Veterans Service Organizations (VSO's) provide a wide range of services for Veterans and their dependents. Some VSOs are "chartered," which means they are recognized or approved by the VA Secretary to advocate for you and represent you in VA claims. A Veterans Service Officer can help you with preparation, presentation, and prosecution of claims. We describe below some of the most well-known VSO's.
VA is currently updating it's list of Veterans Service Organizations, such as Disabled American Veterans (DAV), Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA), and many others. Until this is available, you can search for VSOs at the Office of General Counsel's Accreditation page.
NASDVA is made up of the top Veterans affairs official in each state and territory. With offices in each state, NASDVA is second only to the federal Department of Veterans Affairs in providing benefits and services to Veterans.
Veterans Service Organizations
The American Legion is a community service organization with 15,000 posts around the country.
Since World War I, Red Cross volunteers have provided services to US Veterans.
AMVETS (or American Veterans) sponsors numerous programs to assist Veterans and their families.
The DAV is dedicated to building better lives for America's disabled Veterans and their families.
This organization works to promote history, education, fraternity, service and patriotism.
The Paralyzed Veterans of America has worked to secure health care and benefits for Veterans of the armed forces living with spinal cord injury and disease.
Vietnam Veteran Wives was created to reach out to Veterans, their spouses and families. VVW concerns include benefits for spouses and children, VA Claims, PTSD issues, and other topics related to Veterans and to their families.
The VVA was created to improve the condition of Vietnam-era Veterans and their families. Families, friends, supporters, and Veterans of other eras can join the Associates of Vietnam Veterans of America and receive the same benefits.
The VFW enhances the lives of millions through its community service programs and special projects.
* Source http://www.va.gov/