Fellow Sons, AMVETS Family, and Friends,

The Christmas message is timeless. It is a day of joy, goodwill, love, peace, and wonderment. From year to year and generation to generation, it does not change. We are fortunate to live in this great country that is dedicated to liberty and freedom of expression.

Last year Sons of AMVETS National Commander Paul Speigle selected Operation Second Chance as his project. Commander Paul garnered support from Sons of AMVETS Squadrons from across the country.

Fellow Sons,

“Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others” – Cicero

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Past National Commander Charles S. Kyser. On behalf of National Sons of AMVETS, we extend our most heartfelt condolences to the Kyser family.  You will be in our prayers, and may the Lord provide you grace to ease your grief during this most difficult time.

Veterans Day started as Armistice Day, November 11th, because that is the anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that ended World War I. In 1954, this important day was changed to "Veterans Day" to celebrate and honor all Veterans who honorably served our great nation.

Fellow Sons,

It is with sadness to inform everyone that Ladies Auxiliary member Fran McGurk passed away on Saturday October 15, 2022.

Sons of AMVETS, AMVETS Family, and Friends,

Fellow Sons, AMVETS family, and friends,

Fellow Sons, AMVETS Family and Friends,

Sons of AMVETS National Convention is over, the votes are tabulated, and appointments are completed. CONGRATULATIONS TO THE LEADERSHIP TEAM FOR 2022 -2023.

Commander - Michael ‘Mick’ Ciesla – FL

1ST Vice Commander – Bobby Bryant – OH


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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: https://donate.garysinisefoundation.org/SonsCommanderProject

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