Welcome to the Elks National Veterans Service
Commission's Online Resource Center. Several of our Grand Exalted
Rulers have stated that in their travels, they found those
associated with the National Veterans Service program to be the
most dedicated of the dedicated. Furthermore, many Chiefs of
Voluntary Service at VA Medical Centers have told us,
"Whenever we want something, we can count on the Elks."
In each of the 172 VA Medical Centers there is an
Elk committee at work. Literally, thousands of Elks and their
families give generously of their time, energy and resources so
that the lives of our ill and aging veterans will be enhanced.
Hundreds of thousands of hours and like numbers of
dollars are devoted to programs that are designed to keep us true
to our pledge: "So long as there are veterans in our
hospitals, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks will never
forget them." And now we've broadened our program to include
outpatients and veterans who are homeless.
The purpose of this online resource center is not
only to inform the public and our own members of our good works,
but also to help our Veterans Service chairmen and committee
members live up to our pledge. We've tried to answer the questions
most often asked and to spell out the responsibilities of chairmen
on all levels. We've also included suggestions to strengthen your
Our goal is to make the Elks the most visible
force in voluntary service to our veterans. Hopefully this
resource center will be useful in that quest.