National Service Commission

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 program.

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.

For more information, contact us at:

Elks National Foundation
2750 N. Lakeview Avenue
Chicago, IL 60614-1889
Phone 773/755-4728
Fax 773/755-4729


You can reach Donor and Volunteer Services at:
Phone 773/755-4730

Or Contact Rifle Elks Lodge #2195