AMVETS

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American Veterans
AMVETS-Logo.svg
Abbreviation AMVETS
Established December 10, 1944 (1944-12-10)
Type Veterans' organization
Legal status Federally chartered corporation
Headquarters 4647 Forbes Blvd.,
Lanham, Maryland
Region served
Worldwide
Membership (2016)
250,000
Executive Director
Joseph Chenelly
National Commander
Harold Chapman (2016-2017)
Main organ
National Convention
Subsidiaries
  • AMVETS National Service Foundation
  • AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary
  • Sons of AMVETS
  • Junior AMVETS
  • AMVETS Riders
  • ″Sad Sacks″
  • ″Sackettes″
Website amvets.org
Formerly called
American Veterans of World War II, Korea, and Vietnam

American Veterans, (AMVETS) is a non-partisan, volunteer-led organization formed by World War II veterans of the United States military. It advocates for its members as well as for causes that its members deem helpful to the nation at large. The group holds a Federal charter under Title 36 of the United States Code. It is a 501(c)19 organization.

Background[edit]

President Harry Truman at AMVETS headquarters dedication
AMVETS memorial sign on Thruway

AMVETS, which is also known as American Veterans, is the largest and oldest veterans service organization that is open to and fights for all veterans and their families.

With more than 250,000 members, AMVETS exists to enhance the quality of life for all veterans, their families and survivors. Membership in AMVETS is open to anyone who honorably served or is currently serving in the U.S. Armed Forces, including the National Guard and Reserves.

AMVETS presents its annual Silver Helmet Awards to "recognize excellence and achievement in Americanism, defense, rehabilitation, congressional service and other fields."[1] Sometimes called the "Veterans Oscar," the award is shaped like a silver replica of a World War II helmet. Recipients have included Edmund Muskie, Lyndon B. Johnson, Lee Greenwood, and Jack Quinn.

John "J.P." Brown III, national commander,[2] AMVETS, 2008

Legislation[edit]

AMVETS is a resolution-based member organization, meaning the organization's membership passes resolutions at annual National Conventions. Those resolutions make up AMVETS' national legislative agenda. AMVETS advocates legislatively for improvements in health care and benefits that affect all veterans, those currently serving, and their families.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "AMVETS - Our History". Archived from the original on June 7, 2007. Retrieved September 13, 2007. 
  2. ^ "Honoring John P. Brown, III". CapitolWords.org. May 13, 2003. 

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