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.
By Patrick Mitchell | Commander NYS Sons Of AMVETS
On September 29 the Town of Brookhaven Honored AMVETS National Commander Harold Chapman with a proclamation presented by Brookhaven Town Supervisor Ed Romaine. Suffolk County Comptroller John Kennedy also presented Harold with a proclamation. In addition, many members of AMVETS Post 48 Harold’s home Post were in attendance to help him celebrate his election as National Commander. During the Ceremony it was pointed out that Harold is the 73rd AMVETS National Commander and the organization’s first National Commander from Long Island. Chapman is an Honorably Discharged Veteran of the United States Air Force whose Vietnam War-Era Service includes postings at air bases in California and Texas as well as 18 months spent in the Pacific Theater. At the National Level he has held the office of 1st Vice Commander(2015-2016), 2nd Vice Commander(2014-2015) and National Finance Officer (2012-2014). As a New York State AMVET Harold has held many Command Positions at the Post and State Level which culminated with his election as NYS Commander for two consecutive terms beginning in 2002.
AMVETS will be celebrating the 70th Anniversary of its’ Congressional Charter to assist Veterans in all aspects of their lives. President Harry Truman signed PL-216 on July 23, 1947 which gave AMVETS its’ Charter. Suffolk County which is largely comprised by the Town of Brookhaven consists of nearly 80,000 Veterans. AMVETS Posts 48, 111, 1998 and 1174 are located within the Town of Brookhaven and have been supportive of Veterans being serviced by the Stony Brook State Veterans Home and the Northport Veterans Medical Center. Furthermore, many AMVETS, Sons, Ladies Auxiliary and AMVETS Riders from the above mentioned posts have assisted the Northport VA run a Stand Down for Homeless Veterans twice during each calendar year.
On the National Level Harold is concerned about the current statistics regarding the 22 Veterans a day throughout the country that commit suicide. The Veterans Administration has a hotline to aid Veterans in need of support and companionship when the need arises by calling 1-800-273-8255. This hotline is available 24 hours per day 7 days a week.
With more than a quarter of a million members AMVETS is the only Veterans Service Organization open to all honorably discharged or currently serving Active, Reserved or National Guard Veterans of all ranks, grades and service branches regardless of whether they served in war or peace. The AMVETS Family also includes Sons of AMVETS, Ladies Auxiliary, AMVETS Riders and Junior AMVETS. Each year AMVETS files about 64,000 claims on behalf of Veterans and surviving family members. AMVET Volunteers have logged over 158,000 hours at VA Facilities Nationwide during the 2015 year and AMVETS has raised more than $350,000 to replace the USS Arizona Memorial Wall and is currently working diligently to see a monument to Gulf War Veterans tro be placed in the National Wall in Washington, DC.
If interested in more information about the AMVETS Organization please contact AMVETS National Headquarters located in Latham, Maryland at 1-877-726-8387.