Membership – Eligibility & Dues

How To Join

The cornerstone of AMVETS membership is the local post. Varying in size from 10 members to more than 2,000 in some cases, each AMVETS post conducts programs and activities related to the state and national organization’s goals and objectives. Membership, though, is not limited to joining the AMVETS post in your hometown. In fact, there may not be a post there or you may not live close to one. In such cases, an individual may elect to become a member-at-large. We also offer two membership categories, annual and life, each with its own dues structure. Eligibility and dues information as well as membership applications may be obtained on our website or by e-mail at In addition, our Department Headquarters will be happy to answer any membership questions you may have simply give us a call at 1.989.821.1552.

Eligibility & Dues

To be eligible for membership in AMVETS, you must have served in the U.S. Armed Forces, including the National Guard and Reserves, anytime after Sept. 15, 1940. Additionally, unless still serving, your discharge must have been under honorable conditions. If you served as an American citizen in the armed forces of an allied nation, under honorable conditions, between Sept. 15, 1940 and May 8, 1975, you are also eligible, as are wartime member of the Merchant Marine. Proof of eligibility can take the form of a DD-214, an honorable discharge certificate or other appropriate document. If you are NOT affiliated with a Post, your annual dues are $30, but this amount will vary if you are affiliated with a post. Life member dues vary from Post to Post. If you are a member at large with no post affiliation, please call AMVETS Headquarters at 1.989.821.1552 for assistance. These dues funds, in part, support the programs, services and representation AMVETS provides.

Request a Copy of your Form DD214 or Other Military Records

Membership Application

More Membership Information

Membership Forms
Membership Reports
Conferences and Conventions
American Income Life


AMVETS Mission Statement

To enhance and safeguard the entitlements for all American Veterans who have served honorably and to improve the quality of life for them, their families and the communities where they live through leadership, advocacy and services.

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