A veterans’ organisation, also known as an ex-service organisation, is an organisation composed of persons who served in a country’s armed forces, especially those who served in the armed forces during a period of war.
The organisation’s concerns include benefits for spouses and children, veterans’ claims, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) issues, and other topics related to veterans and to their families.
In the United Kingdom and its former colonies, an ex-service organisation is a voluntary association dedicated to the welfare of ex-service personnel (i.e. veterans). In addition to welfare services, they often participate in community projects and their ‘local’ or club is often a well-known meeting place or restaurant in a locality.
In France, the charter of the main governmental veterans’ organisation (ONACVG) has been expanded to include victims of terrorist attacks, following the 2015 attacks.
Notable veterans’ organisation are The Royal British Legion, The American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW), Returned & Services League of Australia (RSL), and the Memorable Order of Tin Hats.