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AMVETS (American Veterans) is the nations most inclusive Congressionally-chartered veterans service organization, representing the interests of 20 million veterans. AMVETS is open to and fighting for all who honorably served in the United States military, including the Reserve and Guard. With more than 250,00 members nationwide, we are veterans serving veterans. 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.As one of Americas leading veterans service organizations for more than 75 years, AMVETS has a proud history of assisting veterans and sponsoring numerous programs that serve our country and its citizens. Membership in AMVETS is open to anyone who honorably served, or currently serving, in the U.S. Armed Forces, including the National Guard and Reserves.The helping hand that AMVETS extends takes many forms: Veteran Services 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 74,000 claims, Our Programs AMVETS in Action Our programs, from the local to national levels, deliver our promise of preserving freedoms secured by Americas armed forces. This culminates in exciting and effective programs serving veterans and our Nations citizens, enhancing their quality of life. At the national level, AMVETS annually awards Scholarships to deserving high school seniors, J/ROTC students, veterans, and service members pursuing a higher education. Scholarships are also offered at many of the AMVETS Posts and Departments. We honor our veterans while they are with us through the Veterans Affairs Voluntary Service (VAVS), the largest volunteer organization in the federal government, and after they have passed on, through Military Funeral Honors. When it comes to helping our veterans, our AMVETS members really step up to the plate. Each Post has their own personality and it shows in their veterans outreach efforts. Through the White Clover Program, our members can connect with their local communities, collecting donations to support and assist local veterans in need. At all levels, AMVETS has dedicated itself to shining a light on those veterans and service members who are at risk of ending their own lives. Together, our members form a passionate group to fight against and prevent veteran suicide through the Veterans Suicide Awareness Program.