AMVETS National Service Foundation

Each month in this section the editorial staff of Military Embedded Systems will highlight a different charity that benefits military veterans and their families. We are honored to cover the technology that protects those who protect us every day. To back that up, our parent company – OpenSystems Media – will make a donation to every charity we showcase on this page.

This month we’re featuring the AMVETS National Service Foundation, which has been assisting returning veterans since 1948 with the goal of aiding in their readjustment back into civilian life. AMVETS fields a group of National Service Officers whose job it is to aid a veteran or a veteran’s dependent in the process of obtaining compensation and benefits from the Veterans’ Administration. This service is free to veterans and their dependents.

The organization has assigned a full-time Guard Liaison Officer to the Family Support Staff at the National Guard Bureau and Walter Reed Army Medical Center to assist in the physical evaluation boards and Department of Veterans Affairs claims processing. These additional commitments have strengthened government efforts to assist returning veterans at the time of separation, retirement, or release from active federal service through the Transition Assistance Program.

The Veterans’ Affairs Voluntary Service is a structured program of volunteers who regularly aid veterans obtaining care in VA medical centers across the United States.

The organization also offers educational scholarships to eligible veterans and dependents, fields a program with the AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary for schoolchildren, and has established a program of installing memorial carillon bells in a number of national and state veterans’ cemeteries in the U.S. and overseas. Another of the organization’s programs is called “Task Force DVD,” which collects and sends safe entertainment for U.S. troops stationed overseas.

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