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AMVETS National Commander on VA Secretary’s Remarks

Contact/Inquiries: David Gai,
National Communications Director, AMVETS
4647 Forbes Blvd.
Lanham, MD 20706

Statement from AMVETS National Commander Jim Pidgeon on VA Secretary’s Remarks

The overall experience for veterans, or “customers”, at U.S. Veterans Affairs medical centers has been lacking in quality for far too long. AMVETS (American Veterans) is pleased that the VA is working toward the important measurement of customer satisfaction. That metric is central to all private medical care systems, as well at VA.

VA Secretary Bob McDonald’s unfortunate remarks Monday in which he drew a loose comparison between wait times veterans were facing to receive medical care and the lines for rides at Disneyland were not serious enough for the matter at hand. Waiting for VA medical care should not be compared to waiting in line at an amusement park. It is important to continue tracking and reducing wait times for veterans.

That said, this one sentence does not reflect the full context of McDonald’s overall message and the work being done at VA. In the full context, the need to focus on veteran satisfaction is something that can be agreed with by most, if not all, veterans and their families.

McDonald was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate in a deeply partisan era in large part because of his successful business experience in bringing customers what they need and want. While his latest remarks were easy to spin, the fact is Disney is one of many successful business models the VA can look to through its ongoing transformation.

The VA remains focused on industry and businesses’ best practices and efforts to increase access and reduce wait times. The overall experience must be improved, and AMVETS is hopeful the new MyVA efforts and applications of business and industry best practices are positive steps in that direction.

AMVETS is committed to comprehensive transformation of the Department of Veterans Affairs Health Administration to best serve every veteran. AMVETS will continue working with McDonald and the rest of the VA leadership in a collaborative, transparent effort to create an overall positive experience for every VA “customer.”

AMVETS Names Afghanistan, Iraq Veteran Executive Director

Contact/Inquiries: David Gai,
National Communications Director, AMVETS
4647 Forbes Blvd.
Lanham, MD 20706

AMVETS Names Afghanistan, Iraq Veteran National Executive Director

Chenelly is a longtime veterans advocate, former military reporter and political advisor

WASHINGTON – AMVETS (American Veterans) has tapped one of the veterans’ community’s top grassroots organizers to take over as national executive director of the nonprofit organization.

Marine Corps combat veteran Joseph R. Chenelly will oversee AMVETS, one of the nation’s largest Congressionally-chartered veterans service organization, working to better serve veterans of all eras in both Washington, D.C., and in communities nationwide.

Chenelly is a veteran of operations in Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Kuwait, the Horn of Africa and East Timor. After his time in uniform, Chenelly became a veterans’ advocate, a journalist and a political adviser, organizing nationally at the grassroots levels and advising on veterans and military matters.

In his new role, Chenelly is charged with using that experience to inspire and organize AMVETS’ 250,000 members in 1,400 posts to educate the public on the challenges facing those currently serving in the active/guard/reserve components, veterans and their families.

“We are in a very challenging time, one of the most important for the future of veterans health care. We have every confidence that 2016 has the potential to be one of the most decisive, pivotal years in AMVETS history,” said Chenelly.

AMVETS provides support for veterans and the active military in procuring their earned entitlements, as well as community service and legislative reform that enhances the quality of life for this nation’s veterans and citizens alike. AMVETS includes members from each branch of the military, including the National Guard and Reserves.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to help lead this great, historic organization in fighting for all of the more than 22 million American Veterans alive today as well as their families,” Chenelly said. “It is a difficult time for America’s warriors, a time when we need to stand together stronger than ever. Every veteran matters. The challenges are serious and far reaching, much needs to be done. I am honored to join a group of such dedicated members – the AMVETS family.”

A native of Rochester, N.Y., Chenelly enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in March 1998, serving with the 1st Marine Division, and was honorably discharged as a staff sergeant in April 2006. He then covered military and veterans matters as a staff writer for Leatherneck magazine, the Military Times newspapers, and Gannett, reporting on operations in the Middle East, Southwest Asia, Africa, as well as disaster relief in the United States.

Chenelly was named one of the 100 “most influential journalists covering armed violence” by AOAV in 2013. He was the first U.S. Marine combat correspondent to step into enemy territory after September 11, 2001, as a military reporter in Pakistan and Afghanistan. He also reported from the frontlines with American and allied forces in Kuwait and Iraq as that war began. He was on the ground for the start of both Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Chenelly served as AMVETS’ national communications director in 2005 and for the past eight years as assistant national director for communications for the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) in Washington, D.C., leading grassroots efforts through social networking and new media.

