The Elks National Veterans Service Commission was established in 1946, immediately after World War II, with the sole mission of serving our nation’s veterans. Though much has changed since then, the Elks’ dedication to serve veterans and military members in need has never wavered. In VA clinics, veterans’ homes, USOs, homeless shelters and more, thousands of Elks volunteers give generously of their time, energy and resources to serve veterans and military members each year.

The Elks are committed to their mission, “So long as there are veterans, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks will never forget them.” The Veterans Service Commission takes that pledge one step further, and promises service to our nation’s veterans and military members, with a special focus on service to those in need.

Veterans Volunteer of the Year Award

The Veteran Volunteer of the Year Award honors those who have demonstrated outstanding service to veterans and military members in need. Know someone who qualifies? Nominate them! State Veterans Chairs will choose two winners from each state.

The national winner will receive formal recognition and a $500 grant to be used for the Lodge charitable project of his or her choosing. The Veteran Volunteer of the Year will also be invited to attend the 2019 Elks National Convention in St. Louis, Missouri.

Nomination Forms are due to the State Chair no later than January 31, 2019. The form can be downloaded here: Veteran Volunteer of the Year Nomination Form.