What are IRC 501(c)(19) purposes?  IRC 501(c)(19) purposes are broad, but not unlimited. Appropriate purposes are:

  • Promoting the social welfare of the community,
  • Assisting needy and disabled veterans, widows, or orphans of deceased veterans,
  • Providing entertainment, care and assistance to hospitalized Veterans or members of the Armed Forces of the United States,
  • Perpetuating the memory of Veterans and comforting their survivors,
  • Conducting programs for religious, charitable, scientific, literary, or educational purposes,
  • Sponsoring or participating in patriotic activities,
  • Providing insurance benefits to members or members dependents, and
  • Providing social and recreational activities for members

AmVets ROTC Medals and Certificates

Background: At the national level, AMVETS maintains the ROTC/JROTC Awards Program for implementation at the local level by AMVETS Hawaii. AMVETS ROTC and JROTC medals and certificates authorized by Army and Air Force regulations can be ordered from the National Quartermaster. While the Navy and Marine Corps ROTC units do not have such regulations, they can and do participate in the awards programs of the many Veterans organizations, professional military associations, and Military Orders. The AMVETS award consists of a medal pendant and ribbon bar, with accompanying certificate.

Here in Hawaii, there are: 2 ROTC units (Army and Air Force) at the University of Hawaii; 24 JROTC programs at the High School level across Hawaii, and; 6 Cadet Squadrons of the Civil Air Patrol across Hawaii. All of these units conduct their annual awards ceremonies in April and May to recognize and honor the outstanding cadets and midshipmen with medals, ribbons, and other awards. The cadets and midshipmen receiving medals and ribbons are authorized to wear those awards on their uniforms while in the ROTC, JROTC, or CAP programs.

• Outstanding Senior Cadet. The professor of military science selects the cadet and submits his/her name directly to AMVETS Hawaii via email: admin@amvets-hawaii.org.

• Outstanding Junior Cadet. The senior instructor at the high school makes the selection, with processing being the same as for the Senior Cadet awards.

The criteria is set by AFROTC Instructions 36–2020. AMVETS ROTC Medal is detailed in section 4.20. Please refer to the document referenced for full information; however, the essential points are:

4.20.1. Purpose. The award recognizes one cadet at each detachment at the end of their first year in the AFROTC program. (“First year” is not restricted to AS 100 cadets.)

4.20.2. Eligibility. Each cadet must: demonstrate a positive attitude toward the Air Force and AFROTC, demonstrate a neat personal appearance (uniform wear, posture and grooming), demonstrate outstanding personal attributes (initiative, dependability, judgment and self-confidence), demonstrate officer potential (responsibility, adaptability, high personal standards), have attained a grade of “A” in AFROTC during the most recent grading period, and be in good academic standing in all university course work.


Senior Military Advisor:

Colonel Jason C. Seal (USMC, Retired)
Email: jason@amvets-hawaii.org


AMVETS Heal Program:

The HEAL Mission

To ensure veterans with medical needs receive the help they have earned to access the best quality healthcare, including mental health and specialized services (traumatic brain injury, polytrauma, post-traumatic stress) and live longer, healthier lives. These services are free. You served and now it is our turn to serve you.

To accomplish the mission, AMVETS hired a team of clinical experts with experience in eliminating barriers to access in healthcare for veterans nationwide. HEAL, which stands for healthcare, evaluation, advocacy, legislation, encompasses all necessary steps the team will take to intervene directly on behalf of veterans, service members, families, and caregivers to reduce veteran suicide, unemployment, homelessness, and hopelessness as it relates to mental and physical wellness, particularly for those who are affiliated with AMVETS and utilize Polytrauma/Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) centers and mental health services within the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) and community healthcare facilities.

The Four Pillars of the HEAL Approach


A team of clinicians are licensed Registered Nurses who are responsible for ensuring the quality of complex care for veterans through active healthcare system monitoring and working in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs and community providers who serve veterans. Their work entails identifying necessary resources to improve the efficiency of healthcare services, to include quality of care and coordination, which is critical to delivering effective, lifelong comprehensive healthcare to the veteran population.


