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Crestview AMVETS to provide free Christmas dinners

Story via Crestview News Bulletin contributor

CRESTVIEW — Residents in need can still enjoy a full Christmas dinner due to local volunteers’ efforts.

AMVETS Post 35, Ladies Auxiliary, Sons of AMVETS and AMVETS Riders have shared Christmas dinner with area residents in need since 1990.

This year, volunteers will again deliver meals in the area from Shoal River in the east and south, Yellow River to the west and Auburn Road to the north.

The menu includes turkey, baked ham, mashed potatoes with gravy, green beans and whole kernel corn, pie and a roll.

If you would like a meal delivered to you at no charge, call 682-8435 between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Include your name, address, phone number and how many meals you will need. If you wish to pick up the meals, let volunteers know how many you will need.

“We ask that you make your meal requests prior to 5 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 22,” an event spokesperson said.

Volunteers will deliver meals sometime between 10:30 a.m. and noon on Dec. 25, Christmas Day.

AMVETS post to recognize Pearl Harbor Day

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AMVETS post to recognize Pearl Harbor Day

AMVETS Post 49 will hold its annual Pearl Harbor Day Remembrance Ceremony at 1:15 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, at the post, 3758 Sheridan Drive, near Getzville Road, Amherst.

This year recognizes the 75th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on Dec. 7, 1941. The attack marked the United States’ entrance into World War II.

Scheduled to be in attendance at the AMVETS post’s ceremony are honor guard members of the A.J. Jurek and Lamm posts, in addition to the VFW Post 416 Honor Guard and the Amherst Police Color Guard. AMVETS Post 49 will also have members of its color guard and rifle squad present.

Immediately following the ceremony, there will be a reception at the post for everyone who attended the service.

There is handicap-accessible parking in the front lot next to the post on Sheridan Drive. There is additional parking in the lot behind the post building.


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95 Year Old Navy Seabee Crochets Over 120 Blankets to Donate to Veterans


The West Palm Beach VA Medical Center honored World War II veteran, Don M’Sadoques
November 9th of this year. Over the past months, he has crocheted 120 blankets for fellow veterans living at the medical center.

At a young age, Don has had a talent for weaving, crocheting,
and caring for others. At age 21, he enlisted into the U.S. Navy Seabees and served until 1945.

The following are those who personally know Don and felt is necessary to speak about his undying generosity and service to others.

“Don is a gentle soul and a friend to all. A natural leader who encourages everyone to attend game nights and always willing to teach those who didn’t know how to play the games. You can’t help but feel love for Don.” – Bonnie Covaleskie

“Don is the best friend anyone could have. His organizational skills and good deeds he does for all his friends and neighbors cannot be surpassed. He is a loving friend to all.” – Bernie Diamond

“Just think, a member of the Greatest Generation, of whom there are far too few today. Don grew up poor, left home young, joined the Navy Seabees and was one of the many brave ones who helped allow the generations after him to enjoy the freedom they have today. An honest, dependable man whose word was his bond and a humble and kind soul whom we are proud to say is our friend.” – Larry and Peggy Killeen

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AMVETS Post 100 Marks Its 70th Anniversary

AMVETS Post 100 Commander Jim Duncan (center) hands Ed Wright of Jacksonville, a former AMVETS state commander, a certificate in appreciation of his dedication and service to Post 100 and the community.
AMVETS Post 100 Commander Jim Duncan (center) hands Ed Wright of Jacksonville, a former AMVETS state commander, a certificate in appreciation of his dedication and service to Post 100 and the community.
Jacksonville Illinois’ AMVETS Post 100 was established in 1946, just a year after the national AMVETS organization was formed. On Saturday, Post 100 marked its 70th anniversary with a celebration at the post home on East Court Street.

“About five years ago, the post had fallen on some hard financial times, but through some luck and by implementing better business practices, we were able to turn things around,” Post 100 Commander Jim Duncan said. “The reason we decided to hold the celebration was because 70 years is a long time and it’s a milestone we wanted to recognize.”

Doors opened at 10 o’clock, kicking off an exciting day of presentations, food and entertainment. Commander Duncan presented certificates of service to past commanders of the post, as well as to former leaders of the Sons of AMVETS and AMVETS’ Ladies Auxiliary.