He’s also served as president of Social Communications, LLC, and a public affairs director for the Department of Navy. Chenelly is an alum of Syracuse University and Central Texas College.

Chenelly resides in Fairport, N.Y., with his wife Dawn, a service-connected disabled Air Force veteran, and their five children. He is on Facebook at and Twitter @jchenelly.

University of Phoenix AMVETS Scholarship Recipients Announced

Scholarship program provides 20 full-tuition scholarships to active-duty service members, eligible family members and veterans

PHOENIX, Feb. 2, 2016 – University of Phoenix and AMVETS, a strong advocate for veterans’ education, awarded 20 full-tuition scholarships to active-duty service members, eligible family members and veterans to pursue a bachelor’s or master’s degree from University of Phoenix. AMVETS has teamed up with University of Phoenix since 2007, offering more than 350 scholarships to demonstrate the appreciation of the sacrifice active-duty service members, veterans and their families make for the country and to help them transition from the military to the civilian sector.

University of Phoenix AMVETS Scholarship recipients are:

  • Ronald Bolton of Yokosuka, Japan
  • Brandy Brown of Glen Burnie, Md.
  • James Orsine of Silver Lake, Ohio
  • Rikki Klassy of Bourbonnais, Ill.
  • Dexter Peggins of Martinez, Ga.
  • John Truppa of Berkeley Heights, N.J.
  • Sara McGinnis of New Orleans, La.
  • David Bukovich of Stafford, Va.
  • Dawn Muraca of Spring Valley, Calif.
  • Anne Merry of Midlothian, Va.
  • Shalanieca Bulluck of Goose Creek, S.C.
  • Douglas Hendrix of Atoka, Tenn.
  • Evelyn Adams of Waldorf, Md.
  • Clarke Paris of Henderson, Nev.
  • Derek Martinez of Norfolk, Va.
  • Elizabeth Laird of Temecula, Calif.
  • Lacey Bretado of Lake Havasu City, Ariz.
  • Anthony Leonard of Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.
  • Tony Jones of Yeagertown, Pa.
  • Josie Akins of Livonia, Mich.

“Our long standing education partnership with University of Phoenix is changing the lives of the recipients,” said AMVETS National Commander Jim Pidgeon. “These scholarships are an important part of our mission to help all veterans by providing the support, the means and the opportunities that enable our Service members to pursue and accomplish their education goals and transition into the civilian workforce. That’s powerful, and one of the most impactful ways to show gratitude to our military community.”

“As an ongoing effort to support our military service members, veterans and their families, the partnership with AMVETS and University of Phoenix serves to help them meet their educational, professional and personal goals,” said University of Phoenix Military Relations Vice President and Retired Lieutenant Colonel Adam Such. “The 2015 University of Phoenix AMVETS Scholarships provides the 20 recipients access to education opportunities to help increase their professional skill sets and change the lives of their families and future generations.”

The U.S. Army alone will see a drawdown of an additional 40,000 service members over the next two years1, adding to the regular transition of 240,000 service members annually. Because of this, there is an urgent need to provide education and career services for transitioning active-duty service members and veterans. University of Phoenix and AMVETS understand the critical need for America’s military to educationally distinguish themselves among job seekers in today’s competitive employment landscape.

For more information about University of Phoenix, please visit

A leader since 1944 in preserving the freedoms secured by America’s armed forces, AMVETS pro¬vides support for veterans and the active military in procuring their earned entitlements, as well as community service and legislative reform that enhances the quality of life for this nation’s citizens and veterans alike. AMVETS is one of the largest congressionally-chartered veterans’ service organizations in the United States, and includes members from each branch of the military, including the National Guard and Reserve. To learn more, visit

About University of Phoenix University of Phoenix is constantly innovating to help working adults move efficiently from education to careers in a rapidly changing world. Flexible schedules, relevant and engaging courses, and interactive learning can help students more effectively pursue career and personal aspirations while balancing their busy lives. As a subsidiary of Apollo Education Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: APOL), University of Phoenix serves a diverse student population, offering associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs from campuses and learning centers across the U.S. as well as online throughout the world. For more information, visit

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David Gai
AMVETS National Communications Director

Jennifer Marshall
University of Phoenix

Horizon Goodwill Industries Launches AMVETS Career Center powered by the Call of Duty Endowment


David Gai
Phone: 301-683-4035

On Wednesday January 20th, Horizon Goodwill Industries, in partnership with AMVETS (American Veterans), will launch their AMVETS Career Center powered by the Call of Duty Endowment at the Goodwill Resource Center at 100 Eagle School Road, Martinsburg, WV 25401 from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm.

