To mobilize the political power of Veterans and Veteran Supporters to Defend the Constitution as written and amended, Strengthen the nation’s security at home and abroad, and Support Veterans, Service members, and their families.
American Veterans Vote consists of two core entities:
These entities have a two-fold goal of supporting and educating veterans on their power of their vote and advocating for veterans to continue their service to Country and community as they volunteer, vote and lead.
As a 527 Political Action Committee (PAC), AVV ACTION works through appropriate political support activities that advance AVV’s strategic goals. While it does not directly support candidates or campaigns, it may support the policies as voiced by candidates for public office.
Task: Advocate for policies and the candidates who advance AVV goals
Purpose: Achieve change through the Ballot Box
As a 501(c4) organization, AVV UNITE works to educate and advocate through appropriate activities the strategic goals of AVV. As an entity separate from AVV Action, it has separate accounting and reporting rules for its funds, activities and reporting requirements.
Task: Develop and implement AVV strategies, plans, and operations to advance AVV goals
Purpose: Achieve AVV goals by education and advocacy
AVV’s work is based on principles, beliefs, and a code of conduct that strongly support our Veterans, Service Members, and their families, our Constitution as authored and amended, and security for our Nation at home and abroad. All are welcome to join AVV who subscribe and live by those values.
In 2020, we found no standing Veteran oriented organization in Virginia (and the U.S) focused specifically on empowering Veteran political action through outreach, education, and support. We resolved to organize, incorporate, and commence operations to promote change through the ballot box.
In 2021, we developed networks, adopted data-based techniques, built membership and statewide teams, coordinated election activities, and led the coalition to turn out Veteran votes. Success! Our focus on mobilizing non-voting veterans added est. 51K vet votes – Veteran turnout beat average Voter turnout of 55% by 12% (67%)!
In 2022, we expanded federal election support across Va. Congressional races. Statewide membership of AVV grew 3X. Opened Washington (state) Veterans Vote.
In 2023, we opened 4 regional AVV teams to support 140 Va. Assembly races and support expanding member engagement. Refined data tools, media products, and statewide networks. Expanded membership again by 3X. Adopted goal: EVERY VETERAN, EVERY VOTE!
From our Mission, AVV derives our strategic goals – support Veterans, Service Members, and their families, defend the Constitution as written and amended, and secure our Nation at home and abroad. These goals remain unchanged even as we adopt and execute operational objectives to achieve these goals. Objectives have measurable outcomes and tangible impact. Our goals remain immutable. Accordingly, our goals and objectives follow: