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.
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.
Sons of AMVETS
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.
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.
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 IllustrateMyLife.com and lives in Waynesville, NC with his wife, Robin, and his son, Scotty, and daughter, Emmy. He is a member of AMVETS.
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.
Humana Inc., headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky, is a leading health care company that offers a wide range of insurance products and health and wellness services that incorporate an integrated approach to lifelong well-being. By leveraging the strengths of its core businesses, Humana believes it can better explore opportunities for existing and emerging adjacencies in health care that can further enhance wellness opportunities for the millions of people across the nation with whom the company has relationships.
Bass Pro Shops
Please stop by early to sign-in for Saturday's NEC meeting.
Silver Helmet Gala
Hilton Mark Center in Alexandria, VA