LEGISLATIVE UPDATE FOR SEPT. 14, 2020 HAS BEEN POSTED!!!!!!
 

Want to HELP?  Want some CASH? Then it's time you returned all 2016 Veteran Support Cash Raffle Tickets. You need a ticket to have a chance for your share of $6,000.00 in prize money. Proceeds benefit Commander Strittmather's Project supporting AMVETS Diabetes Res

Sons of AMVETS, Squadron 1 from Cuba, NY have supplied more than $6,700 worth of craft kits to the Veterans at the VA Medical Center in Bath, NY.  288 kits of leather goods, wood kits, and painting kits were supplied partially through a grant from Past National Sons of AMVETS Commander Dan

On March 26, 2016 National Commander David T. Strittmather did 22 push-ups in his basement to kick-off “22 Push-Ups a Day for 22 Days”. This effort is to bring awareness to the suicide rate among Veterans and those currently serving.

I had the honor to represent the National Sons of AMVETS at the memorial service for Harold "Lee" Reed.  Although we gathered on a sad note, I would like to share with you the email I received from the Department of Michigan Service Foundation Treasurer, Charles Petch.

David,

On 11/23 the New York State Sons of AMVETS presented Canine Companions for Independence with a $1,000.00 donation to assist in providing food and veterinary care for future assistance dogs that will be placed with a Veteran with a disability.

The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) reports that nearly one in four men and women (24 percent) who served their country have diabetes.This includes my father and why I have selected AMVETS Diabetes Institute as my Commander's Project.

To all Sons of AMVETS nationwide: Single page Fact Sheets on the 2017 AMVETS Legislative Priorities regarding Complimentary & Alternative Medicine, Toxic Wounds, Service Dogs, and Mental Health have been added to the wewbsite. ​As time permits, please review prior to "Storm the Hill"​.

By mid April, we will finally be able to get National Sons of AMVETS Commander to pause after over 8 months of leading our mission of "Sons Serving Veterans". In recognition of his service and dedication all are invited to attend a Testmonial Dinner in Honor of National Sons of AMVETS Commander David T. Strittmather.

  Veteran Dan Gsell Sr. and member of Post 47 in Panama City Beach, FL is the most recent Veteran to receive mobility assistance through the Sons of AMVETS Department of Florida DIRECT to VET Scooter Program. Dan had a leg amputated, is recovering from a recent stroke, and deals with vison difficulties.

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HELP HEAL VETERANS SELECTED AS COMMANDER’S PROJECT

Sons of AMVETS National Commander Richard Thibodeau will support Help Heal Veterans (HHV) through his Commander’s Project in 2019-2020. 

Help Heal Veterans' mission is to support the healing and enrich the lives of veterans and military personnel. Healing arts and crafts provide a therapeutic experience for all veterans including those who are hospitalized, in shelters, in convalescent homes and those undergoing therapy for a wide range of physical and mental challenges. The kits, provided free of charge to the veteran, become a part of the patient's treatment plan, giving them a creative outlet along with tangible therapeutic and rehabilitation benefits. 

Since inception, Help Heal Veterans has delivered nearly 31 million arts and crafts kits to veterans and veteran facilities nationwide, along with active duty military overseas.Kits range in categories including woodworking, leather, models, and a variety of needlecrafts, paint-by-numbers and many others.

You may visit www.healvets.org to learn more.

All are invited to join with Commander Richard to support our veterans and active duty members through this DIRECT to VET program. Donations may be sent to National Sons of AMVETS, 4647 Forbes Blvd, Lanham, MD 20706. Please make your checks payable to National SOA and mark the memo line HHV. 

 

PROJECT REPORT

Greetings to all Sons,

Through March 14, 2020, 214 Squadrons and Departments have recorded over $6,401,657 in activity for 2019-2020. GREAT JOB!!!!! On behalf of the veterans we serve, THANK YOU!!!

Your commitment to our mission, "SONS SERVING VETERANS", is noteworthy. Our proactive DIRECT to VET approach has had a positive impact on those we have pledged to serve. As an organization it is important that our programs be recorded. To that end, all are encouraged to register at www.sonsofamvets.org so you may submit your project reports.

Please contact me directly at mickandlynda@verizon.net if you need assistance submitting reports or if you have difficulties with registration. If preferred you can call or text me at 813-445-0253.

Take Credit for your volunteerism and report your activity!

In Fellowship and Service,

Mick Ciesla
2nd Vice Commander/Webmaster
National Sons of AMVETS