About Us

What is Know A Vet?

Know A Vet is the public name of Friends of the Vet Center, Inc., a California-based nonprofit corporation recognized by the IRS as a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit (EIN 82-1566302).

We are an all-volunteer organization of mostly Veterans and our families. No one gets paid, so every penny of your tax-deductible donation goes completely to helping Veterans.  The one exception is that we use a paid, independent accounting firm to make sure we are always in compliance with federal and state requirements.


While we have been approved by the VA to receive data for this site directly from their databases, we are NOT authorized to speak for the VA, Vet Centers, Veteran Service Offices, or to act on their behalf.

No one working for or with Know A Vet should ever be considered as attempting to provide financial, legal or medical advice, or as acting as an advocate for an individual, as we are not qualified. We simply distribute other people’s advice to as many people as possible so that more veterans and those around them will be aware of the vast amount of available help and will reach out for that help, comfort and a better quality of life.

To receive any of the services mentioned on this site, or other advice, use the Self Help page or call your local VA, Vet Center or Veteran’s Service Office.