Frequently Asked Questions
The frequently asked questions below may increase your understanding of AMVETS and our membership requirements. If you have an unanswered question, please call AMVETS at 877-726-8387.
What is an AMVET?
AMVETS stands for American Veterans. Our members are active duty and honorably discharged veterans from all branches of services. We are chartered by congress to assist veterans in all aspects of their lives from disability claims to finding jobs.
Do you have to serve in combat to be an AMVETS member?
You do not have to be a combat veteran to join. All active duty and honorably discharged military personnel are eligible to become AMVETS members.
What are the membership dues?
Annual dues are $30 a year when you join online as a member at large. Life membership is $250.
What is a Member at Large (MAL)?
When you join online through our website, you are assigned to the state of your choice. You can be a MAL in your home state or the state you are stationed in. MALs have access to all AMVETS canteens and restaurants and can use all of our member discounts. Members at large do not have a vote in AMVETS elections. To be a voting member of AMVETS, you must join a Post.
How can I join and AMVETS Post?
You can request a transfer from MAL status to a post. By joining a post, you can actively help veterans through a variety of AMVETS programs. You can do a zip code search for AMVETS Near You at the top of our website. Email or call the post point of contact and let them know you are interested in joining their post and they will help you with the transfer.
How was AMVETS started?
When troops returned to America at the end of WWII, many used their newly earned GI bill benefit to complete a degree, a goal usually reserved for the wealthy. Veterans found they we comfortable with other veterans on campus and they formed veterans clubs. These clubs became active in shaping American policy and on July 23, 1947, President Harry Truman signed public law 216 which granted a Congressional Charter to AMVETS (American Veteran).
My Husband is in the military, can I join AMVETS?
Yes you can join the AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary. The Ladies Auxiliary works closely with AMVETS posts on programs to help veterans. Go to their website at www.amvetsaux.org to join. A link to the Ladies Auxiliary is also under the About AMVETS Family tab.
My Dad was a soldier can I join?
Yes you can join the Sons of AMVETS. Many posts have Sons of AMVETS working closely with the AMVETS members to help support returning veterans. Go to their website at www.sonsofamvets.org to join. You can also find the link under the About AMVETS Family tab.
How can I join the AMVETS Riders?
AMVETS has a strong contingent of veterans that enjoy motorcycles. Go to their website at www.amvetsridersnational.org to join. You can also find the link for the AMVETS Riders under the About AMVETS Family tab www.amvets.org .
I hope everybody had a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. It seems like its been years since our last Meeting. We as well as most Departments are having problems with renewals. National changed the process used to send out renewal notices. This year they sent out Emails notifying you to renew online, in addition they sent out post cards which most members took as an Advertisement and threw it away. Nobody remembers us voting for this change but we hope to have it corrected in the near future. Our next SEC will be held in Binghamton on March 20-21st. The Service Foundation will be voting for scholarships so make sure you mail them in on time. Articles for the Empire AMVET must be received by January 15th and Grants and Reports for the Red Book must be received by March 1st. There will be a District meeting in NY this year. It will be held in Buffalo on April 19th and don’t forget Commander Bakers Testimonial on April 25th to be held at the Seneca Allegany Resort in Salamanca NY. See you at the next SEC.
From the desk of the E.D.
March 20-21, 2020 - Binghamton, NY
October 2-3, 2020 - Binghamton, NY
Veterans Serving Veterans
June 4-6, 2020 - Binghamton, NY
Department of New York