Horizon Goodwill Industries (HGI) is proud to be AMVETS’ first non-AMVET partner in this critical resource for our community,” said Catherine Fleming, Director of Mission Services for HGI. “HGI is a perfect fit as a partner with AMVETS for helping veterans. Job seekers of all kinds come to Goodwill® for services every day, including veterans. AMVETS is well-known to men and women who have exited the service. This partnership offers veterans a convenient location to access training and help finding employment.” said Fleming. Up to now, AMVETS, a national veterans’ service organization, one of eight Call of Duty Endowment grantees, has used local AMVETS posts to house their career centers.

“We are proud to be working together with HGI and confident that this partnership will enhance our joint service offerings for this nation’s heroes, especially for the veterans in the Martinsburg area,” said Jim Pidgeon, AMVETS National Commander. By the end of 2016, more than 74,000 veterans will be living in the 4-state region*. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported a 5.0 percent national unemployment rate for all Americans (16 and over) for December 2015. That same report identified the unemployment rate for veterans in the following age categories; 20-24 at 6.1%, 25-29 at 6.5%, 30-34 at 8.3%, and 35-39 at 6.3%. If these statistics hold true for the 4-state area, that means between 4,000 and 5,000 men and women who have served our country will be without a job.

Goodwill and AMVETS are doing something about that! #puttingheroestowork

“We provide case management, paid work training and job placement services for vets that are also receiving assistance from the VA,” said Fleming. “Both AMVETS and Goodwill are increasing services to veterans resulting in closer partnerships with VA programs. This vital career center partnership is the first of its kind for both of our organizations.”

AMVETS National Commander James D. Pidgeon and Horizon Goodwill Industries CEO John N. McCain will speak at the launch about the partnership and how it will benefit veterans in the 4-state region.

HGI serves people in Maryland, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Virginia and is able to support needs that could otherwise go unmet in local communities. Goodwill’s vison is helping people achieve their full potential through the dignity and power of work.

AMVETS provides support for veterans and the active military in procuring their earned entitlements, as well as community service and legislative reform that enhances the quality of life for this nation’s veterans and citizens alike. AMVETS is one of the largest congressionally-chartered veterans’ service organizations in the United States, and includes members from each branch of the military, including the National Guard and Reserves.

*Source: Department of Veterans Affairs, Veteran Population Projection Model-VetPop2014; statistics for Washington, Allegany, and Garrett County in MD, Grant, Hardy, Mineral, Hampshire, Morgan, Berkeley, and Jefferson counties in WV, Winchester City and Frederick county, Warren, Clarke, Page, and Shenandoah counties in VA and Fulton and the southern portion of Franklin counties in PA.

For more information, please visit and #puttingheroestowork

AMVETS Career Centers Grant Renewed for 2016

The Call of Duty Endowment has officially renewed the AMVETS Career Centers grant for 2016. For 2015 AMVETS was given a grant of $300,000 for the placement of 250 veterans and that objective was accomplished, exceeding their expectations with 302 placed!

The Call of Duty Endowment will be giving AMVETS $350,000 in 2016 for 450 veteran placements. This will be a challenge for us, but as always we are confident that we will be able to reach the goals given to us and surpass those numbers. The Call of Duty Endowment has set an ambitious goal of getting 25,000 vets back to work by the end of 2017 and AMVETS is proud to be one of their Grantees making it happen.

On behalf of 302 of our Nation’s Heroes who are now employed, Congratulations and thank you to all who contributed to this impressive accomplishment! We are looking forward to another successful year!

Defense Department Announces Results of Military Decorations and Awards Review


Release No: NR-004-16
January 7, 2016

Today, the Department of Defense announced the results of its year-long review of the military decorations and awards program to ensure continued appropriate recognition of the service, sacrifices, and actions of its service members while maintaining the historical legacy of the awards program.

