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 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 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 to join. You can also find the link for the AMVETS Riders under the About AMVETS Family tab .


All reports for the Red Book must be submitted to me and Grants must be submitted to Jim Owens no later than September 14th.  Members always ask me who designs and who picks the Convention pin.  The answer is members send me designs for the pin and the Dept. Commander makes the final pick so anybody can design the pin.  Last years pin was designed by Joe Ashman.  National has already printed new membership cards for 2019 and they will be sent out to the Posts sometime in September.  Let me explain how the cards are printed up.  On or about July 1st they print up cards for only those whose membership is paid up on that day.   In other words you still have until August 31st to pay your dues and not be in arrears but there will not be a card for you.  For those members who pay their dues between July 1st and August 31st a card will be printed up for you when National receives your dues and sent out on a monthly basis. 

There will be a Disaster Preparedness Seminar at the SEC which will be held in Binghamton on October 5th and 6th (REFER TO FLYER BELOW).  Hope to see you all there.
Rich Rossi
Executive Director

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