The American Legion was chartered and incorporated by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans organization devoted to mutual helpfulness. It is the nation’s largest wartime veterans service organization, committed to mentoring youth and sponsorship of wholesome programs in our communities, advocating patriotism and honor, promoting strong national security, and continued devotion to our fellow service members and veterans.
Additionally, the American Legion provides a wide variety of services to assist veterans with benefits, careers guidance, education, health, finances and employment.
Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation
American Red Cross (ARC)
Red Cross volunteers and staff work to deliver vital services -- from providing relief and support to those in crisis, to helping you be prepared to respond in emergencies. Services include disaster relief, lifesaving blood, training and certification, international services, and aid to service members, veterans and their families. Additionally, the American Red Cross has a robust selection of apps, available in both the Apple App Store and Google Play.
Contact Information: 800-RED CROSS (800-733-2767)
American Veterans (AMVETS)
American Veterans (AMVETS) is the nation's most inclusive Congressionally-chartered veterans service organization, representing the interest of 20 million veterans. AMVETS mission is to enhance and safeguard the entitlements for all American veterans who have servced honorably and to improve the quality of life fo them, their families, and the communities where they live through leadership, advocacy, and services.
Contact Information: 877-726-8387
Cohen Veteran Network (CVN)
The Cohen Veterans Network seeks to improve the quality of life for veterans, including those from the National Guard and Reserves, and their families. CVN works to strengthen mental health outcomes and complement existing support, with a particular focus on post-traumatic stress. Thevision is to ensure that every veteran and family member is able to obtain access to high-quality, effective care that enables them to lead fulfilling and productive lives.
Central Office: 844-336-4226
Veterans Crisis Line: 800-273-8255 Option 1
Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS) for Retired Military & Annuitants
Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS) Retired Military & Annuitants section establishes, maintains, and pays military retirees and their eligible surviving spouses and other family members.
Contact Information: 800-321-1080
Disabled American Veterans (DAV)
Disabled American Veterans (DAV) is a non-profit charity that provides a lifetime of support for veterans of all generations and their families, helping more than one million veterans in positive, life-changing ways each year. DAV is dedicated to empowering veterans to lead high-quality lives with respect and dignity. Services include medical transportations, benefits claims, and employment assistance.
Contact Information: 877-I AM A VET (877-426-2838)
Fleet Reserve Association (FRA)
The Fleet Reserve Association (FRA) is first and foremost a community of the Sea Services; U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard personnel. FRA's mission is to protect and enhance military pay and benefits through its guiding principles of loyalty, protection, and service to shipmates.
Contact Information: 703-683-1400
Hampton Roads Chapter, Military Officers Association of America (HRCMOAA):
The Hampton Roads Chapter, Military Officers Association of America (HRCMOAA) is open to active duty, former and retired commissioned or warrant officers and surviving spouses of officers of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, NOAA, the Public Health Services and the National Guard or other reserve components of those services. The chapter hosts luncheons, tours, networking events and community support activities for veterans, JROTC units and ROTC units in the Hampton Roads area as well as advocating for and explaining Veterans Benefits. Contact Larry King at 757-650-1086 for more information.
Website: www.moaa.org and www.hrcmoaa.org
The HRCMOAA sponsors the HRCMOAA Surviving Spouses and Spouses Group, organized for surviving spouses and spouses of commissioned or warrant officers of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, NOAA and Public Health Services. The Surviving Spouses and Spouses advocate for benefits affecting surviving spouses and explain benefits, hold quarterly luncheons and are welcome at all HRCMOAA events and activities. Call Barbara Smith at 757-576-1114 for more information.
Mutts with a Mission
Mutts with a Mission helps alleviate the burdens of mobility disabilities and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) from veterans and wounded warriors, so that they are able to live a free life. At the beginning, the organization focused on solely serving veterans and wounded warriors. In 2019, they expanded their reach to include first responders and those who have experienced trauma in the line-of-duty. Mutts with a Mission is honored to serve veterans, wounded warriors, and first responders who experience PTSD and line-of-duty connected disabilities. These heroes have put themselves at risk serving our country and deserve to live independent and free lives.
