Veterans’ News

VETERANS’ NEWS – March 11, 2013

Members of the military communityveterans, active-duty, reserve, National Guard or their family members – have the opportunity to join or otherwise benefit from several types of associations and organizations. Ranging from fraternal to charity these military specific organizations can provide advocacy, help members network to access job opportunities, tap into benefits, lobby congress, or find support. The internet provides easy access to veteran associations at

http://www.military.com/spouse/military-life/military-resources/military-and-veteran-associations.html . 

Veterans’ organizations complying with federal codes are exempt from federal income tax. They also may conduct a broad range of activities without jeopardizing their tax-exempt status.

To be recognized as exempt, a veterans’ organization must meet the following requirements. It must be organized in the United States or any of its possessions. At least 75% of its members must be past or present members of the Armed Forces of the United States and substantially all of the other members must be cadets or spouses, widows, or widowers of past or present members of the Armed Forces of the United States or of cadets. And no part of its net earnings may inure to the benefit of any private shareholder or individual. The organization’s organizing document must not provide that the assets of the organization may be distributed to members upon dissolution. Note: Membership requirements were modified for years beginning after November 11, 2003.

Veterans’ organizations may also qualify for exemption as charitable organizations,  as social welfare organizations, as social clubs, or as fraternal organizations, if they meet the requirements for exemption under those sections.

A war veterans’ organization must also be organized and operated for furthering comradeship among persons who are or have been members of the Armed Forces; Honoring the memory of deceased veterans and members of the Armed Forces and aiding and comforting their survivors; Encouraging patriotism; and Aiding hospitalized, disabled and needy war veterans and their dependents.

Contributions to an endowment fund established by an exempt war veterans’ organization for the care of disabled war veterans, some of whom are members of the organization, may be deducted as charitable contributions.

Contributions to an organization, 90% of the membership of which is comprised of war veterans of the Armed Forces of the U.S., are deductable . The fact that a small percentage of members have not served in a branch of the Armed Forces will not preclude the organization from being classified as a war veterans’ organization

The American Legion was chartered and incorporated by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans organization devoted to mutual helpfulness. It is the nation’s largest wartime veterans’ service organization, committed to mentoring youth and sponsorship of wholesome programs in our communities advocating patriotism and honor, promoting strong national security, and continued devotion to our fellow service members and veterans. 

Hundreds of local American Legion programs and activities strengthen the nation one community at a time. American Legion Baseball is one of the nation’s most successful amateur athletic programs, educating young people about the importance of sportsmanship, citizenship and fitness. The Heroes to Hometowns program connects local Legionnaires with recovering wounded warriors and their families, providing a variety of support activities. The Legion raises millions of dollars in donations at the local, state and national levels to help veterans and their families and to provide college scholarship opportunities.

The American Legion is a nonpartisan, not-for-profit organization with great political influence perpetuated by its grass-roots involvement in the legislation process from local districts to Capitol Hill. Legionnaires’ sense of obligation to community, state and nation drives an honest advocacy for veterans in Washington. The Legion stands behind the issues most important to the nation’s veterans’ community, backed by resolutions passed by volunteer leadership.

The American Legion’s success depends entirely on active membership, participation and volunteerism. The organization belongs to the people it serves and the communities in which it thrives.

The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW) is a congressionally chartered (Title 36 USC Chapter 2301) war veterans’ organization in the United States. Headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri,  VFW currently has 1.5 million members belonging to 7,644 posts, and is the largest American organization of combat veterans.

Members must be a U.S. citizen or national with an honorable discharge from the U.S. military, or currently serving in the United States Army, Marine Corps, Navy Air Force or Coast Guard.  Membership also requires military service overseas during an operation or conflict and decoration with an Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, a campaign medal (or ribbon). A Leave and Earnings Statement showing receipt of hostile fire or imminent danger pay is also acceptable proof for membership eligibility.

VFW works on behalf of American veterans by lobbying Congress for better veterans’ health care and benefits. The VFW also maintains a nationwide organization of employees and volunteers to assist veterans with their VA disability claims.

VFW also donates much money and lots of hours for work for the city. One of their most popular programs provides free phone calls to overseas active military members.

A war veterans’ organization must also be organized and operated for furthering comradeship among persons who are or have been members of the Armed Forces; Honoring the memory of deceased veterans and members of the Armed Forces and aiding and comforting their survivors; Encouraging patriotism; and Aiding hospitalized, disabled and needy war veterans and their dependents.

Contributions to an endowment fund established by an exempt war veterans’ organization for the care of disabled war veterans, some of whom are members of the organization, may be deducted as charitable contributions.

Contributions to an organization, 90% of the membership of which is comprised of war veterans of the Armed Forces of the U.S., are deductible . The fact that a small percentage of members have not served in a branch of the Armed Forces will not preclude the organization from being classified as a war veterans’ organization.

FOR VETERANS/EX-SERVICE PERSONNEL NEWS go to: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/sections/veterans/

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Veterans Association of America Inc., will be to serve, assist, revitalize and restore the preferential rights of veterans that have been routinely compromised. The organization will service those by providing legal assistance, housing, employment opportunities, business ownership, discharge upgrades, medical assistance, family outreach, and other pressing issues that stand as debilitating factors preventing veterans and their families from receiving the “quality care” deserved throughout mainstream society.

VAA is a 501(c)(19) nonprofit organization which focuses on veteran and family concerns effecting their daily living conditions. The displacement of current and former veterans of all branches seeking the rights and opportunities to dispell the social, economic, educational and employment stigmas that continue to befall upon them.

Veterans Association of America, Inc., was founded in 2001, during many requests from veterans to have an organization that would focus on issues that effected their military and civilian careers. Go to: http://vetsaa.org/

Volunteer Governmental Affairs Committee (GAC)

Purpose/Mission…monitors legislative activity affecting Military Veterans across the country by coordinating legislative activities through lobbying, providing speakers, and organizing campaigns designed to initiate legislative input from the Veteran Association of America, Inc. Members and its numerous Chapter members in New York State as well as throughout the continental United States.

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Official seal of the United States Department of Veterans Affairs

Go to: http://www.va.gov/

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