The mission of the AVC is to guard the legacies and honor the sacrifices of all American veterans. Through oral history preservation, educational programs and civic events, we preserve the stories – and lessons – of veterans past and present, from which future generations can learn.
Doolittle Raiders LTC Edward Saylor and LTC Richard Cole pose with conference attendees.
A project of the American Studies Center, a 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation, the American Veterans Center and World War II Veterans Committee has worked to preserve the legacy of our veterans and military personnel for more than 20 years.
In that time, the AVC has grown to join our nation’s elite institutions in preserving our shared military history and passing it on to future generations. The AVC is also the home to Emmy-winning television and multimedia programming sharing the stories of those who have served.
Programs of the American Veterans Center
Guarding Their Legacy – Our Education & Preservation
- Annual Veterans Conference & National Youth Leadership Summit. The AVC’s signature event, held each Veterans Day weekend, brings together America’s most distinguished veterans. They share their lessons and experiences with an audience of hundreds of students from each of our military service academies and more than two dozen ROTC programs from across the country. The program provides an opportunity for tomorrow’s leaders to meet with and learn from the legends that have preceded them.
- Veterans’ Oral Histories. Over its history, the AVC and the World War II Veterans Committee has recorded to audio and video the stories of thousands of American veterans from World War II to the present day. Select interviews are featured as video oral histories, while all interviews are provided to the Library of Congress’ Veterans History Project for use by future researchers.
- The Wounded Warrior Experience. Filmed annually for television, the Wounded Warrior Experience both spotlights the inspiring stories of service members recovering from their wounds in combat and calls attention to services available to veterans, particularly those suffering from the “unseen wounds” of post-traumatic stress, traumatic brain injuries, and the risk of suicide.
- Andrew J. Goodpaster Prize and Lecture. Presented annually in conjunction with the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, the Goodpaster Prize and Lecture spotlights outstanding work among America’s “soldier-scholars.”
- The World War II High School Curriculum. Created by the World War II Veterans Committee, a comprehensive curriculum that can be used by teachers and students to supplement their knowledge of the importance World War II played in both American and World History.
Honoring Their Sacrifice – Our Award-Winning Multimedia Programs and Events
- The National Memorial Day Parade. Now our nation’s largest Memorial Day event, with some 300,000 spectators and a national television broadcast, the parade was inaugurated by the AVC in 2005 along Constitution Avenue in Washington, DC. The parade is a moving timeline of American military history, calling attention to the true meaning of the holiday – saluting our nation’s fallen heroes.
- American Valor: A Salute to Our Heroes. The first televised awards show saluting our military heroes from across the generations and recipient of an Emmy Award for television excellence, The Honors brings together heroes from World War II to the present day, spotlighting the very best of who we are as Americans.
- American Valor Quarterly. The AVC’s official magazine, AVQ features first hand stories from American heroes, adding their voice to the historical record.
- Documentary Programs & Television Specials. Including the recently released Doolittle’s Raiders: A Final Toast, which premiered at the U.S. Capitol’s visitor center and aired on public television nationwide.
- Veterans Chronicles. Airing weekly on the Radio America network and a popular podcast, Veterans Chronicles features interviews with the men and women who saw – and made – history.
Among many other programs you can learn about throughout our website.
- James C. Roberts, President & CEO
- Tim Holbert, Senior Vice President & Executive Director
- Seth Nichols, Vice President of Development
- Wes Smith, Program Director
- Megan Maggi, Content Manager & Producer
- Danielle Graham, Development Associate
- Mike Paradiso, Chief Operating Officer
HELP GUARD THE LEGACY OF ALL AMERICAN VETERANS
The American Veterans Center is funded solely through charitable gifts from foundations, corporate supporters, and thousands of generous individuals like you.
We are honored to carry on this important mission, and welcome your support.
Dean Cain of "Superman" helps spotlight the Fallen Heroes of Operation Red Wings at The Honors.
Speakers from the "World War II Trailblazers" Panel at the AVC Conference.
Student poses with Lt. Col. Richard Cole.