Sons of AMVETS, Squadron 1 from Cuba, NY have supplied more than $6,700 worth of craft kits to the Veterans at the VA Medical Center in Bath, NY.  288 kits of leather goods, wood kits, and painting kits were supplied partially through a grant from Past National Sons of AMVETS Commander Dan

On March 26, 2016 National Commander David T. Strittmather did 22 push-ups in his basement to kick-off “22 Push-Ups a Day for 22 Days”. This effort is to bring awareness to the suicide rate among Veterans and those currently serving.

On 11/23 the New York State Sons of AMVETS presented Canine Companions for Independence with a $1,000.00 donation to assist in providing food and veterinary care for future assistance dogs that will be placed with a Veteran with a disability.

The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) reports that nearly one in four men and women (24 percent) who served their country have diabetes.This includes my father and why I have selected AMVETS Diabetes Institute as my Commander's Project.

To all Sons of AMVETS nationwide: Single page Fact Sheets on the 2017 AMVETS Legislative Priorities regarding Complimentary & Alternative Medicine, Toxic Wounds, Service Dogs, and Mental Health have been added to the wewbsite. ​As time permits, please review prior to "Storm the Hill"​.

By mid April, we will finally be able to get National Sons of AMVETS Commander to pause after over 8 months of leading our mission of "Sons Serving Veterans". In recognition of his service and dedication all are invited to attend a Testmonial Dinner in Honor of National Sons of AMVETS Commander David T. Strittmather.

  Veteran Dan Gsell Sr. and member of Post 47 in Panama City Beach, FL is the most recent Veteran to receive mobility assistance through the Sons of AMVETS Department of Florida DIRECT to VET Scooter Program. Dan had a leg amputated, is recovering from a recent stroke, and deals with vison difficulties.

After recent surgeries, Marine Corps Veteran Dale Reed was in need of mobility assistance. On January 31, 2016 the officers of the Department of Florida Sons of AMVETS, and on behalf of the statewide Sons membership presented a mobility scooter to the AMVETS Post 32 member in Lakeland, Florida.

It is with a heavy heart to inform our friends and AMVETS family of the passing of Harold "Lee" Reed. Lee was a true friend of the Sons of AMVETS, serving as National Sons of AMVETS Coordinator and Sons of AMVETS Deptartment of Michigan Coordinator. I am blessed to have shared many memories with Lee over the last few years.

THANKS to all Sons for your efforts. Through 03/26/16 we have 171 Squadrons reporting totaling $4,590,792.22 in work and donations. Keep reporting your activity. YOU make a difference as we carryout our mission "Sons Serving Veterans".

Harold Collins National Sons of AMVETS 2nd Vice Commander 


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Sons of AMVETS National Commander Richard Thibodeau will continue support Help Heal Veterans (HHV) through his Commander’s Project in 2020-2021. 

Help Heal Veterans' mission is to support the healing and enrich the lives of veterans and military personnel. Healing arts and crafts provide a therapeutic experience for all veterans including those who are hospitalized, in shelters, in convalescent homes and those undergoing therapy for a wide range of physical and mental challenges. The kits, provided free of charge to the veteran, become a part of the patient's treatment plan, giving them a creative outlet along with tangible therapeutic and rehabilitation benefits. 

Since inception, Help Heal Veterans has delivered nearly 31 million arts and crafts kits to veterans and veteran facilities nationwide, along with active duty military overseas.Kits range in categories including woodworking, leather, models, and a variety of needlecrafts, paint-by-numbers and many others.

You may visit to learn more.

All are invited to join with Commander Richard to support our veterans and active duty members through this DIRECT to VET program. Donations may be sent to National Sons of AMVETS, 4647 Forbes Blvd, Lanham, MD 20706. Please make your checks payable to National SOA and mark the memo line HHV. 



Greetings to all Sons,

Through May 24, 2021, Squadrons and Departments have recorded over $3,787,362 in activity for 2020-2021. Considering lock downs, shutdowns, restricted access, and social distancing, the membership has remained active when conditions permit. GREAT JOB!!!!! On behalf of the veterans we serve, THANK YOU!!!

Your commitment to our mission, "SONS SERVING VETERANS", is noteworthy. Our proactive DIRECT to VET approach has had a positive impact on those we have pledged to serve. As an organization it is important that our programs be recorded. We need to let others know what we do. To that end, all are encouraged to register at so you may submit your project reports.

Please contact me directly at if you need assistance submitting reports or if you have difficulties with registration. If preferred, you can call or text me at 813-445-0253.

Take Credit for your volunteerism and report your activity! 


In Fellowship and Service,

Mick Ciesla
2nd Vice Commander/Webmaster
National Sons of AMVETS