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AMVETS MISSION STATEMENT: To enhance and safe­guard the enti­tle­ments for all Amer­i­can Vet­er­ans who have served hon­or­ably and to improve the qual­ity of life for them, their fam­i­lies, and the com­mu­ni­ties where they live through lead­er­ship, advo­cacy and services.
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As one of America’s vet­er­ans ser­vice orga­ni­za­tions, AMVETS (or Amer­i­can Vet­er­ans) has a proud his­tory of assist­ing vet­er­ans and spon­sor­ing numer­ous pro­grams that serve our coun­try and its cit­i­zens. The help­ing hand that AMVETS extends to vet­er­ans and their fam­i­lies takes many forms. One of the most vis­i­ble is our net­work of trained national ser­vice offi­cers (NSOs) ac

As one of America’s vet­er­ans ser­vice orga­ni­za­tions, AMVETS (or Amer­i­can Vet­er­ans) has a proud his­tory of assist­ing vet­er­ans and spon­sor­ing numer­ous pro­grams that serve our coun­try and its cit­i­zens. The help­ing hand that AMVETS extends to vet­er­ans and their fam­i­lies takes many forms. One of the most vis­i­ble is our net­work of trained national ser­vice offi­cers (NSOs) ac

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Happening now… #Back2School #Fundraiser at the #AMVETS #WestOahuVeteransCenter5001 Iroquois Ave., Ewa Beach, HI 96706#Am...
08/01/2021

Happening now…
#Back2School #Fundraiser at the #AMVETS #WestOahuVeteransCenter
5001 Iroquois Ave., Ewa Beach, HI 96706
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What are you made of?!New Guinness World Record for DB Curls 1500lbs in 1 Minute! Check out banner in background. Raisin...
08/01/2021

What are you made of?!
New Guinness World Record for DB Curls 1500lbs in 1 Minute! Check out banner in background. Raising awareness for AMVETS and Mission 22 #VeteranSuicideAwareness.
Photos taken of AMVETS Barbers Point Post Commander, Alim Shabazz
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New theater and museums considered for USS Arizona Memorial visitor center
08/01/2021
New theater and museums considered for USS Arizona Memorial visitor center

New theater and museums considered for USS Arizona Memorial visitor center

The National Park Serv­ice said it is looking into replacing the theater building at the USS Arizona Memorial visitor center “to address existing deferred maintenance, improve (the) visitor experience, and make the structure more resilient to storm surge and other natural hazards.”

Timeline Photos
07/31/2021

Timeline Photos

The National Park Service is seeking public feedback from July 31 through August 30 on a proposal to introduce paid parking at the Pearl Harbor National Memorial.

Revenue from parking fees, managed by NPS, would support deferred maintenance projects and upkeep at the USS Arizona Memorial as well as park sites on Ford Island, including the USS Utah and USS Oklahoma memorials, as well as the historic Chief Petty Officer (CPO) Bungalows. And while NPS sites collecting fees are allowed to keep 80% of the revenue, the remaining 20% would be designated for use on projects outside Pearl Harbor.

The proposed $7 fee would fund operation of the parking lots and also enhance visitor services, including additional security, upgraded exhibits and the use of new technology to better reach more modern audiences.

The planned implementation date for the new parking fee would be 2023. Entrance into the Pearl Harbor National Memorial and the USS Arizona Memorial program remains free.

What do you think? Submit comments via the NPS Planning, Environment, and Public Comment website:

https://parkplanning.nps.gov/103663.

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A big welcome to #WorldWar2Veteran and #KoreanWarVeteran, Mr. Jim Davis!Also visiting with Jim is Mrs. Davis and their d...
07/30/2021

A big welcome to #WorldWar2Veteran and #KoreanWarVeteran, Mr. Jim Davis!
Also visiting with Jim is Mrs. Davis and their daughter Cathy Reed.

Photo taken with AMVETS Department of Hawaii Commander Donovan A. Lazarus and AMVETS Dept. of Hawaii 1st Vice Commander Ron Lam at the #PearlHarborVisitorCenter #USSArizonaMemorial #PearlHarbor #Hawaii #AMVETS #AmericanVeterans #AmVetsHawaii #HawaiiMilitary #HawaiiVeterans

A big welcome to #WorldWar2Veteran and #KoreanWarVeteran, Mr. Jim Davis!
Also visiting with Jim is Mrs. Davis and their daughter Cathy Reed.

