For more than 75 years, we in AMVETS have taken to heart the credo of service set forth by our organization’s founding fathers. In so doing, we endeavor to provide our fellow veterans with the type of support they truly deserve. This outreach effort takes many forms, from the professional advice our service officers offer on earned veterans benefits to our legislative efforts on Capitol Hill to the work done by our hospital volunteers.
Other AMVETS members involve themselves in a range of initiatives aimed at contributing to the quality of life in their local communities.
These two areas, veterans service and community service, drive the commitment we have to make a difference in the lives of others. The pages of this website provide more detailed information on each area, as well as a wealth of information for veterans, their families and other interested citizens. Please take a few minutes to review what makes AMVETS the distinctive organization it is. Our aim of building for a better America is an undertaking to which all can contribute.
I invite you to join us, today.
Over 75 Years…
Nine World War II 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.
Our members are Veterans and Active Duty Servicemembers serving in the U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, U.S. Marines, U.S. Air Force, Coast Guard, Hawaii National Guard and Reserve.
PO Box 2865
Ewa Beach, Hawaii (USA) 96706
AMVETS Department of Hawaii
is a Congressional-chartered 501(c)19 non-profit, Veterans Service Organization (VSO) EIN:83-2518892
Commander & Executive Director:
Donovan Andrew Lazarus (US Army, Retired)
“I am just another Basic Training Drill Sergeant trying to giveback. For the past 20-plus-years, I have watched so many of the recruits I have trained accomplished great things. They inspired me to do what I do. I will always honor their service and sacrifice, and the countless others… It is our duty to Honor them, Never Forget!”
1st Vice Commander:
Ronald Y.K. Lam (US Army, Veteran)
2nd Vice Commander:
Danielle Nuszkowski (US Army, Active Duty)
3rd Vice Commander:
Julian Crawford (US Army, Retired)
Uyen “Annie” Tran (HI-ANG, Veteran)
William Rodriguez (US Navy, Retired)
Wounded Warrior Program Director:
Thomas “Tom” Lee, Jr. (US Army, Retired)
Luis A. Linares (US Army, Retired)
Carmelo Diaz-Rotger (US Army, Veteran)
Clifford L. Chun (USAF, Veteran)
Public Relations Officer:
Aurelie Mulcare (US Army, Retired)
Dr. Michael A. Lazarus (US Navy, Veteran)
Government Affairs Officer:
David E. Lazarus (US Marine Corps, Veteran)
Archaeologist (Ewa Battlefield Project Manager):
Patricia Taylor (US Army, Active Duty)
MA in Classical Archaeology
Mental Health Advisor:
MS, Doctoral Student of Clinical Psychology
Carl Vincenti, Phd. (USMC, Ret.)
2019 Annual Update:
AmVets Dept. of Hawaii Programs Reporting; Six Month Period Ending Dec. 2018:
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.
- 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