AMVETS Hawaii mission is to provide advocacy, support and assistance for all who served honorably in the United States Armed Forces: past, present and future veterans and their families;
To inform, influence and inspire others to serve in our military and civilian communities; and
To especially honor and never forget not only our World War II veterans who died at Pearl Harbor and Ewa Field, but also those many more who died in sea battles, distance coral atolls – Coral Sea, Midway, Wake- their names often never recognized or mentioned for their sacrifices.
Honoring the Past, Inspiring the Future
– Preserve and Honor: Remembering the legacy of those who came before us
– Educate and Inspire: Passing the legacy on to the generations who will follow
It is our duty and our solemn vow to never forget those who fought and died. Let us always honor the brave men of the USS Arizona with this memorial so they may rest in peace among the waves and know they will never be forgotten.
President Lincoln said that speeches and statues are not an adequate repayment for service in defense of one’s country. One day of remembrance is simply not enough for what these veterans did 75 years ago. For we are able to choose freedom today because of the bravery of those men and women whose fate, on that day, had been chosen for them.
AMVETS (American Veterans) is the nation’s most inclusive Congressionally-chartered veterans service organization, representing the interests of 20 million veterans. AMVETS is open to and fighting for all who honorably served in the United States military, including the Reserve and Guard. With more than 300,00 members nationwide, we are veterans serving veterans.
AMVETS NATIONAL MISSION STATEMENT: To enhance and safeguard the entitlements for all American Veterans who have served honorably and to improve the quality of life for them, their families, and the communities where they live through leadership, advocacy and services.
In March 2020, Commander Brown will addressed the Veteran Affairs Committee on AMVETS priorities: Suicide Prevention, Women Veterans and Access to Quality Healthcare.
This Memorial Day Weekend, AMVETS will organize the nation’s largest motorcycle demonstration ride, focused on raising awareness of the issues impacting our service members, veterans, and their families. The 33rd consecutive year ride will raise awareness of the plight of over 81,000 POW/MIAs still unaccounted for. The 2020 massive motorcycle run across the country to the nation’s capital will also address the national suicide epidemic taking the lives of more than 20 military veterans a day.
27-28 March 2020, AMVETS Hawaii will host the Healthcare, Education, Advocacy, and Legislation (HEAL) Summit for Our Nation’s Defenders at the University of Hawaii at West Oahu.
American Veterans (AMVETS) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) signed Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) in furtherance of their ongoing efforts to eliminate risk factors that contribute to veteran suicide and establish programs and practices that offer at-risk veterans the interventions necessary to avert potential suicide risk. The agreement enhances cooperation between the AMVETS HEAL Program and the VA, through the VHA Office of Suicide Prevention. Together, AMVETS and the VA will identify and eliminate the barriers veterans face in accessing healthcare, enroll more at-risk veterans into the VA healthcare system, and providing training for those who work with veterans so that intervention begins once red flags are identified. “Suicide prevention remains VA’s top clinical priority, and I’m pleased to join with AMVETS and other partners to do all we can to help our Veterans in need,” said VA Secretary Robert Wilkie.
AMVETS good works in Hawaii includes…
The AMVETS Memorial Carillon Bell System at Punchbowl is maintained by AMVETS Service Foundation, IAW, AMVETS-Cemetery MOA. AMVETS decided that a “living” memorial, a carillon whose bells, symbolic of Thomas Jefferson’s historic words, “Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty,” tolling as a constant reminder that the sacrifices made by those who died were not in vain, but also serves to remind us of our legacy and of our debt to those who fought to preserve freedom throughout the world.
AMVETS is the proud “Keepers of the USS Arizona Memorial Marble Shrine Wall”
AMVETS built the first Memorial Wall and replaced the Wall 3-times; most recently, AMVETS raised the $350,000 dollars needed and rededicated the Memorial Wall on Veterans Day, 11 NOV 2014, IAW, AMVETS – National Park Service MOA
Pearl Harbor Visitor Center Shoreside Dock Restoration Project
AMVETS Past National Commander, Regi Riley (2018-2019) selected the Shoreside dock to be his Signature Project, raising over $65,000 dollars in August 2019.
U.S. Department of the Interior, National Pork Service (NPS) Ewa Field Grant – $63,000
In September 2018, NPS entered into a Grant Agreement with AMVETS Hawaii Service Foundation Corporation pursuant to the Battlefield Preservation Assistance provisions of the American Battlefield protection program with the NPS to identify, evaluate, interpret, and protect historic battlefields and sites associated with wars on American soil.
Help us make a difference…
- AmVets Hawaii Annual Brief; 1 JAN 2019
- Legislative Priorities
- Legislative Agenda
- AMVETS National Constitution & ByLaws
- AMVETS Department of Hawaii Constitution & ByLaws
- Original 1947 Congressional
- Preamble to AMVETS Constitution
- AMVETS Officers Manual
- AMVETS Member Benefits
- Uncle Sam Wants You Poster
- ROTC/JROTC Press Release
AMVETS has been proudly serving American veterans for more than half a century. Founded by World War II veterans, the organization has grown to where, today, its membership enrolls veterans from all areas, Anyone who has honorably served in the United States Armed Forces after Sept. 15, 1940, to include those on active duty as well as in the Reserve Components. The purpose and goals of AMVETS, as spelled out in the organization’s 1947 congressional charter, still ring true today.
Among these aims are:
- To preserve for ourselves and our posterity the great and basic truths and enduring principles upon which this nation was founded.
- To maintain a continuing interest in the welfare and rehabilitation of disabled veterans and to establish facilities for the assistance of all veterans, to represent them in their claims before VA and other organizations.
