Department of New York
April 20, 2021
Hopefully the worst time in the History of our country is behind us. Our prayers go out to members of the AMVETS family who have lost friends and loved ones to this dreadful Pandemic. Although we will never forget those who are no longer with us it is time to get back to our normal AMVET lives and start scheduling our Meetings, Elections and Conventions. I assume that attendance will be down at these events because there are still people who are not yet confident that it is safe to be out in crowds and we totally understand. I can assure you that the Department will be following all the proper protocols such as mandatory masks and social distancing to make sure everyone attending feels safe. The Department Convention is scheduled for June 10-12 in Binghamton. Before you can attend the Installation Dinner you must have a vaccine card proving you had all the shots and if not you will have to be tested 72 hours prior to the Dinner before attending. Mandates could, and probably will, change by the time Convention comes around and whatever we have to do we will do to make sure we can have new election of Officers. I will be having a meeting with Mary Lamphere and together we will do everything we can to have a successful Convention. On a National level the Convention will be held in Greensboro on August 17-21 and don’t forget Rolling to Remember which will be held on May 30th. Rolling to Remember is AMVETS newest endeavor, which is a 33-year-old event to advocate for the Prisoners of War who are still missing, and the 22 a day Veterans who die by suicide. I will be attending all these events and look forward to seeing you guys there.
I miss you guys, God Bless you all.
Rich Rossi, Executive Director
Veterans Serving Veterans
October 1-2, 2021 - Binghamton, NY
May 21-22, 2021 - Binghamton, NY
Frequently Asked Questions
The frequently asked questions below may increase your understanding of AMVETS and our membership requirements. If you have an unanswered question, please call AMVETS at 877-726-8387.
What is an AMVET?
AMVETS stands for American Veterans. Our members are active duty and honorably discharged veterans from all branches of services. We are chartered by congress to assist veterans in all aspects of their lives from disability claims to finding jobs.
Do you have to serve in combat to be an AMVETS member?
You do not have to be a combat veteran to join. All active duty and honorably discharged military personnel are eligible to become AMVETS members.
What are the membership dues?
Annual dues are $30 a year when you join online as a member at large. Life membership is $250.
What is a Member at Large (MAL)?
When you join online through our website, you are assigned to the state of your choice. You can be a MAL in your home state or the state you are stationed in. MALs have access to all AMVETS canteens and restaurants and can use all of our member discounts. Members at large do not have a vote in AMVETS elections. To be a voting member of AMVETS, you must join a Post.
How can I join and AMVETS Post?
You can request a transfer from MAL status to a post. By joining a post, you can actively help veterans through a variety of AMVETS programs. You can do a zip code search for AMVETS Near You at the top of our website. Email or call the post point of contact and let them know you are interested in joining their post and they will help you with the transfer.
How was AMVETS started?
When troops returned to America at the end of WWII, many used their newly earned GI bill benefit to complete a degree, a goal usually reserved for the wealthy. Veterans found they we comfortable with other veterans on campus and they formed veterans clubs. These clubs became active in shaping American policy and on July 23, 1947, President Harry Truman signed public law 216 which granted a Congressional Charter to AMVETS (American Veteran).
My Husband is in the military, can I join AMVETS?
Yes you can join the AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary. The Ladies Auxiliary works closely with AMVETS posts on programs to help veterans. Go to their website at www.amvetsaux.org to join. A link to the Ladies Auxiliary is also under the About AMVETS Family tab.
My Dad was a soldier can I join?
Yes you can join the Sons of AMVETS. Many posts have Sons of AMVETS working closely with the AMVETS members to help support returning veterans. Go to their website at www.sonsofamvets.org to join. You can also find the link under the About AMVETS Family tab.
How can I join the AMVETS Riders?
AMVETS has a strong contingent of veterans that enjoy motorcycles. Go to their website at www.amvetsridersnational.org to join. You can also find the link for the AMVETS Riders under the About AMVETS Family tab www.amvets.org .
June 10-12, 2021 - Binghamton, NY
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