“As a past AMVETS state commander and a longtime AMVETS member, I’m proud to be part of this 70th anniversary celebration of Post 100,” Ed Wright of Jacksonville said.

“The celebration is another way to get the AMVETS name out into the public, letting them know we are an open club,” Vice Commander Alice Towers added. “We hope to draw younger members to the organization. I would also like to reach out to more female veterans and encourage them to participate in the AMVETS.”

With over 260 members, Post 100 is one of the largest AMVETS posts in Illinois.

“The reason I enjoy belonging to the AMVETS is for the camaraderie and the shared experiences of serving in the military,” Lewis Camerer of Jacksonville said. “It doesn’t matter what branch you served in, we are all part of one big family.”

“We also act as a clearinghouse for veterans looking for assistance or information on benefits,” Commander Duncan said. “We are also active with the Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy. We host an annual Good Friday party for the residents and some of our members serve on the Veterans Home’s advisory council. Our vibrant Ladies Auxiliary also donates resources to the five Illinois veterans homes.”

To find out more information about AMVETS Post 100, call them at 217-243-9990 or visit their Facebook page.

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AMVETS and Legion 352 Host Coast Guard Thanksgiving

This past Thursday, the American Legion 352 and our New Jersey AMVETS chapter held a Thanksgiving dinner for Coast Guard recruits unable to travel home for the holiday. The following are a few photos taken by Leon Proctor, capturing the event.15179036_10211825945783296_7305344461035889484_n



AMVETS Post 26 collecting donations

MANSFIELD – The Ladies Auxiliary of Amvets Post 26 is collecting personal hygiene items — such as razors, body wash, undergarments and deodorant — to be distributed across Ohio to female veterans who are in need.

Also, a portion of collected items will be donated to the domestic violence shelter in Mansfield.

Items may be dropped off through Dec. 23 at Post 26, 1100 W. Fourth St. For details, call 419-631-5150.


Editor’s Notes: Some V-Day Notes and the Direction of AMVETS Social Networking Presence

Some Veteran’s Day Notes and the Direction of AMVETS Social Networking Presence

Back in July of 1950, right after the Korean War started, my father called us all together, my fourteen cousins and I. He told us there’s a war that has started; it’s your generation’s turn to volunteer to go. In our family you didn’t wait ‘til you were drafted, you just go.”

Native American Veterans Associate National Commander, Don Loudner is standing between the oak tree-sized pillars of the Arlington National Cemetery amphitheater, telling the story of how his military service came to be.

He pauses to cover his hand to his face, momentarily blocking the calm but consistent wind whistling through the marble structure. The light morning fog causes him to squint in focus, collecting his thoughts before explaining on what today symbolizes to him.

“As National Commander of all Indian Veterans serving with a whole range of other soldiers, I can remember when we got back a lot of us didn’t even go to the VA (Veteran Affairs) We told people we didn’t go to war for the benefits,” explains Louden.

“We went to keep the freedom we’ve had for years. Needed to retain the freedom.”

Loudner had flown in from Portland, Oregon, after previously traveling to Portland from his home in South Dakota. No matter how busy, his determination to reach Arlington Virginia can only be echoed by the other veterans in a representative position like his.

To many, the Arlington Veteran’s Day wreath laying observance is circled in calendars months before November, as well as flights and accommodations booked early, as they diminish fast. Diversity between those who have served our nation range from those who are Catholic to Jewish, men to women, Scottish, African or Native American, etc.

Several times of the year, representatives for each organization dedicated to our diverse vets gather in the tradition of wreath laying. They silently symbolize that while veterans carry different ancestry and served in unique ways, they make up one forever-holding bond; they are America’s veterans. They are America’s finest. They act as the sheepdog, endlessly guarding its herd from the wolves, foreign and domestic, that seeks to unleash evil onto all they come in contact with.

Many civilians not acquainted to military lifestyle find it hard to distinguish between the days we honor or celebrate. Most Americans find little difference between Memorial and Veteran’s Day, some even going so far as to salute the flag upon hearing our National Anthem or wear un-authorized articles of uniform that they find.

I’ll pause for a moment to let that sink in.

At AMVETS, we strive to provide exceptional service to those who have served this country and its citizens. This includes raising awareness and creating a platform that properly displays what our vets are all about. As we continue to build on our social network presence, AMVETS aims to bridge the relationship gap that is occasionally visible between citizens and veterans, while also maintaining a hunger, considerably a mild obsession, to provide undying service our veterans.

