Why Join AMVETS?
AMVETS is a veterans service organization devoted not only fellowship, but also service to the community and other veterans. Joining with fellow AMVETS in planning and participating in post activities, members provide significant contributions to all areas of our veterans’ community. Members have joined our organization not only for the pleasures they may have derived during the years, but also for the contributions they can provide to the well being of AMVETS by working cooperatively with fellow members.
Being a Member
The cornerstone of AMVETS membership is the local post. Varying in size from 10 members to more than 2,000 in some cases, each AMVETS post conducts programs and activities related to the state and national organization’s goals and objectives.
Membership, though, is not limited to joining the AMVETS post in your hometown. In fact, there may not be a post there or you may not live close to one. In such cases, an individual may elect to become a member-at-large.
Being a Member-at-Large
If you didn’t Join a post, you have the member status of a Member-at-Large. A member-at-large does not belong to a post, yet the member is counted as a member to the state they have chosen upon application.
A member-at-large has all of the benefits of a post member except a member-at-large has NO voting authority at the post, Department, or National level. As a member-at-large, you can request a transfer. Download transfer form Here.
We also offer two membership categories—annual and life—each with its own dues structure.
Eligibility & Dues
To be eligible for membership in AMVETS, you must have served in the U.S. Armed Forces, including the National Guard and Reserves, anytime after Sept. 15, 1940. Additionally, unless still serving, your discharge must have been under honorable conditions. If you served as an American citizen in the armed forces of an allied nation, under honorable conditions, between Sept. 15, 1940 and May 8, 1975, you are also eligible, as are wartime members of the Merchant Marine. Proof of eligibility can take the form of a DD-214, an honorable discharge certificate or other appropriate document.
As a rule of thumb, annual dues are $30, but this amount may vary from state to state or post to post. Life member dues are a minimum of $250 as of 1/1/2012.These dues fund, in part, the programs, services and representation AMVETS provides.
Join online or through your local post or department.
You can only join AMVETS online as a Member at Large (MAL). You are counted in our numbers and help our efforts to protect veterans’ rights in Washington, D.C. AMVETS National Headquarters will share our initiatives and purpose through quarterly issues of the American Veteran Magazine and e-mails. As a Member at Large you cannot vote in AMVETS elections however your membership is important to our efforts. At some point in your membership you may want to create or join a post. Posts are active throughout communities in America upholding the honor of veterans service and continuing to serve veterans and their communities. Annual membership dues are $30. Life memberships are $250.
PLEASE NOTE: When joining online, please note the membership verbiage in the Membership Manual. If you join anytime before Sept. 1 of the current year, your membership is good for the current year only. If you join on or after Sept. 1, your membership is good for the next year.
If you are already a member…
Consider it a personal challenge to bring into our ranks the best of those with whom we associate. Let us dig in with the same spirit that characterized the men and women who preceded us and bring some fine new members to our next post meeting.
Disclaimer: AMVETS does not share with third parties the personal or financial information of AMVETS members or members of the public who use their credit cards through the AMVETS Web site, www.amvets.org. AMVETS does offer refunds to its credit card users. AMVETS mails membership cards through the US Postal Service, which, depending on volume of requests, may take anywhere from 1 to 4 weeks for final delivery.