AMVETS in Action

Leadership Bios

James D. Pidgeon
James D. Pidgeon
National Commander James D. Pidgeon

Jim Pidgeon served in the US Navy from 1969-1973 including deployment as a Flight Deck Trouble Shooter on the USS Kitty Hawk in Vietnam. Jim attended The College of the Sequoias where he studied business, marketing and creative writing.

In 1975, three years prior to his graduation from The College of the Sequoias, he started his first company, TNT Automotive. In the early eighties, Jim’s interest in plastic injection and molding led to his second company, FBN Plastics. He invented, manufactured and marketed products for the hardware, lawn and garden markets with nationwide sales. In 1998, he became a founding partner in Dondero, Brown and Pidgeon Commercial Properties. All three companies are still in business today.

Jim has been a member of AMVETS since 1984 serving in a variety of capacities including Post Commander, Department 1st Vice Commander, Department Commander and National First Vice Commander. Additionally, he served as the National Service Foundation President for six years.

Jim Pidgeon’s accomplishments as an AMVET include coining the name “Team AMVETS” and conducted trademark research for several phrases for the Department of California and their Service Foundation. He also invented the Freedom Bar Program and was instrumental in launching the Welcome Home Program. He led Team AMVETS California on Capitol Hill in numerous meetings with key legislators including senior ranking Congressman Waxman and Senators Boxer and Feinstein. Jim also met with leaders of the Veterans Affairs, the VA Appropriation Committee and homeless Veterans.

In 2013, Jim was the Department of California AMVETS Bronze Helmet Veteran of the Year, and Minority Leader Congress Woman Connie Conway honored him as the Veteran of the Year in California’s 26th District. Also in 2013, he was honored as Small Business of the Year in his hometown.

Jim is a Life Member of the DAV, VFW and American Legion, all organizations to help veterans. He and his wife Paulette have been married for four years. He has two children: a son, Jason, who manages Black Hole Manufacturing and a daughter, Jennifer, who is President of Banc of California in Los Angeles, CA.

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National Executive Director Jim King

James B. King was appointed interim national executive director of the nation’s fourth largest veterans service organization in November 2015. In this capacity, he administers the policies of the AMVETS, supervises its national headquarters operations and provides direction, as needed, to state and local components. Jim previously served as the national judge advocate.

The U.S. Marine Corps veteran of 10 years joined AMVETS in 1969 after serving two combat tours in Vietnam with the 3rd Marine Division. A life member of AMVETS Post 4 in his hometown of Mount Vernon, Ill, Jim has served in leadership capacities on all levels of the organization.

Jim previously served as national executive director from 2002-11. He was elected AMVETS national commander for 1987-88, after serving consecutive one-year terms as national vice commander for membership and programs respectively. Prior to that, Jim served as Department of Illinois commander and president of Illinois AMVETS Service Foundation Board. Presently he is a director on the service foundation board.

Long active in veterans’ affairs on the state level, Jim also served as president of the Jefferson County, Ill., Veterans Assistance Commission and was appointed as a public member to the Illinois Agent Orange Study Commission. Additionally, he devoted much of his free time to serving as a Department of Veterans Affairs Voluntary Service representative at the VA medical center in Marion, Ill.

Jim and his wife Carol reside in Glen Burnie, Md.

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