American Veterans, AMVETS Thrift Stores and Charity Information
Make your charitable clothing donations, household items donations, furniture donations and shoe donations to the AMVETS by scheduling a free Amvets donation pick-up.
Our thrift stores offer the general public household goods and clothing at discounted prices. The proceeds from our store sales allow us to provide programs that benefit our veterans.
AMVETS National Service Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that operates nationally. Our main goal is to serve American veterans who served our country. The AMVETS National Service Foundation was created in 1948, with the goal of assisting our returning veterans from World War II by aiding in their readjustment back into civilian life. This goal has continued to this date.
As in World War II, Korea and Vietnam, new generations of veterans with unique physical and mental disabilities returned to an antiquated benefits and disability system overloaded with claims. It is the same for our veterans of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF). Our National Guard and Reserve Forces have been utilized and called to active duty in far greater numbers than ever before. Today female soldiers, seamen and airmen, are serving in or near combat zones in ever increasing numbers, thereby creating unique family separation problems not encountered in other wars and conflicts. Financial, family and emotional problems as well as Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs) have surfaced in such large numbers that the local National Guard and Reserve units were not prepared to deal with them in the early stages of the war.
AMVETS National Service Foundation has continued its important work as we continue to witness further erosion in veterans' services. To turn this tide in favor of our veterans, AMVETS National Service Officers (NSOs) work heroically on their behalf. Today, using state-of-the-art computer technology, our NSOs are even more effective as they work directly "online" with the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Our NSOs labor diligently, even on weekends, helping the members of the National Guard and Reserves cut through the maze of red tape and logjams to obtain all VA benefits due to them under the current law for service-related conditions. Between September 1, 2008 and August 31, 2009, our NSOs have assisted 25,519 National Guard/Reserve members, veterans or surviving family members at a cost of $68,372.25.
For more than half a century the AMVETS National Service Foundation volunteers have served veterans in VA Medical Centers across America. Their extraordinary efforts have been the only thing
standing between effective patient care and many hospitals ceasing to function.
AMVETS National Service Foundation is continuing its commitment to freedom made by our veterans, past and present. We would like to thank you for your help and support. Without you, our veterans would face a far more difficult and uncertain future.