The Association exists in accordance with Rev. Rul. 67-148, 1967-1 C.B. 132, which includes organizations formed to increase the knowledge of its members and the public through research, study, and involving its members, qualified for exemption under section 501(c)(3) as an educational organization. Specifically, the Association exists to encourage and disseminate rigorous scholarship about the interactions of military veterans and their families with civilian societies in order to inform public understanding, teaching, service, and advocacy.
The Association is organized under the Michigan Nonprofit Corporation Act and shall operate exclusively for charitable, literary, and educational purposes under section 501(c)(3) and 170(c)(2) or their successor provision(s) of the Internal Revenue Code, or any corresponding section of any future federal tax code.
The activities of the Association include, but are not limited to the following:
a) To foster and encourage scholarship, research, and interest in veterans studies;
b) To build and sustain a network of diverse scholars who share the Association’s interests and goals;
c) To provide education and mentorship in scholarship, research methods, and praxis to advance the goals of the Association;
d) To support, publicize, and sponsor events at conferences;
e) To publish the international peer-reviewed Journal of Veterans Studies.
The Association will have an Executive Board, directly elected by the voting membership, consisting of a President, Immediate Past President, a Vice-President, a Secretary, and a Treasurer. Executive Board members are veterans studies advocates who have a recognized track record of service to the field. The Executive Board shall constitute the governing body of the Association, except insofar as the Constitution and By-Laws delegate governmental functions to other officers or to committees.
The Advisory Board nominated by the Executive Board, shall be at least three, but no more than nine, individuals or institutional representatives who have a current connection or interest in the advancement of the Association and its mission, and are willing to provide advice and counsel to the Executive Board.
Membership in the Association is open to those interested in the objectives of the Association. The Association welcomes members regardless of race, creed, gender status, sexual orientation, national origin, socioeconomic status, or disability.