About The Alliance of Military Reunions
We are the world's largest membership organization for military reunion groups and those who serve and support them.
Our mission is to be a valuable resource for those who organize, manage, host, and serve Military Reunion Groups from all services and eras. We do so by providing our members with information, training, contacts, and personal networking opportunities.
Our membership consists of about 600 military reunion groups and 300 hotels, Convention and Visitors Bureaus, attractions, and similar organizations. Collectively, they have conducted or hosted over 25,000 military reunions.
The Alliance is a nonprofit Pennsylvania corporation, qualified as a tax-exempt Veterans' Organization under Section 501(c)(19) of the Internal Revenue Code. It is operated entirely by volunteers.
The idea for a confederation of military reunion groups was conceived on April 17, 2009, in an informal discussion among five people at the Norfolk Plaza Hotel in Norfolk, Virginia. They had just finished a familiarization tour conducted by the local convention and visitors bureau. Someone made the point that FAM tours are great for evaluating destinations, but that there was really no forum for reunion group leaders to discuss the many other topics of interest to them—membership, leadership, finances, web sites, and the like. Skip Sander and Joyce Marshall set out to correct that situation by forming a new organization.
Over the next few weeks we contacted 1,921 leaders of military reunion groups, 216 of whom expressed an interest in our idea. We had an organizational meeting near Washington, D.C. on June 13, 2009. Planners and leaders from 33 reunion groups attended, representing all U.S. services: Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, and Navy.
About 600 military reunion groups have become members in the three years since that meeting, as have about 300 CVB/DMOs and commercial entities such as hotels, tour companies, attractions, and merchandise suppliers.