AMVETS in Action

Membership FAQs

The questions below are frequently asked about AMVETS and our membership. If you have an unanswered question call AMVETS at 877-726-8387.

1. What is an AMVET?
In the simplest terms AMVETS stands for American Veterans. Our members are active duty and honorably discharged veterans. Our members are from the Army, Marines Corps, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard and the National Guard and Reserves. We are chartered by congress to assist veterans in all aspects of their lives from disability claims to finding jobs.

2. How was AMVETS started?
When troops returned to America at the end of WW2 many used their newly earned GI Bill benefits to attend college. The GI Bill helped the first generation of middle class Americans achieve a goal usually reserved for the wealthy, a college education. Veterans found they were comfortable with other veterans on campus because of their similar experiences and they formed veterans’ clubs. These veterans’ clubs became active in shaping American policy and on July 23, 1947 President Harry Truman signed Public Law 216 that granted a Congressional Charter to AMVETS (American Veterans).

3. Do you have to serve in combat to be a member?
You do not have to be a combat veteran to join. All active duty and honorably discharged military personnel are eligible to become AMVETS members.

4. What are the membership dues?
Annual dues are $30 a year when you join online as a member at large.

5. What is a Member at Large (MAL)?
When you join online through our website, you are assigned to the state of your choice. You can be a MAL in your home state or the state you are stationed in. MALs have access to all AMVETS canteens and restaurants and can use all of our member discounts. Members at large do not have a vote in AMVETS elections. To be a voting member of AMVETS you must join a Post.

6. How can I join an AMVETS Post?
You can request a transfer from MAL status to a post. If you are ready to be actively involved in our programs to help veterans, consider joining a post. A list of posts is on our website under the membership tab, find a post. Email or call the post’s point of contact and let them know you are interested in joining their post. They will let you know when the next meeting is and help you with the transfer.

7. My spouse is in the military. Can I join AMVETS?
Yes, you can join the AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary. The Ladies Auxiliary works closely with AMVETS posts on programs to help veterans. Click here to view the Ladies Auxiliary website.

8. My parent was a soldier. Can I join?
Yes, you can join the Sons of AMVETS. Many Posts have Sons of AMVETS working closely with the AMVETS members to help support returning veterans. Click here to view the Sons of AMVETS website.

9. How can I join the AMVETS Riders?
AMVETS has a strong contingent of veterans that enjoy motorcycles. Find the link for the AMVETS Riders National Headquarters under the About AMVETS Family tab on our website.

10. I don’t have any military members in my family. How can I help veterans?
You can donate to AMVETS through our website.

11. How can I start an AMVETS Post?
AMVETS has an honorable history helping veterans in communities throughout America. Building an AMVETS Post allows your members to shape your outreach. It is 4 easy steps and National Headquarters is here to help you. Call us with question at 877-726-8387.

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