Weekly Legislative Update from National AMVETS

News Driving the Week
- VA Secretary Robert Wilkie last week encouraged House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to pass bipartisan legislation to help VA build partnerships with community groups who can offer direct help to Veterans who are at risk of harming themselves. The IMPROVE Well-Being for Veterans Act, from Reps. Jack Bergman (R-Mich.) and Chrissy Houlahan (D-Pa.) would allow VA to direct grant funding to these groups across the country. These community-based groups would be able to use that funding to identify Veterans who pose a suicide risk. “H.R. 3495 is one-way Members of Congress from both parties can support Veterans and their local communities, and I believe it can be the beginning this year of a longer-term collaboration with the VA to get at the root causes of the suicide crisis in the nation,” Wilkie wrote to Pelosi in a letter last week. “I hope your caucus can support this bipartisan effort.”

2019 Duane Pease Memorial Golf Tournament

It's that time again, gather your foresome and have a day of fun in the sun! This year's outing will be hosted by the Sons of 66 Covington at Stillwater Valley Golf Club. We need sponsors for our tournament, they are the only way we make any money to help the Veterans Day Bus Trip. Please see forms posted on this website. For more information please contact, Beener Wood (937)417-0768, Bobby Floyd (937)541-1328, or Keith Westfall (937)214-1790.

Congratulations to Awards Recipients

All of our deserving Sons squadrons and individual award winners were honored today at the Annual Awards Ceremony at the State Convention. Lifetime  Acheivement Award Winner - Joe Kirkpatrick, a well deserved award! Great job Joe! The Gil Garza Award went to Commander Owen Jackson, also a very well deserved award. We're so proud of how these award recipients represent the organization in everything that they do. Keep up the good work gentlemen. .

Officers' Reports for State Convention

Reports from all Department Officers, including District Commanders are due to HQ by Thursday June 6, 2019. If you have any issues submitting your report by the date due, please contact Commander Jackson ASAP. 

Veterans Day Bus Trip 2019

It's that time again!! You can now start reserving your spot on the Bus Trip!

You can find  a flyer for the trip as well as the reservation form in the Programs Section of the Forms page of the website.

 

Randy Smith, PDC

It is with the heaviest of hearts that we pass along the information on the passing of Sons of AMVETS Ohio PDC Randy Smith. Randy was commander in 2009-2010, received the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015, and the Gil Garza Award in 2008. He was a shining example of what the Sons of AMVETS should be, and will be greatly missed by all those who loved him. Our deepest sympathies go to his wife Michelle, his family, and friends everywhere. Visitation is Thursday afternoon 3:00pm - 7:00pm and funeral services are Friday March 29 at 10:00am at Engle-Shook Funeral Home & Crematory.... 135 North Washington St Tiffin, Ohio 44883.  Obituary Informatin is below. 

Randall D. Smith, 67, of Tiffin, passed away at 2:15 a.m., Sunday, March 24, 2019 at the St. Francis Home in Tiffin. Arrangements are pending at the Engle-Shook Funeral Home & Crematory in Tiffin. 

Midwinter Conference 2019 Officer Reports

All Department Officers (including District Commanders) are required to submit their Midwinter Conference reports by February 8, 2019. If you have any issues meeting this deadline, contact Commander Jackson ASAP.

Veterans Day Bus Trip 2018

It's that time again! See flyer for details!

November 9 – 12, 2018

The Sons of AMVETS Dept. of Ohio proudly invite the AMVETS, AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary, all Sons of AMVETS, veterans and guests to join us on a bus trip to Washington DC.  We will be representing our AMVETS family on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month 2018 at the Memorial Service in the Arlington Cemetery Amphitheater.$50 Reserves your spot on the trip! First come basis so find a current Sons Department Officer and reserve your spot now!  Buses conveniently leaving from two locations – Columbus and Vermilion

Here's the Deal:

National Dues Increase! Important!!!!

At the National Convention, the resolution to increase national dues by $2 per member was passed. That means that this year, when you send in your dues to HQ in Columbus, you will need to enclose $24 per member. You will be receiving your preprint membership cards in the very near future, so this will become very important, very soon! If you have any questions, please direct them to one of your Department 1st Vice, Vern Davenport. 

Keith "Bubba" Sherrill, PDC

It is with heavy hearts that we are receiving news that Past Department Commander Keith "Bubba" Sherrill has passed away. We currently have no details. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends in their time of loss. Keith served as Ohio Department Commander in 2011-12. We will pass along any information concerning services when we receive it.

Edited to add:
Taken from obituary in the Chronicle newspaper.
Keith W. "Bubba" Sherrill, 46, of Oberlin, passed away unexpectedly Thursday, May 24, 2018 at Mercy Allen Hospital in Oberlin.

Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by the Laubenthal-Mercado Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Elyria, 440-322-4626.

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