Do you remember Tuesday September 11, 2001? What were you doing when you heard the news? I was unemployed at the time, waiting to hear from an interview the previous day, eating breakfast, and watching Good Morning America. The report came in and coverage began, and a few minutes later lives changed forever.

The ballots have been tallied. CONGRATULATIONS to National Sons of AMVETS Commander Bobby Bryant and the entire leadership team for 2023-2024.

Commander - Bobby Bryant OH

1st Vice Commander Owen Jackson OH

2nd Vice Commander - Patrick Holcombe FL

The Pittsburgh Pirates have upped the ante! Free tickets to all veterans for Thursday night August 24, 2023. 

The link below to sign up means one email address = one ticket.

Amvets Family and Friends,

There is no other day like Memorial Day. Memorial Day beckons us to perform our civic duty. Memorial Day calls on every citizen to pause and reflect on the extraordinary sacrifice of our heroes.

Click HERE for the landing page for hotel reservations for the 2023 Spring NEC.  


02/27/2023 New Update - Please find the following attachments with the AMVETS Legislative Priorities.

Final update!

Congratulations to all the winners of our December 2022 Calendar Raffle! If you have not received Your prize by now it will be mailed to you shortly.

Thursday 12/1 - $50 - #512 - Debbie Sallette - Fort Pierce, FL

AMVETS Family and Friends,

Today I am reminded that Easter is the most important day to Christians worldwide. It is the foundation of their faith, a fulfillment of prophecy, and time of renewal.

AMVETS Family members and Friends,

On behalf of Sons of AMVETS nationwide, we wish everyone health, wealth, and new blessings to count each day in 2023.


Michael 'Mick' Ciesla - Commander

National Sons of AMVETS


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Commander Mick's Project - Gary Sinise Foundation


Fellow Sons, AMVETS Family, and Friends,

During our 40th Anniversary year I have selected the Gary Sinise Foundation (GSF) as my project. The Gary Sinise Foundation serves our nation by honoring our defenders, our veterans, our first responders, our country’s heroes, and their families, and those in need.

They accomplish their mission by creating and supporting unique programs designed to entertain, educate, inspire, strengthen, and build communities. Their R.I.S.E. program (Restoring Independence Supporting Empowerment), builds specially adapted smart homes for our most severely wounded heroes. They also provide home modifications, mobility devices, and adapted vehicles to our injured, wounded, ill, and/or aging heroes.

Another GSF program is Soaring Valor. You may find it interesting that fewer than 500,00 World War II Veterans are still with us. Through Soaring Valor, World War II veterans and their guardians are brought to New Orleans to tour The National WWII Museum built in their honor. Their experience includes entertainment, celebratory meals, and community building with their fellow heroes. Students who accompany our veterans continue their stories with a new appreciation for the sacrifices made by an entire generation, the Greatest Generation. As a Son of a World War II Marine, it is imperative that we make every attempt to honor those Veterans.

The GSF Snowball Express, serves the children and surviving spouse of fallen military heroes. GSF is committed to programming and support that holds space to honor their fallen heroes while also helping create new memories as they move forward. Since 2018, 11639 children of fallen military heroes & their surviving parent/guardian joined us for Snowball Express.

To learn about other GSF programs or help us do a little more by making a donation, please visit:

Thank you in advance for your consideration and support.


Michael ‘Mick’ Ciesla - Commander

National Sons of AMVETS



2023 August Calendar Raffle


Congratulations to all the August 2023 Calendar Raffle Winners!

August Number Amount Name City State
1 399 $50 Scott Krumbholtz Zephyrhills FL
2 996 $50 No Winner    
3 336 $50 Sons of AMVETS IA #49 Cedar Falls IA
4 340 $50 Pat Cook Holiday FL
5 970 $100 No Winner    
6 883 $100 No Winner    
7 727 $50 Jutta Wachowski Lackawana NY
8 263 $50 No Winner    
9 354 $50 No Winner    
10 310 $50 Sons of AMVETS #1 Biddeford ME
11 217 $50 No Winner    
12 482 $100 Butch LaRoche Biddeford ME
13 662 $100 Frank P. LaHaye II Dade City FL
14 993 $50 No Winner    
15 433 $50 Janise Bee Ft Pierce FL
16 267 $50 Dawn Wehrfritz Buffalo NY
17 556 $50 Joan Wielinski Cheektowaga NY
18 998 $50 No Winner    
19 563 $100 Raynald Thibodeau Winter Haven  FL
20 541 $100 No Winner    
21 960 $50 SOA FL 1992 Mt Dora FL
22 309 $50 Bob Cook Holiday FL
23 819 $50 No Winner    
24 609 $50 No Winner    
25 064 $50 No Winner    
26 745 $500 No Winner    
27 302 $100 No Winner    
28 061 $50 No Winner    
29 751 $50 SOA FL 1992    
30 388 $50 Jim & Rich Thibodeau Biddeford ME
31 081 $50 Richard Thibodeau Chelsea MA