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Ohio County Veterans Center – Joint Command, Hartford, KY

Joint Command Organizations for all branches of the Military both Men and Women who have served in the Past or Present.

We are a Community of Practice Skills as COPS.

We are sharing our lives as volunteers and some hold membership cards in the following Organizations based on their past history in one or more of the military services in the United States of America.

USA Veterans of Foreign Wars

Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) is for American citizens who served honorably that received  a campaign medal for overseas service, served 30 consecutive or 60 non-consecutive days in  Korea, or received hostile fire or imminent danger pay.

VFW offers services to veterans, raises  awareness through community service, and advocates for veteran causes such as the new GI Bill,  improvement of VA medical centers, and the construction of foreign war memorials.

Members  of VFW receive services such as troop support and family assistance, post-military assistance,  and transitioning to civilian life assistance.

Programs VFW has to deliver services include  Unmet Needs (financial assistance for emergencies), Operation Uplink (free phone time to  deployed and disabled veterans), Military Assistance Program (support before, during and after  deployments), and Benefits Delivery at Discharge (assistance for returning veterans seeking VA  benefits).

One program, The National Veteran’s Service (NVS) is available to all veterans, not  only VFW members. Veteran Service Officers assist veterans and their families with claims to  the VA including filing for disability benefits, rehabilitation and education programs, pension  and death benefits, and employment and training programs.

Disabled American Veterans Disabled American Veterans (DAV) is for men and women who have either retired or been  honorably discharged from service who were injured or disabled in any degree during their  service. There are 88 offices throughout the US and Puerto Rico.

DAV provides assistance to disabled veterans and their families  through obtaining benefits and services, outreach, advocacy for veteran interests and volunteer  programs. DAV outreach programs include Mobile Service Offices, Informational Seminars,  Homeless Veterans Initiative (housing and help transitioning back into society), VA Hospital  transportation, and Disaster Relief Grants (natural disaster relief for veterans and their  spouses).

The National Service Program, offered through the DAV, is available to all veterans  and their families, not only DAV members. National Service Officers (NSOs) represent veterans  and their families with claims for benefits from the VA and other government organizations  including disability compensation, rehabilitation and employment, education, home loans, life  insurance, death benefits and health care.

NSOs also assist active military and veterans with  paperwork and establishing evidence for Discharge Review Boards, Boards for Correction of  Military Records, Physical Evaluation Boards, and others.178 North Carolina Institute of Medicine Appendix D Veteran Service Organizations (VSO) Family and extended family of DAV members, or any person (living or deceased) that served  with the United States or with a United States ally who became an American citizen, can  become a member of the DAV Auxiliary (DAVA).

 DAVA has over 1,000 local units throughout  the United States. DAVA offers community service programs,  Junior Activities (for members 17 and younger), disabled veteran advocacy programs, Service  Support (financial assistance for emergencies), and the National Disabled American Veterans  Auxiliary Education Scholarship Program (scholarships for continuing education).

The American Legion

The American Legion is the largest VSO in the United States and has numerous posts with a state headquarters offices.

The Legion is for current active-duty military  or veterans who served honorably during eligible war eras. The Legion was founded in 1919  based on four pillars: Veterans Affairs and Rehabilitation, National Security, Americanism, and  Children & Youth.

All the programs and services of the Legion fall under the pillars. Veterans  Affairs and Rehabilitation programs advocate for proper health care, economic opportunities  and legal benefits for veterans and active-duty military.

These programs include Heroes to  Hometowns (assists severely injured OEF/OIF veterans transition to civilian life), department  service officers (DSOs), and the Veterans Career Center.

 National Security programs support  the Legion’s position on strong national defense, homeland security and good quality of life for  service members and their families. Programs include Operation Comfort Warriors (to support  injured veterans), Family Support Network (to support families of OEF/OIF service members  and veterans), and POW/MIA advocacy. Americanism programs support patriotism, morality  and citizenship.

These programs include flag advocacy, Get Out the Vote, and scholarships  for education. The Legion’s Children and Youth programs aim to strengthen the family unit,  support quality organizations that provide services to children, and support well-rounded  community programs. Programs for Children and Youth include American Legion Baseball,  the Child Welfare Foundation, and Junior Shooting Sports.

AMVETS American Veterans (AMVETS) is for anyone currently serving or who has honorably served in  the Armed Forces anytime from World War II to present including those who serve or served  in the National Guard or Reserves. AMVETS has over 1,400 posts nationwide including many  throughout North Carolina and a state headquarters office in Lexington.

