American Veterans United, Inc. (AVU) believes in the United States of America. We believe this nation remains great because of the military men and women who risk their lives to protect it and its people.
We are committed to work with veterans and our active duty military, that served or are currently serving in a combat or non-combat status from all US military service branches, and their families. Our primary efforts are focused towards obtaining benefits working with the Veterans Administration (VA), Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA), Disabled American Veterans (DAV) and California Department of Veterans Affairs (CALVET) oranizations for veterans, regardless of when or where they served, or the branch in which they served. We also help and support community Veteran Centers at the Sepulveda VA Medical Center and in Ventura, San Luis Obispo and Bakersfield, CA. Our mission is "to help other veterans obtain the benefits they have earned and deserve through their military service to our country". Many veterans are simply unaware of the compensation and health care available to them. These benefits can be life changing, and sometimes life saving, for a veteran and their family.
Advocacy of "Veteran Issues" is our priority and includes government accounting of POW/MIA's, Agent Orange issues, veteran rights, benefits and personal welfare. We will continue to work closely with communities within California and throughout America to provide assistance to veterans and active duty members through programs within the above organizations and our organization.
We know and understand the daunting claims process required to successfully obtain these VA benefits. We help our fellow vets complete the necessary paperwork and connect them directly with the appropriate VA professionals who will properly evaluate their health and process their claims in a more timely manner. Perhaps most importantly, we remain available throughout the entire determination process for guidance or simply to offer encouragement during the processing period. If necessary we will assist the Veteran with an appeal in the event the VA denies their initial claim.
AVU has the actual experience of walking thousands of veterans through the VA process to get the benefits they have earned and deserve. As a result, we have established a unique presence and reputation with the Veterans Administration, which helps our veteran members to go through the process as seamlessly as possible. Where necessary, we coordinate transportation needs for our members to enable them to make the VA appointments.
AVU conducts regular informational meetings and host social events that are designed to help veterans and their families understand the various procedures, policies and laws that can affect them. These meetings and events also foster relationships and establish contacts and camaraderie with our veteran brothers, sisters and their families. We maintain this website (avuinc.org) that provides all types of relevant information to our membership. We support local communities in which we operate through our hardship and scholarship programs.
I would like to welcome you into the American Veterans United. I sincerely hope your membership with this organization is a long and enjoyable one.
Through your membership you have joined professional, dedicated veterans and current active duty members of the United States Military. Our overall mission is to provide support to all veterans, active duty personnel and their families from all of the military service branches. We are committed to working with all veterans, active duty personnel, that have served in a combat or a non-combat duty status from all of the US military service branches, and their families.
We work with the Veterans Administration (VA), Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) Disabled American Veterans (DAV) and California Department of Veteran Affairs (CALVET) organizations. We also help and support community Veteran Centers at the Sepulveda VA Medical Center and in Ventura, San Luis Obispo and Bakersfield, CA.
Advocacy of veteran issues is our priority and include government accounting of POW/MIA's, Agent Orange issues, veterans rights, benefits and personal welfare.
We work closely with all communities within California and though out America to provide assistance to veterans and active duty members through programs with the above organization and our organization. There is no doubt you bring with you many ideas and talents from your military and civilian experiences. I sincerely welcome your suggestions and look forward to your contribution improving he effectiveness of this organization.
As a new member it is my desire to assist you with any individual issues you may have. I am sure you will realize the sense of pride that is justifiably yours for the significant contribution you have provided to the defense of our country.
I salute you for your decision to join with us and I thank you for our honorable/ongoing service to our Nation.
"God Bless You and the United States of America"
Henry (Hank) Alfaro
American Veterans United, Inc. Founding President &
Current AVU Coordinator
We, as Veterans United, have served our families, our country, our God, in mortal contest against our Nation's enemies. Be we men or women, Duty called upon us to step forward and serve. And serve we did then and now for our fellow brothers and sisters of blood that are forgotten, displaced and misplaced. We are bonded by history to help each other as no others can do for us. To this, I step forward once again to serve.
The AVU organization presently consists of 20 officers & directors. President , Vice-President , Secretary , Assistant Secretary , Treasurer , Directors  Sergeant-at-Arms .
President - Frank Renteria
Vice President Area 1 - Clettus McDonell
Vice President Area 2 - Open
Vice President Area 3 - Tom Munoz
Secretary - Sam de St Jean
Treasurer - Silvia Bacolot
Asst. Secretary - Anabel Gutierrez
AREA 1 DIRECTORS
Fred Cobb - Glen de St Jean - Roy Hale -
Rusty Hobbs - Tommy Lara & Blas Sanchez
AREA 2 DIRECTORS
Jim Hughes & Colleen Graven
AREA 3 DIRECTORS
Tony Bacolot - Art Cordova - Raul Guzman - Al Mares - Joan Mercado
Sergeant at Arms
Area 1 - Tommy Lara
Area 2 - Danny Golson
Area 3 - Mark Rodriguez
No matter where in California and throughout America our organization of veterans, active duty members and their families live, we strive to serve and support them. "So, please join us!" As you elect to join us, we look forward to any suggestions you may have for improving the effectiveness of this organization. You will realize the sense of pride that is justifiably yours for the significant contribution you have provided to the defense of our country.
Fred Cobb - Director
Glen de St. Jean - Director
Roy Hale - Director
Rusty Hobbs - Director
Blas Sanchez - Director
Tommy Lara - Director & Sergeant at Arms
Jim Hughes - Director
Colleen Graven - Director
Danny Golson - Sgt. at Arms
Henry Alfaro - Coordinator
Linda Alfaro - Coordinator
Tony Bacolot - Director
Art Cordova - Director
Raul Guzman - Director
Al Mares - Director
Joan Mercado - Director
Mark Rodriguez - Sgt. at Arms