Veterans Organizations links & info
Serve West Virginia -
First Lady of West Virginia takes great pride in launching this initiative in conjunction with First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden’s national initiative, Operation Homefront and Joining Forces. West Virginia’s service men and women willingly make sacrifices for our freedom and safety while their families patiently wait at home. The same is true of our veterans. Giving back can be as simple as a phone call, an offer to babysit or sharing of a home-cooked meal. Anything you can do for our service members, our veterans and our military families is greatly appreciated.
WV Military Connection
- WVMilitaryConnection.org is a single, comprehensive site to connect West Virginia military personnel to resources for you and your family. If you need help with employment, training or health care, this is the place where you and your family can find answers and assistance.
Veterans of Foreign Wars
(VFW) - Mission: To foster camaraderie among United States veterans of overseas conflicts. To serve our veterans, the military, and our communities. To advocate on behalf of all veterans. Vision: Ensure that veterans are respected for their service, always receive their earned entitlements, and are recognized for the sacrifices they and their loved ones have made on behalf of this great country.
WV Veterans of Foreign Wars-
Our mission is to "honor the dead by helping the living" through veterans' service.
WV VFW Headquarters
PO Box 9431
South Charleston, WV 25309
Commander - Kelly Goddard
Sr. Vice Commander - Jim Talerico
Jr. Vice Commander - Bill Lambert
Adjutant/Quartermaster - Donald Young
Past Commander - James Richison
The American Legion -
For God and Country We Associate Ourselves Together... The American Legion - a patriotic, mutual-help, war-time veterans organization.
American Legion, Dept. of WV
PO Box 3191
Charleston, WV 25332
Commander - Tom Hayes
Adjutant - Miles Epling
The Marine Corp League -
Marine Corps League members join together in camaraderie and fellowship for the purpose of preserving the traditions and promoting the interests of the United States Marine Corps. We band together those who are now serving in the United States Marine Corps and those who have been honorably discharged from that service; voluntarily aiding and rendering assistance to all Marines and former Marines and to their widows and orphans, and by perpetuating the history of the United States Marine Corps, locally, state wide, and nationally.
Marine Corps League
Department of West Virginia
P O Box 11828
Charleston, WV 26339
Commandant - John B. Nanny
Sr. Vice Commandant - Michael McLain
Jr. Vice Commandant - Richard L. Given
Adjutant - George Gill
American Ex-Prisoners of War -
A not-for-profit, Congressionally-chartered, veterans’ service organization representing former prisoners of war and their families.
Established April 14, 1942.
Commander - Rev. Willie Lewis
AMVETS of West Virginia -
As one of America’s foremost veterans service organizations, AMVETS (or American Veterans) has a proud history of assisting veterans and sponsoring numerous programs that serve our country and its citizens. The helping hand that AMVETS extends to veterans and their families takes many forms.
Commander - Dennis K. Rayburn
1st Vice Commander - Ron Conner
2nd Vice Commander - Mike Barrett
Service Officer Robbie Robinson
Executive Director Marty Gilchrist
Airforce Association -
The Air Force Association educates the public about the critical role of aerospace power in the defense of our nation; advocates aerospace power and a strong national defense; and supports the United States Air Force, the Air Force family, and aerospace education.
No state organization. See chapters below.
Chapters: AF209 - Chuck Yeager Chapter (Charleston, WV) Contact: Ira S Latimer firstname.lastname@example.org
AF225 - General Pete Everest Chapter (, WV) Contact: Richard Reddecliff email@example.com
WV Disabled American Veterans (DAV) -
Since its founding more than 80 years ago, the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) has been dedicated to a single purpose: building better lives for America's disabled veterans and their families. Fidelity to that mission has required DAV to respond creatively and flexibly to changing and sometimes unpredictable challenges faced by its constituency. Whether disabled veterans have needed a voice on Capitol Hill, a nationwide service program, a transportation network or unique rehabilitation opportunities, DAV has focused its attention and resources to meet those needs.
WV Disabled American Veterans
PO Box 274
Oceana, WV 24870
Commander - Michael K. Dawson
Adjutant - Jacob N. Stafford
Military Order of the Purple Heart -
The mission of the Military Order of the Purple Heart is to foster an environment of goodwill and camaraderie among combat wounded veterans, promote patriotism, support necessary legislative initiatives, and most importantly, provide service to all veterans and their families.
Department of West Virginia
Military Order of the Purple Heart
Commander - James H. Grose
Senior Vice - Charles M. Baisden
Adjutant - Cy Kammeier
- Helping U.S. Military Veterans Reconnect.
11th Airborne Division Association Mid-Atlantic Chapter
1065 Culp Road
Berkeley Springs, West Virginia 25411 USA
Mid-Atlantic Chapter Secretary
Vietnam Veterans of America
- "Never again will one generation of veterans abandon another."
VVA's goals are to promote and support the full range of issues important to Vietnam veterans, to create a new identity for this generation of veterans, and to change public perception of Vietnam veterans.
Click here for listing of WV Chapters.
Vietnam Veterans of America
West Virginia State Council
P O Box 49
Nemours, WV 24738
Dave Simmons, President
- For more than 64 years, Paralyzed Veterans of America has been on a mission to change lives and build brighter futures for our seriously injured heroes—to empower these brave men and women with what they need to achieve the things they fought for: freedom and independence.
Pearl Harbor Survivors -
The Pearl Harbor Survivors Association, founded in 1958 and recognized by the United States Congress in 1985, is an organization whose members were at or in the vicinity of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii during the Japanese attack of December 7, 1941.
Motto: "Remember Pearl Harbor--Keep America Alert-- Eternal Vigilance is the Price of Liberty."
Korean War Veterans Association -
The Mission of the KWVA/USA is to Defend our Nation, Care for our Veterans, Perpetuate our Legacy, Remember our Missing and Fallen, Maintain our Memorial, and Support a Free Korea. There are presently three KWVA chapters in West Virginia.
WV Korean War Veterans Association
160 Riverview Drive
St. Albans, WV 25177
Frank Goff, President
Chet Fleming, Vice President
The Retired Enlisted Association
- Our mission is to enhance the quality of life for uniformed services enlisted personnel, their families and survivors-including active components, Reserves, and National Guard, and all retirees; to stop the erosion of earned benefits through our legislative efforts, to maintain our esprit de corps, dedication and patriotism, and to continue our devotion and allegiance to God and Country.
President Sherman Shumate
PO Box 994
Shady Spring, WV 25918
West Virginia Veterans Coalition -
Chairman - James McCormick
PO Box 883
New Haven, WV 25265
USA Cares - USA Cares exists to help bear the burdens of service by providing post-9/11 military families with financial and advocacy support in their time of need. Assistance is provided to all branches of service, all components, all ranks while protecting the privacy and dignity of those military families and veterans who request our help.
Wounded Warrior Project - Wounded Warrior Project™ (WWP) exists to honor and empower wounded warriors who incurred service-connected injures on or after September 11, 2001. On that date, America watched in horror as approximately 3,000 people died including hundreds of firefighters and rescue workers.
Project Healing Waters - The mission of Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing is to assist in the physical and emotional rehabilitation of disabled active duty military personnel and veterans through fly fishing and fly tying education and outings.
Wounded Warrior Directory - The Wounded Warrior Directory is an online database of small businesses owned and operated by wounded warriors.