Since then, the original charter has been amended several times to admit as members those who served in different eras. Membership in AMVETS is open to anyone who is currently serving, or who has honorably served, in the Armed Forces of the United States - to include National Guard and Reserve components - at anytime after September 15, 1940.
AMVETS actively follows legislation on Capitol Hill and plays a key role in the enactment of all veterans legislation. It views domestic issues, national defense and foreign relations as vitally important.
AMVETS national service officers (NSOs) across the country provide free expert advice and claims assistance to veterans and their dependents. NSOs are accredited by the Department of Veterans Affairs and handle thousands of claims annually for veterans to obtain their entitled benefits.
AMVETS also has Veterans Affairs Voluntary Service (VAVS) representatives and other member volunteers who serve in VA hospitals and devote thousands of hours each year to brighten the lives of hospitalized veterans. In over 1,300 posts throughout the country, AMVETS members participate in a wide range of programs including; scouting, substance abuse awareness, and Freedoms Foundation.