Our Mission

Increase public awareness of the plight of our nation's veterans.
Assist Veterans to the best of our abilities, using the full capacity of our services.
Counsel individual veterans when appropriate and/or refer them to agencies better suited to meet their needs.
Assist veterans who are homeless or in jeopardy of becoming homeless in their time of need.
Provide patients in veterans homes with essential needs
Provide comfort and "We Care" packages to deployed troops.

 

Services

Emergency Assistance

Assistance provided may be in the form of food, shelter, clothing, medical supplies and any other reasonable request.
Assistance is payable to the ie… utility company, landlord, pharmacy etc… in the name of the requesting veteran.
Payments are not made to the individual requesting veteran.

In order to receive assistance from American Veterans Foundation, you must meet certain criteria.

You must be a United States Armed Forces Veteran
Provide a copy of your DD-214 "Service-2 or Member-4"
Complete the Assistance Form below.
You can upload all documents directly through our form.

Assistance Form

Homelessness

History shows us that, after each war there are numbers of our nations veterans who have become homeless and displaced. It is difficult to fully account for the actual number of homeless veterans. Many sleep in their cars, under bridges, and in back alleys seeking shelter from the elements. We have all seen them … sitting on corners, looking for hand-outs. Some scrounge through dumpsters looking for their next meal. Veterans can become homeless due to a variety of reasons… shortage of affordable housing; access to adequate health care; shortage of jobs; drug and alcohol abuse problems; mental and physical illnesses; deficient social support; lack of family support; combat related mental and physical illness now known as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). In the last few years, veterans returning from Operation Iraq Freedom (OIF) and Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) have been seeking assistance for homelessness. Having extended deployments; repeat deployments; increased unemployment; the economic slump and lack of affordable housing all add up to increased homelessness. The Department of Veteran Affairs reports that it serves approximately 100,000 homeless veterans each year. Currently, statistics indicate that there are still over 47,000 homeless veterans. They are trying to do their part but assistance is needed. Since 1987 the Department has stressed collaboration with community service providers. Top priorities include: safe and secure housing; supportive environments free of alcohol and drugs; adequate health care (including mental health counseling); nutritional meals; and substance abuse counseling, to name a few. Veterans also need assistance in securing meaningful (not menial) jobs, job counseling; training and placement. The most effective programs for homeless veterans, according to the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans, are community based, non-profit, “veterans helping veterans” groups. They believe as we do, that these groups are most successful when they work in collaboration with government agencies; Federal, State and/or local and veteran service organizations and that “veterans who participate in these programs have a higher chance of becoming tax-paying, productive citizens again.” Soldiers returning from Iraq & Afghanistan are finding it difficult, if not nearly impossible, to get the veterans’ disability payments they are entitled to through the VA. There are approximately 98,535 backlogged disability claims and the average waiting period for processing is 125 days. Appeals for denied claims take an average of 2 years. These same soldiers are expected to make 400,000 new disability claims by year 2017. American Veterans Foundation is not affiliated with any other organization or government agency. We do not receive any funding from any State, County or Municipal government agency. We are supported solely by the community and concerned citizens such as yourself.

We Care Packages

Founded by parents for the love of their child

While their son was deployed in Iraq, he noted some other soldiers weren't receiving care packages from home.
He noticed the only packages they were receiving were from online purchases.
During the daily patrols and downtime, he would ask what they missed the most from home.
What comfort foods, snacks, magazines, books, games?
What started with sending tailored care packages to his fellow soldiers within his unit, has now grown into sending these same care packages to:

To request a carepackage, click the image above, or click the link forms in the navigation menu.

State Veterans Homes


 

We are always looking for Veterans Homes that put the veterans care as their top priority.
Our goal is to ensure that each veteran recieves that level of care in which he or she deserves.
We accept requests for veteran homes' Morale, Welfare, and Recreation funds and other special programs.

Veteran Transitional Housing Programs

Programs designed to help homeless veterans off the streets.
Generally these programs provide housing for individuals and families, starting at 3 months up to two years.
During this time the veteran receives "full circle" counseling.
I.e. Marriage, Financial, Behavioral. During their stay they are also completing workshops on resume building, financial planning and budgeting.
The goal is to lend a hand up, back into society.
Not a hand out.

Who We Help

Click our logo below to see who we have helped, by state.

