Message From Commander Lutz

My father James Lutz, is a Navy Veteran who served from 1963-1966.  He was a mechanic for the F4-B Phantom Jets.  My grandfather Michel Daymut served in the Army during WWII.  He received many medals, including the Sliver Star. I wanted to continue the family history of serving our country, however, for medical reasons I wasn't allowed.  For many years I wanted to find a way to pay service to our country and felt becoming part of the AMVETS family would give me the opportunity to serve my country.

            I have been involved with this organization for many years.  I started in my home town Post #22 in Vermilion, Ohio.  I went through the chairs at the local level and continue to serve locally.  While in service at the local level, I stood as the JR. AMVETS advisor on behalf of the Sons and all the other chairs.  I was District 13th Commander and the following year joined the Sons of AMVETS at the state level. My services at this level started as 3rd vice.  Through the years I climbed the chairs and now fill the seat as Sons Department Commander. I will embrace this role to the best of my ability with the help of my officers.   

            My Commander’s project this year is the Valor Home. It is governed by the VA. There is a full description available below and under the project tab on Ohio Son’s website.

            Thank You for your continuing support.  I look forward to serving you as the State of Ohio Sons of AMVETS Commander. 

2015 State Convention

Convention Information:

June and the Sons of AMVETS Department of Ohio State convention is fast approaching.  To view the agenda, click on the 2015 State Convention under Events.  Pre-registration is due to the department office by June 9th.  Click on the Pre-registration information and form link below for additional information.  Officer reports are due by Wednesday June 10th.  Please get your report to the Department office in time to be included in the convention book.

Pre-registration information and form


Sons of AMVETS Dept. of Ohio Golf Outting

Saturday July 25th, 2015
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AMVETS, Sons of AMVETS, Auxiliary, Members and guests

In the wake of latest news on struggling to find Government support for our Veterans, specifically in the Dayton Region and beyond, we would like to thank each of you for your continued support of your local AMVETS!

We would like to invite you to set your sights on this escape from the norm with this years Sons of AMVETS Golf Tournament at Stillwater Valley Golf Club. Stillwater Valley Golf Club has adapted acres of lush, wooded terrain into a fun and challenging 18-hole layout. This course, surrounded by its picturesque backdrop, takes players on a relaxing journey; not too easy, not too tough.  The total golf experience at Stillwater Valley is just right.

Home to a friendly staff, Stillwater Valley Golf Club is committed to providing you with superior service, whether it’s the well-stocked pro shop or the restaurant and bar. The bar and patio are the perfect spots for some post-round beverages, where golfers can enjoy a scenic panorama of the course, only just conquered.

Kilroy was here


Kilroy is back.

If you’ve been observant, you may have seen cartoon drawings of a man peeking over a wall on billboards, store windows and signs around town this month.

The character is Kilroy, and the drawing was a popular piece of graffiti drawn by American troops in the Atlantic Theater and later the Pacific Theater during World War II.

Kilroy has shown up again, this time as a local campaign designed to honor veterans of World War II and teach young people about a significant piece of memorabilia from the era, said Bob Driftmyer, 9th District commander of AMVETS and past commander of AMVETS Post 21, Findlay.

“I’m sure everybody’s seen it once, but they might not have known what it was,” Driftmyer said. “We felt it was time to do something for the World War II guys since we’re losing them so quickly.”

He got the idea after talking with World War II veteran George Bjorling. Bjorling had asked a friend who was in the Battle of the Bulge if he remembered Kilroy.

A fine welcome to newly elected Commander Roger McGrath

Sons of AMVETS Department of Ohio welcome the newly elected commander Roger McGrath.

Christmas in July - July 13

AMVETS Christmas Party


            It is that time of year again.  As many of you already know from past years, my name is Dan Briggs.  I am a Past Commander and am currently First Vice of the Sons of AMVETS at Post 21 in Findlay, Ohio. I am also the Past Commander for the Department of Ohio.  I am also the representative for the Sandusky Ohio Veterans Home (OVH).    Near the holidays the OVH usually gets cash donations and donated items, but once the holidays are over support wanes, but the need doesn’t. 

            I am asking you to consider taking collections/donations at your Post for this cause.  The donations can be cash, clothing, socks, underwear, tee shirts, etc.  These items are needed all year around for the residents of the Home.  Last year the Sons of AMVETS raised approximately $4,000 for this cause.

            The Home’s budget has been extremely cut.  Accordingly, cash is needed to aid the Home in helping the resident Veterans. 

            If you need further information or have any questions, you can contact me at the following numbers or e-mail address:

            Cell phone: 419-563-4756


            I will arrange for pick-up of items/cash donations you have collected so they can be taken to the Home in July, 2014.

Commander goes on tour of 20th District

Commander Speigle takes a tour of the 20th District.  Click to view Photos

Welcome Squadron 1338 New Philadelphia

Please welcome Ohio's newest Squadron; Squadron 1338 from New Philadelphia. Their hospitality was second to none as the post hosted Ohio's Executive Committee meeting with all elected officers in attendance. The meeting was followed by officially swearing-in of the Squadron Officers. Commander Speigle then presented Squadron 1338 Commander with their charter. The AMVETS post celebrated the addition of the Sons with a excellent Prime Rib dinner enjoyed by all. Some of the state officers stayed around and enjoyed a few games of L-R-C with members form post 1338. If your are in the area, I am sure AMVETS, Auxiliary and Sons would enjoy a visit.

Let’s Bring them All the Way Home

July 19, 2013 Sons of AMVETS Officers and Members After much thought, I have decided to help our veterans at the VA’s in the areas dealing with PTSD and Suicide Prevention, as my Commander’s Project. It is quite disturbing and heartbreaking to read the statistics of our US Military deaths due to suicide as a result of their PTSD and/or TBI (traumatic brain injury). People who have suffered numerous mild traumatic brain injuries – or concussions – carry a higher suicide risk, according to the first medical study to make the connection. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a type of anxiety disorder. It can occur after you have gone through an extreme emotional trauma that involved the threat of injury or death. In May of 2013, it was reported that there is one suicide every 18 hours among the active-duty, reserve and National Guard members. It is feared that this rate will increase when the troops are drawn down from Afghanistan. Not only are our veterans in need but also their families. There are many times when family members of those affected by PTSD/TBI develop PTSD resulting in suicides as well. My Project, “Let’s Bring them All the Way Home” will be used to purchase items for the VA’s PTSD and Suicide Prevention programs. There are many times that the traditional VA supply chain is much slower than expected and we can get those items in their facilities at a much faster pace.

Charles W. "Chuck" Lindberg (June 26, 1920 - June 24, 2007)

In November of 2006, during our annual trip to honor our veterans on veterans day, we where fortunate to meet Charles W. Lindberg. Here is is story from Wikipedia

Charles W. "Chuck" Lindberg (June 26, 1920 - June 24, 2007) was a United States Marine who was part of the first raising of the American flag on Mount Suribachi during the Battle of Iwo Jima in World War II. He was one of the last surviving members of the two flag-raisings on Mount Suribachi.[1]

U.S. Marine Corps


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