Photo taken with AMVETS Department of Hawaii Commander Donovan A. Lazarus and AMVETS Dept. of Hawaii 1st Vice Commander Ron Lam at the #PearlHarborVisitorCenter #USSArizonaMemorial #PearlHarbor #Hawaii #AMVETS #AmericanVeterans #AmVetsHawaii #HawaiiMilitary #HawaiiVeterans

Photos from Defense POW / MIA Accounting Agency's post
07/27/2021

Photos from Defense POW / MIA Accounting Agency's post

LCDR Rafael Suazo Retirement Ceremony - July 23, 2021
07/27/2021

LCDR Rafael Suazo Retirement Ceremony - July 23, 2021

Photos from U.S. Indo-Pacific Command's post
07/27/2021

Photos from U.S. Indo-Pacific Command's post

Photos from All Hands Magazine's post
07/25/2021

Photos from All Hands Magazine's post

LCDR Rafael Suazo Retirement Ceremony - July 23, 2021
07/25/2021

LCDR Rafael Suazo Retirement Ceremony - July 23, 2021

On July 23, LCDR Rafael Suazo, Civil Engineer Corps, U. S. Navy, retired from active duty after 20 years of honorable and faithful service.

07/24/2021

Boot Camp PT, Hooah!
Take The Challenge!
Where: AMVETS West Oahu Veteran Center
Address: 5001 Iroquois Ave., West Loch Annex (JBPHH), Ewa Beach, HI 96706

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Soldier Accounted For From World War II (Countryman, A.)
07/24/2021
Soldier Accounted For From World War II (Countryman, A.)

Soldier Accounted For From World War II (Countryman, A.)

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that Army Tech. Sgt. Arthur W. Countryman, 37, of Plainfield, Illinois, killed during World War II, was accounted for June 14, 2021.In

Photos from Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam's post
07/23/2021

Photos from Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam's post

#OnThisDay #CongressionalCharter #AmericanVeteransOfWorldWarII #POTUSTruman #AMVETS July 23, 1947, President Harry S. Tr...
07/23/2021

#OnThisDay #CongressionalCharter #AmericanVeteransOfWorldWarII #POTUSTruman #AMVETS

July 23, 1947, President Harry S. Truman signed Public Law 216, making AMVETS the first World War II organization to be chartered by Congress. Since then, the original charter has been amended several times to admit as members those who served in different eras.

Today, membership in AMVETS is open to anyone who is currently serving, or who has honorably served, in the U.S. Armed Forces from World War II to the present, to include the National Guard and Reserves.

On July 23, 1947 — 74 years ago today — after AMVETS won the respect of Congress by displaying dignity and a sound approach to national problems on behalf of all veterans.

The words of Senate Judiciary Committee echoed throughout the land: "The Veterans of World War II are entitled to their own organization". And AMVETS being "organized along sound lines and for worthy purposes ... having demonstrated its strength and stability is entitled to the stability that a National Charter will afford."

President Truman also commented, "Were I a veteran of this War, I would prefer to have a veteran of World War II looking after my affairs, than a veteran of some other war." To this day, no other World War II Veteran's Group has been so honored.

July 23, 1947, President Harry S. Truman signed Public Law 216, making AMVETS the first World War II organization to be chartered by Congress. Since then, the original charter has been amended several times to admit as members those who served in different eras.

Today, membership in AMVETS is open to anyone who is currently serving, or who has honorably served, in the U.S. Armed Forces from World War II to the present, to include the National Guard and Reserves.

Photos from U.S. Navy's post
07/23/2021

Photos from U.S. Navy's post

Photos from U.S. Pacific Fleet's post
07/20/2021

Photos from U.S. Pacific Fleet's post

#Zumba 1800-1900, every Tuesdays & ThursdaysTo Register, email our Zumba Instructor Zin Lydia lydia808hi@yahoo.comWho: o...
07/20/2021

#Zumba 1800-1900, every Tuesdays & Thursdays
To Register, email our Zumba Instructor Zin Lydia [email protected]

Who: open to the public
What: Zumba Classes
When: Every Tuesday & Thursday
1800-1900
Where: AMVETS West Oahu Veterans Center
5001 Iroquois Ave.
Bldg. 612, West Lock Annex (JBPHH)
Ewa Beach, Hawaii 96706
Phone: 808-888-0410
Website: https://amvets-hawaii.org
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#Zumba 1800-1900, every Tuesdays & Thursdays
To Register, email our Zumba Instructor Zin Lydia [email protected]

