Veterans Service Organizations

American Red Cross Armed Forces Emergency Services The Red Cross provides assistance and information to Veterans about the Department of Veterans Affairs. Red Cross workers assist Veterans in the preparation, development, and effort to obtain evidence to support claim for financial benefits through the Board of Veterans Appeals. Also, through the Veteran Administration Volunteer Services, Red Cross volunteers provide a number of support services to patients in Veterans Administration hospitals.

The American Legion The American Legion is the nation's most influential, effective and dependable advocate of Veteran affairs. The Legion fights for better active-duty pay, improved housing for active-duty families, and help insure that the VA's medical system can properly care for the sick and wounded returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.

American Legion Department of Wisconsin is an organization comprised of Veterans committed to serving Veterans, their families, and their communities in Wisconsin. Many of the individual Posts in Wisconsin have a clubhouse, which is used by the community as well as for the Posts' social functions.

AMVETS provides Veterans with an outreach effort takes many forms. From the professional advice our service officers offer on earned Veterans benefits, to our legislative efforts on Capitol Hill, to the work done by our hospital volunteers. Other AMVETS members involve themselves in a range of initiatives aimed at contributing to the quality of life in their local communities.

Blinded Veterans of America (BVA) is an organization specifically established to promote the welfare of blinded Veterans through service programs, support groups and benefits. All legally blind Veterans are eligible for BVA's help whether they became blind during or after active duty.

Center for Women Veterans The Center for Women Veterans is committed to ensuring that services and benefits responsive to the needs of women Veterans are maintained and, when necessary, enhanced.

County Veterans Services Officers Association of Wisconsin (CVSOA) is an organization of professional Veterans advocates. The County Veterans Service Officer plays a critical role in the Veteran's advocacy system and is often the initial contact in the community for Veteran's services. The CVSO provides a vital and efficient system of services and advocacy to Veterans, their dependents, and survivors.

Disabled American Veterans (DAV) is an organization of disabled Veterans who are focused on building better lives for disabled Veterans and their families. DAV is the foremost representative of the interests of disabled Veterans and their families, their widowed spouses and their orphans before federal, state, and local governments.

Military Order of the Purple Heart was formed for the protection and mutual interest of all who have received the decoration. Composed exclusively of Purple Heart recipients, it is the only Veterans service organization comprised strictly of "combat" Veterans.

National Coalition for Homeless Veterans is the resource and that provides emergency and supportive housing, food, health services, job training and placement assistance, legal aid and case management support for hundreds of thousands of homeless Veterans each year.

Non Commissioned Officers Association of America (NCOA) works to enhance and maintain the quality of life for noncommissioned and petty officers and their families in all branches of the Armed Forces, National Guard and Reserves.

Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) works to maximize the quality of life for its members and all people with spinal cord injury/diseases and is a leading advocate for health care, SCI/D research and education, Veterans' benefits and rights, accessibility and the removal of architectural barriers, sports programs, and disability rights.

Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Its mission is to "honor the dead by helping the living" through Veterans' service, community service, national security and a strong national defense.

Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) promotes and supports the full range of issues important to Vietnam Veterans, to create a new identity for this generation of Veterans, and to change public perception of Vietnam Veterans.

Wisconsin Veterans of Foreign Wars Its mission is to "honor the dead by helping the living" through Veterans' service, community service, national security and a strong national defense. Also contains blogs and links to each of the VFW's 11 districts in Wisconsin.

Women Veterans of America (WVA) unites all women Veterans and ensures the best possible care is given to women Veterans by the Department of Veteran's Affairs Medical Centers. WVA is an advocacy for all women Veterans and for women currently serving in the military.

Related Links

National Personnel Records Center, Military Personnel Records (NPRC-MPR) This site is for those seeking information regarding military personnel, health and medical records of discharged and deceased Veterans of all services during the 20th century.

Federal Benefits for Veterans, Dependents, and Survivors. Veterans may be eligible for a broad range of programs and services provided by the federal Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). This online booklet contains a summary of these benefits. effective January 1, 2010.

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