Contact Information 757-465-1033
Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS)
The mission of the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS) is to provide, in partnership with the Navy and Marine Corps, financial, educational, and other assistance to members of the Naval Service of the United States, eligible family members, and survivors when in need; and to receive and manage funds to administer these programs.
Contact Information: 800-654-8364
North Carolina Department of Veterans Services (NCDVS)
The purpose of the North Carolina Department of Veterans Services (NCDVS) is to assist veterans and their families with the benefits and services to which they are entitled. Some of the service delivery areas include benefits and claims, employment, housing assistance, North Carolina veterans homes, North Carolina veterans cemetery program, requesting military records, scholarships, womens veterans programs, and veterans property tax relief.
Contract Information: 844-624-8387
Region Legal Service Office (RLSO)
RLSOs provides legal assistance, military justice, and command services legal advice to Navy (and Marine Corps upon request) commands located within their area of operation, as well as other functions and tasks necessary in support of the mission and core capabilities of the Navy Judge Advocate General’s Corps. The highest priority will be given to fleet and operational units, particularly those deployed or preparing to deploy.
NS Norfolk Legal Assistance: 757-341-4491 -- Appointments
NS Norfolk Legal Assistance: 757-341-4489 -- Emergency Walk-ins
JEB Little Creek - Fort Story Legal Assistance: 757-462-4991
NAS Oceana Legal Assistance: 757-433-2215
NS Earle Legal Assistance: 732-866-2066
SUBASE Groton Legal Assistance: 860-694-3741
NS Newport Legal Assistance: 401-841-3766
Reserve Officers Association (RAO)
For more than 90 years, the Reserve Officers Association has been the only organization dedicated to supporting Reservists and their critical role in national defense. Reserve service carries unique burdens and for more than nine decades, the RAO has been the nation’s leading advocate for lifelong support in recognition of these unprecedented contributions to the cause of freedom.
Contact Information: 202-646-7733
The Mission Continues
The Mission Continues is a national, nonpartisan nonprofit that empowers veterans to continue their service, and empowers communities with veteran talent, skills and preparedness to generate visible impact. Mission Continues is on a mission to connect veterans with under-resourced communities. Their vision is for all veterans with a desire to continue their service to be part of a movement to transform communities.
Contact Information: 314-588-8805
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)
The mission statement of Veterans Affairs is to fulfill President Lincoln's promise “To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan” by serving and honoring the men and women who are America’s veterans. The VAs four specific missions are veterans health care, veterans benefits, national cemeteries, and preparedness for response to war terrorism, national emergencies, and natural disasters.
Contact Information: 844-698-2311
Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. (VFW)
The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. (VFW) is non-profit veterans service organization comprised of eligible veterans and military service members from the active, guard and reserve forces. VFW's vision is to 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.
Contact Information: 816-756-3390
Virginia Beach Veterans Center
The Virginia Beach Veterans Center is part of the Veterans Administration Mid-Atlantic Health Care Network providing community-based care to approved veterans.
Business hours: 757-248-3665
After hours, weekends and holidays: 877-WAR-VETS (877-927-8387)
Virginia Department of Veterans Services (VDVS)
The purpose of the Virginia Department of Veterans Services (VDVS) is to support the effective delivery of services to Virginia’s veterans and their families. VDVS is organized into seven service delivery sections including benefits, veteran and family support, veterans education, transition and employment; care centers, veterans cemeteries, and the Virginia War Memorial.
Contact Information: 703-359-1210
Virginia Tidewater Consortium (VTC) for High Education Educational Opportunity Center (EOC)
The Virginia Tidewater Consortium (VTC) for High Education Educational Opportunity Center (EOC) provides free academic, vocational, career, and financial aid information to any resident of Hampton Roads pursuing postsecondary education.
Contact Information: 757-683-3183
Virginia Veteran and Family Support (VVFS)
The Virginia Veteran & Family Support Program (VVFS) is operated statewide by the Virginia Department of Veterans Services and provides outreach, connection and support to veterans and their families as they address the challenges of military service, transition, deployments, post-traumatic stress, or other behavioral health concerns as well as traumatic brain injuries and physical injuries.
Contact Information: 804-786-0286