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.

Speakers

Sponsors

Schedule

  • 05 August
  • 06 August
  • 07 August
  • 08 August
  • 09 August
  • 10 August
  • 11 August
  • 12 August
  • 09 December
  • 09 March
  • 10 March

Dr. David Shulkin

Secretary
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.

09 August

Dr. Poonam Alaigh

Acting Under Secretary for Health
Veterans Health Administration
Dr. Poonam Alaigh is the Acting Under Secretary for Health. As the Acting Under Secretary for Health, Dr. Alaigh directs a health care system with an annual budget of approximately $68 billion, overseeing the delivery of care to more than 9 million enrolled Veterans. VA, the nation's largest health care system, operates more than 1,200 sites of care, including hospitals; community based outpatient clinics; nursing homes; domiciliaries; and 300 Vet Centers. VHA is the nation's largest provider of graduate medical education and a major contributor to medical and scientific research. More than 73,000 active volunteers, 127,000 health professions trainees, and more than 335,000 health care professionals and support staff are an integral part of the VHA community.
Dr. Alaigh previously served as the Senior Advisor to the Under Secretary for Health (USH) and the executive sponsor of the MyVA access initiative. Through her leadership and guidance she has been a core member of the VHA executive leadership team executing the largest transformation to meet the top priority of the USH, improving access to care for all Veterans.

09 August

Lee Wen-chung

Deputy Minister
Taiwan Veterans Affairs Council
Early life
Lee was born to a poor Nantou County family in 1958, and attended National Taiwan University, where he studied political science. Heavily influenced by the 1979 Kaohsiung Incident, he edited tangwai publications and pushed for the school to permit direct elections for student body president. University administration labelled Lee "excessively politically progressive" instead and expelled him in 1986, after which he became active in Taiwan's labor rights movement. Lee was also active in the Wild Lily student movement of 1990.

Political career
Within the Democratic Progressive Party, Lee is allied with the New Tide faction. Elected to the National Assembly in 1991 and again in 1996, Lee launched his first campaign for a seat on the Legislative Yuan in 1998. Shortly after the 1999 Jiji earthquake, Lee proposed a number of bills intended to aid rescue efforts. In his first term, Lee helped uncover a financial scandal involving Taiwan Pineapple Group and members of the Taiwanese judiciary dating back to November 1999. That month, Lee and Michael Tsai were charged with libel by fellow legislator Lo Fu-chu. The pair had accused Lo of interference in a Yunlin County by-election in favor of Chang Jung-wei. For a portion of his first term in the Legislative Yuan, Lee served as DPP caucus convenor.

He won reelection to the legislature in 2001. In 2004, an essay written by Lee titled New Culture Discourse was leaked. In it, Lee advocated keeping the Republic of China as Taiwan's official name, stating "there will be no suitable environment in the next two or three decades for the Republic of China (ROC) to change its national name." Reasons given for retaining the Republic of China included acceptance of the term by Taiwan's citizens of both Hoklo and Mainlander descent. In addition, retention of the name was seen to appease the People's Republic of China. Lee spent the end of his second legislative term advocating that the government acquire extensive military equipment. After winning reelection in December 2004, he continued arguing for military upgrades. Lee was criticized by the Democratic Progressive Party in 2005 when he proposed that the party revoke its support of Taiwanese Independence and form a coalition with the People First Party. Lee and Lin Cho-shui resigned their legislative seats in November 2006 to protest the way a party-led investigation into Chen Shui-bian was being run.

Despite his resignation, Lee declared his candidacy for the 2008 legislative election cycle. He next represented the Democratic Progressive Party in the 2009 Nantou County magistracy election. During his campaign, Lee accused Kuomintang candidate Lee Chao-ching of working with Chiang Chin-liang, a convicted felon. When DPP member Huang Wen-chun alleged that Lee Wen-chung had also sought the support of Chiang, the party moved to expel Huang. Lee later became director of the party's Department of Organization. He launched his second campaign for the Nantou County magistracy in June 2013 and was formally confirmed as DPP candidate in November. Lee lost to Lin Ming-chen, and was named deputy minister of the Veterans Affairs Council in 2016.

Political stances
Lee's writings for the Taipei Times have extensively covered military affairs and national defense. He has also been critical of Ma Ying-jeou and his economic and Cross-Strait policies.

Personal life
Lee is married to Chen De-yu.

09 August

Dr. Hamdullah Mohib

Ambassador
Embassy of Afghanistan
Before being appointed Ambassador to the United States, Dr. Hamdullah Mohib served as Deputy Chief of Staff to H.E. The President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. The role included oversight of the spokesperson’s office, the office of correspondence and diplomatic communications, protocol office, petitions office, and the Presidential secretariat.
During his tenure at the Presidential Palace, his role involved liaison with governmental counterparts and drafting of bilateral and multilateral agreements. Dr. Mohib also engaged in the substantive preparation and implementation of official presidential visits to Azerbaijan, Belgium, China, Germany, India, Iran, Nepal, Pakistan, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Turkmenistan, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom and the United States as part of the administration’s strategy for geopolitical and economic integration. Dr. Mohib led the presidential negotiating team for several inter-government cooperation agreements and the formulation of Afghanistan’s national development “Realizing Self-Reliance” reform strategy.
Dr. Mohib has a PhD and Bachelors degree with honors from Brunel University in the United Kingdom. The university honored him with an award for social and cultural contributions to campus, and a research scholarship to pursue a Doctorate of Philosophy. Before joining the government, Dr. Mohib worked for the American University of Afghanistan and Intel Corporation.
Dr. Mohib has been an active leader in civil society among the global Afghan community. He founded the largest Afghan diaspora youth association in Europe, the Afghan Students Association of the UK. He also founded and served as Chairman of the Board for the Afghan Professionals Network (APN). As part of APN, he started a think-tank “Discourse Afghanistan”, and initiated community service programming to support special needs orphans in Kabul, and to recognize achievements of Afghan women.
Dr. Mohib is fluent in English, Pashto, and Dari, with proficiency in Urdu/Hindi. He is a published writer on Afghan politics, as well as on academic research.

