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AMVETS invites all veterans to take part

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017 11:17 a.m. CST • Updated: Monday, Feb. 13, 2017 10:39 a.m. CST

AMVETS (American Veterans) was founded as American Veterans of World War II, Dec. 10, 1944. On July 23, 1947, President Harry S. Truman signed Public Law 216 making the AMVETS the first World War II organization to be chartered by Congress. Since then, many amendments have changed the original charter, one of the changes is to include al currently serving, or who have honorably served in the US Armed Services, from World War II to the present.

“AMVETS Mission Statement: To enhance and safeguard the entitlements for all American Veterans who have served honorably and to improve the quality of life for them, their families, and the communities where they live through leadership, advocacy and services.

“The National Service Foundation (also know as “the foundation”) is the fundraising arm of the AMVETS. A corporate subsidiary of the parent organization, it funds a variety of programs benefiting America’s veterans and their communities. Among them is the National Service Officer Program, the Memorial Carillon Program, the Americanism Program, AMVETS Scholarships, youth programs and hospital programs.”

Affiliate organizations: AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary — provides a range of services and support to veterans, communities and other nonprofit organizations; Sons of AMVETS — play an active role in promoting AMVETS legislative agenda, providing services to hospitalized veterans and supporting charitable initiatives; AMVETS Riders — are a dedicated and patriotic group of motorcycle riders who hold true to unwavering respect for our Nation, our Flag and our Military...past, present and future. The Riders are committed to providing community service and fellowship, and to support the goals of the AMVETS National Organization; Junior AMVETS — are the sons and daughters (under 18) of AMVETS members. The juniors undertake projects such as visiting a homeless shelter that benefits veterans and communities alike; and Sad Sacks — a fun-making and honor organization comprised of AMVETS members, the Sad Sacks who derive their name from the famouse cartoon character of World War II, provide as their chief community service project scholarships for nurses.

The Clarke County AMVETS, Post #34, meet at 7 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month at the Fraternal Order of Eagles, 2329 North Main (Highway 69 North). For more information, please contact Don Reasoner at 641-414-1351.

We are looking to all veterans in Clarke County to consider a visit in the near future on any meeting night. We want to understand what your needs are and discuss what is available to help you and your families.

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