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RECOGNIZED SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS
Membership in an organization is not a prerequisite to appointment of the organization as claimant’s representative.
The following is a listing of National Organizations recognized by the Secretary in the preparation and prosecution of claims under laws administered by the Department of Veterans Affairs
|African American PTSD Association
American Red Cross
American Ex-Prisoners of War, Inc.
American Defenders of Bataan and Corregidor, Inc.
American GI Forum,
National Veteran Outreach Program
Armed Forces Services Corporation
Army and Navy Union, USA
Blinded Veterans Association
Catholic War Veterans of the U.S.A.
Disabled American Veterans
Eastern Paralyzed Veterans Association
Fleet Reserve Association
Gold Star Wives of America, Inc.
Italian American War Veterans of the United States, Inc.
Jewish War Veterans of the United States
Legion of Valor of the United States of America, Inc.
Marine Corps League
Military Order of the Purple Heart
|National Amputation Foundation, Inc.
National Association of County Veterans Service Officers, Inc.
National Association for Black Veterans, Inc.
National Veterans Legal Services Program
National Veterans Organization of America
Non Commissioned Officers Association of the USA
Navy Mutual Aid Association
Paralyzed Veterans of America, Inc.
Polish Legion of American Veterans, U.S.A.
Swords to Plowshares, Veterans Rights Organization, Inc.
The Retired Enlisted Association
The Veterans Assistance Foundation, Inc.
The Veterans of the Vietnam War, Inc. & The Veterans
United Spanish War Veterans of the United States
Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States
Veterans of World War I of the U.S.A., Inc.
Vietnam Era Veterans Association Vietnam
Veterans of America
Although agency titles vary, the following States and possessions maintain veterans service agencies which are recognized to present claims.
|Alabama American SamoaArizona
|Illinois KansasKentucky Louisiana
Minnesota Mississippi Missouri
New Hampshire New Jersey
|New Mexico New YorkNorth Carolina North
|South Carolina South DakotaTennessee
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RESPONDENT BURDEN: We need this information to recognize the service organization you name to act on your behalf in the preparation, presentation, and prosecution of claims for VA benefits (38 U.S.C. 5902). We will also use the information to identify any VA records that we may disclose to the service organization (38 U.S.C. 5701(b)). Title 38, United States Code, allows us to ask for this information. We estimate that you will need an average of 5 minutes to review the instructions, find the information, and complete this form. VA cannot conduct or sponsor a collection of information unless a valid OMB control number is displayed. You are not required to respond to a collection of information if this number is not displayed. Valid OMB control numbers can be located on the OMB Internet Page at www.whitehouse.gov/omb/library/OMBINV.VA.EPA.html#VA. If desired, you can call 1-800-827-1000 to get information on where to send comments or suggestions about this form.
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