History

Meeting the Need

With roots in World War II, Amvets was congressionally chartered by President Truman. Expanded membership includes honorable service in any uniformed element of the U.S. Armed Forces since World War II.

Young WWII veterans returning from the war provided the impetus for forming AMVETS. The established veterans groups, like the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars, were regarded as stale and rigid, not really in tune with the interests and needs of this new generation of veterans. As the number of returnees swelled into the millions, it was evident that some sort of new veterans national organization would materialize. A few loosely organized veterans clubs were formed at colleges and universities initially; then the movement mushroomed into more than seventy-five separate groups scattered across thirty states.

The leaders of this new generation of veterans wanted their own organization. One of the groups, a club formed by veterans attending George Washington University and those employed by the federal government, took the lead. The American Veterans of World War II, Inc., as the organizers called themselves, began contacting other groups around the country. Each group was invited to send two delegates to a conference in Kansas City, MO., "to discuss the federation of the existing veterans groups which had formed out of WWII." Eighteen of them, representing nine veterans clubs, met in Kansas City, Mo., 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 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.

USS Arizona Memorial

Amvets played an instrumental role in the memorial's completion through funding a wall of names and replacements. There is currently a dedicated memorial room at Amvets Headquarters.

Silver Helmet Awards

Also Known as "the Veteran's Oscar". Annually presented since 1954, recipients from all walks of life recognizes excellence/achievement.

Categories include:
  • Americanism
  • Defense
  • Rehabilitation
  • Congressional service
  • Peace
  • And much more!

Memorial Carillons

The Memorial Carillons is a living memorial dedicated to fallen veterans. President Truman dedicated the first Carillon at Arlington National Cemetery. There are currently more than 70 Cariilon sites worldwide.

  • Legislative Priorities
  • AMVETS Member Benefits
  • Scholarships
  • Uncle Sam Wants You Poster
  • AmVets Hawaii Jun 2017 to Dec 2017 Semi-Annual Program Report
  • AmVets Hawaii Jan 2017 to Jun 2017 Semi-Annual Program Report
  • AmVets Hawaii Jun 2016 to Dec 2016 Semi-Annual Program Report
  • AmVets Hawaii Annual Brief 2017
  • AMVETS National Constitution & ByLaws
  • Original 1947 Congressional
  • Preamble to AMVETS Constitution
  • ROTC/JROTC Press Release
  • AMVETS Hawaii Post 1 Charter Members (2006)
  • AMVETS Hawaii Post 1 Charter Members (2011)
  • AMVETS Hawaii Post 2 Charter Members (2017)

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    American Veterans "AmVets" Hawaii is a 501(c)(19) non-profit, ALL volunteer Veterans Service Organization (VSO), https://amvets-hawaii.org. 100% 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. Your support will also help fund our annual Ewa Battlefield Pearl Harbor Commemoration, Veteran's Day ceremony, and other events. And most of all, your support will support program initiatives to benefit our Veterans, transitioning Servicemembers, and their families with needed assistance and advocacy.

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