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Welcome to the American Veterans Service Organizations & Patriotic Societies Online Directory, a tribute to our nation’s bravest souls, those who dedicated their lives in service of our country. This unique platform is a labor of love dedicated in memory of Mary Arnold and Ed Arnold, Sr., two of the most respected figures in the United States Senate, and above all, parents who instilled the values of duty, respect, and patriotism.

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Photograph of Mary M. Arnold, U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Mary E. ArnoldMary Arnold, the longstanding US Senate Doorkeeper, was not just the gatekeeper of the legislative chamber but also a symbol of warmth and fortitude. Her dedication extended well beyond her official responsibilities, nurturing a sense of community among the Senate Chamber. Her welcoming Southern Charm and respect for the position she held added a touch of personal care that won her friends across party lines.


Ed Arnold Veterans AdvocateHer husband, Ed Arnold, Sr., served as the US Senate Veterans Affairs Liaison for over 38 years, a testament to his commitment to our nation’s heroes. His unwavering dedication to the welfare of our veterans reflected his profound respect and gratitude for their sacrifices. A tireless advocate for veterans, he championed countless measures aimed at ensuring they received the recognition and support they rightfully deserved.

Mr. Arnold was a United States Marine Corps veteran from the Korean conflict where he served as 1st Lt. with the First Marine Division during 1953 and 1954. In 1960, he moved from Memphis Tennessee to Washington with his wife and daughter to serve as Administrative Assistant to then Indiana Congressman Ralph Harvey. Subsequently, in 1966, he joined the Veterans Administration where he championed veterans rights throughout Executive and Legislative branches of the Government. For more then 26 years, Mr. Arnold held a number of managerial positions, which also accompanied and contributed to the transformation of the independent government agency of the Veterans Administration into the existing Cabinet-level Department of Veterans Affairs.

Edwin L. Arnold, Sr., Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Service Organization Liaison
Edwin L. Arnold was named as Veterans Service Organization Liaison to the United States Senate by the Administrator of Veterans Affairs in September 1987, he would hold this position through the establishment of the Department of Veterans affairs and up until his retiring in 1995.

In this position, Mr. Arnold has the primary responsibility of serving as the Veterans Administration’s principal point of contact in dealings with the various Veterans Service Organizations. In this capacity he ensures that the Office of the Administrator and the VA department heads and office directors are informed of Veterans Service Organization positions on a variety of veterans issues.

Similarly. Mr. Arnold is charged with the responsibility of keeping the various Veterans Service Organizations apprised of VA policies and actions affecting veterans. Joining the Veterans Administration in 1966, he has held a number of managerial positions including serving as Executive Assistant to former VA Administrator Richard L. Roudebush and as Assistant Administrator for Planning and Evaluation. For the past three years, he served as Staff Assistant in the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs. From 1961 to 1966, Mr. Arnold was Administrative Assistant to Indiana Congressman Ralph Harvey.

Mr. Arnold is a Marine Corps veteran having served as a 1st Lt. with the First Marine Division in Korea during 1953 and 1954. He is a 1952 graduate of Franklin College, Franklin, Indiana. The New Castle, Indiana. native was married to the former Mary Miller of Memphis, Tennessee. They have two children, a daughter Mary Elizabeth, the Director of Arnold Consulting, LLC, and Edwin, Jr., a Government Employee.

It is in their honor that we dedicate this directory. It serves as an exhaustive resource for information on Veterans organizations and Patriotic societies, listed by US war periods, making it a unique and valuable guide for veterans, their families, scholars, and anyone interested in understanding the vast network of entities that support our country’s veterans.

With each click, you will find stories of heroism and sacrifice, discover organizations that honor those stories, and find ways to contribute to their noble cause. This directory is not only a tool, but it’s also an homage to those who have risked their lives to uphold the principles we hold dear.

It is our hope that this directory helps to illuminate the breadth and depth of support available to our veterans, while also inspiring a sense of patriotism and gratitude for their service.

Mary and Ed Arnold dedicated their lives to service, and it is in their indomitable spirit that we carry on this mission. Their legacy of dedication, compassion, and respect is ingrained in every page of this directory.

Thank you for joining us in honoring our nation’s heroes, celebrating patriotic societies, and remembering two individuals who served their country with unwavering commitment.

Here’s to Mary and Ed Arnold, and to every veteran who has served our great nation. You are our true heroes.


In 1988 Mary and Ed Arnold, Sr. started Four Star Publications, Inc. to publish their idea of uniquely cataloguing Veteran’s Service Organizations and Patriotic Societies by War Period.

Twenty-nine years later, and in keeping with my Mother’s and Father’s idea, I have decided to republish and expand on their work, but now online through this website American Veterans’ Service Organizations and Patriotic Societies.



Mary Miller Arnold

Photograph of Mary M. Arnold, U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Mary E. Arnold
Mary M. Arnold, U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Mary E. Arnold

With her silver hair, elegant style and Southern charm, Mrs. Arnold was a widely known and loved figure in the Washington community, especially in the world of Congress and public affairs. She was employed for 21 years by the Sergeant at Arms of the U.S. Senate, where she served as the Doorkeeper Supervisor in the Senate and interacted with Senators and staff on a daily
basis. Previously, she worked for Representative Roger Zion (R-Ill) in the late 1960s and as a flight attendant for Eastern Airlines in the late 1950s.

Mary Arnold, On September 20, 2001, president George W. Bush gave a speech before a joint session of Congress in response to the September 11 attacks.
Mary Arnold joint session of Congress, September 20, 2001.

Mary Arnold was born on April 17, 1938, in Jonesboro, Ark., and attended Memphis State University in Memphis, Tenn., for two years. She married her husband, Edwin Arnold, in 1959 and moved with him to the Washington area in 1960 when he accepted a position with Representative Ralph Harvey (R-IN).

A passionate lover of Boston Terriers and all animals, Mrs. Arnold was active in the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria; the Junior Women’s Club of Alexandria, where she was named Member of the Year in 1965; and the Junior Women’s Club of Memphis. She had the honor of serving as a Lady-in-Waiting in the Cotton Carnival in Memphis in 1956.


————— 4 Star Publications Copyright:

Type of Work: Text

Registration Number / Date:
TXu000478287 / 1991-07-05

Title: Veterans organizations and patriotic societies directory
from the Revolution to the Persian Gulf, 1992.

Description: 1 v.

Copyright Claimant:
Mary M. Arnold

Date of Creation: 1991

Authorship on Application:
compilation of data: Mary M. Arnold.

Basis of Claim: New Matter: compilation.

Names: Arnold, Mary M., 1938-


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