By continuously measuring the quality and effectiveness of healthcare services provided by VHA, to include services at VA Polytrauma/TBI centers and mental health clinics, the HEAL Team seeks opportunities to promote the enhancement of those services through a solution-oriented approach to identifying needs that are specific to issues and concerns related to healthcare for AMVETS members. These assessment and recommendations for improvement will be shared with the Secretary of Veterans Affairs.


Directly engaging and working in collaboration with VA healthcare professionals at all levels is a critical component of the HEAL mission, particularly as it relates to mental health, Polytrauma/TBI and related issues. To accommodate the needs of current and future AMVETS members, the HEAL Program has established a helpline to troubleshoot and report issues and provide timely assistance in order to navigate for veterans and family members to find the appropriate healthcare solutions.


Championing laws and policies that benefits AMVETS members is a significant component of the HEAL mission. We will be staunch advocates in legislative and policy efforts that focus on the provision of comprehensive/complex healthcare and benefits for AMVETS members. These efforts will be carried out through direct engagement and collaboration with Congressional members and their designees with the intent to enhance quality and access to healthcare for veterans who desire to be heard on Capitol Hill.

Learn more by reading AMVETS HEAL Program’s Strategic Plan or spread the word by sharing VET HEAL flyers.

Hawaii Veterans Beekeeping Program:
AmVets Hawaii MOA with Manoa Honey Company, LLC
Owner: Mr. Yuki Uzuhashi yuki@manoahoney.com
Address: 930 Palm Place, Wahiawa, Hawaii 96786
Website: https://www.manoahoney.com
Phone: 808-927-0501, POC: Kino
Volunteer Schedule starts weekly on Wednesday at 1000

Photos taken of AmVets Hawaii Commander Donovan A. Lazarus welcoming Nathan (#USMC, #Vet) aboard To our Hawai’i Veterans Beekeeping Program.

Big Mahalo to Kino for being such a great trainer and mentor to our Veterans!

Location(s): Manoa Honey Company in Wahiawa and the Bee Farm in Mililani, Hawaii

Hawaii Veterans Beekeeping Program (HAVE-BEE PROJECT) aims to develop beekeeping on Oahu and the Big Island in Hawaii by training and teaching veterans on honey bee biology, colony management. queen rearing and instrumental of queen bees and increase the income of veterans in rural areas.

HAVE-BEES project will train veterans by providing all the necessary materials (bee hives, colonies, and all the beekeeping equipment such as veils, smokers, hive toots, foundations, honey extractors and all the medicines for the diseases and parasites) for each participant veteran. Ten veterans from each Island will be chosen and trained on beekeeping in the first year, on queen rearing on the second year and on the instrumental insemination of the queen bees on the third year. All the veterans become Master Beekeepers and Queen Breeders during the project. They will have the opportunity to build a sustainable beekeeping business and produce honey, pollen, propolis, royal jelly, queen bees and produce package bees and/or nucleus colonies.

First Year:

Learn beekeeping basics – bee biology, equipment, hive building, honey extraction, pollen harvesting, making splits and more.

Second Year:

Learn advanced beekeeping techniques, graft queens, rear queens, manage colonies strategically to satisfy personal goals and more.

Third Year:

Learn mastery level beekeeping techniques, artificial insemination of queens, apiary management, commercial production and more.

Master Beekeeping Program Leaders:
Dr. Osman Kaftanoglu osman.kaftanoglu@asu.edu
Dr. Alicia D. Wills heartybees@gmail.com
Dr. Jason Graham jrgraham@hawaii.edu
Wounded Warrior Program

To assists and advocates for severely wounded, ill or injured Soldiers, Veterans, and their Families; to serve veterans and the active military in procuring their earned entitlements; to promote Americanism and preserve the freedoms secured by America’s Armed Forces and to provide community services that enhance the quality of life for all Americans.

