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AMVETS History

Key Events in AMVETS History
1944
American Veterans of World War II founded in Kansas City
1945
First national convention held in Chicago/World War II ends
1946
National Ladies Auxiliary formed in Pittsburgh
1947
AMVETS charter legislation signed/Sad Sacks hold first scrimmage
1948
National Service Foundation becomes corporate subsidiary
1949
First memorial carillon dedicated at Arlington National Cemetery
1950
Charter amended to accept Korean War veterans as members
1951
Elliot Newcomb assumes top post in World Veterans Federation
1952
First headquarters dedicated on Rhode Island Ave. in Washington, DC
1953
Economy plan goes to Congress/Korean War Armistice signed
1954
First Silver Helmet award presented to Gen. George C. Marshall
1955
Action spurred on reburial of W.W.II unknown at Arlington Cemetery
1956
National Veterans Day Program hosted at Arlington Cemetery
1957
National Safety Program initiated
1958
First science scholarship presented
1959
Scholarships added for physical education study
1960
Harold Russell elected to third term as national commander
1961
Civil Defense assigned to DOD after nationwide awareness campaign
1962
USS Arizona Memorial and AMVETS Memorial Wall dedicated
1963
Final respects paid to President John F. Kennedy
1964
JFK Memorial Sports Fund honors late president
1965
Ground broken for new headquarters on Rhode Island Ave.
1966
Headquarters dedicated/Vietnam veterans accepted as members
1967
Drivers Excellence Program started
1968
First Gold Helmet Award present to President Lyndon B. Johnson
1969
AMVETS 25th Anniversary
1970
NEC meets in Berlin — seeks support for POW effort
1971
First thrift store open opens on Georgia Ave. in Washington, DC
1972
Ladies Auxiliary hosts Women's Forum on National Security
1973
The National AMVET resumes monthly publication as tabloid
1974
Ladies Auxiliary adopts John Tracy Clinic as national program
1975
Vietnam era ends/Amnesty-for-draft evaders legislation defeated
1976
Rep. Corrine C. Boggs receives First Auxiliary Humanitarian Award
1977
Stand taken in support of Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee
1978
New carillon dedicated at Arlington Cemetery
1979
Ground broken for new headquarters on Forbes Blvd. in Lanham, Md.
1980
Appeals made to elevate VA/Third headquarters dedicated
1981
Gramm-Latta Amendment endorsed
1982
Because We Care Day started/Vietnam Veterans Memorial dedicated
1983
Assistance provided families of marines wounded in Lebanon
1984
New memorial wall dedicated/Active military accepted as members
1985
AMVETS National Memorial Carillon dedicated
1986
Statue of Liberty restored/AMVETS contributes $100,000 to project
1987
First Independent Budget produced/first overseas carillon dedicated
1988
VA achieves cabinet-level status as Department of Veterans Affairs
1989
AMVETS Against Drug and Alcohol Abuse Program started
1990
National guardsmen and reservists accepted as members
1991
Arizona Memorial Room dedicated at headquarters/Gulf War ends
1992
Massive veterans’ protest stops VA rural healthcare initiative
1993
AMVETS-Toyota Safe Driving Challenge launched
1994
AMVETS 50th Anniversary
1995
Korean War Veterans Memorial dedicated
1996
VAVS 50th Anniversary/Site of World War II Memorial dedicated
1997
New logo adopted
1998
Town meetings conducted nationwide on VA budget crisis
1999
National Headquarters renovated/Largest flying flag dedicated
2000
National magazine changes name to AMERICAN VETERAN
2001
Terrorists attack US/Veterans Day National Commemoration hosted
2002
Albert Geremia, last surviving founder, dies
*Information above courtesy of AMVETS Naional*


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