Larry E. Via is a life member of AMVETS Post 23 in Naples, Florida, and has served in leadership positions at every level of AMVETS, from post trustee to National Commander. An Ohio native and Army veteran, Via currently resides in Naples with his wife, four children, and four grandchildren.
He retired in January 2012 after working 36 years for a large electrical firm, with over twenty years in supervision and the final ten years in corporate management.
National Executive Director Stewart Hickey
Major Stewart M. Hickey, United States Marine Corps, (Retired) was born in Watertown, NY 14 October 1957. He attended Penn State University where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in History in 1979. In 1987 Major Hickey received his Master of Arts degree in Management from Webster University. He enlisted in the Marine Corps Reserve in February 1977 at Cumberland, MD as an infantryman, and graduated Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, SC in August 1977. Major Hickey transferred to Platoon Leaders Class, which he attended in the summer of 1978. His military education includes The Basic School (TBS), Armor Officer Basic (AOB), Amphibious Warfare School (AWS, NR), Armor Officer Advanced Course (AOAC), and Marine Corps Command and Staff College (NR).
Major Hickey is currently the National Executive Director of AMVETS. He resides on his family farm in Cumberland Valley Township, and McConnellsburg, PA, he and his wife Ellen have five children: Monroe, Ali, Charles, Andrew and Bryce.