Photo taken of AmVets Hawaii Commander, Donovan A. Lazarus, (L) USS Arizona Adjutant, Annie Tran, (R) Ewa Battlefield CDR Ron Lam, Wounded Warrior Director, Tom Lee, USS Arizona 2nd Vice CDR Bartolome Latonio, Provost Marshall, Warren Brandt, 1st Vice CDR Clifford Chun, Ewa Historian & Dir., John Bond, Legislative Dir. Rodney Boucher, and charter-member Lawrence Enomoto

Family Services & Suicide Education Program

To provide mental health and suicide prevention information and resources for Veterans, Wounded Warriors, Gold Star Families, Servicemembers, and their loved ones.

Ewa Field Preservation ProgramPearl Harbor 2015

Ewa Plain Battlefield was one of the first places attacked on December 7, 1941. Ewa Villages was also attacked. There were Marine and civilian casualties. The entire 1941 airfield has been nominated to the state/national register. This is a happy but respectful commemoration. All are welcome to attend and view the many bullet strafing marks and pose with WWII vehicles for picture taking.

MCAS Ewa Historic Park Project
Point of Contact: Commander Donovan A. Lazarus
Email Address: donovan@amvets-hawaii.org
Military Funeral Honors Program (Year Round)

The function of administering a Military Funeral Honors Program is to identify Post members who are willing, able and have the time necessary to devote to this very rewarding but demanding service program. (Without VSOs assisting the DoD in implementing the Authorized Provider Partnership Program, our nation’s heroes would not be receiving what they deserve nor what the law requires.) Military Funeral Honors for all eligible veterans.

VAVS (Year Round)

The function of supporting the VAVS Program is to identify volunteers that will work through the VAVS Rep. assigned to Hawaii VA facility. (It is the responsibility of the Dept. Commander to make all appointments for Reps/Deps and Associates.)

White Clover (November and/or May)

The function of administering the White Clover program is to raise funds to support our hospitalized veterans and their fellow citizens. It is about people helping people. It also provides an excellent opportunity to get community support.

National Guard MOU/Family Support (Year Round)

The function of administering an outreach program in partnership with the National Guard Bureau (NGB) is to bolster support for National Guard service members and their families, who face increasing deployments in the War on Terror. The program, formalized by a Memorandum of Understanding signed with the National Guard Bureau on 23 March 2005, significantly expands the National Guard Family Programs volunteer network. (NG FACs provides assistance for all military personnel/dependents that are in need.)

Americanism Contest (August through October)

The function of administering the Americanism Program is to annually prepare, promote and conduct the Flag Drawing, Poster, and Essay contests among as many schools and youth groups/organizations.

AADAA (August through October)

The function of administering the AMVETS Against Drugs and Alcohol Abuse, (AADAA) Program is to annually prepare, promote and conduct the Poster and Essay contests among as many schools and youth groups/organizations that you can. Every child in America is at risk of using drugs, regardless of race, ethnicity or economic status.

For information on how to apply for these programs contact admin@amvets-hawaii.org.

Additional Programs Supported by AMVETS Department of Hawaii and Posts level:

Our mission:

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.

Our purpose:

(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;

(6) 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;

(7) To act as a liaison agent between the veteran and the government;

(8) 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;

(9) 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;

(10) To inform, influence and inspire others to serve in our military and civilian communities;

(11) To help provide needed financial support and assistance to service members, veterans and their families;

(12) 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.

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:

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 250,00 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.

Mailing Address:
PO Box 2865
Ewa Beach, Hawaii (USA) 96706
Main Office: 808-382-6835
E-mail: admin@amvets-hawaii.org
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AMVETS Hawaii is a 501(c)(3), is a public, non-profit, Veterans Service Organization (VSO).

Over 95% 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.

Donations can be made via mail.
Make checks payable to AMVETS:
Mailing Address:
PO Box 2865
Ewa Beach, Hawaii (USA) 96706
Main Office: 808-382-6835
E-mail: admin@amvets-hawaii.org
Mahalo nui loa!
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