American Veteran Magazine

History

Our commitment to service traces its roots back to 1944 when veteran volunteers first began helping veterans of World War II obtain the benefits promised them by the federal government. As the number of returning veterans swelled into the millions, it was evident that some sort of nationally organized assistance for them would be needed. The older established national groups wouldn’t do; the leaders of this new generation of veterans wanted their own organization.

With that in mind, eighteen of them, representing nine veterans clubs, met in Kansas City, Missouri and founded The American Veterans of World War II on Dec. 10, 1944. Less than three years later, on July 23, 1947, President Harry S. Truman signed Public Law 216, making AMVETS the first World War II organization to be chartered by Congress.

Since then, the original charter has been amended several times to admit as members those who served in different eras. Today, membership in AMVETS is open to anyone who is currently serving, or who has honorably served, in the U.S. Armed Forces from World War II to the present, to include the National Guard and Reserves.

As a volunteer-led organization, we annually elect and/or appoint officers at the national, district, department and post levels. Each August, representatives from these levels attend the AMVETS national convention to make decisions on issues affecting veterans and the organization.

The AMVETS organization has grown and evolved over the years to best serve each new generation of veterans and their families. Explore this website to appreciate the services, programs and public policy impact we drive every day across the United States.

As the organization moves further into the 21st century, it does so with the conviction that its focus on preserving freedom, supporting America’s defenders and serving her communities remains a clear blueprint for continued service to God and country.

AMVETS National Constitution and Bylaws – PDF file (558 KB)

Original 1947 Congressional Charter

Original 1947 Congressional Charter


AMVETS Past National Commanders (PNC)

Term

1944-45
1945-46
1946-47
1947-48
1948-49
1949-50
1950-51
1951-52
1952-53
1953-54
1954-55
1955-56
1956-57
1957-58
1958-59
1959-60
1960-61
1961-62
1962-63
1963-64
1964-65
1965-66
1966-67
1967-68
1968-69
1969-70
1970-71
1971-72
1972-73
1973-74
1974-75
1975-76
1976-77
1977-78
1978-79
1979-80
1980-81
1981-82
1982-83
1983-84
1984-85
1985-86
1986-87
1987-88
1988-89
1989-90
1990-91
1991-92
1992-93
1993-94
1994-95
1995-96
1996-97
1997-98
1998-99
1999-00
2000-01
2001-02
2002-03
2003-04
2004-05
2005-06
2006-07
2007-08
2008-09
2009-10
2010-11
2011-12
2012-13
2013-14
2014-15
2015-16

AMVETS Commander

Elmo W. Keel*
Jack W. Hardy*
Ray Sawyer
Edgar C. Corry, Jr.*
Harold A. Keats*
Harold S. Russell*
Harold S. Russell*
John L. Smith*
Marshall E. Miller*
Henry J. Mahady*
Rufus H. Wilson*
Rudolph G. Pesata*
Dominick L. Strada*
Stuart J. Satullo*
Dr. Winston E. Burdine*
Harold T. Berc*
Harold S. Russell*
Edwin F. Fifielski*
Dante E. Spagnolo*
Edmund M. Gulewicz*
Lincoln S. Tamraz*
Ralph E. Hall*
A. Leo Anderson*
Anthony J. Caserta*
Joseph V. Ferrino
Robert B. Gomulinski*
Robert W. Showalter*
Joe F. Ramsey, Jr.*
Joseph R. Sanson*
Berge Avadanian*
Essley B. Burdine*
Paul C. Welsh*
Thomas J. McDonough, Sr.*
Frank D. Ruggiero*
Ted Leszkiewicz*
Joseph R. Koralewski*
Ernest F. Pitochelli
Donald R. Russell*
Robert Martin*
Robert L. Wilbraham*
John S. Lorec*
Robert A. Medairos*
Joseph T. Piening
James B. King
Jimmy T. Smith
Warren W. Eagles, Sr.*
Vaughn L. Brown, Sr.*
James L. Singler*
James J. Kenney
Donald M. Hearon
Arthur W. Klingel, Jr.*
Kenneth E. Wolford
David E. Ovesen
Josephus C. Vandengoorbergh*
Cecil R. Aultman*
Charles L. Taylor
Arthur C. Stahl
Joseph W. Lipowski
W.G. “Bill” Kilgore
S. John Sisler
William A. Boettcher
Edward Kemp
Thomas C. McGriff*
John P. “J.P.” Brown, III
John “Chad” Hapner*
Duane Miskulin
Jerry Hotop
Gary L. Fry
Cleve Geer
John Mitchell
Larry Via
James D. Pidgeon

Auxiliary President

 
 
Edith G. Males*
Kathryn N. Snyder*
Adeline P. Fogg*
Evelyn Lauritson*
Evelyn M. Flasco*
Dorothy Sullivan*
Darline Gordon*
Beatrice F. Russell*
Ruth K. Nickerson*
Florence B. Stripe*
Gloria I. Clark
June L. Miller*
Mae Boone*
Aldean M. Sorrells*
Lucia C. Russo*
Anne E. Hall*
Alice Oana*
Leah Monasterio*
Marie Redden*
Jewel W. Fifielski*
Ellen Bogatay*
Rita Potvin
Kathleen Hengely*
Marie Miller*
Betty Torner*
Dorothy M. LeRoy*
Doris L. Burdine*
Dorothy J. Bussard Ruph
Grace G. Osborn*
Toni Gomulinski
Doris G. Shrake
Pearl V. Barnett*
Jane Ashley*
Lila B. Longworth*
Anne Brown*
Margaret Rummel*
Ruth Singler
Agnes P. Kolano*
Elizabeth M. Wineland*
Mary S. Barrow
Sylvia Lipowski*
Dorothy J. Stoddard
Betty J. Leisure*
Jean Baxter *
Nita I. Cornell*
Dorothy R. Bull*
Betty S. Lawson
Barbara S. Hinsley *
Janet M. St. Michel*
Cathy S. Fishero
Brenda R. Kilgore
Denise LaBatt
Janice Hapner*
Linda L. Johnston
Beverly A. Box
Susan Sisler*
Sandye Aultman*
Virginia Hays
Carol King
Bonnie A. Scott*
Barbara K. Guth
Heidi Dineen
Charlene Kee
Patty Piening
Dee Kreiling
Lynda Taylor
Leslie Wunderle
Linda McGriff
Sylvia Rowland
Kathryn M. Berning

Convention

 
Chicago
St. Louis
Columbus
Chicago
Des Moines
Cleveland
Boston
Grand Rapids
Indianapolis
Miami
Philadelphia
Milwaukee
Boston
St. Louis
Grand Rapids
Miami Beach
Louisville
New York City
Detroit
Philadelphia
Boston
Columbus
Hollywood
New Orleans
Detroit
New York City
Los Angeles
New Orleans
St. Louis
Hollywood
Des Moines
Philadelphia
Atlantic City
Milwaukee
Cleveland
Dallas
Louisville
Hollywood
New Orleans
Knoxville
Baltimore
Cincinnati
St. Louis
Albuquerque
Grand Rapids
Atlanta
Louisville
Orlando
New Orleans
Buffalo
Cincinnati
Dallas
Orlando
Greensboro
Omaha
Philadelphia
Dallas
Louisville
Orlando
Spokane
Kansas City
Reno
Greensboro
Orlando
New Orleans
Louisville
St. Louis
Reno
Memphis
Birmingham
Reno

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