AmVets Holds Monthly Meeting

American Legion Post 493
Radio Road, Little Egg Harbor, NJ
Aug 19, 2019
7:00 PM

According to AmVets’ national website, “Our commitment to service traces its roots back to 1944 when veteran volunteers first began helping veterans of World War II obtain the benefits promised them by the federal government. As the number of returning veterans swelled into the millions, it was evident that some sort of nationally organized assistance for them would be needed. The older established national groups wouldn’t do; the leaders of this new generation of veterans wanted their own organization.

“With that in mind, eighteen of them, representing nine veterans clubs, met in Kansas City, Missouri and founded The American Veterans of World War II on Dec. 10, 1944. Less than three years later, on July 23, 1947, President Harry S. Truman signed Public Law 216, making AMVETS the first World War II organization to be chartered by Congress.”

Since then, the original charter has been amended several times to admit members who served in different eras.

Today, membership in AmVets is open to anyone who is currently serving, or who has honorably served, in the U.S. armed forces from World War II to the present, including the National Guard and Reserves.

Today, there are 250,000 members nationwide, and the local group hopes to add to that.

Some of the services provided to members are trained national service officers accredited by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs to provide advice and action on compensation claims at no charge to the veteran.

AmVets meets the third Monday of each month at 7 p.m. at American Legion Post 493.

The annual dues to join AmVets is $30 and allows members access to the post and all its functions.

To join AmVets, stop by during a meeting. For more information, call 609 296-9771.