God Bless Our Vets,


Miles Migliara

Communication Manager, AMVETS


amvets_logoMiles Migliara

Communication Manager, AMVETS

Marine Corps League Celebrate HQ Relocation

Marine Corps League Celebrates HQ Relocation

Miles Migliara. Stafford, VA. 11/18/2016. 6:30 p.m.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held for the Marine Corps League Friday morning as they revealed their relocated headquarter office in Stafford, Virginia.

The League exists to serve Marines in areas such as hosting national conventions, providing merchandise items, aiding homeless and marines in need, and providing for our youth through support of the Young Marines and U. S. Marine Youth Foundation.

National Commandant of the Marine Corps League, Richard Gore, gave his remarks before cutting the ribbon, stating, “the reason for moving the Marine Corps League headquarters is to better serve Marines.”

Formerly located in Fairfax, the new location is just miles away from both the National Marine Museum and Quantico marine base.

“This move helps employ more marines,” explains Gore. “The league was formed because what are we first and foremost? We’re Marines.”

The League is now located at 3619 Jefferson Davis Hwy.

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Murphy AMVETS Post 2180 Host Annual Charter Night

Cub Scout Pack 97 with members of AMVETS Post 2180 at Veteran Memorial Hall in Necedah
Cub Scout Pack 97 with members of AMVETS Post 2180 at Veteran Memorial Hall in Necedah
November 8th marked the 14th annual Charter Night Dinner for AMVETS Post 2180 in Murphy, Wisconsin. Their members, along with VFW, American Legion and Veterans Assistance Foundation in Tomah gathered at Veteran Memorial Hall in Necedah. They had a lot to celebrate.

Murphy AMVETS Post 2180 has been awarded Post of the Year from the AMVETS Department of Wisconsin for seven of the last eight years. Post 2180 members have been active in the community, making a total of 1,641 visits to schools and memorial services this year, totaling over 5,500 hours of service. Also, Post member Kenneth Hornburg received the Edward L. Janczak award for his work with Veterans in their community.

Hornburg, who also serves on the American Legion and VFW, said “Most all of it has to do with the support of the American veteran.” He goes on to say “the person that gives some time to the service of his country needs to be thanked. Because he has given his life over and above what everybody else does.”

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Leaders of AMVETS Visit Taiwan

By L. J. Lamb | The China Post

AMVETS National Commander Harold Chapman, AMVETS National Ladies Auxiliary President Evelyn R. McElvin, and their party are hosted by Minister of the R.O.C. Veterans Affairs Council General Lee Hsiang-jow and Mrs. Lee at the Welcoming Dinner Party in honor of AMVETS guests.
AMVETS National Commander Harold Chapman, AMVETS National Ladies Auxiliary President Evelyn R. McElvin, and their party are hosted by Minister of the R.O.C. Veterans Affairs Council General Lee Hsiang-jow and Mrs. Lee at the Welcoming Dinner Party in honor of AMVETS guests.
Leaders of AMVETS (American Veterans), a congressionally chartered veterans’ service organization in the U.S., just completed their extended annual visit to Taiwan.

AMVETS National Commander Harold Chapman and AMVETS National Ladies Auxiliary President Evelyn R. McElvin were visiting at the invitation of the Minister of the R.O.C. Veterans Affairs Council (VAC) General Lee Hsiang-jow.

While in Taiwan, they paid a courtesy call on President Tsai Ing-wen at the Presidential Office.

President Tsai noted that AMVETS had been a strong supporter of Taiwan for over three decades, and that each year, leaders from the VAC and AMVETS exchanged information on veterans’ affairs, national defense and foreign relations.

President Tsai thanked the visitors for the latest AMVETS National Resolution on Taiwan, in which AMVETS recognized that the R.O.C. on Taiwan was a long-time friend, ally and strategic partner of the U.S.

At a welcome dinner party, Minister Tung expressed his gratitude to AMVETS’ continued support of Taiwan through its Resolutions at the AMVETS National Convention each year.

In return, Commander Chapman and President McElvin conveyed appreciation for their hospitality and noted that they were impressed with the dedication of the VAC in caring for the country’s veterans.

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