Post & Department Highlights

AMVETS Dept of Virginia 2nd Vice Commander and Post 18 Commander, Ralph Hensley, placed a wreath at Winchester National Cemetery during Memorial Day commemoration. The commemoration took place on Friday, May 22nd, in Winchester, VA. The event was closed to the general public due to COVID-19 concerns. The ceremony was coordinated by the American Red Cross with members of AMVETS, VFW, Community Veterans Engagement Board (CVEB), and the Sons of the American Revolution participating.

Read the full story: Veterans remember fallen soldiers during private Memorial Day ceremony by Josh Janney in the Winchester Star

Top: Post 30 held their first executive meeting outdoors with Wisconsin re-opening after #saferathome. Bottom: Although they could not go inside the building to hold a Memorial Day Service, AMVETS from the Greenville area came to support Veterans at Heritage in Appleton, a Community Based Resident Facility.

1st Vice Commander Rick Vesperman (top) and Adjutant Kim Craddock (bottom) of Post 30 placing flags at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Greenville, WI.

They gave special honor to Robert Becker and Orville Heiting, members and past officers of Post 30.

AMVETS teamed up with VFW 2778 at the March 7th “Fight Like a Soldier” event for Alyssa Gruender. Outagamie Administrator, Tom Nelson and Desert Veterans presented $1,000.00 to Alyssa in support.

Post 13, Post 30, and Post 1212 members at the March 7th “Fight Like a Soldier” event for Alyssa Gruender, who is fighting through seizures multiple times an hour each day with Rasmussen’s Encephelitis.

AMVETS Post 12 present various awards to JROTC Cadets at the The Barrow Brigade Military Ball, February 28, 2020.

Members of AMVETS Post 14 donating gifts bags to fellow Veterans at Hampton Medical Center.

Greenville AMVETS Post 30 supporting the proposal of Veterans Day for the HMONG Military who helped save many Americans during the Vietnam War. Many of HMONG People had to flee their country from persecution of those efforts. Rick Vesperman, Kim Craddock, Jim Strong, and Jack Voight came to hear post member Sen Roger Roth speak on this new bill being proposed to recognize May 14th as the official day in Wisconsin to recognize HMONG-Lao Veterans Day. Thanking the brave soldiers and their families as well as sharing stories and sacrifices was humbling opportunity and one we were honored to be apart of. Please support the new Bill to recognize May 14th as HMONG Veterans day.

Greenville, Wisconsin: AMVETS Post 30 member Senator Roger Roth attended the November 20th Meeting and gave the members an update on the UW MIA Recovery and Identification Project (UW MIA RIP) and the co-sponsorship of LRB-4188/1 to locate and identify remains of Wisconsin veterans. Pictured here is 1st Vice Rick Vesperman, Senator Roger Roth, Adjutant/SEC Rep Kim Craddock, and Commander Joe Eiting.

Greenville AMVETS Post 30 supporting the Gold Star Family Program put on by Blue Star Mothers Chapter 1 and American Legion Post 258. Despite the rain the event was held at the Little Chute Windmill. Post members included Commander Joe Eiting, 1st Vice Rick Vesperman, SEC Rep Kim Craddock, and newest Post 30 member Marty Huss, who happens to be the Commander of Post 258. Post 30 is planning to hold this event on Sept 29th in 2020

AMVETS Post FL 26 teamed with the STANO Foundation to box care packages for our Armed Forces overseas. Pictured are Post Commander Cyndi Hancock, AUX Juniors Coordinator Fran McGurk, SONS Commander Jeff Peck, AUX President Chrissy Albright, Dept SONS Commander Mick Ciesla, FL Juniors Dept President Jovan Rosado, along with AMVETS members and STANO volunteers.

First ever at the Michigan State Convention All female color guard for the 74th Opening Ceremony.

Left to right: Sons Commander Harold Collins, National Commander Marion Polk, and National 3rd vice Greg Heun at the Annual Kentucky Chili Cook-off hosted by AMVETS Post 95.

On September 11th, 2017, Commander Woody presented Kim Richmond with the AMVETS Post 911 Commanders Award.

I’Yana Sweeney, the 2017 AMVETS JROTC Award recipient, with David Schwab from the JROTC Cadet Leadership Challenge at the Army’s Grafenwöhr Major Training Area in Bavaria.

(From left to right) Al Nelis, Bryan Kennedy, Judge Robert Russell, of Buffalo Veterans Court and PNC JP Brown III visiting 2015 Silver Helmet recipient in Buffalo.

