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Bush Hog donates $10,000 to AMVETS Foundation

By Alaina Denean Deshazo | Selma Times Journal

Pictured from left: Gerald Worthington, Ricky Pendley, Kent Clark, Jeff Plummer, Bobby Gujral, Tyrone Trawick, Vicky Scarbrough and Tony Marchese

Lawn mowing manufacturer Bush Hog recently raised $10,000 for the AMVETS National Service Foundation to give back to veterans.

Gerald Worthington, Bush Hog president, said giving back to the veterans is important and he was happy to have his company participate.

“Every year, we have a fundraising event and this year we decided to partner with AMVETS,” Worthington said. “We took one of our zero turn mowers, we painted it in a camouflage scheme, we took it around to our major farm shows starting in the spring all the way through October. We asked people if they would be willing to donate money towards the AMVETS for a chance to win that zero-turn mower at the end of the year.”

Worthington said they have a number of veterans that work there now, and have worked there in the past, so he wants to do everything he and the company can to help them.

“I think this is an important time in our country when it’s more important to recognize the people that have fought for our freedom and fought to protect you and now it’s their turn and they need us,” Worthington said. “It’s time for us to step up and help them.”

Kent Clark, executive director of AMVETS National Service Foundation said he was excited to find out about the donation.

“Today is a great day for veterans,” Clark said. “We get to come down and spend time here with Bush Hog, but also, most of our veterans come from rural America and Bush Hog is part of that. So that’s why it’s so important for us to have a partnership giving back to America.”

Clark said when he found out how much money was raised for the organization, he was excited and thankful.

“When Bush Hog told us that it was $10,000, we were very appreciative,” Clark said. “We were proud to be partners with them this year.”

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AMVETS is pleasantly surprised with President-elect Trump’s nominee to lead VA

Contact: John Hoellwarth
National Communications Director
AMVETS (American Veterans)
(703) 628-9621

American Veterans (AMVETS) is pleasantly surprised with President-elect Trump’s nominee to lead the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

“In the absence of clarity about who was to lead the VA, we grew more than a little concerned that political considerations might undermine veterans’ best interests,” said AMVETS Executive Director Joe Chenelly. “But this wise decision by President-elect Trump validates what we’ve long known and said – that the Veterans Health Administration is on the right track despite a prolonged, concerted smear campaign aimed at dismantling and privatizing veterans care. We applaud the transition team’s diligence.”

Since the election, AMVETS has been calling for continuity in leadership to protect and sustain the crucial improvement already underway within the VA. Dr. Shulkin is a strong leader who’s been a driving force behind these modernizations and improvements.

“While our membership has been clear in its preference to have a veteran leading the VA, I am heartened by the fact that Dr. Shulkin seems to legitimately ‘get it.’ Even as the undersecretary for VHA, Dr. Shulkin has continued to personally see patients in an admirable effort to stay in touch with veterans and caregivers,” said Chenelly.

AMVETS is looking forward to the confirmation process and will be paying close attention.


AMVETS is ‘Deeply Concerned’ About VA Secretary Position

For Immediate Release
Contact: John Hoellwarth
National Communications Director
AMVETS (American Veterans)
(703) 628-9621

AMVETS is ‘Deeply Concerned’ About VA Secretary Position

AMVETS National Headquarters, Jan. 9th, 2017 – American Veterans (AMVETS) is deeply concerned that the incoming administration, less than two weeks before President-elect Donald J. Trump’s inauguration, has yet to provide any clarity on who will lead the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) once he takes office.

“We cannot afford any lapse in leadership at the VA, especially at the Secretary level,” said AMVETS National Executive Director Joe Chenelly. “Millions of American Veterans receive necessary, earned care and benefits from the VA every day. The transition between administrations naturally brings uncertainty, but that must be minimized with a timely decision by the incoming president regarding the VA Secretary.”

“We, the veterans’ community, have been patient because we want this decision to be made wisely, with all of the facts taken into account. We realize a lot of misinformation has been spread over the past year-plus, and that takes time to cut through. We do not want to rush this, but timeliness is crucial,” Chenelly said. “A lot of important work on behalf of veterans may go to waste if the wrong decision is made or if it takes too long to decide.”

