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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.
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 …
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.
AMVETS became the first World War II organization chartered by Congress when President Harry S. Truman signed Public Law 21, July 23rd, 1947.
November 11, 1944 –Veterans Day, an article appeared and entitled in Collier’s magazine, “12 million in Search of a Leader.” These clubs outlined the mutual aims: 1) to promote world peace, 2) to preserve the American way of life, 3) to help the Veteran help himself.
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.
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 …
AMVETS became the first World War II organization chartered by Congress when President Harry S. Truman signed Public Law 216.
1946–AMVETS petitioned Congress for Federal Charter. In the words of the Senate Judiciary Committee, the organization being “organized along sound lines and for worthy purposes, having demonstrated strength and stability, is entitled to the standings and dignity which a National Character will afford.”