provided free of charge. Last year AMVETS NSOs have contacted over 79,352 Veterans regarding claims, including 5,646 men and women in the TAP/DTAP Programs. Our NSO's have recovered $450,774,714 for claimants with an additional $206,732,478 Million in Retroactive Benefits. This is a grand Total of $657,507,192 Million in VA Benefits awarded to the Veterans and families we represent daily. The Veterans Administration provides us a report that shows the value of all running awards for claims represented by AMVETS was $1,632,168,693 for fiscal year 2016 Additionally, last calendar year, our NSOs assisted over 8,732 National Guard/Reserve Veterans and family members that was in transition..

Target demographics: American Veterans

Geographic areas served: United States

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

Community Stories

53 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

AMVETS National Service Foundation has been around since 1947. I remember my Grandparents as I was growing up talking about AMVETS and how the Service Foundation had helped them after the War. I find this organization great to work with and communicating with the Staff is wonderful. I have spoken with both Pam and Janet (301-683-4050) during my most recent Flag order and they sent my Flag out next day. The website is also user friendly and when I donate I get my tax donation record immediately. Please be like me and logon and view all the Programs and Services they provide, I was truly amazed at all they do: www.amvetsnsf.org

Client Served

Rating: 5

my experience with Christopher Johnson was great he explain me every single thing about disability benefits he was very respectfully and took his time to take care of my case, thank you so much.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Chris Johnson from AMVETS was my representative. I cannot begin to say enough great things about him that will accurately describe my experience. After being honorably discharged in 2007, it had been a fight to get the VA to recognize my disability. For nine years, I was unsuccessful getting my paperwork through on my own. Other NSOs I reached out to were unwilling to help me. I talked to Chris at AMVETS and brought my entire military medical files on our first visit. He went through the paperwork and realized that I had a very strong case for disability. Without his help, I would still be struggling to understand why the VA and other organizations incorrectly dismissed me. My experience with AMVETS has been extremely positive, so much so that many of my veteran friends have already contacted Chris and began their paperwork with the VA. Thanks for everything, Chris. I am truly grateful for you and your organization.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My experience with AMVETS has been nothing short of excellent! My AMVETS Representative, Mrs. Martha Russ (Langley AFB, AMVETS NSO, ARD 5), took what can be a daunting application process and turned it into a non-event. When I moved to Langley AFB for my final Staff position before retiring, my outgoing counterpart gave me Marti's business card with the following advice: "There is only one person you need to see and has a reputation of being the most knowledgeable VA representative in the business". Quite simply, this was the best advice I had been given during my whole retirement process. Marti thoroughly laid out the whole VA Compensation process, what I needed to do and what I could expect. Additionally, her review of over 40 years of medical records was insanely quick and thorough. I can definitively say I would not have been able to fill out the application paperwork with the medical expertise and precision she did. This fact was proven by no follow-up paperwork or records requested by the VA under it's review. I'm extremely happy with the VA's decision on my compensation and owe the whole process to Marti and AMVETS. Thank you very much--I will always be indebted for your outstanding service!
Sincerely,
Colonel Kevin Aunapu, USAF Retired

Client Served

Rating: 5

When I first retired I had several medical issues that I really felt like I should be getting some disability for. However, the VA gave me zero %. Thanks to the amazing efforts of Ms Teresa Ritter, I now am getting the appropriate compensation. Furthermore, her efforts have had amazing ripple effects to include my children now getting free college tuition. I truly will never be able to thank her enough and recommend her to other Vets when I see they are in need of help with the VA. Bless you for all you do Teresa!

Client Served

Rating: 5

After going to through the hoops with the V.A, for P.T.S.D. and being denied at every turn I decided to try the "AMVETS". Didn't quite know if they could really do anything for me that I hadn't done before but figured i'd try. The best thing that happened to me was having Duayne Driscoll of the St. Petersburg, Fl. V.A. Regional Office assigned to my case! He dug in and found a clear and unmistakable error that the V.A. had ignored, plus several others. This turned my case around! Duayne Driscoll is the type of person who believes in the veteran and will go to the wall to help them. He makes you feel like you are the only person that he is helping and you are extremely important, even though he is working on many other veterans cases at the same time. I would like to express my heartfelt thanks to Duayne Driscoll and the AMVETS of St. Petersburg, Fl. for everything they have done for me. K. Minichino

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Gary McCord was my VSO rep and is incredible. Gary walked me through the entire VA disability process and made it extremely easy to understand. Gary was upfront and honest about all possibilities and made me comfortable during my transition to retirement.
The most impressive aspect of Gary was his commitment to my family. In my case, my father was a retired veteran and had never been successful in filing on his own claim. I mentioned this to Gary and he scheduled my father within two weeks in Dec 2016. Even more impressive was his ability to process my father's claim in such a short time. Most impressive to my father was how fast this process happened. Within 30 days my father had his medical appts complete and his disability rating provided to him on February 22, 2017. Unfortunately he passed from cancer a few weeks later. However, I will never forget the happiness on my father's face when I presented him with his disability rating and paperwork from the VA based upon Gary's relentless work ethic and passion.
I want to personally thank Gary McCord for what he does, his passion, and taking care of our veterans.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

AMVETS, specifically the St Petersburg, FL office continues to demonstrate top quality service, response, and dedication. I recently reached out to AMVETS after three years of no contact, when I called them, it was as if they never stopped supporting me and my challenges with the VA. Darren Hudson provided me with timely, accurate information. His attention to detail and effort to help navigate me through the challenging and complicated VA water were awesome. His efforts should be a model for all Veteran Service Organizations.

I would recommend any veteran to use the St Pete AMVETS office.

Randy Edwards
Major USMC (Ret)

Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband persuaded me to drive from Fayetteville to Rocky Mount one Saturday morning because AMVETS would be onsite assisting vets with their cases. When I walked into the hotel and saw so many people waiting to be helped, I was discouraged and thought I would be there all day waiting to seen, but that was not the case. This team was incredibly organized! Someone met me at the door and asked the nature of my visit; from there they directed me to the right area, which was to listen to Garry King answer questions in a group setting. He was absolutely amazing! After listening to him, many people had their questions answered and didn't need to stay to see a counselor one -on- one. I highly recommend their services to anyone needing assistance.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Chris Johnson with AMVETS located in Marine Corp Base Quantico has been extremely helpful with guiding me through my retirement disability process. His professionalism has been outstanding in helping with all my needs and questions.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Retiring after 29 years the daunting task of applying for VA disability seemed insurmountable amid so many life changes happening at once. The exceptional grace and steadfast dedication of Marti Russ at the Langley AFB, Virginia office helped make the impossible happen. She's phenomenal! Even more incredible- she was willing to help with my father-in-law's case from over 20 years ago. I gladly purchased two lifetime memberships, one for me and one for my father-in-law through Marti. Were it not for her, I'm certain i'd still be at square one. HUGE thank you to AMVETS!!!