Last August, Mr. Trump addressed AMVETS’ national convention by video.

“We listened as President-elect Trump said veterans would receive the care and benefits they earned and need if he were elected. We met with his staff before the election, and we’ve twice met with his transition team after the election. We want and need President-elect Trump to make the right decisions on leadership and direction. We’ve offered our full assistance, including a standing offer to travel to New York City to meet with him. We are marching in his inauguration parade. We want him to be successful in fulfilling his promise to veterans. But we will hold him accountable if he does not,” Chenelly said.

AMVETS is among a group of the nation’s most experienced veterans’ organizations, collectively representing more than 5 million veterans. Weeks ago, they collectively requested a meeting with President-elect Trump, offering their counsel as he decides who should lead the VA moving forward. That request has gone unanswered.

Today AMVETS asks all who want what’s best for our nation’s heroes to call on President-elect Trump to meet directly with the veterans’ service organizations as soon as possible.

AMVETS is the nation’s largest and oldest Congressionally-chartered veterans service organization that is open to and fights for all veterans who served honorably, including reservists & guardsmen. AMVETS has been a nonpartisan advocate for veterans and their families for more than 70 years.

AMVETS donates to Veterans Trust Fund

via Middletown Transcript

Commission of Veterans Affairs Chairman Bill Farley accepted a $500 donation from Christine Bradley, of AmVets Post 2, Ladies Auxiliary, on Dec. 20 after the commission’s monthly board meeting.

One hundred percent of tax deductible contributions to the Trust Fund go to honorably discharged Delaware veterans in proven financial need.

Commision of Veteran Affairs Chairman, Bill Farley, accepts $500 donation from Christine Bradley, Ladies Auxiliary of Post 2. Photo provided by Commision of Vet. Affairs.

Sons of AMVETS named “2016 Partner of the Year”

The 45-year-old national non-profit Help Heal Veterans (HV) whose mission is to provide therapeutic craft kits to every veteran who wants them, has named “Sons of AMVETS“, the 2016 Partner of the year. “The ‘Suns of AMVETS’ has been an incredible collaborator with HV this year. It is organizations like theirs who are dedicated to helping serve others that enable us to assist so many veterans across the country,” said CEO, Joe McClain.

The “Sons of AMVETS” distributed over 6000 craft kits to veterans during 2016 Fiscal Year, as well as, dedicating time to the project. “Combined we have attributed an estimated $500,000 worth of support to Heal Veterans,” said McClain. “Clearly they have been faithful to our organization, and we want to shine a very bright light on all that they have done. They not only have committed time, but they have financially supported HV with a $28,000 donation to back a literary study on Therapy and Arts and also subsidized our costs on mailing kits.”

About the craft kits: The craft kits help veterans both mentally and physically. It enhances the ability for veterans to take their minds off their injury and the past and creates an opportunity for them to live in the present. Feelings of accomplishment and a boost in self-esteem also augment veterans mentally. Physically the kits provide a substantial challenge that increases their mobility. Craft kits include projects like woodworking, leather, models, and a variety of needle crafts, among many others. Recently, HV has partnered with actress Kerry Cahill (The Walking Dead) creating a craft kit called “The Cahill Wristband.” The wristband is similar to what Cahill’s late father used to wear. A terrorist killed Cahill’s dad in the Ft. Hood terror attack in 2009.

Help Heal Veterans, a nonprofit organization founded during the Vietnam War, supplies free arts-and-crafts kits to injured servicemen and women and U.S. veterans. The kits often become a part of the patient’s treatment plan, providing a creative outlet for stress and boredom and a way to rebuild confidence and self-esteem. Help Heal Veterans has distributed more than 29 million kits since 1971 from hundreds of craft categories.


Post 91 supports “Adopt a Veteran”

The Black Hawk County Veteran Affairs Commission conducted their first “Adopt a Veteran” event this Christmas, aiming to provide gifts for veterans and their families struggling or alone during the holidays.With the help of several organizations, AMVETS included, the event ran successful enough to increase chances of it becoming annually scheduled.

