Ford Proclamation 4373

President Gerald R. Ford signed Proclamation 4373, terminating the Vietnam era. It also proclaimed that both Vietnam Veterans and Vietnam Era Veterans could join AMVETS. AMVETS did not accept into membership servicemen and women who served after May 7, 1975.

National Organization Formed

December 10, 1944–A National Organization, was formed by 18 leaders, representing 9 groups met in Kansas City, Missouri, known as the American Veterans of World War II–Also, as newspaper headline writers took to calling them and AMVETS. The White Clover was chosen as the official flower of AMVETS, meaning, “Remember …

Membership Criteria Change

President Ronald Reagan signed public law 98-304, which amended AMVETS’ Congressional Charter to a membership that included those service men and women who served honorably and actively (after May 7, 1975) on May 31, 1984. Membership is open to anyone who is currently serving.

Open Membership! May 31, 1984

May 31, 1984–President Ronald Reagan signed public law 98-304, amending AMVETS’ Congressional Charter to open membership to those who served honorably after May 7, 1975. Membership is open to anyone who is currently serving, inclusive the National Guard and Reserve components–after September 15, 1940.

Proclamation 4373

May 7, 1975–President Gerald R. Ford signed Proclamation 4373, terminating the Vietnam era and the cessation of hostilities among Vietnam Veterans and Vietnam-Era Veterans giving the latter the opportunity to join AMVETS.  For nearly 10 years AMVETS did not accept the memberships of servicemen and women who served after May …