American Legion service officers include post volunteers who can refer veterans and families to proper support agencies and accredited Department Service Officers who operate larger programs to provide free guidance, counseling and personal assistance to veterans and families navigating their government veterans benefits. Accredited service officers may be qualified to obtain power of attorney for veterans, but in order to maintain accreditation, and to learn about changes in the benefits landscape, legal or medical, American Legion Department Service Officer School is conducted in the first quarter in Washington, D.C., and in the summer in Indianapolis each year. To learn more about American Legion Department Service Officer School, email or contact the Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation Division, The American Legion National Headquarters, Washington, D.C., at (202) 861-2700.