The department’s review focused on combat and valor recognition utilizing lessons learned over 14 years of combat operations. Among the key changes was:

  • Implementation of new goals and processes to improve timeliness of the Medal of Honor and other valor awards;
  • Standardization of the meaning and use of the “V” device as a valor-only device to ensure unambiguous and distinctive recognition for preeminent acts of combat valor;
  • Creation of a new combat device (e.g., “C” device) to distinctly recognize those service members performing meritoriously under the most arduous combat conditions;
  • Adoption of a common definition of Meritorious Service Under Combat Conditions to determine eligibility for personal combat awards;
  • Introduction of an “R” remote impacts device to recognize service members who use remote technology to directly impact combat operations.

The complete list of changes to the military decorations and awards program can be found at: These changes will be implemented over the next 12 months.

Heroes Vodka Donates $14,000 to AMVETS

Nashville, TN – Dec. 9, 2015 — Nashville-based Heroes Vodka, founded by U.S. Veteran Travis McVey, is donating $14,000 to AMVETS for its 2015 Giveback. The annual donation is an ongoing commitment by the award-winning vodka to give back a portion of every purchase to benefit U.S. Veterans and their families.

McVey dedicates the month of November to American Heroes by traveling to stores and bars that sell his product and personally thanking them for their support. “With 9 gold and silver medals in blind tastings, the vodka sells itself,” says McVey, “but the bars and liquor stores in Middle Tennessee also see value in the giveback to Veterans.” Heroes Vodka is the only local spirit that has a Giveback attached to every purchase.

McVey made personal visits to local establishments to present the annual donation including ACME Feed & Seed, The Palm Restaurant, Cool Springs Wines & Spirits, Sperry’s Restaurant, Whiskey Bent Saloon, Tootsie’s Lounge, Corner Pub and Bridgestone Arena. Dignitaries including Nashville Mayor Megan Berry and more than 100 Veterans joined in the festivities. Heroes Vodka is available in nearly 400 accounts in TN, and in hundreds more nationwide. Heroes Vodka will be the main sponsor of the 2015 Music City New Year’s Eve Bash on Broadway in conjunction with Tootsie’s Lounge, Rippy’s Bar & Grill, and Honky Tonk Central. In addition to being featured on the VIP Fast Pass, Heroes Vodka will be the preferred pour with specialty drinks to ring in the new year.

McVey is traveling to New York to for the official Giveback presentation of the $14,000 check to the AMVETS National Commander on Dec. 9, 2015 at the Union League Club, located at 38 E. 37th St, New York, NY 10016.

About Heroes Vodka
Heroes Vodka is an award-winning, Veteran-owned premium American vodka. It was first bottled at Buffalo Trace on Veteran’s Day – 11.11.11 – a date that occurs only once in a century and epitomizes the rarity of this event. An all natural gluten- and glycerin-free spirit, Heroes Vodka has received 9 Gold and Silver Medals in national tasting and spirit competitions. Made from 100% American corn, each batch is distilled four times to create an ultra-pure, world-class spirit. The mission of Heroes Vodka is to deliver exceptional taste and superior value to consumers, while honoring Veterans and other American service organizations through charitable contributions. Every purchase of Heroes Vodka supports American Veterans through its Official Giveback Partner AMVETS. Donations are used to to develop community assistance programs for U.S. Veterans, active duty military and their families. To date, Heroes Vodka has donated $34,884 to support America’s military Heroes.

About Travis McVey, Heroes Vodka Founder & U.S. Veteran
Travis McVey is a U.S. Marine Corps Veteran who proudly served as a Presidential Honor Guard from 1989-1992. An innovative and determined entrepreneur, Travis endured the life-changing tragedy of a good friend dying in combat in the War Against Terror in Afghanistan. The experience paved the way for the production of Heroes Vodka, which donates a portion of every sale to AMVETS, helping to make a difference in the lives of the brave men and women who have sacrificed for our country. McVey is a member of NaVOBA (National Veteran-Owned Business Association) and author of “Heroes of the Stage: Country Serving Country.” He serves as a correspondent for Vets on Media and has been a keynote speaker at multiple Veteran advocacy events, including the AMVETS National Convention. McVey currently resides in Nashville, TN.

About R.S. Lipman Company
R.S. Lipman Company is a Nashville-based international supplier of wines, spirits, beers, and mixers. The company’s diverse portfolio includes: Country Club Vodka (established in 1957), Lonely Cow Wines from New Zealand, Hap & Harry’s Tennessee Beers, U.S. Veteran owned Heroes Vodka, Red Eye Bloody Mary Mixes, El Diamante del Cielo Tequilas, Old Hickory Great American Whiskeys, Hidden Jewel California Wines, Saturday Night Red Wine, and the Napa Smith Brewery collection of craft beers.