09 August

Jane Horton

Military/Congressional Liaison, Afghanistan Embassy
Gold Star Wife

09 August

Thomas Moe

National Veterans Memorial & Museum
Mr. Moe comes to AMVETS to let us know about the $78 million project in Columbus, Ohio -- the National Veterans Memorial & Museum.

Mr. Moe is a real hero and former Prisoner of War in Vietnam. Conducting a bombing run in January 1968, a weapons malfunction forced Air Force Colonel Thomas Moe to bail out over enemy territory. After three days on the ground successfully avoiding capture, he was eventually discovered and imprisoned by the North Vietnamese for the next five years. Although offered an early release, he refused, on the grounds that POWs should be sent home according to the order of their capture. After further pressure to accept a release, he went on an eight-day hunger strike. Constant torture and beatings led to extensive kidney damage; through the care of his roommate, Myron, and his mental resolve, he survived until his release in March 1973.

Read and see much more about this hero at http://bit.ly/TomMoe

Official bio: Colonel Tom Moe (US Air Force, retired) has served more than 50 years in military and public service. He is serving as Commissioner to the WWI Centennial Commission having been appointed by Speaker of the US House of Representative, John Boehner, (website). He is also serving as Veteran outreach in developing The National Veterans Memorial and Museum which is being built in Columbus, Ohio.

Moe enlisted in the Naval Reserve in 1961 and also enrolled in college. Originally he had hoped to become a missionary in foreign lands but instead trained to be a professional military officer. He graduated in 1965 from Capital University and was designated a Distinguished Military Graduate (DMG) earning a Regular Commission in the U.S. Air Force. He then attended pilot training in Alabama.

In 1967 he entered training in the F-4 “Phantom” aircraft and was assigned to combat duty at Danang Air Base, Vietnam where he flew 85 combat missions including 60 over North Vietnam. A bomb fuze malfunction downed his aircraft in January, 1968 and, after evading the enemy for three days, he was captured and spent over five years as a prisoner of war in North Vietnam. During the attempt to rescue him, a pilot, then Major Bob Wilke, was shot down and killed, his aircraft crashing so close to Moe that the ground shook. Colonel Moe never forgets to mention Bob’s heroic sacrifice. http://www.veterantributes.org/TributeDetail.php?...

Following repatriation in March, 1973, Tom attended the University of Notre Dame earning a 3.75 GPA for his Master’s Degree in Government and a Soviet and East European Area Studies Certificate. Again he earned designation as “DMG” by the USAF. He later returned to Notre Dame and served there as Professor and Chair of the Department of Aerospace Studies and member of the Faculty Senate.
In 1975 he returned to flying and flew the F-4 and then was selected to be in the initial cadre to fly the new F-16 fighter aircraft. He attended a number of professional military schools including the Armed Forces Staff College and the U. S. Army War College—with honors from both. He also attended the U. S. State Department Language School in Washington, D. C. where he studied the German and French languages.

Tom was assigned in 1989 as Air Attaché to the U. S. Embassy in Bern Switzerland and, as part of the Foreign Military Sales team there, concluded the sale of 34 F/A 18 fighter aircraft to the Swiss Government. The U. S. Secretary of Defense lauded his efforts and “directed that the program be transmitted to U. S. embassies around the world as a wining model.” He also negotiated with the Swiss Foreign Ministry to allow overflights of Switzerland by USAF Medical evacuation flights during the Gulf War--an agreement described by the U. S. State Department as a “historic level of cooperation” in light of traditional Swiss neutrality in such instances. In 1995 he retired from the US Air Force after having served in a number of command and staff positions including commander of a combat-ready fighter squadron.

During his 30 years in the Air Force, he earned 24 military awards and decorations including two Silver Stars, the Defense Superior Service Medal, two Legions of Merit, the Distinguished Flying Cross, The Bronze Star Medal for valor, two Purple Hearts, and seven Air Medals. He has also received a number of public service awards including induction into the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame, the Ohio Military Hall of Fame for Valor, the University of Notre Dame “Corby Award,” Capital University’s “Alumni Distinguished Service Award” and “Varsity ‘C’ Distinguished Service Award,” the Daughters of the American Revolution “Medal of Honor,” and honors from The University of Notre Dame AFROTC Detachment 225, The American Legion, Vietnam Veterans of America, the Ford Motor Company and others including induction into his high school Hall of Fame in Virginia. He has been selected as “Grand Marshall” by a number of Ohio cities for their celebratory parades including Columbus, Toledo, Lancaster and Lithopolis. In 1996 he was awarded the “Silver Medal Award” by CASE (Council for Advancement and Support of Education) in its category for “Best Story of the Year” as written for Notre Dame Magazine (Winter 95-96). According to the magazine’s editor, Kerry Temple, the story remains the most requested and downloaded story in the history of the magazine. http://magazine.nd.edu/news /13873-pure-torture/. In October of 2015, Tom was presented the Rufus Putnam Award by the Grand Lodge of Ohio of Free and Accepted Masons—its highest honor. Tom actually happens to be a distant in-law of Putnam, a Revolutionary War General. In 2015 he was elected to receive the 33rd honorary degree of the Scottish Rite which will be conferred in 2017 in Rochester, NY. In 2016 he was presented the Nathan Hale Patriot Award by the Citadel Republican Society.
Tom is a life member of the VFW (Lancaster Post 1380), AMVETS (Lancaster Post 1985) and Vietnam Veterans of America (Lancaster Chapter 1045) and a member of the American Legion (Lancaster Post 11). He is also a Master Mason, a member of the Scottish Rite, 32nd degree, the Association of Ohio Commodores and Sons of the American Revolution (Hocking Valley Chapter) as well as the Fairfield Heritage Association, the Farm Bureau, past Board member of the Ohio Dam Safety Organization (ODSO) as well as past board member of the Bexley Chamber of Commerce, The United Way of Fairfield County, The Lancaster Ohio School Board Services Committee, The Aerospace Heritage Foundation of Utah and various other organizations including the Order of Daedalians, a fraternal order of American military pilots and the Silkworm Club. He is currently a board member of the Ohio Conservative Energy Forum and the Ohio Conservative Juvenile Justice Network.

