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The Spring SEC was a busy weekend--during the Sat meeting, it was decided to sponsor an Honor & Remember Flag in memory of US Army SPC Brian K Baker of West Seneca NY. His family will be receiving the personalized flag later this spring. We also continued our support of Canine Companions for Independence by providing the transportation of a dog to be partnered with a veteran with PTSD; there were also 2 other donations to CCI, one from Squad 72. First round on officer nominations were held but there is still time to jump in as an officer for next year.
Sons of AMVETS
Department of New York
SONS OF AMVETS National Headquarters Open
The new headquarters for National Sons of AMVETS is now open in the AMVETS building in Lanham, MD. The address is National Sons of AMVETS, 4647 Forbes Blvd, Lanham, MD 20706. Phone: 301-683-4099 and fax number is 301-683-3099. Ramona Joyner is the new Administrative Assistant and you can email her at email@example.com. All forms are being updated with the new address and completion will be announced.
New York Sons Storm Capitol Hill
Cmdr Pat Mitchell along with Finance Officer Bill Clemens and Aux 1st Vice Candy Clemens spent all day Wednesday Mar 2 talking to New York State Congressional Offices lobbying for veterans issues. 26 of 27 New York Offices were visited with us holding 19 face-to-face meetings and had photo ops with 2 Congressmen. This effort by all Son s of AMVETS does influence our representatives to vote "pro veteran."
New York State Sons of AMVETS Squad #1 Supplies 288 Craft Kits to Bath VAMC Veterans
The Sons of AMVETS Squadron #1 from Cuba, NY has supplied more than $6,700 worth of craft kits to the veterans at the VAMC at Bath, NY. 288 kits of leather goods, wood kits, and painting kits were obtained through a grant from the National Sons of AMVETS Past Commanders' Project. This program through the National Sons of AMVETS has approximately $130,000 of kits for use by veterans at any VA facility or state veterans home.
VAVS Representatives Needed!!
The Sons of AMVETS need VAVS volunteers--can you spare a little time each month to help your local VA medical center? As a national group, we have volunteers at fewer than 15 VAMC's across the country. If you are a volunteer, next time you visit VAMC, be sure your hours are listed to Group #322(Sons of AMVETS) and not listed under AMVETS. For more info on becoming a Sons VAVS Rep--email firstname.lastname@example.org
Cmdr Dan Briggs' National Project is to fund and reserrect the Activity Kits that have been discontinued by VA.
New York State Sons of AMVETS Convention Ends
Officers elected are essentially the same as last year: Patrick Mitchell, Commander; Chip Smith, 1st Vice Cmdr; John Cerny, 2nd Vice Cmdr; Ben Gladding, 3rd Vice Cmdr; Scott Devery, Adjutant; Les Baker Jr, Finance; Lee Smith, Judge Advocate; Paul Conto, Provost Marshall; Daniel Tamberlin, Chaplain; Bill Clemens, VAVS Coord & NECman; Richard Beaulieu, Convention Chairman.
Canine Companions awarded $1,000 in food and services.
Golf Tournament a success up in North Country.
NEW YORK SONS OF AMVETS INSTALL OFFICERS FOR 2015-16
On June 6 the NYS Sons of AMVETS held their 2015-16 Installation of Officers in Binghamton, NY. The NYS Sons would like to thank incoming AMVETS State Commander Rich DeJesu and incoming AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary President Kathy Ballard as well as the many AMVETS and Auxiliary Members that took the time to attend our Installation Ceremony. We also thank Sons of AMVETS National 3rd Vice Cmdr Harold Collins for administering the oath of office.
Pictured (L-R) Les Baker Immediate Past Commander; Chip Smith 1st Vice Commander; John Cerny 2nd Vice Commander; Ben Gladding 3rd Vice Commander; Patrick Mitchell Commander; Scott Devery Adjutant; Lee Smith Judge Advocate; Paul Conto Provost Marshall; Bill Clemens Finance Officer and Dan Tamburlin Chaplain. Not available for photo Richard Beaulieu Convention Chair.