Veterans Affairs & Organizations

Veterans of the U.S. military are served by many organizationa, both official government agencies and private groups. This section of provides information on many of them about what they do for veterans and how to contact them.

View of Arlington National Cemetery, Government issued headstones in Section 31 looking east with the Washington Monument in the background.
View of Arlington National Cemetery, Government issued headstones in Section 31 looking east with the Washington Monument in the background.

Today in WW II: 5 Dec 1941 After stubbornly resisting Wehrmacht attacks since 24 Oct 1941, Soviets counterattack at Tula, 120 miles south of Moscow. More 
5 Dec 1941 Marshal Zhukov launches a major counteroffensive against the Germans, at Kalinin, northwest of Moscow.
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Veterans Affairs and Organizations

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs web site is a world wide resource that provides information on VA programs, veterans benefits, VA facilities worldwide, and VA medical automation software. These documents are easily accessible and richly linked from their table of contents, as well as searchable by keyword. Click on this link for the VA's on-line directory of Veterans Service Organizations.

Each of the two branches of the U.S. Congress has a committee dedicated to the issues of veterans of the armed services. Visit their web sites to find news and information about legislation plus contact information to ask questions or get help.

The US Office of Personnel Management, the Federal Government's Human Resources agency, has this page of information and links specially for Veterans.

The major non-government veterans organizations in the United States are:

Retired servicemen and women have these organizations:

The Congressional Medal of Honor Society was established by Federal Legislation in 1958 to preserve the memory of recipients of the Medal, to aid recipients and honor their memeory, and to provide information about the Medal and recipients to the public. The Society's web site provides historical and current information in support of these goals, including a full list of recipients, answers to frequent questions, and much more.

The Military Order of the Purple Heart is the only Congressionally chartered veterans organization exclusively for combat wounded veterans.

The Legion of Valor is a chartered national veterans organization comprised of recipients of the Medal of Honor, Distinguished Service Cross, Navy Cross, or the Air Force Cross.

United Veterans Union

The United Veterans Union seeks to ensure after service benefits to all members of the US Armed Forces who served and will serve our country.

The Arlington National Cemetery web site, devoted To America's Most Hallowed Ground And To The Heroes And Pathfinders Who Rest At Peace There.

The National Personnel Records Center can provide access to lost service records through this web site. Both military and civilian personnel records are maintained and can be accessed by filing the forms available here.

The project to honor the Veterans and the caregivers of Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Forest Glen Annex, (WWII thru Vietnam) is collecting Oral Histories, Memoribilia, Photographs, and Recollections. If you or anyone you know can help, please visit their web site and contact the project committee.

See also the many unit associations and other historical information under Military History.

Organizations for Veterans of the US Military

The American Merchant Marine at War are working for the benefit of the many vets of the Merchant Marine.

The American Veterans Traveling Tribute is an unforgettable exhibit that pays tribute to the men and women who served in the U.S. Armed Forces. Its visual centerpiece is a 4/5 scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, standing 8 feet high at the apex and spanning 378 feet!

The Berlin Airlift Veterans Association hosts the worlds largest web site dedicated to everyone involved with the Worlds Greatest Humanitarian Mission. From that immortal day when the words rang out "General, The Air Force can Move Anything" we now celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Berlin airlift.

Disabled Veterans of Ohio is a veterans help program. 4 W. Main St., Suite 419, Springfield, Ohio 45502. 937-327-3838.

Gulf War Veterans Resource Pages provides support for individuals, activist groups, locator services, chat and other information or resources aimed at vets of the Persian Gulf war. The Gulf War Veterans Support Ring can be entered from our Ring page. By following the links from site to site, you have access to all of these sites related to the Gulf War.

Helmets to Hardhats is a company that is funded by the US Department of Defense to help transitioning military and veterans find careers in the building and constructions trades.

Hire Heroes USA is the link to employment opportunities nationwide for disabled veterans returning home. Hire Heros USA provides placement services to wounded vets with any level of disability as determined by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs.

Impact Player Partners is a non-partisan, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, created to provide a simple mechanism for individuals and corporations to help provide emotional and financial support for our severely wounded or disabled War on Terror veterans and their families.

Kitchen Table Gang is an organization of veterans helping hospitalized veterans and troops overseas.

Korean War Veterans Association "Forgotten soldiers of a forgotten victory, forgotten no more!"

National Veterans Legal Services Program helps veterans who have problems resulting from their military service and require legal help to resolve the matter.

No Quarter is the Vietnam casualty search page. They maintain a database which is searchable by name, location, unit and many other ways.

The Paralyzed Veterans of America, a Congressionally chartered veterans service organization, was formed following World War II to serve veterans with spinal cord injury or disease.

The P.O.W. Network is dedicated to information distribution on our Prisoners of War and Missing in Action servicemen.

The Retired Military Advocate is in the thick of efforts to obtain full promised benefits to all veterans, particularly medical care. Conducts e-mail writing campaigns and other lobbying efforts.

U.S. Veteran Compensation Programs is an organization committed to empowering men and women from our Armed Forces, acting as their champion and making sure their dreams of a fruitful life come true. Whether seeking compensation, pension, or benefits, we strive to assist veterans in their pursuit.

Vet is a free membership service that helps you locate your friends who are on active duty, reserve, or a veteran of the U.S. military. Site has news, stories, a message board and other features for Vets. Register for free and encourage your friends to do the same.

Vietnam Veteran's organizations and support groups throughout the world

Vietnam Veterans Home Page. Resource site focused on the needs of veterans of the war in Vietnam.

Veterans Leadership Program of Western PA is a non-profit organization established in 1993 to assist veterans and their immediate family members in their job searching efforts. VLP is headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA and has been serving veterans and family members in western Pennsylvania since 1982.

The Women In Military Service For America Memorial is a unique, living memorial honoring all military women - past, present & future. Situated on 4.2 acres of land at the ceremonial entrance to Arlington National Cemetery, the Women's Memorial is the United States' first major national memorial honoring women who have served in the U.S. armed forces during all eras and in all services.

World War II U.S. Veterans Website. This site is dedicated to the millions of men and women from the United States who made the ultimate sacrifice for the good of free people everywhere. By and for vets, it's contents are continually updated.

Organizations for Veterans of Military Outside the United States

ANZAC Day Commemoration Committee (Queensland). On April 25 both countries are in solemn ceremonies of remembrance, gratitude and national pride for all Australian and New Zealand Army Corps soldiers, men and women, who have fought and died in all wars.

Right Management - Career Transition Partnership offers no-cost services for the eligible Service Leaver, veterans of the UK military. This page of their web site lists Welfare and Ex-service Organizations for ex-Service personnel.

Royal British Legion is the nation's premier ex-service charity, dedicated to caring for men and women who have served in the armed forces - and their dependents.

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