The unique approach of the American Veterans Institute (AVI) serves and celebrates not the philosophy of war or its machinery, dates and locations...but the people who have sacrificed and struggled in the name of liberty. AVI, a 501(c)(3) tax-deductible charity, exists to serve and support America's GIs...but also to educate the general public on how almost every aspect of their lives has been influenced by the positive and enduring impact of our Armed Forces.
And AVI honors not only our veterans' service to America as GIs but also their service to America as contributing civilians!
America endured troubled times during the 1960s and ‘70s, when our national perspective was skewed to believe that soldiers cause war, or that they enjoy it and somehow welcome the opportunity to kill or be killed. AVI seeks to permanently reframe the American perspective on those who serve: why they serve, what it means to serve, and how society ultimately benefits from that service.
One of AVI's primary goals is to better support our veterans and better publicize their contributions across the history of our nation. A related goal is to convey those contributions to the general population in a manner that will help them embrace and honor all those who serve.
AVI celebrates and preserves the veteran as a whole human being, not simply as a combatant or as a uniformed individual. We honor veterans for their achievements in both military and civilian venues. We seek to learn from their experiences -- and to share those lessons with future generations. We also seek to address, discuss and resolve issues of relevance to veterans -- and to apply the unique skills and experiences of our living veterans to assist other veterans and to enlighten or educate the media and civilians.
In short, AVI endeavors to educate, celebrate and inspire - just as our veterans have been doing for America since the Revolutionary War!
To find out more about our Mission and our 10-year plan, please refer to the Mission and Goals sections of this web site.