After retirement from the Air Force, Tom served in several positions including Military Studies Fellow at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame; Director of the Ohio Troops to Teachers Program, Ohio Department of Education; Director of the Fairfield County Office of Emergency Management and Homeland security; and, from January, 2010 to July, 2013, as a member of the Cabinet of Governor John Kasich as Director of the Ohio Department of Veterans Services.

The most important thing in the world to Tom is his family. Tom has been married to his lovely wife Chris for 51 years. They have three children and six grandchildren. In August 2010, he donated a kidney to his daughter who was suffering from polycystic kidney disease. He and his wife live on a small farm in Ohio on land that they bought from money that Chris saved while he was a POW. Tom and Chris are members of the First United Methodist Church in Lancaster where they have been members of its choir, and Tom was on its Finance Board. Both are active as volunteers in many local activities. Chris enjoys cooking, sewing and serving as a docent at the General Sherman House; and Tom enjoys genealogy and restoring old toy trains.

10 August

Brad Soden

President
TankChair
An engineer and combat veteran, whose wife suffers from paralysis, built a tank-like wheelchair to enable her to go to outdoor locations. Now Brad Soden is helping others gain access to his invention.

10 August

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.

10 August

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 IllustrateMyLife.com and lives in
Waynesville, NC with his wife, Robin, and his son, Scotty, and daughter, Emmy. He is a member of AMVETS.

11 August

Bobby Scott

Congressman (VA-3)
U.S House of Representatives
Congressman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott is currently serving his thirteenth term in Congress representing Virginia's Third Congressional District. Prior to serving in the House of Representatives, he served in the Virginia House of Delegates from 1978 to 1983 and in the Senate of Virginia from 1983 to 1993.
During his tenure in the Virginia General Assembly, Congressman Scott successfully sponsored laws critical to Virginians in education, employment, health care, social services, economic development, crime prevention and consumer protection. His legislative successes included laws that increased Virginia’s minimum wage, created the Governor’s Employment and Training Council and improved health care benefits for women, infants and children. He also sponsored the Neighborhood Assistance Act, which provides tax credits to businesses for donations made to approved social service and crime prevention programs.
Congressman Scott has the distinction of being the first African-American elected to Congress from the Commonwealth of Virginia since Reconstruction and only the second African-American elected to Congress in Virginia’s history. Having a maternal grandfather of Filipino ancestry also gives him the distinction of being the first American with Filipino ancestry to serve as a voting member of Congress.
Congressman Scott currently serves as the Ranking Member on the Committee on Education and the Workforce, a committee he has served on since his arrival to Congress in 1993. In his capacity as the most senior Democrat on the Committee, he is leading the fight for access to quality early, secondary and higher education for all of America’s children with an emphasis on solving the growing problem of student debt, closing the achievement gap and dismantling the School-to-Prison Pipeline. In 2015, he was one of the four primary negotiators of the Every Student Succeeds Act, which reauthorized the Elementary and Secondary Education Act for the first time in 13 years replacing the No Child Left Behind Act. Additionally, he is focused on ensuring that millions of Americans have the opportunity to go to work every day and know that they will be treated fairly, paid a decent and living wage, given a safe environment in which do their jobs and provided access to affordable health care.
From the beginning of his tenure in Congress, Congressman Scott has led efforts to pass comprehensive juvenile justice reform and crime prevention legislation. Towards that end, he has introduced the Youth PROMISE Act, which would provide resources to state and local governments for evidence-based strategies and programs to prevent juvenile crime.
As a part of his effort to provide universal health care for all, prior to the passage of the Affordable Care Act, Congressman Scott sponsored the All Healthy Children Act, which sought to ensure that millions of uninsured children in the United States have access to a comprehensive set of health care services.
Congressman Scott is also a recognized champion of the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights, and has fought to protect the rights and civil liberties of all Americans. In 1997, he protected the right of all children with disabilities to obtain a free and appropriate education under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) by leading a successful effort to defeat amendments aimed at curtailing that right for some children. Congressman Scott also actively opposed passage of the USA PATRIOT Act and has been a leading critic of both Republican and Democratic Administrations' misuse of surveillance authorities. He is also a leading opponent of efforts to permit employment discrimination in federally funded programs.
Scott in CommitteeAs the former Chairman and Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security on the House Judiciary Committee, Congressman Scott is also a leading advocate for reforming our nation’s broken criminal justice system. Congressman Scott sponsored the Death in Custody Reporting Act, which was originally signed into law by President Bill Clinton in 2000 and its subsequent reauthorization was signed into law by President Barack Obama in 2014. The law requires state and local law enforcement agencies to report to the U.S. Department of Justice how many individuals die each year while in police custody or during the course of an arrest. In 2010, Congressman Scott successfully led efforts in the House to pass the Fair Sentencing Act, one of the first successful reductions in a mandatory minimum sentence in decades. The law reduced the unfair sentencing disparity between crack and powder cocaine.
From 2013 to 2014, he co-chaired the House Judiciary Committee’s Over-Criminalization Task Force with Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI). Based on the findings of their task force, Scott and Sensenbrenner co-authored the Safe, Accountable, Fair, and Effective (SAFE) Justice Act, which has been recognized as one of the most comprehensive criminal justice reform bills in a generation and has attracted significant support from across the political spectrum.
Having served for a total of six years on the House Budget Committee, Congressman Scott is also a leading voice on fiscal policy and reducing the deficit. He was an ardent opponent of the 2001 and 2003 Bush-era tax cuts that were skewed towards the wealthiest Americans and contributed trillions to the national debt. He opposed the 2008 taxpayer-funded bailout of Wall Street and the 2013 Fiscal Cliff deal that permanently extended most of the Bush-era tax cuts. He is dedicated to restoring fiscal sanity to the federal budget process in order to balance the federal budget and has advocated for the return of statutory Pay-As-You-Go budget rules, which helped bring the federal budget from deficit to surplus in the 1990s.
Congressman Scott is also a strong supporter of our nation's military readiness as well as our troops and their safety. He is a leading advocate for improving and increasing funding for veterans' benefits and health care, especially mental health care, and was the lead sponsor in the House of Senator Jim Webb’s Post-9/11 G.I. Bill that was signed into law by President George W. Bush in 2008. Congressman Scott has routinely received an “A” from the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America for his service and commitment to our veterans.
In 2010, The Hill, a Capitol Hill newspaper, recognized Congressman Scott as one of the 25 hardest working Members of Congress. The Hill later recognized him in 2012 as one of Capitol Hill's 50 most beautiful people.
Congressman Scott was born on April 30, 1947 in Washington, D.C. and grew up in Newport News, Virginia. He is a graduate of Harvard College and Boston College Law School. After graduating law school, he returned home to Newport News and practiced law from 1973 to 1991. He received an honorable discharge for his service in the Massachusetts National Guard and the United States Army Reserve.
Congressman Scott is a member of St. Augustine's Episcopal Church in Newport News and is a member of many professional, community, and civic boards and organizations.