- To dedicate ourselves to the service and best interests of the community, state and nation to the end that our country shall be and remain forever a strong and free nation.
- To encourage universal exercise of the voting franchise to the end that there shall be elected and maintained in public office men and women who hold such office as a public trust administered in the best interests of all people.
- To advocate the development and means by which all Americans may become enlightened and informed citizens and this participate fully in the functions of democracy.
American Veterans or “AMVETS” formerly known as American Veterans of World War II, was founded by nine World War II veterans clubs in Kansas City, Missouri 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 as members those who served in different eras. On 16 October 2002 the 107th Congress enacted Public Law 107-241 (H.R. 3214), an Act to amend the Charter of the AMVETS organization to “AMVETS (American Veterans)”. 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, to include the National Guard and Reserves.
AMVETS is an organization that benefit veterans of the United States Armed Forces. Internal Revenue Code section 7701(a)(15) defines “Armed Forces of the United States” to include all regular and reserve components of the uniformed services which are subject to the jurisdiction of the Secretary of Defense, the Secretary of the Army, the Secretary of the Navy, or the Secretary of the Air Force, and each term also includes the Coast Guard. AMVETS members are members of the United States Armed Forces, past or present.
- AMVETS Hawaii Service Foundation Corp. is a 501(c)3, public, non-profit Veterans’ Service Organization (VSO)
- AMVETS Department of Hawaii and Posts are 501(c)(19), non-profit, all-volunteer Veterans’ Service Organization (VSO)
- Our members are Veterans and Active Duty Service members serving in the U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, U.S. Marines, U.S. Air Force, Coast Guard, Hawaii National Guard and Reserve.
AMVETS Department of Hawaii (EIN: 83-2518892) is a 501(c)19 non-profit
AMVETS Hawaii Service Foundation (EIN: 83-0550908) is a 501(c)3 non-profit
AMVETS HI-0001, USS Arizona Post (EIN: 45-3643811) is a 501(c)19 non-profit
AMVETS HI-0002, Ewa Battlefield Post (EIN: 82-1938740) is a 501(c)19 non-profit
AMVETS HI-0003, 808USA50 Post (EIN: 82-5526330) is a 501(c)19 non-profit
AMVETS HI-0004, Pearl Harbor Post (EIN: 82-5513861) is a 501(c)19 non-profit
AMVETS HI-0005, Ewa Beach Post (EIN: 83-2332933) is a 501(c)19 non-profit
PO Box 2865
Ewa Beach, Hawaii (USA) 96706
Main Office: 808-382-6835
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AmVets Hawaii Service Foundation, EIN:83-0550908 is a 501(c)3 public, non-profit, Veterans Service Organization (VSO).
Over 90% of all donations received will directly fund our ROTC/JROTC Medals and Awards program, Hawaii Public Schools Essay Contests, the preservations of Ewa Battlefield, and other Memorials and Hawaii Historic sites. And will also help fund our annual commemoration ceremonies: Ewa Battlefield Pearl Harbor Commemoration, Battle of Midway Commemoration, Veteran’s Day Commemoration ceremony, and other events.
And most of all, your support will support our program initiatives to benefit our Veterans, transitioning Service members, and their families with needed assistance and advocacy.
AMVETS Charities, Inc. participates in the Combined Federal Campaign through the Military, Veterans and Patriotic Services Organizations of America federation. Our Combined Federal number is of the 50,000 charities that participate in the CFC, only about 1500 – the members of Independent Charities of America and Local Independent Charities of America – will have the opportunity to display the “Best In America” seal of approval. AMVETS Charities, Inc. is proud to be one of those chosen few. This seal of approval is a service mark of Independent Charities of America and is used under license. AMVETS NSF is responsible for the content of any materials in which the Service Mark is used.
To help provide needed support and assistance for all who served honorably in the United States Armed Forces: past, present and future veterans and their families.
(1) To inspire in AMVETS membership a sense of responsibility and to develop leadership for the preservation of our American democratic way of life;
(2) To help unify divergent groups in the overall interest of American democracy;
(3) To train our youth to become purposeful citizens in a democracy with full knowledge of the responsibilities as well as the privileges of citizenship;
(4) To cooperate with all duly recognized existing veterans organizations in the furtherance of the aims of the veterans who have served or are serving in the Armed Forces of the United States during and since World War II; (5) To ensure the orderly return of the veteran to civilian life by protecting the rights of individuals while the service member is still in uniform;
(5) To expedite and assist in the rehabilitation of veterans by maintaining employment services; sponsoring educational opportunities; providing counsel on insurance, housing, recreation, personal problems, hospitalization and veterans benefits;
(6) To act as a liaison agent between the veteran and the government;
(7) To provide an organization to encourage fellowship among all American veterans who have served or are serving in the Armed Forces of the United States during and since World War II;
(8) To keep the public forever reminded that the American veterans who have served or are serving in the Armed Forces of the United States during and since World War II fought and served to preserve peace, liberty and democracy for their nation;
(9) To inform, influence and inspire others to serve in our military and civilian communities
(10) To help provide needed financial support and assistance to service members, veterans and their families;
(11) To help provide needed financial support and assistance for the preservation of Ewa Battlefield and other historic sites;
(12) To help provide needed financial support to build and preserve memorials and monuments in Hawaii; and,
(13) To honor and never forget not only our World War II veterans who died at Pearl Harbor and Ewa Field, but also those many more who died in sea battles, distance coral atolls – Coral Sea, Midway, Wake- their names often never recognized or mentioned for their sacrifices; and all other conflicts.
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