Who: open to the public
What: Zumba Classes
When: Every Tuesday & Thursday
1800-1900
Where: AMVETS West Oahu Veterans Center
5001 Iroquois Ave.
Bldg. 612, West Lock Annex (JBPHH)
Ewa Beach, Hawaii 96706
Phone: 808-888-0410
Website: https://amvets-hawaii.org
#BeActive #StayFit
#AMVETS #AmericanVeterans #AmVetsHawaii
#WestOahuVeteransCenter #HawaiiVeterans #HawaiiMilitary #GoldStarFamilies #WestSide
#WestOahu #WestLoch #Westside #Kapolei #Kalaeloa #EwaBeach #PearlHarbor #Hawaii

Happening now…#JrRotc #CarWash #Fundraiser Come support #KapolieHighSchool #MarineCorps Jr. #ROTC #ScholarshipFundraiser...
07/17/2021

Happening now…
#JrRotc #CarWash #Fundraiser
Come support #KapolieHighSchool #MarineCorps Jr. #ROTC
#ScholarshipFundraiser (1000-1400), at the #AMVETS #WestOahuVeteransCenter
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Happening now…
#JrRotc #CarWash #Fundraiser
Come support #KapolieHighSchool #MarineCorps Jr. #ROTC
#ScholarshipFundraiser (1000-1400), at the #AMVETS #WestOahuVeteransCenter
5001 Iroquois Ave., Ewa Beach, HI 96706
#AmVetsPearlHarborPost #CarWash #Fundraiser
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07/17/2021

Musician 3rd Class Mendez Pedro, assigned to the U.S. Naval Forces Europe and Africa Band, plays the saxophone in front of the Vorontsov Colonnade in Odesa, Ukraine during Exercise Sea Breeze 2021, July 8, 2021. 🇺🇸⚓️

📸 Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Damon Grosvenor

Photos from U.S. Indo-Pacific Command's post
07/17/2021

Photos from U.S. Indo-Pacific Command's post

07/16/2021

John Raymond Stratton was born Oct. 23, 1918, at Otter Creek township in far southeast Indiana. His mother, Amy Edens Stratton, was a homemaker and his father, Frank Stratton, a farmer. They had six children.

The mother died in 1931, just before John’s 13th birthday.

He graduated in 1937 from Holton High School and enlisted in the Navy on Oct. 8, 1940. Mr. Stratton was a seaman first class on the U.S.S. Arizona when he was killed in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7, 1941.

At least two of his brothers, Frank Jr. and Grant, served in the Army during World War II.

There is a cenotaph for John Stratton at the Holton Cemetery, which is where his parents are buried.

Sources: The Republic of Columbus, Indiana; The Indianapolis (Indiana) Star; Census; grave markers; Navy muster roll.

If you have additions or corrections, please contact us: [email protected]. It is a work in progress to research all 1,177 men killed on the Arizona, and we welcome help from family and friends. Thank you, the USS Arizona Mall memorial project at the University of Arizona.

07/15/2021

Robert Gary Thompson was born in Georgia in about 1912.

He was a ship’s cook first class on the U.S.S. Arizona when he was killed in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7, 1941.

Most else of what is known about his life comes from the 1940 Census, which said he lived at Long Beach, California -- home port to the battleship -- with his wife, Ruby, and their infant son. Mr. Thompson had completed one year of college and in 1935 lived at Parris Island, South Carolina, the Census added. He earned $664 in 1939 -- equal to about $13,000 in 2021.

Mr. Thompson enlisted in the Navy in June 1938 and married Ruby Susan Turner that December.

Sources: Census; Navy muster roll; California marriage and birth records. Navy photo.

If you have additions, corrections or a photograph, please contact us: [email protected]. It is a work in progress to research all 1,177 men killed on the Arizona, and we welcome help from family and friends. Thank you, the USS Arizona Mall memorial project at the University of Arizona.

Photos from U.S. Pacific Fleet Band's post
07/15/2021

Photos from U.S. Pacific Fleet Band's post

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07/15/2021

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07/15/2021

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Changing Lives...
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07/14/2021

#PlanLikeAParkRanger Let us help you lighten the load. Pearl Harbor National Memorial has a no bag policy. Here are some tips:
- Apply your reef safe sunscreen before you leave your home or hotel
- Bring a water bottle on a lanyard or belt clip that way you can stay hydrated and not lose your water bottle
- Only bring what you can carry. Cell phones, wallets, cash and cards that will easily fit into a pocket
- If you have a medical need that requires you to carry medicine or medical equipment with you: plan to arrive early, disclose the need to our Security Rangers. They will advise you on what can be in the bag
- For those with littles and a stroller, leave the diaper bag at home but bring the contents
- Bag storage is available nearby for a fee, you can lock your items in your vehicle, or leave them in your hotel or home

For more information visit our website: https://www.nps.gov/perl/planyourvisit/safety.htm

NPS Image of a Park Ranger directing visitors to the nearby bag storage before visitors enter the park.