10 August

Harold Chapman

National Commander
AMVETS
National Commander Harold Chapman, a resident of Long Island, New York, is the 73rd AMVETS National Commander. An Air Force veteran, he previously held national-level offices include service as National 1st Vice Commander from 2015 to 2016, National 2nd Vice Commander for Programs from 2014 to 2015, and as AMVETS National Finance Officer from 2012 to 2014.

Chapman has held command positions at every AMVETS echelon. He commanded New York Post 18 in East Islip, New York, for two consecutive terms from 1995 through 1997, and then held each chair in sequence at the Department of New York level before taking command of the entire department and its more than 70 posts in 2002. Chapman then served two terms as New York’s representative to AMVETS’s National Executive Committee until 2008, when he took command of AMVETS District I, an area that includes all AMVETS members and posts in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine.

Chapman is an honorably discharged veteran of the United States Air Force whose Vietnam War-era service includes postings at air bases in California and Texas as well as 18 months spent in the Pacific theater. Chapman is a former appointee to the New York State Veterans Advisory Committee and the recipient of AMVETS National Headquarters’ award for successful efforts to grow membership throughout District I. He has also previously been recognized as the Department of New York’s AMVET of the Year.

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Evelyn McElvin

National President
AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary
Evelyn McElvin of Orlando, Florida was elected AMVETS National Ladies Auxiliary President August 13, 2016, at the 70th National Convention in Reno, Nevada. An active Life Member of Orlando Auxiliary #30, where she currently holds the office of Secretary, Evelyn has held many positions on the Local, District and Department level, including President of each. Evelyn was named “Woman of The Year” at the 2012 Department of Florida Convention.

Evelyn was the first Department of Florida Junior AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary Coordinator before holding the position on the National level. She played a key role in updating the National Junior AMVETS forms, reports and Bylaws. In support of the Junior AMVETS, she worked tirelessly and was respected and recognized for her efforts.

After many years of service as National Scholarship Officer, Third, Second and First Vice President, her efforts culminated with the honor of being elected National Auxiliary President.

Evelyn is a widow with 3 children and treasures the support and encouragement of her son Torin, daughters Tamela and Joyette, and Joyette’s husband Phillip. Truly a family affair, all three of her children served as local Junior AMVETS President. Both daughters served as Department of Florida Junior AMVETS President and Tamela served as National Junior AMVETS Chaplain for two years. Evelyn is the proud grandmother to JaNoah and Zakhai Master and Amir Taylor McElvin. Evelyn is delighted that JaNoah just joined Post #30 Junior AMVETS and JaNoah is excited about helping just like his grandmother.

Evelyn is a graduate of Columbia College and earned her Associates Degree in General Studies. She recently retired from a large bank where she was an Internal Revenue Service Filer after 17 years. She founded her church’s Veterans Ministry Program to assist Veterans and the community.

Evelyn’s President’s Project is the John Tracy Clinic (JTC) Preschool Program. JTC provides parent-centered services to young children with hearing loss, offering hope, guidance and encouragement. Preschool is critically important for children with hearing impairments because their brains must be trained very early to convert noise into intelligible sounds. Technological advancements have enabled deaf children to access sound and develop speech. She hopes to raise enough money to connect families in need with the services JTC provides these children. Your support of her project is greatly appreciated.

Evelyn’s life mottos are “Treat people how you want to be treated” and “Stand up for what you believe in.” With this in mind, Evelyn’s theme for the year is “Together, we will ROCK the Nation” to further the commitment to the Auxiliary’s Aims and Purposes of providing for the Veteran, their families and communities.

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Mark Serpis

National Commander
Sons of AMVETS

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Steve Smith

Senator
Arizona State Senate
Steve Smith was born and raised in Michigan and graduated with honors from Michigan State University where he earned a Bachelors Degree in Marketing along with a Cognate in Business Law.

Upon graduating, Steve co-founded a sports marketing company and ultimately moved to Arizona in 2001 and was the Marketing Director for an international, publicly traded medical device firm. Upon the sale of that company, Steve subsequently became the Director of a Phoenix-based talent agency, a position he still holds today along with serving in the Senate.

Steve is a strong conservative who stands for the principles of God, family, and country and is committed restoring economic development in Arizona, improving education, and fighting illegal immigration. Steve, along with his wife and two children, live in the great city of Maricopa, Ariz., which is part of Legislative District 23 that he proudly represents.

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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.

11 August

Joe Chenelly

National Executive Director
AMVETS
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.

09 August

Harry Neal

National Membership Director
AMVETS
Join today as a Member-At-Large: www.AMVETS.org

Karla Lathroum

National Programs Director
AMVETS

Amy Webb

National Legislative Policy Adviser
AMVETS

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John Hoellwarth

National Communications Director
AMVETS

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Sons

Sons of AMVETS Office

08:00 AM 10:00 PM Monroe

Sad Sacks/Sackettes

Sad Sacks Executive Scrimmage

09:01 AM 04:01 PM James 1-3 (4th Floor)

Sad Sacks/Sackettes

Sad Sacks–Hosted Hospitality Suite

06:01 PM 11:01 PM York & Lynhaven (4th Floor)

Sons

Sons of AMVETS Office

08:00 AM 10:00 PM Monroe

Sad Sacks/Sackettes

Sad Sacks /Sackettes Joint Memorial Service

09:01 AM 11:51 AM James 1-3 (4th Floor)

