By Susan P. Joyce
Groups and fraternal organizations have connected veterans (military "alumni") since the Revolution. Below find links to the organizations that cover more than one of the Services, typically all of the Services. A few cover a two or three of the Services.
Many more Groups are specific to a Service and even to a unit within the Service, like a ship or a division (links by Service or Service/Unit are below this list).
The contact information provided includes the Services covered plus a link to the organization's website. You may also find many military alumni groups on social networks like LinkedIn, Google Groups, plus MeetUp.com meetings.
|The American Legion||All Services||Website|
|American Veterans||All Services||Website|
|Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA)||All Services (also government & industry)||Website|
|Congressional Medal of Honor Society||Medal of Honor recipients from all Services||Website|
|Disabled American Veterans (DAV)||All Services||Website|
|Fleet Reserve Association||USMC, USN, & Coast Guard||Website|
|Military Officers Association of America||All Services (active duty, former & retired, National Guard & Reserve)||Website|
|Military Order of the Purple Heart||All Services||Website|
|National Guard Association of the United States||Army and Air National Guard officers||Website|
|Reserve Officers Association||All Services||Website|
|Retired Enlisted Association||All Services||Website|
|Retired Military Officers Association||All Services||Website|
|Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW)||All Services||Website|
|Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA)||All Services||Website|
LinkedIn has many groups for veterans and active duty military. Find them by searching through the LinkedIn Groups Directory.
In addition, Yahoo Veterans Groups are typical Yahoo Groups, categorized by war/era:
If you know of an active group that is not included in the links below, please let us know by sending the URL to feedback at Job-Hunt.org so we can share it with others.
Find more alumni groups, for the corporate and government sectors, on the Corporate Alumni Group Networking home page.
Also check out Veterans' Job Search for more resources plus articles and advice for veterans in their civilian job search.