National 1st Vice Marion Polk Medal of Honor Recipient Woody Williams and Kerry Cahill at The National World War 2 Museum.

Post 897’s Ladies Aux. hosted a BINGO Night at the Buffalo VA Hospital on April 20, 2017. Pictured are Members of Post 897’s Ladies Aux., Sons, Veterans and Riders.

Member and friends of AMVETS Post44 place flags on grave at Oakhill cemetery in Youngstown,OH, for Memorial Day.

Commander Donald Feldman and Vice-Commander William Riff of AMVETS Post #77, Sewell, present Pierce Burgin of Clearview Regional High School with $150.00 worth of phone calling cards for hospitalized veterans.

AMVETS National Programs Director Beryl Love, Mike Chambers holding his son Maximus, Edward Chambers, Rita Chambers, and Robin Chambers holding her grandson Maverick.

Our AMVETS Post in Monroe, Michigan organized and carried out a 150th anniversary local remembrance ceremony for the Battle of Gettysburg on July 3rd. Mr. Lincoln (Fred Priebe) with new Post 1942 Post Commander Greg Clark in front of the Monroe County Civil War monument.

Dorothy, Lauren Cust’s service dog “checks out” the plaque just awarded to Lauren for being the 2013 Department of Connecticut’s Top Recruiter for recruiting 32 members in her first full year as an AMVET. John Putnoki from the Torrington AMVETS Post 24 on the right was the top national recruiter last year.

Department 1st Vice Commander Jerry Guevara greeting the Owner/Founder of Hero’s Vodka Travis McVey prior to his addressing the membership.

Amvets Post 106 Junior Philip Faul plays taps at post Memorial Day Ceremony.

Crosses in front of Post 106 for each of the post’s members that have passed since chartered.

Phillips held their 30th Czechoslovakian Community Festival. Pictured above are Auxiliary members Pres. Dolores Gradinjan, Deb Hlavacek Mary Machnik, Joan Klein who sold the first shift.

AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary were asked to sell food at the Czech Beer Garden Polka Dance. Those Auxiliary members who worked at the fund raiser were: l to r Linda Schweikert, Pres. Dolores Gradinjan, Marilyn Flietner and Etola Foytek.

On June 4, 2013 the AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary, Post 50 sponsored the American Red Cross Blood Drive at the Phillips Municipal Building. Pictured are Auxiliary members l. to R. Judy Atchley, Marilyn Flietner, Linda Schweikert, Etola Foytek, Deb Hlavacka and Pres. Dolores Gradinjan.

On Tuesday May 28, 2013 the AMVETS Auxiliary Post 50 visited the students in the Prentice, Phillips and Butternut Schools who participated in the Americanism Poster Drawing contest, Essay Contest, AADAA Poster contest and Flag Coloring Contest. Auxiliary members who baked cupcakes were Dolores Gradinjan and AMVET members Gail Redmond and Commander Norma Brotz.

On May 23, 2013 the AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary, Post 50 Phillips sponsored a St. Jude Children’s Cancer Research Hospital Walk-a-thon at the Phillips School District track. AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary, Post 50 members who helped run the walk-a-thon are l. to r. at the top: Linda Schweikert, Judy Atchley, President Dolores Gradinjan and Etola Foytek.

Robert Humphrey, AMVETS Post 56 – Tulare and Shelly Huff, Post 22 – Visalia talk to a vet­eran attend­ing the Job and Resource Fair about AMVETS Career Center.

On Saturday, June 22, 2013, Suwan­nee River AMVETS Post #422 celebrated its one year anniversary at their location in Fanning Springs, Florida. L to R: VCmdr. John Tate, Cmdr. Richard Bater, Rick and Patti Fabi­ani of Fisher House, Bill Owens and David Plummer.

Commander Donald Feldman of AMVETS Post #77 awards Pierce Burgin of Clearview Regional School District with 1st Place in the AMVETS Department of New Jersey Americanism Essay Contest, “Why Is It Important To Vote?” AMVETS Americanism Programs encourage student learning about their American heritage while promoting active student citizenship.

The Derby/Shelton AMVETS Post 43 2013 Sunset Run For The Warriors Team left to right: Josh Phillips* **, Capt. Dean White**, Ed Michaud, Jenny McLaughlin, Chris McLaughlin, Lauren Cust**, AMVETS State Commander Frank Dlugokinski, John Putnoki, Donald DeYoung, and Al Meadows. Team member Stan Sanders not shown. * Veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan) **Veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

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