Sad Sacks/Sackettes

Sad Sacks /Sackettes Joint Opening

10:01 AM 10:31 AM James 1-3 (4th Floor)

Sad Sacks/Sackettes

Sackettes Registration/Fracas

10:31 AM 03:01 PM James 1 (Fourth Floor)

Sad Sacks/Sackettes

Sad Sacks Executive Scrimmage

10:31 AM 12:01 PM James 2-3 (4th Floor)

Sad Sacks/Sackettes

Sad Sacks Nominations/Elections

10:31 AM 12:01 PM James 2-3

Ladies Auxiliary

Auxiliary Finance Committee Meeting

06:00 PM 07:00 PM Enterprise Room

Sad Sacks–Hosted Hospitality Suite

06:01 PM 11:01 PM Chesapeake I & II

Ladies Auxiliary

Auxiliary Office

08:00 AM 03:00 PM Madison

Ladies Auxiliary

Auxiliary Honors & Awards Judging

09:00 AM 02:00 PM Hampton III

Ladies Auxiliary

Auxiliary History & Scrapbook Judging

09:00 AM 02:00 PM Hampton I

AMVETS Career Extravaganza

10:00 AM 02:00 PM Norfolk Ballroom

Ladies Auxiliary
AMVETS
Juniors
Riders
Sons

Bag Stuffing Party

11:00 AM 12:00 PM Hampton Ballroom (3rd Floor)

Piazza provided for all volunteers helping stuff the convention registration bags! We thank you.
AMVETS

AMVETS Registration (Pre-Registered ONLY)

01:00 PM 03:00 PM Presidential Foyer

Pre-registered AMVETS only, please.

Career Extravaganza Networking Event

02:00 PM 03:00 PM Norfolk Ballroom

Sons

Sons of AMVETS Executive Board

02:30 PM 03:30 PM Elizabeth Boardroom

Ladies Auxiliary

Auxiliary National Officers Meeting

04:30 PM 05:30 PM Enterprise

Sad Sacks/Sackettes

Sad Sacks-Hosted Hospitality Suite

05:00 PM 06:00 PM Chesapeake I & II

Speakers

Sons

Sons Convention Registration

06:00 PM 07:00 PM Marriott Foyer (4th Floor)

AMVETS

AMVETS National HQ Office Opens

08:00 AM 04:00 PM Tyler

AMVETS

AMVETS National Service Foundation

08:00 AM 09:30 AM Norfolk Ballroom III & IV

The NSF Board of directors meets. Open to public.
Ladies Auxiliary

Auxiliary Office

08:00 AM 03:00 PM Madison

Ladies Auxiliary
AMVETS

Convention Registration Opens

08:30 AM 12:00 PM Presidential Foyer

Save time & money: Register online now in advance!
Ladies Auxiliary

Auxiliary Scholarship Judging/Committee Meeting

09:00 AM 10:00 AM Hampton I

Ladies Auxiliary

Auxiliary Americanism Committee

09:00 AM 09:45 AM Franklin

Ladies Auxiliary

Auxiliary Pages/Uniform Committee

09:00 AM 09:45 AM Shangri La

Ladies Auxiliary

Auxiliary Membership Committee

09:00 AM 09:45 AM Yorktown

AMVETS

AMVETS Charities Board

09:30 AM 10:30 AM Norfolk Ballroom III & IV

AMVETS Charities board of trustees meet. Open to the public.
Ladies Auxiliary

Auxiliary Hospital/VAVS Committee

10:00 AM 10:45 AM Franklin

Ladies Auxiliary

Auxiliary Community Service Committee

10:00 AM 10:45 AM Shangri La

Ladies Auxiliary

Auxiliary Child Wlefare Committee

10:00 AM 10:45 AM Yorktown

National Quartermaster Opens

10:00 AM 01:30 PM Hampton Ballroom II

AMVETS

National Finance Committee (NFC)

10:45 AM 12:00 PM Norfolk Ballroom III & IV

The AMVETS National Finance Committee meets, chaired by National Finance Officer Bill Clark. Open to all members.
Ladies Auxiliary

Auxiliary Constitution & By-Laws Committee

11:30 AM 12:30 PM Hampton III

Ladies Auxiliary
AMVETS
Sons

Joint First-Timers Orientation

01:00 PM 01:45 PM Norfolk Ballroom VI

Learn the ins and outs of YOUR national convention.
AMVETS

NFC - Convention Bids Presented

01:00 PM 02:30 PM Norfolk Ballroom III & IV

Representatives from the three finalists for the 2020 and 2021 national convention present their bids to the AMVETS National Finance Committee. The finalists are Greensboro, NC; Springfield, IL; and Norfolk, VA. The NFC will vote after the presentation to make recommendations to the convention body, which will make a final decision Saturday.
AMVETS

AMVETS Convention Registration Opens

01:30 PM 04:00 PM Presidential Foyer

Ladies Auxiliary

Auxiliary Convention Registration Opens

01:30 PM 04:00 PM Hampton Foyer

AMVETS

POW & MIA Committee

02:00 PM 02:45 PM Norfolk Ballroom I

AMVETS

Traditions Committee

02:00 PM 02:45 PM Norfolk Ballroom II

AMVETS

VAVS & Medical Committee

02:00 PM 02:45 PM Norfolk Ballroom V

AMVETS

Community Services

02:00 PM 02:45 PM Norfolk Ballroom VI

Ladies Auxiliary

"Find the Treasure Chest" Training

02:30 PM 03:30 PM Hampton Ballroom

National Quartermaster Opens

02:30 PM 05:30 PM Norfolk Ballroom II (3rd Floor)

AMVETS

Uniform Committee

03:00 PM 03:45 PM Norfolk Ballroom I

AMVETS

Diversity Committee

03:00 PM 03:45 PM Norfolk Ballroom II

AMVETS

Suicide Prevention Committee

03:00 PM 03:45 PM Norfolk Ballroom V

AMVETS

Civil Service Committee

03:00 PM 03:45 PM Norfolk Ballroom VI

Ladies Auxiliary

Auxiliary Council of NEC

04:00 PM 06:00 PM Hampton Ballroom

Speakers

Commander's Hospitality Suite - Hosted by Sons

05:00 PM 11:59 PM Chesapeake I & II

AMVETS

NEC Registration

07:30 AM 08:30 AM Norfolk Foyer

Sons

Sons Convention Registration

07:30 AM 08:30 AM Marriott Foyer

AMVETS

AMVETS HQ Office

08:00 AM 04:30 PM Tyler

Ladies Auxiliary

Auxiliary 1st Business Session/Opening

08:00 AM 12:00 PM Hampton Ballroom

Sons

Sons Proposed Budget/ Finance Meeting

08:00 AM 09:00 AM Monroe

Ladies Auxiliary

Auxiliary Office

08:00 AM 04:00 PM Madison

National Quartermaster

08:00 AM 01:00 PM Hampton Ballroom II

AMVETS

NEC Meeting - Pre-Convention

08:30 AM 10:00 AM Norfolk Ballroom V

The National Executive Committee meets before the annual National Convention. Members welcome.