“There were nearly 70 people, companies, organizations who came forward to adopt a veteran,” stated Kevin Dill, commission executive director. “The Cedar Falls AMVETS riders adopted two families and held a craft sale that generated money in the form of gift cards to families.

“We received monetary donations from (Waterloo) AMVETS Post 19, the local Disabled American Veterans, DENSO (Waterloo engineering and service center), Black Hawk County bake sale, Waterloo Woman’s Club,” Dill said. “The Cedar Falls AMVETS donated some socks as gifts. The Cedar Falls VFW Post 3896 adopted a family as well.”

AMVETS Post 115 Share Tidings of Joy with Nursing Home Residents

Attached are photos contributed by our Maryland AMVETS, Post 115. Several members chose to give to the the Althea Woodland nursing home this season, several of whom did not have the opportunities to be with friends and family. The Silver Spring residents relished in the chance to celebrate in holiday festivities with AMVETS members, while American Veterans enjoyed the gift of extending some cheer to the residents.







Members of MD Post 115 visited the residents of Althea Woodland Nursing Home in Silver Spring, MD.







Members of MD Post 115 sang Christmas Carols along with the residents, then handed out gifts to them. The residents enjoyed their gifts and had a great time!

Missouri AMVETS delivers cards to local Vets

With the help of Bass Pro, American Veterans has collected and will be distributing joy in the form of Christmas cards. According to Diana Jeffries-Johnson, Executive Director at our Missouri chapter, Missouri AMVETS has gathered 1,105 cards and will be delivering them to local veterans around the “Show Me” state. Thank you to our Missouri AMVETS posts for continuing to put our veterans first.

Photo via Bass Pro Shops (Springfield, MO)

AMVETS donates toys

By Rebecca Carlbon, staff writer (via Burlington Community Times)

Members of AMVETS Department of New Jersey and Riverside Post 251 AMVETS are donating new unwrapped toys to children, ages 3-10 years old, as part of Operation Homefront.

The toys will be delivered on Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. at the AMVETS location at 611 Beverly-Rancocas Road, Willingboro. The toys benefit children of the surrounding communities who are in need.

Members of AMVETS Department of New Jersey and Riverside Post 251 AMVETS are donating new unwrapped toys to children, ages 3-10 years old, as part of Operation Homefront.

The toys will be delivered on Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. at the AMVETS location at 611 Beverly-Rancocas Road, Willingboro. The toys benefit children of the surrounding communities who are in need.

Armful of state, federal honors for AMVETS vice commander


John Nesgoda, vice commander of AMVETS Post 1 and quartermaster of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6708 of McAdoo, has been honored for his work with veterans in need, their families and community service.

The U.S. Air Force veteran received recognition from the United States Congress and the state Legislature during the annual veterans recognition dinner held recently at the AMVETS post.

Veterans and families

Nesgoda received an award from the U.S. House of Representatives for outstanding work in support of veterans and their families sponsored by Rep. Lou Barletta, R-11, Hazleton, and an award from the United States Senate for veteran and community service sponsored by Sen. Patrick J. Toomey, R-Pa.

He also received the Veteran of the Year award from the commonwealth of Pennsylvania for outstanding service to the military and the Pennsylvania Senate Award for dedication and service to Pennsylvania veterans. Both were sponsored by state Sen. David Argall, R-29, Tamaqua.

In addition, he was presented with the award for veterans services from Pennsylvania House of Representatives sponsored by state Rep. Jerry Knowles, R-124, Tamaqua, and the AMVETS Veteran of the Year Award from AMVETS Post 1 sponsored by Commander Dale Wesner and comrades.

“John has worked very hard for AMVETS Post 1 and VFW Post 6708. We are grateful that John’s tremendous efforts and leadership in supporting veterans, their families and the community at large have finally been recognized by the legislatures of the United States and the state of Pennsylvania,” Wesner said.

“We are very proud of John Nesgoda and his wife, Carol.”

— Jill Whalen

Jill Whalen/Staff Photos John Nesgoda, vice commander of AMVETS Post 1 and quartermaster of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6708 of McAdoo, is shown with the awards he recently received from U.S. Congress and the state Legislature.