 

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About

American Veterans Foundation, is a non-profit 501 © (3) tax-exempt organization dedicated in helping to prevent more homelessness among veterans and providing immediate support to veterans who are homeless, in jeopardy of becoming homeless or in desperate need of assistance. Assistance provided may be in the form of food, shelter, clothing, medical supplies and any other reasonable request. Assistance is payable to the ie… utility company, landlord, pharmacy etc… in the name of the requesting veteran. Payments are not made to the individual requesting veteran The mission of American Veterans Foundation is to assist all honorably discharged veterans with financial support in their time of need.






American Veterans Foundation (AVF) located at 3737 South Tuttle Avenue, Sarasota, Florida 34239. Phone: (888) 556-8812, is an organization that is recognized as tax-exempt under section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, Tax ID 80-0273572. Your donation is fully tax deductible to the extent provided by law. Your donation is very much appreciated. AVF has a three- pronged mission; helping to prevent more homelessness among veterans by assisting with shelter, utilities, food and other necessities of life, sending “We Care” packages, consisting of various sundries and hygiene products to deployed military personnel and helping various State Veterans Homes with financial assistance. American Veterans Foundation was formed in Delaware in 2008. A large portion of the gross proceeds raised goes to defray the cost of this appeal. Although our financial report is always sent free to anyone requesting a copy, certain states require us to advise you that a copy of our financial report is available from them.
Residents of the following states should note the following:
Alaska: A financial report i s available upon request.
Colorado: Charity’s registration number: 20093002924; Colorado residents may obtain copies of registration and financial documents from the Secretary of State by calling (303) 894-2200 or at www.sos.state.co.us.
Florida: A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES BY CALLING TOLL FREE WITHIN THE STATE. (1800-435-7352) OR BY VISITING www.800helpfla.com. REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE OF FLORIDA. REGISTRATION #CH38731.
Georgia: A full and fair description of the programs of American Veterans Foundation and our financial statement summary is available upon request.
Illinois: Contracts and reports regarding the charity are on file with the Illinois Attorney General.
Kansas: American Veterans Foundation registration number is 4300778. The annual financial report for the preceding fiscal year is on file with the Secretary of State, 1st Floor, Memorial Hall, 120 SW 10th Ave., Topeka, KS 66612.
Maryland: A copy of the current financial statement of American Veterans Foundation is available by writing 3737 S. Tuttle Avenue, Sarasota, FL 34239 or by calling 888-556-8812. Documents and information submitted under the Maryland Charitable Solicitations Act are also available for the cost of copies and postage from the Secretary of State, Statehouse, Annapolis, MD 21401, 1-410-974-5534.
Mississippi: The official registration and financial information of American Veterans Foundation may be obtained from the Mississippi Secretary of State’s office by calling 1-888-236-6167.
New Jersey: INFORMATION FILED WITH THE ATTORNEY GENERAL CONCERNING THIS CHARITABLE SOLICITATION AND THE PERCENTAGE OF CONTRIBUTIONS RECEIVED BY THE CHARITY DURING THE LAST REPORTING PERIOD THAT WERE DEDICATED TO THE CHARITABLE PURPOSE MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE ATTORNEY GENERAL OF THE STATE OF NEW JERSEY BY CALLING (973) 504-6215 AND IS AVAILABLE ON THE INTERNET AT www.njconsumeraffairs.gov/ocp.htm#charity. REGISTRATION WITH THE ATTORNEY GENERAL DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT.
New York: New York residents may obtain a copy of American Veterans Foundation's annual report by writing to the Office of the Attorney General, Department of Law, Charities Bureau, 120 Broadway, New York, NY 10271.
North Carolina: Financial information about Charity and a copy of its license are available from the State Solicitation Licensing Branch at (888) 830-4989.
Pennsylvania: The official registration and financial information of American Veterans Foundation may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling toll-free, within Pennsylvania, 1-800-732-0999. Texas: The Secretary of State has on file important information about persons that seek contributions in the name of veterans, and the number to call about that information is the Solicitation Information Hotline (1-800-648-9642).
Virginia: Copies of these financial reports are available from the Virginia Office of Consumer Affairs, P.O. Box 1163, Richmond, VA 23218; 1-804-786-1343.
Washington: A Notice of Solicitation as required by law is on file with the Washington Secretary of State. You may obtain additional financial disclosure information by contacting the Secretary of State at 1-800-332-GIVE or visiting www.sos.wa.gov/charities.
West Virginia: West Virginia residents may obtain a summary of the registration and financial documents from the Secretary of State, State Capitol, Charleston, WV 25305.
Wisconsin: A financial statement of American Veterans Foundation, disclosing assets, liabilities, fund balances, revenue, and expenses for the preceding fiscal year will be provided upon request.

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