What is a "Veterans (Service) Organization"?

 

This is a question we are frequently asked so we have decided to share with everyone our response.

First, an organization must be recognized as a VSO under IRS section 501(c)(19).

Many entities call themselves Veterans Organizations but are not recognized as such by the United States government.  For more than a decade the CWVA has been so designated by the federal government.

Second, do not confuse a 501(c)(3) organization with a 501(c)(19) organization.  Many folks out there have a "3" designation which basically makes them similar to a stamp-collecting group.  They can be a non-profit group but they cannot be a "Veterans Organization."

For more on what constitutes a REAL veterans organization, we encourage you to see the Internal Revenue Service's In-Depth Explanation.

    

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