AMVETS National Convention

The National Convention is where AMVETS leaders and members will be given a chance to shape the future of our great organization. From electing new leaders to voting on resolutions that set the foundation of AMVETS, the National Convention sets the stage for the coming year.




  • 09 March
  • 10 March

Marion Polk

National Commander
National Commander Marion,

Marvell Ruppel

National President
AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary

Dr. David Shulkin

US Dept of Veterans Affairs
The Honorable David J. Shulkin was nominated by President Trump to serve as the ninth Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA) and was confirmed by the United States Senate on February 13, 2017. Prior to his confirmation as Secretary, Dr. Shulkin served as VA’s Under Secretary for Health for 18 months, leading the Nation’s largest integrated health care system, with over 1,700 sites of care serving nearly nine million Veterans.

Harold Collins

National Commander
Sons of AMVETS

Joe Chenelly

National Executive Director
Joseph R. Chenelly was appointed national executive director of the nation’s fourth largest veterans service organization in May 2016. In this capacity, he administers the policies of AMVETS, supervises its national headquarters operations and provides direction, as needed, to state and local components. Joe previously served as AMVETS’ national communications director.
Joe Chenelly is the first veteran of combat operations in Afghanistan and Iraq to lead one of the nation’s four largest veterans service organizations’ staffs.
A native of Rochester, N.Y., Joe enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in March 1998, serving with the 1st Marine Division, and was honorably discharged as a Staff Sergeant in April 2006. He is a combat veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom, having served in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Kuwait, East Timor and the Horn of Africa.
Joe became a veterans advocate, a journalist, and a political adviser after his time in uniform. He covered military and veterans matters on staff with Leatherneck magazine, the Military Times newspapers, USA TODAY and Gannet News, reporting on operations in the Middle East, Southwest Asia, Africa, as well as disaster relief in the United States.
Joe was named one of the 100 “most influential journalists covering armed violence” by Action on Armed Violence in 2013. He was the first U.S. Marine combat correspondent to step into enemy territory after September 11, 2001, as a military reporter in Pakistan and Afghanistan. He also reported from the front-lines with American and allied forces in Kuwait and Iraq as that war began. He was on the ground for the start of both Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Joe served as AMVETS’ national communications director in 2005, and for the past eight years as assistant national director for communications for the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) in Washington, D.C. leading grassroots efforts through social networking and new media.
He has also served as president of Social Communications, LLC, and as a public affairs officer director for the Department of Navy. Joe is an alumni of Syracuse University and Central Texas College. He resides in Fairport, N.Y., with his wife Dawn, a service-connected disabled Air Force veteran, and their five children.

Bob Adams

Vice President
National Desert Storm War Memorial
Bob is a former Navy Radioman with four years of service (1987-1991) and proudly served aboard the USS Caron (DD-970) leading up to, during, and after Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm. After his military service, Bob went on to complete his education and earned a Bachelors in Science Information Technology; Master’s in Business Administration, and Masters of Psychology. Today, Bob is a proud father of his daughter and works as an IT Project Manager with the United States Department of Agriculture in St. Louis, MO.

Harry Neal

National Membership Director
Join today as a Member-At-Large:

Karla Lathroum

National Programs Director

Amy Webb

National Legislative Policy Adviser

John Hoellwarth

National Communications Director

Scott Stump

CEO & President
National Desert Strom Memorial
Scott served 4 1/2 years as an Infantryman in the U.S. Marine Corps.
Scott served 6 months in support of Operation Desert Shield/Desert
Storm. Scott is a partner with and lives in
Waynesville, NC with his wife, Robin, and his son, Scotty, and daughter, Emmy. He is a member of AMVETS.

Jim McMahon

Retired NFL Quarterback
Players Against Concussions
2x Super Bowl Champ. Co-Founder Players Against Concussions.

A legendary football player, Jim McMahon played college football at Brigham Young University, where he was a two-time All-American (1980, 1981) and later in the professional ranks with the Chicago Bears, San Diego Chargers, Philadelphia Eagles, Minnesota Vikings, Arizona Cardinals, Cleveland Browns, and Green Bay Packers. He won two Super Bowl rings, the first with the Bears in Super Bowl XX and the second with their rivals, the Packers in Super Bowl XXXI, both against the New England Patriots. McMahon was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1998.


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NEC Registration

12:00 PM 02:00 PM

Please stop by early to sign-in for Saturday's NEC meeting.
Ladies Auxiliary

Silver Helmet Gala

07:00 PM 10:00 PM Hilton Mark Center in Alexandria, VA


Spring National Executive Committee Meeting

08:30 AM 11:00 AM Hilton Mark Center in Alexandria, VA