Speakers

AMVETS

AMVETS Convention Registration

08:30 AM 12:00 PM Presidential Foyer (3rd Floor)

Register online today to save time and money.
Sons

Sons NEC

09:00 AM 11:00 AM Marriott Ballroom IV

Ladies Auxiliary

Auxiliary Convention Registration

09:30 AM 11:30 AM Hampton Foyer

AMVETS

Women Veterans Committee

10:30 AM 11:30 AM Norfolk Ballroom V

AMVETS

Americanism Committee

10:30 AM 11:00 AM Norfolk Ballroom VI

AMVETS

Honor Guard Committee

10:30 AM 11:00 AM Franklin/Shangri-La

Sons

Sons CBL Committee

11:00 AM 12:00 PM Elizabeth Boardroom

AMVETS

Armed Services Committee

11:15 AM 11:45 AM Franklin/Shangri-La

AMVETS

Personnel Committee

11:15 AM 11:45 AM Jefferson Boardroom

AMVETS

Resolutions Committee

11:45 AM 12:00 PM Norfolk Ballroom V

Ladies Auxiliary
Main Session
AMVETS
Juniors
Riders
Sons

Joint Opening, National Convention

01:00 PM 03:00 PM Norfolk Ballroom

The 2017 National Convention officially begins.
Lineup of speakers includes the national leaders of the entire AMVETS Family, the leader of the United States' Department of Veterans Affairs, the Ambassador from Afghanistan, and of course our good friends from Taiwan.

Speakers

Ladies Auxiliary

Auxiliary Registration

02:30 PM 04:00 PM Hampton Foyer

National Quartermaster

02:30 PM 05:30 PM Hampton Ballroom II

Ladies Auxiliary
AMVETS
Juniors
Riders
Sons

Joint Memorial Ceremony

03:00 PM 04:00 PM Norfolk Ballroom

Veterans Expo

03:00 PM 06:00 PM Norfolk & Hampton Foyers

AMVETS

1st Business Session

04:00 PM 05:00 PM Norfolk Ballroom

The agenda is attached as a PDF. All are invited to attend this special visit by Afghanistan's Ambassador to the United States & Gold Star Wife Jane Horton.

Speakers

Ladies Auxiliary

Auxiliary Board of Trustees

04:00 PM 05:00 PM Hampton III

Sons

Sons PNC Meeting

04:00 PM 06:00 PM Elizabeth Boardroom

Ladies Auxiliary
AMVETS
Juniors
Riders
Sons

Virginia Fun Nite - at Sheraton

05:00 PM 06:00 PM Sheraton International Ballroom

Tickets are limited and available now through the Department of Virginia.

Virginia Nite will be held at the Sheraton Hotel on Wednesday evening, August 9, with doors opening at 5 pm. You will need to present your ticket at the door in order to gain admittance.

When you enter the International Ballroom, Virginia hospitality awaits you. Each Virginia Nite ticket holder will have the opportunity to win the door prizes. Starting at 7 pm and periodically until 10 pm, there will be a door prize given to some lucky person. Each prize has a value of at least $100 and YOU must be there in person to claim your winnings. No substitutions!!

If a Department or an individual reserved a table, there will be a center piece identifying your state or group. If you did not make reservations, there will be plenty of open seating.

Starting at 7:15 pm until 10 pm, entertainment for Virginia Nite will be the Sons of the Beach Band. They are a very popular Virginia band and they play a variety of music.

At each place setting, there will be a gift for you. This is a remembrance of the 2017 AMVETS National Convention being held in the Commonwealth of Virginia; and it is our way of saying THANK YOU for taking your time to spend Virginia Nite with us.

5:00 pm - Doors open/bars open
6:00 pm - Food served
7:00 pm - First door prize/ entertainment starts

Virginia Nite Menu
The International and Domestic Cheese Display Served with Assorted Flat Breads
Traditional Hummus and Roasted Red Pepper Hummus with Pita Chips and Lavish Olive Tapenade
Spinach and Feta Cheese in Phyllo
Scallop Wrapped in Apple-Smoked Bacon
Chicken Skewers with Teriyaki Sauce
Miniature Crab Cakes with Spicy Remoulade

Carved to Order: Roasted Top Round of Beef and Turkey Breast
Served with Silver Dollar Rolls, Stone-Ground Mustard, Mayonnaise, Cranberry Sauce

Includes two (2) drink tickets for Deluxe Brand Mixed Drinks; Domestic & Premium Beer; House Wine; Soft Drinks and Bottled Water
Sons

Sons Convention Registration

05:00 PM 06:00 PM Marriott Foyer

Commander's Hospitality Suite - Hosted by Sons

05:00 PM 11:59 PM Chesapeake I & II

Yoga

06:30 AM 07:30 AM Marriott Rooftop (6th floor)

Bring a yoga mat if you have, but we will have it. Just outside the pool.
Sons

Sons of AMVETS Office

07:00 AM 10:00 PM Monroe

Sons

Sons Convention Registration

07:00 AM 07:45 AM Marriott Foyer

AMVETS

AMVETS HQ Office

08:00 AM 04:30 PM Tyler

1st Vice Cmdrs
AMVETS

Membership Recruiting Training

08:00 AM 08:50 AM Norfolk Ballroom V

Public Relations Officer
AMVETS

PRO Media Training

08:00 AM 08:50 AM Franklin/Shagri-La

AMVETS
Canteen

Canteen Manager/Trustee Training

08:00 AM 08:50 AM Hampton II

VHA Info Seminar

08:00 AM 08:50 AM Yorktown

An interactive, informational seminar given by the U.S. Veterans Health Administration.
AMVETS

