HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT VETERANS ASSOCIATION
When you google, there are thousands of organizations and associations dedicated to military veterans. With each organization providing an array of services, support, and interests, choosing the right veterans association in Los Angeles can take a bit of research. As a starting point, ask yourself the following questions to help determine and narrow your focus to the association that is right for you.
What am I looking for?
Are you looking for an association that provides financial or medical support? Are you looking for an association that provides a social network and informal gatherings with fellow veterans? Or are you looking for an association based on an interest or activity that you enjoy? There is an association for almost anything and everything to consider. Do a little bit of research based on what you are looking for to start narrowing down your search.
What services are offered?
Aside from the interest or opportunities offered through the association, many also provide members with perks or services as part of membership. Additional services can include discounts on entertainment, shopping or travel, educational scholarships, career planning resources, exclusive events, and insurance to name a few. Reviewing the additional perks of membership can help to narrow the focus for the right organization to be a member with.
There are a multitude of national organizations for veterans and military personnel, but not all have a local office in your neighborhood or community. Ask yourself if face-to-face interaction with the organization is important to you or whether online connection through websites and social media will suffice. Having a local office will not necessarily limit the services or events for the organization, so you will need to consider the importance of an in person office.
Adding to your research, look at reviews of the group. Are they positive? Is there any negative experiences current or past members have shared? Are they in the news for helping the local members of your community or for advocating on the behalf of veterans? Discovering and reviewing this type of information can help you in determining if this is a group you want to be a part of.
Is there a cost to membership?
While a lot of groups offer free membership, there are others that may come with an annual fee. Costs are based largely on the size of the group, the perks / reward programs offered to members, and the types of additional services offered. If cost is a factor, remember to look into the details of the membership package when choosing an association.
Veterans associations are in place to provide support, advocacy, and a social experience for military veterans. Choosing a group that is right for you can be an easy process considering some of the points listed above.
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