The United States
Volunteers - America, Inc.
A non-profit organization that provides
Military Funeral Honors for Veterans.
The USV-A has units throughout the United
The primary mission of the USV-A is Military Funeral Honors; member units
may be involved in many other community services providing Color Guard services
for Veteran ceremonies and public affairs projects.
The USV-A is not an agency of the US Government, but subscribes to public laws,
regulations of the Department of Defense and the Department of the Army;
however, USV is not an affiliate or in any way part of the United States Army
or the Department of Defense. USV is not a militia and does not have or pertain
to have constabulatory powers nor does USV consider itself a paramilitary
The USV is a U.S Department of Veteran Affairs Veterans Service Organization
(VSO) authorized to provide Military Funeral Honors, it is recognized by
Veterans Administration Medical Centers Voluntary Services Program as an Honor
Guard; each State’s National Guard as AP3 Honor Guard certifies USV units for
MFH and works closely with VA National Cemeteries. The USV-A is a non-combat
ceremonial organization using a military style structure of organization;
members receive no pay for their services, receive no VA benefits and are never
deployed as a defense force.
Persons dedicated to providing the United States Volunteers Military Funeral
Honors Mission are eligible and approved for membership in accordance with
USV-A regulations. USV members must
maintain timely payment of annual membership dues, complete Honor Guard
training and be active members in of Military Honors Details. As a general rule
most members have served under honorable conditions with prior military service.
However, Patriotic citizens eighteen years or older may also be eligible to
apply for membership as a member in the USV-A Auxiliary.
United States Volunteers takes its heritage from Teddy Roosevelt’s Rough
Riders, the last volunteer cavalry unit to serve the U.S. which was officially
called the UNITED STATES VOLUNTEERS and wore as their collar insignia USV. AS a CAV UNIT, USV members are called
Troopers. USV Troopers wear modified
U.S. Army uniforms with distinctive insignia, rank and historical buttons that
do not bear the Great Seal of the Nation; uniforms are in compliance with
AR670-1 Chapter 30 in accordance with rules as a military association. USV
Troopers may only wear uniforms during the performance of ceremonial duties,
during training, for meetings and conferences.
USV Troopers are authorized to wear uniform accouterments from their
service in the U.S. Military and accepted Allied Military but these uniform
devices must be on USV uniforms in accordance with USVR 670-1.
Troopers train and are certified in accordance with AP3 and TACOM regulations
using only ceremonial rifles specially adapted for blank ammunition. Rifleman
duties are restricted to persons who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces or
who have successfully completed a government approved firearms safety course
and have a current certificate verifying the successful completion of such
government approved firearms safety course.
Troopers exercise their membership privileges as approved and authorized by the
USV-A Board of Directors. Chartered USV Units have all rights afforded under
state nonprofit public benefit corporation laws. USV has only volunteer members
that are non-paid professionals. Members pay initial fees and annual dues to
belong and pay all their own expenses, including purchasing their own military
uniforms and equipment and providing their own transportation to and from
USV-A provides Troopers to perform funeral
details with buglers, flag folders, riflemen, color guards, bag pipers and
drummers and Caparisoned horses and does not charge for Military Funeral Honors
services, however, tax-deductible donations may be accepted.
Volunteers are needed to provide Final Military Honors Teams to honor Veterans.
The USV-A provides training and proficiency for final honors and color guard
Additionally, USV Troopers provide community services and ceremonial color
guards for various Veteran and local celebrations. However, USV Troopers are not permitted to function as a USV unit
and individual members cannot wear USV uniforms for any type of emergency