Post & Department Highlights

November 9, 2020: Members of AMVETS Post 38 in West Virginia present a check to Breast Cancer Awareness-Cumberland Valley Executive Director, Stacy Horst. For 30 years Breast Cancer Awareness-Cumberland Valley has been supporting local breast cancer patients in their service area. They provide free mammograms for men and women who have little or no insurance and cannot afford to be screened. https://www.bcacv.org

AMVETS Riders of WI Chapter 13 donated $5,000 from their 5th Annual Benefit Ride to the Waushara County Veteran Service Office. This donation is to help local veterans with emergencies that aren’t covered by regular veterans assistance, such as dental care. Back Row L to R: Robert Rohde, Todd Hughes. Middle Row L to R: Jackie Rohde, Leon Rinke, Ned Lashey, Larry Redmann, Fritz Spinn, Michael Eisner, Gary Hopkins. Front Row L to R: Rose Fields, Clem Stencil.

On November 9, 2020 at the AMVETS Post 13 meeting Rose Buck and Jackie Rohde presented a check for $3800 from AMVETS Riders Chapter 13. This money was raised through various raffles and fundraisers, including $3000 from AMVETS Riders gun raffles, $500 from raffle prizes donated by Commander Robert M. Rohde, and $300 from 50/50 raffles at Bladers on September 19th. Thank you AMVETS Post 13.

On October 6, 2020, AMVETS Post 16 Commander Katherine Bostick presented a check for $1500.00 to American Legion Post 335 Commander Johnny ‘Bear’ Landry to help with the reopening of the American Legion post. Post 16 and American Legion Post 335 will be sharing a post home at 11421 Osceola Drive in New Port Richey, Florida. Monthly meetings are held on the 3rd Thursday of each month at 6:30pm.

Beaming has an equestrian mission for veterans that can be therapeutic and healing. On Oct 3rd they had an open house focused on Veteran needs. AMVETS Post 30 joined up with other Veterans to attend the event and find out how Beaming and riding Horses can help and heal Veterans. Beaming address is 2692 County Road GG. Neenah, WI 54956.

AMVETS Post 30 of Greenville Wisconsin was present and accounted for at the Blue Star and American Legion Post 258 event held at the Little Chute Windmill on Sept 27 2020. Past Commander of Post 30, Joe Eiting, officiated as the new Commander of American Legion Post 258. Post 30 took part in the setup, takedown, and event activities.

Post 30 Adjutant and Past Post Commander Kim Craddock presented a plaque to Elks member Diane Hinze, recognizing her help at the Post’s Mash Blood Drive in June and thanking her and the Elk’s club for the opportunity for the AMVETS to raise money for the Emergency Fund within the Fox Cities. Tim Cody, board member of Fox Valley Veterans Council, was with Kim as she pinned a White Clover on Diane.

AMVETS Post 30 presented a check of $535.00 to Fox Valley Veterans Council President Jim Strong for the “Veterans Emergency Fund,” which helps veterans in need financially. The Appleton Elks club is a big supporter of veterans, having recently given $2500.00 to the Emergency fund. Networking and working together makes the Fox Cities a major place of support for veterans. https://www.foxvalleyveterans.org/

AMVETS Post 30 of Greenville Wisc had a presence at the community wide Rummage Sale and Brat Fry. Our Table was near our Memorial Garden site and we had great weather on Friday, though we did receive a drenching early Saturday.

AMVETS Post 30 of Greenville Wisc partnered up with Community Blood Center for their 32nd Mash Blood Drive. Due to Covid the drive was moved inside the Fox Cities Exhibition Center to allow for safe distancing and entry control. AMVETS Post 30 is proud to say that over 400 attended the event.

District 4 AMVETS members from Redgranite Post 13 and Riders, along w/ members of Greenville Post 30 converged with District 5/Post 57 members at the Neillsville Veterans memorial on June 6 2020 to witness multiple memorial presentations.

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.


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