A leader since 1944 in preserving the freedoms secured by America’s armed forces, AMVETS provides support for Veterans and the active military in procuring their earned entitlements, as well as community service and legislative reform that enhances the quality of life for this nation’s citizens and Veterans alike. AMVETS is one of the largest congressionally-chartered Veterans’ service organizations in the United States, and includes members from each branch of the military, including the National Guard and Reserves.

For more images from the Heroes Vodka Giveback events in Nashville, please visit our photo gallery found in the link below:

AMVETS Announces Thanksgiving Sweepstakes Winners

LANHAM, Md., November 23, 2015 — AMVETS leaders this week congratulated AMVETS 2015 Thanksgiving Sweepstakes grand prize winner Perry Tucker. AMVETS National Executive Director James B. King personally called Perry Tucker to congratulate him on winning the $10,000 sweepstakes grand prize.

AMVETS selected the 10 lucky sweepstakes winners from approximately 105,000 entries from around the country for prizes ranging from $500 to the $10,000 grand prize. The drawing took place today at the AMVETS National Headquarters in Lanham, MD.

Proceeds from the sweepstakes help support AMVETS’ continuing mission to deliver quality of life programs for veterans and their families. Be sure to look for the next AMVETS Sweepstakes entry form in the mail in February 2016.

2015 Thanksgiving Sweepstakes winners:

$10,000.00 – Perry Tucker, Burke, NY
$5,000.00 – George Swanson, Naples, FL
$2,500.00 – David D. Vander Hyde, Newaygo, MI
$1,000.00 – John T. Heron, Edmore, MI
$500.00 – Brett Thomas Lamour, Lambertville, MI
$500.00 – G. Northway, Clarence, NY
$500.00 – Edwin Sanborn, Medway, OH
$500.00 – Darrell E. Jensen, Audubon, IA
$500.00 – Bryant S. Mitchell, Louisville, TN
$500.00 – Rose Nemeth, Hillsboro, MO

A leader since 1944 in preserving the freedoms secured by America’s armed forces, AMVETS provides support for veterans and the active military in procuring their earned entitlements, as well as community service and legislative reform that enhances the quality of life for this nation’s citizens and veterans alike. AMVETS is one of the largest congressionally-chartered veterans’ service organizations in the United States, and includes members from each branch of the military, including the National Guard and Reserves. To learn more visit

An Open Letter to Dr. Ben Carson from Leading Veterans Organizations

Dear Dr. Carson:

As leaders of the nation’s largest veterans organizations, with more than 5 million active members, we vehemently disagree with your dangerous proposal to eliminate the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health care system for America’s veterans. Eliminating the VA health care system – considering all that it has done in the past and all that it could be in the future – would inevitably endanger the health and well-being of millions of wounded, injured and ill veterans, an outcome that we cannot allow to occur.

Dr. Carson, we do not question your intentions to improve the lives of those who have served; your life’s work speaks clearly to your dedication to the lives of others. Nor do we dispute your observation that VA today faces very serious problems and challenges in providing health care and benefits. Each of our organizations has criticized VA whenever it has faltered or failed, as has too often been the case in recent years. But because our primary concern is about ensuring the best possible outcomes for the men and women who served, we have also proposed thoughtful and responsible reforms that if enacted, and properly resourced, could make VA great again.

While we certainly respect your medical credentials, we are concerned that your current knowledge of the VA is both outdated and inaccurate. We recognize that you received a significant part of your medical training in the VA (as has the majority of America’s doctors); however, the VA you worked in over three decades ago is dramatically different than the VA of today or even ten years ago. The post-Vietnam VA health care system that you observed firsthand during your medical education and subsequent residency operated a system of large hospitals typically located only in major cities. That VA no longer exists. Today the VA system is an integrated, tiered network of more than 1,400 outpatient clinics, medical centers, hospitals, and clinical research facilities, affiliated with hundreds of medical schools and universities.

In reading your recent op-ed in USA Today, it appears to us that you have not been provided with complete and accurate information on how the VA health care system has evolved. Your claim that VA health care has not modernized to meet the changing needs of veterans is simply not borne out by the facts. For example, in just the past dozen years, VA has developed a national integrated system of polytrauma centers and research efforts to address the devastating traumatic injuries from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, particularly traumatic brain injury (TBI). Long the world leader in diagnosing and treating PTSD, VA also has now become the first and perhaps only large scale health care system to fully integrate mental health into its primary care system nationally. Over the past five years VA has also updated its model of care to integrate and support over 20,000 family caregivers of severely injured veterans, not only to allow them to receive care in their homes and reduce government spending, but also to increase the emotional support so critical for their recovery and healing.