Photos from U.S. Navy's post
07/14/2021

Photos from U.S. Navy's post

07/14/2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 12, 2021

Millions in grants awarded to organizations in Hawaii and Guam to aid in curbing Veteran homelessness

Honolulu – Hundreds of very low-income Veteran families in the VA Pacific Islands Health Care area, who are experiencing homelessness or are at risk of becoming homeless, will have access to crucial services from local organizations via grants provided by the VA Pacific Islands Health Care System, Supportive Services for Veteran Families program.

Locally, three organizations in Honolulu and Guam received grants totaling $4,158,000 A list of grantees is available at https://www.va.gov/homeless/ssvf/index.asp More than 260 organizations nationwide received SSVF grants.

“Supportive Services for Veteran Families is a key tool to promote housing stability among our most economically vulnerable Veterans and their families,” said Dr. Adam Robinson, director VA Pacific Islands Health Care System. “This program empowers our community-based partners to provide the mix of services needed to prevent Veterans from becoming homeless and rapidly re-house those who become homeless.”

US VETS awarded $2,904,000
Catholic Charities $557,000
WestCare (Guam) $697,000

Nationally, SSVF served 112,070 participants, including 77,590 Veterans and 19,919 children in FY 2020. As a result of these and other efforts, Veteran homelessness is down significantly since the launch of the Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness in 2010.

The SSVF program is authorized by Congress. The funding will support SSVF services from October 1, 2021, until September 30, 2022.

Learn more about the SSVF program.

For more information contact: Amy Rohlfs, public affairs officer, VAPIHCS 808-208-5544

07/12/2021

It's the beginning of the busiest season of the year!

📢 #RangerTips & Information Below ⬇

Anyone is welcome to visit Pearl Harbor National Memorial WITHOUT a reservation or entry fee.

Reservations are only required to participate in the NPS facilitated USS Arizona Memorial Program. This reservation reserves your program time and space on the US Navy provided vessel out to the Memorial and back again.

With only 1800 USS Arizona Memorial Program reservations available daily, and over 13,000 visitors arriving on the island of Oahu daily, Reservations are in high demand, can be fully reserved in under a minute, and wait times for space available seating on standby is 1-3 hours long.

Remember to know your limits and have a backup plan! There are a lot of other ways to find a meaningful connection to Pearl Harbor National Memorial. You can visit the museums, watch the 23 minute park film on the open air lanai, and take in the scenic shoreline views; participate in the Pacific Historic Parks managed Audio Tour, visit the Virtual Reality Center, become a Jr Ranger (sold in the bookstore); or visit our neighboring Pacific Historic Site Partners not managed by the National Park Service: USS Bowfin Submarine Museum and Park, Battleship Missouri Memorial, and Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum.

NPS Image. 100s of visitors line up at the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center before 7 am to wait for standby seating for the USS Arizona Memorial Program on a hot sunny morning.

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I just came on board with AMVET Arizona Post, Retired Navy, and would like to introduce myself. I am a Disabled Viet Nam Vet. who served for 22 years with my first carrier being the USS Oriskany (CVA-34) and Command being VA-155 out of Lemoore, Ca. A few squadrons and ships latter I retired and began working for Army Hawaii as a civilian employee until my retirement last March serving my country and those serving for over 47 years. I am an avid SCUBA Diver and a PADI Master SCUBA Diver Instructor (MSDT) who is currently in Dive Master status. I have all my own equipment and dive at the drop of a hat. I am into weapons and reloading, archery and love to hunt. Being new with the AMVET I appreciate the assistance others can provide while I am getting my feet firmly on the ground. My E Mail is [email protected] and I look forward to meeting many at the AMVET meetings as I will be there for the 12 of Jan meeting.
Share to Honor the WW2 Pearl Harbor Fallen - Lawrence Anderson, USS Arizona, was born 100 years ago today on August 21, 1918. Read about Lawrence at:
Happy new year!
On the 50th anniversary of Pearl Harbor in 1991 I stood on the deck of the USS Missouri in Pearl Harbor with the veterans and it was one of my greatest honors. Thank you to these men for their dedication to our country and for the lives lost, may they rest in peace. WE REMEMBER!
My Great-Uncle, Neil Mataweny Wilson,was a Machinist on the USS Arizona. My Mom wrote a short story/essay on what it was like to hear about Pearl Harbor on the radio while she was making out a Christmas card to her favorite uncle. Mary Regan is almost 92 but in good health. I'd like to get her to the Dec 7th ceremonies this year.
USS Arizona model almost done