Founded in 1944 and chartered by an act of Congress, the AMVETS organization has more than 250,000 members nationwide. AMVETS exists to enhance the quality of life for all veterans, their families and survivors. Membership in AMVETS is open to anyone who honorably served or is currently serving in the U.S. Armed Forces, including the National Guard and Reserves.
AMVETS has made a long-term economic impact by providing assistance, jobs, and services to veterans and their communities for more than 70 years.
We are also known for our annual Silver Helmet Awards to “recognize excellence and achievement in Americanism, defense, rehabilitation, congressional service and other fields. Sometimes called the “Veterans Oscar,” the award is shaped like a silver WWII helmet. Many famous Americans have been recipients of the award through the years.
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