VA’s clinical research programs have helped to improve medical diagnosis, treatment and health outcomes for the entire U.S. population. It was VA scientists who developed the original nicotine patch and proved the benefits of low dose aspirin therapy to prevent heart attacks. Closer to your own field of medicine, VA researchers demonstrated that therapy with electrodes implanted into the brain was better than medication at controlling tremors and movement problems in patients with Parkinson’s disease.

Dr. Carson, do you really think that veterans would be better off today had VA not existed, or that they would be better cared for in the future in a world without a national VA system dedicated to their unique and often complex needs?

Furthermore, your suggestion that giving veterans health savings accounts in lieu of access to a VA health care system would effectively diminish our nation’s sacred obligation to “care for him who shall have borne the battle…” It would put the onus on the veteran for finding their own health care providers, navigating through the private market-based system, determining whether it meets the standard of care they require, and dealing with the consequences if it goes awry. To suggest that disabled veterans could be sent out into the private economy with a health savings account card overlooks the fact that civilian health care providers have waiting lists of their own, that private practices often limit the number of government plan patients they accept due to low reimbursement rates, and presupposes that civilian doctors have the necessary skillsets and training to meet the unique health needs of military veterans.

Dr. Carson, as one of our nation’s preeminent medical practitioners, you are well positioned to work with us to promote needed reforms at the VA, reforms that will ensure this country keeps its promises to America’s veterans. We would welcome the opportunity to meet with you and open a dialogue about the benefits of a national health care system focused exclusively on veterans. America’s veterans have earned the right to a VA system that provides veteran-centric, high quality, accessible health care. We invite you to join with us in an effort to strengthen and reform the VA, not destroy it.


Garry Augustine, Executive Director, Washington Headquarters, DAV
Robert E. Wallace, Executive Director, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States
Verna L. Jones, Executive Director, The American Legion
Homer S. Townsend, Jr., Executive Director, Paralyzed Veterans of America
Stewart M. Hickey, National Executive Director, AMVETS
Robert Puskar, National Commander, Military Order of the Purple Heart
Paul J. Rieckhoff, Executive Director, IAVA
VADM Norbert R. Ryan, Jr., USN (Ret), President, Military Officers Association of America

Iran Nuclear Agreement

Hon. John A. Boehner
Speaker of the House
US House of Representatives
1011 Longworth HOB
Washington, D.C. 20515-3508

Hon. Nancy Pelosi
Minority Leader
US House of Representatives
233 Cannon HOB
Washington, D.C. 20515-0512

Hon. Mitch McConnell
Majority Leader
United States Senate
317 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510-1702

Hon. Harry Reid
Minority Leader
United States Senate
522 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510-2803

Dear Representatives Boehner & Pelosi and Senators McConnell & Reid:

On behalf of the 23 million American Veterans in this country, AMVETS, a leader since 1944 in preserving the freedoms secured by America’s armed forces and providing support for Veterans, Active Duty military, the National Guard/Reserves, their families and survivors, I would like to offer our staunchest opposition to the proposed Iran Nuclear Deal.

The most important reason that AMVETS opposes the Iran Nuclear Deal is because, as currently written, it does not adequately eradicate the threats to our national security or other vital interests of the United States.

Among the many concerns AMVETS has regarding the Iran nuclear agreement are the following provisions, that:

  • Iran gets to keep the majority of its nuclear infrastructure;
  • intercontinental ballistic missiles are NOT banned;
  • surprise inspections by outside entities are not permitted;
  • approved or not, Iran will still get $150 billion out of the nuclear deal;
  • the agreement allows Iran, and most importantly, only Iran to inspect itself;
  • the restrictions are short-term rather than permanent; and
  • Iran gets to continue conducting nuclear research

AMVETS is also greatly concerned that Iran, which historically has violated over 20 international agreements and is the leading state sponsor of terrorism, is simply not trustworthy.

Perhaps our biggest concern is the fact that Iran and the United States are not equals in the global scheme of things, so why are we allowing them so much power in these proceedings?

Finally, what are the tangible benefits to the U.S and out allies, especially, Israel? This agreement will actually enable Iran to become far more dangerous, render the Mideast still more unstable and introduce new threats to American interests as well as our allies.


Diane M. Zumatto
National Legislative Director