The American Veterans (AMVETS), Post 14 Portsmouth, Virginia is a non-profit, accredited Veterans service organization devoted to caring for and empowering all American and Allied and their families. The purpose for which the corporation is organized is to engage in any activity permitted under the law of the United State (in which a non-profit corporation of this type is permitted to engage) and specifically: to promote the social welfare of the community; to assist disabled and needy war veterans and members of the U. S. Armed Forces; and their dependents and the widows and orphans of deceased veterans; to provide entertainment, care and assistance to hospitalized veterans or members of the U.S. Armed Forces; to carry on program to perpetuate the memory of members of the Armed Forces. We also provide insurance benefits and social and recreational activities.
Our Mission Statement
AMVETS MISSION STATEMENT: To enhance and safeguard the entitlements for all American Veterans who have served honorably and to improve the quality of life for them, their families, and the communities where they live through leadership, advocacy and services.
Our goals are to develop partnership with cities and state governments, local communities and Veterans Hospital to enhance support for all Veterans. We Educate our Veteran and their families on the following items: Homeless Veterans, Veterans Benefits, Health Care, Food Bank, Claim Filling, and Records Management.
Our Vision is that we strives to maintain, improve, preserve and defend the quality of life for all Veterans, Combat and Non-Combat and their families.
As one of America’s veterans service organizations, American Veterans (Amvets) 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 50 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.
Since then, the original charter has been amended several times to admit as members those who served in different eras. Today, membership in AMVETS is open to anyone who is currently serving, or who has honorably served, in the U.S. Armed Forces from World War II to the present, to include the National Guard and Reserves.
As a volunteer-led organization, we annually elect and/or appoint officers at the national, district, department and post levels. Each August, representatives from these levels attend the AMVETS national convention to make decisions on issues affecting veterans and the organization.
Over the years, AMVETS has been in the forefront of public-policy related to national defense, services for homeless veterans, adequate funding for the Department of Veterans Affairs, concurrent receipt of retirement pay and disability compensation by disabled military retirees, veterans employment and training, POW/MIA accountability and flag protection.
In addition to the work of our national service officers, other AMVETS members, as well as those in the AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary, will devote as many as 250,000 hours of free time a year to brighten the lives of hospitalized veterans. Here, something as simple as playing cards with the lonely or watching television with the disabled can make a world of difference.
So can the assistance we give those who want to finish their education. Each year AMVETS awards scholarships totaling $40,000 to deserving high school seniors, ROTC students and veterans pursuing higher education.
But helping others is not limited to our fellow veterans. AMVETS members in more than 1,400 posts nationwide also promote and support “quality of life” community-service programs ranging from Special Olympics and ROTC to scouting and organ-donor projects.
Apart from these initiatives, the organization has thrown its monetary support behind work on such national monuments as the USS. Arizona, the Statue of Liberty and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. It also sponsors its own carillon program to honor America’s deceased servicemen and women. Since 1949, when President Truman dedicated the first carillon at Arlington National Cemetery, this program has grown to encompass more than 60 sites in the United States and overseas.
As the organization moves further into the 21st century, it does so with the conviction that its focus on preserving freedom, supporting America’s defenders and serving her communities remains a clear blueprint for continued service to God and country.
PREAMBLE OF THE CONSTITUTION OF AMVETS
WE, THE AMERICAN VETERANS WHO HAVE SERVED OR ARE SERVING IN THE ARMED FORCES OF THE UNITED STATES DURING AND SINCE WORLD WAR II, FULLY REALIZING OUR RESPONSIBILITY TO OUR COMMUNITY, TO OUR STATE, AND NATION, ASSOCIATE OURSELVES FOR THE FOLLOWING PURPOSE.
TO UPHOLD AND DEFEND THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES; TO SAFEGUARD THE PRINCIPLES OF FREEDOM, LIBERTY, AND JUSTICE FOR ALL; TO PROMOTE THE CAUSE OF PEACE AND GOODWILL AMONG NATIONS; TO MAINTAIN INVIOLATE THE FREEDOM OF OUR COUNTRY; TO PRESERVE THE FUNDAMENTALS OF DEMOCRACY; TO PERPETUTE THE FRIENDSHIP AND ASSOCIATIONS OF THESE VETERANS, AND TO DEDICATE OURSELVES TO THE CAUSE OF MUTUAL ASSISTANCE, THIS BY THE GRACE OF GOD.