AMVETS Convention Registration

08:00 AM 11:30 AM Presidential Foyer

Ladies Auxiliary

Auxiliary 2nd Business Session

08:00 AM 12:00 PM Hampton Ballroom

Honors & Awards / Department T-Shirt Day
Ladies Auxiliary

Auxiliary Convention Registration

08:00 AM 11:30 AM Hampton Foyer

Sons

Sons Awards Breakfast

08:00 AM 11:00 AM Marriott IV

Your Medicare Options

08:00 AM 08:30 AM Enterprise

Presented by Humana
Ladies Auxiliary

Auxiliary Office

08:00 AM 05:00 PM Madison

National Quartermaster

08:00 AM 12:30 PM Hampton II

Veterans Expo

08:00 AM 05:00 PM Norfolk & Hampton Foyers

2nd Vice

Programs Training / 2nd Vice

09:00 AM 10:00 AM Norfolk V

AMVETS
Legislative Officer

Legislative Advocacy Training

09:00 AM 10:00 AM Franklin/Shangri–La

Finance Officer
AMVETS

Bookkeeping Training

09:00 AM 10:00 AM Hampton I

AMVETS
Canteen

In Post/Canteen Gaming

09:00 AM 10:00 AM Yorktown

Ladies Auxiliary
Finance Officer
AMVETS
Riders
Sons

IRS Training

09:00 AM 10:00 AM Norfolk VI

Learn about W-990s from a tax expert, courtesy of H&R Block.

Sneaky Weight Gain aka Battle of the Bulge

09:00 AM 09:30 AM Enterprise

Presented by Humana
AMVETS

2nd Business Session

10:30 AM 12:00 PM Norfolk Ballroom

Agenda attached as a PDF.
Much to cover this, the second official day of the convention:
(All times are approximate)
10:45 AM Membership & Program Awards
11AM: Former POW Colonel Thomas Moe of the National Veterans Memorial & Museum in Columbus, Ohio.
11:15 AM Congressman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott
11:25 AM: White Clover Princess
11:35 AM Brad Soden, TankChair Mobility; Retired NFL QB Jim McMahon; and AZ Senator Steve Smith
12:00 PM RECESS FOR LUNCH
FIRST NOMINATIONS RECEIVED FOR NATIONAL OFFICERS

Speakers

Juniors

Juniors Luncheon

12:00 PM 02:00 PM Marriott VII-V

AMVETS

AMVETS Convention Registration

01:00 PM 03:00 PM Presidential Foyer

AMVETS

2nd Business Session (Continued)

01:00 PM 02:00 PM Norfolk Ballroom

First nominations for National Officers taken at 1:15 pm.
Ladies Auxiliary

Auxiliary Convention Registration

01:00 PM 03:00 PM Hampton Foyer

Sons

Sons Life Membership Meeting

01:00 PM 02:00 PM Elizabeth Boarroom

Ladies Auxiliary

Auxiliary 2nd Business Session (Continued)

02:00 PM 05:00 PM Hampton Ballroom

Sons

Sons 1st Business Meeting

02:00 PM 04:00 PM Marriott IV

Riders

Riders Convention Registration

02:00 PM 04:00 PM Marriott Foyer (4th Floor)

AMVETS
Legislative Officer

Legislative Roundtable

02:30 PM 03:30 PM Norfolk V

AMVETS
2nd Vice

Program Roundtable

02:30 PM 03:30 PM Norfolk VI

1st Vice Cmdrs
AMVETS

Membership Roundtable

02:30 PM 03:30 PM Hampton I

Public Relations Officer
AMVETS

Communications Roundtable

02:30 PM 03:30 PM Franklin/Shangri-La

Your Medicare Options

02:30 PM 03:00 PM Enterprise

Presented by Humana

Sneaky Weight Gain aka Battle of the Bulge

03:00 PM 03:30 PM Enterprise

Presented by Humana
Finance Officer
AMVETS

Finance Roundtable

03:45 PM 04:45 PM Franklin/Shangri-La

AMVETS

By-Laws Committee

03:45 PM 04:45 PM Norfolk V

AMVETS

Poster Contest Judging

03:45 PM 04:45 PM Norfolk VI

AMVETS

Meet Heroes Vodka Founder

03:45 PM 04:45 PM Enterprise

Meet directly Heroes Vodka founder & Marine veteran 
Travis Mcvey  to learn about this veterans-owned and AMVETS-partnered brand. We need to work together.
Sons

Sons Grievance Committee (if needed)

04:00 PM 05:30 PM Marriott IV

Ladies Auxiliary
AMVETS
Riders
Sons

Commander's Hospitality Suite - Hosted by Sons

05:00 PM 11:59 PM Chesapeake I & II

Yoga

06:30 AM 07:30 AM Marriott Rooftop (6th floor)

Bring a yoga mat if you have, but we will have it. Just outside the pool.
Sons

Sons of AMVETS Office

07:00 AM 10:00 PM Monroe

Sons

Sons Convention Registration

07:00 AM 08:45 AM Marriott Foyer

AMVETS

AMVETS HQ Office

08:00 AM 04:30 PM Tyler

Veterans Expo

08:00 AM 12:00 PM Norfolk & Hampton Foyers

AMVETS

AMVETS Convention Registration

08:00 AM 11:30 AM Presidential Foyer

Ladies Auxiliary

Auxiliary Convention Registration

08:00 AM 11:30 AM Hampton Foyer

Ladies Auxiliary

Auxiliary Office

08:00 AM 05:00 PM Madison

AMVETS

3rd Business Session

08:30 AM 12:00 PM Norfolk Ballroom

(All times are approximate)
  1. 0900  CBL & Resolution Review begins
  2. 0930 Floor Visits
  3. 1115  Guest speakers: President & Vice President of the National Desert Storm War Memorial, which is Commander Chapman's project for the 2017. Video: https://www.ndswm.org/?p=2316
  4. 1130 Convention Bids Presented & Voted Upon (Greensboro, NC; Springfield, IL; Norfolk, VA)
  5. Possible Recess for one-hour lunch