AMVETS advocates  for public policy related to national defense, homeless veterans, funding for VA, veterans’  benefits, veteran employment and training, POW/MIA accountability, and flag protection. The  organization also supports national monuments, quality of life programs (such as the Special  Olympics and ROTC), and volunteer programs.

Programs through AMVETS include National  Service Officers (NSOs) to help veterans with compensation claims, Warrior Transition A Report of the NCIOM Task Force on Behavioral Health Services for the Military and Their Families 179 Veteran Service Organizations (VSO) Appendix D Workshops to assist those returning from deployment, AMVETS Against Drug and Alcohol  Abuse to educate children on drug and alcohol abuse, and the Americanism program to educate  children on American heritage, civics and citizenship.

Military Order of Purple Heart The Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH) is for veterans who have been awarded the  Purple Heart Medal and have not been dishonorably discharged.

The Purple Heart Medal is  awarded to those wounded by an instrument of war in the hands of the enemy in the line of  duty. A majority of MOPH funding goes towards the National Service Program.

 This program  has National Service Officers (NSOs) that assist veterans and dependents claim benefits  from the VA. NSOs also represent veterans at Board of Veteran Appeals and Court of Appeals  for Veterans Claims no matter a service member’s affiliation or membership status. MOPH  programs also include Veteran Affairs Voluntary Services (VAVS) to assist veterans living in  VA facilities, the Americanism program to educate children on veteran experiences, a National  Scholarship Program, and a First Responders Program for policemen and firemen injured or  killed in the line of duty.

The organization also advocates for legislation related to veteran  affairs.

  Vietnam Veterans of America Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) is for any veteran who served on active duty, other than  training, in the Republic of Vietnam during specific dates of the Vietnam War and for those  who served in any duty location between August 5, 1964, and May 7, 1975.

The organization’s programs advocate for issues important to veterans, seek full access  to health care for veterans, identify injuries and illnesses related to service, create a positive  perception of Vietnam veterans, account for POW/MIAs, serve communities, and support  future generations of veterans.  Marine Corps League The Marine Corps League has over 1,100 detachments worldwide.

 The League is for currently  serving or those that honorably served in the United States Marine Corps, Marine Corps  Reserves or the United States Navy Corpsman who trained with Marine FMF Units. The League  supports active duty and veteran Marines through advocacy, scholarship, youth and volunteer  programs. Programs include Marines Helping Marines (supports wounded Marines in various  hospitals), Veterans Service Officer Program (assists Marines with benefit claims to the federal  government), Military Order of Devil Dogs (a Marine honor society), and Toys-for-Tots (raises  money and takes toy donations for needy children).

An Institute of Medicine Appendix D Veteran Service Organizations (VSO) American EX-POW American EX-POW (AXPOW) is for all former prisoners of war, military and civilian, and  their family members over the age of 18.

 The organization maintains historical records of POWs, fosters  fraternal relationships to support POWs, educates the public and youth on the experiences of  POWs, and assists POWs apply for VA POW benefits through National Service Officers.

 Fleet Reserve Association The Fleet Reserve Association (FRA) is for current and former active duty and reserve Sea Service  personnel including those in the United States Navy, United States Marine Corps, and the  United States Coast Guard.

The FRA advocates members of the Navy, Marines and Coast Guard  through assistance with career problems, such as receiving benefits, and lobbying Congress. The  organization works to preserve and enhance benefits, improve health care options, and ensure  adequate funding to the Department of Defense and the VA. FRA also gives scholarships to  members and their children through the FRA Education Foundation.

The Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) is for all active duty or retired officers  of the uniformed services including the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, Public  Health Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

National  Guard and Reserve officers are also eligible for membership. MOAA advocates for officers in  issues concerning military personnel such as the career force, retired community, and veterans.  Members have access to career transition services, benefits counseling, and educational  assistance.

The Scholarship Fund assists children of military families to pay for university  education. The MOAA Education Foundation (MEF) is a program that ensures financial  literacy, offers assistance with employment transition, and provides information, assistance  and planning related to military benefits.

TJ Morris Publishing, Webmaster, ACO-WVO, WOmen Veterans Organizations and Military Women of America Inc., also have federal charters which can be viewed online or through the Tri-State Women Veterans or the ACO-WVO


TJ Morris, Author, Speaker, Entrepreneur, Radio Host
Syndicated Columnist/Investigative Reporter
ACO Ascension Center Organization Founder 1990-92
ACE Nonprofit Inc Founding Director April 2013
ACE Folklife Founder

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