Speakers

Ladies Auxiliary

Auxiliary 3rd Business Session

08:30 AM 01:30 PM Hampton Ballroom

National Quartermaster

09:00 AM 04:00 PM Hampton II

Riders

Riders National Executive Board

09:00 AM 09:30 AM Marriott I (4th Floor)

Sons

Sons 2nd Business Meeting

09:30 AM 12:00 PM Marriott IV

Riders

Riders Officer Call

09:30 AM 10:00 AM Marriott I

AMVETS

Council of Past National Commanders/Awards

10:00 AM 11:00 AM Jefferson Ballroom

Closed session. Only PNCs.
Riders

Riders CBL Committee

10:00 AM 11:00 AM Marriott II

Riders

Riders Communication/Publications Trg

11:00 AM 11:30 AM Marriott Foyer

AMVETS

3rd Business Session (Continued)

01:00 PM 02:00 PM Norfolk Ballroom

Only if needed to complete voting on amendments & resolutions.

Speakers

Sons

Sons 3rd Business Meeting

01:00 PM 03:00 PM Marriott IV

Riders

Riders Membership Roundtable

01:00 PM 01:30 PM Marriott I

Ladies Auxiliary

Auxiliary General Caucus / Meet the Candidates

01:30 PM 03:00 PM Hampton Ballroom

Riders

Riders Uniform Committee

01:30 PM 02:00 PM Marriott II

Riders

Riders Convention Registration

02:00 PM 04:00 PM Marriott Foyer

Riders

Riders Programs Roundtable

02:00 PM 02:30 PM Marriott I

AMVETS

District I Meeting

02:30 PM 03:30 PM Norfolk V

Open only to members of District I
AMVETS

District II Meeting

02:30 PM 03:30 PM Norfolk Ballroom

Open only to members of District II
AMVETS

District III Meeting

02:30 PM 03:30 PM Norfolk VI

Open only to members of District III
AMVETS

District IV Meeting

02:30 PM 03:30 PM Hampton I

Open only to members of District IV
AMVETS

District V Meeting

02:30 PM 03:30 PM Hampton III

Open only to members of District V
AMVETS

District VI Meeting

02:30 PM 03:30 PM Franklin/Shangri-La

Open only to members of District VI
Riders

Riders Audit Committee

02:30 PM 03:15 PM Marriott II

Riders

Riders Finance Committee

03:15 PM 04:00 PM Marriott II

AMVETS

Convention Rules Committee

03:30 PM 04:00 PM Coral Sea Boardroom

AMVETS

Career Center Team Meeting

03:45 PM 04:15 PM Franklin/Shagri La

Hospitality Suite - Hosted by Sons

05:00 PM 11:59 PM Chesapeake I & II

Banquet Registration

05:30 PM 07:00 PM Norfolk Foyer

Pre-Banquet Reception

06:00 PM 07:00 PM Norfolk Foyer

Cash bar outside the Norfolk Ballroom

Commanders & President's Banquet

07:00 PM 09:30 PM Norfolk Banquet

Black-tie dinner and awards presentation.

Speakers

Free Luggage Storage

07:00 AM 04:00 PM Hampton I

Checking out but sticking around for the elections and festivities? Store your luggage for free for the day.
Sons

Sons of AMVETS Office

07:00 AM 10:00 PM Monroe

Sons

Sons Convention Registration

07:00 AM 08:45 AM Marriott Foyer

Ladies Auxiliary

Auxiliary Convention Registration

08:00 AM 08:30 AM Hampton Foyer

AMVETS

AMVETS HQ Office

08:00 AM 10:00 AM Tyler

Office closing for good and packing up at 10 a.m.

Veterans Expo

08:00 AM 12:00 PM Norfolk & Hampton Foyers

AMVETS

AMVETS Convention Registration

08:00 AM 10:00 AM Presidential Foyer

Final opportunity to register before elections.
Ladies Auxiliary

Auxiliary Office

08:00 AM 10:00 AM Madison

AMVETS

AMVETS 4th (final) Business Session

08:30 AM 11:30 AM Norfolk Ballroom

National Officers Election at 10 a.m. Doors will be secured just before the elections begin and will not be reopened until new officers' comments are complete.
Ladies Auxiliary

Auxiliary Final Business Session

09:00 AM 11:00 AM Hampton Ballroom

Sons

Sons Final Business Session

09:00 AM 01:00 PM Marriott IV

Riders

Riders Long Range Planning

09:00 AM 10:00 AM Marriott III

Riders

Riders Meeting Wrap-up

09:00 AM 11:00 AM Marriott I

Ladies Auxiliary

Auxiliary Election of National Officers

10:00 AM 11:00 AM Hampton Ballroom

Auxiliary Members only
Riders

Riders Convention Registration

10:00 AM 11:00 AM Marriott Foyer

Ladies Auxiliary

Auxiliary Post-Convention NEC Meeting

11:00 AM 12:00 PM Hampton Ballroom

AMVETS

NEC Registration

11:30 AM 12:30 PM Norfolk Foyer

AMVETS

Post-Convention NEC Meeting

12:30 PM 01:30 PM Norfolk Ballroom

Sons

Sons Post-Convention NEC

01:15 PM 02:00 PM Marriott IV

Ladies Auxiliary
AMVETS
Juniors
Sons

Joint Officers Installation Ceremony

02:00 PM 03:00 PM Norfolk Ballroom

Riders

Riders National Convention Meeting

02:00 PM 06:00 PM Marriott I-III

AMVETS

National Service Foundation Board Meeting

03:30 PM 04:30 PM Jefferson Boardroom

Sons

Sons Swim Meet

03:30 PM 04:00 PM Marriott Pool (6th Floor)

Ladies Auxiliary
AMVETS
Riders
Sons

Commander's Hospitality Suite - Hosted by Sons

05:00 PM 11:59 PM Chesapeake I & II

Come out to celebrate our new national officers and the conclusion to a successful national convention.