Make plans to attend the Membership Dinner on October 10th held at the WAVP Information will be presented: Planning your Legacy
Future of the mailing the newsletter
Updating E-mail addresses
Auxiliary Raffle benefiting IVH
Hope to see you there!
First, we would like to thank those receiving their mail online. For each member, it was costing approximately $12.00 per year to mail them. With the money saved we will be able to do more to support our local veterans and our community. We do appreciate your membership with the #1 Veteran’s Service Organization across the United States.
Communication is key and there is so much more we can provide via the online version; links to National AMVETS and the supporting organizations, other AMVETS in the area, Bremer County VA, and more. We can also post more pictures of local AMVETS doing great work and some fun things that we do during the year. As always, the calendar of events is the most popular tab, with an expanded explanation of the the event. This is just not possible in the regular print version. Also, on the online version we are able to pay tribute to those members who have passed away.
I have helped answer a few questions concerning going from the email message to the online version. To get started, you can click on the heading of the newsletter or at the bottom of an article to take you the web version. While there, explore the other tabs and learn more about the web page. If you have any concern, message Mary Steinbach, editor, email@example.com and she will be happy to help.
With our membership drive beginning for the upcoming year, consider finding one new qualifying person and invite them the join
AMVETS, AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary, or the Sons of AMVETS. My best advice is to talk to people, Make them aware of our programs and events and offer a warm and friendly face.
Benjamin Franklin once said “Nothing is of more importance for the public weal, than to form and train up youth in wisdom and virtue.”
We need to train ourselves to take leadership and form a partnership with the schools and the community.
Here is a list of suggestions to become more involved:
John Tracy Clinic for the hearing impaired – www.johntracyclinic.org
St. Judes Children’s Hospital – www.stjudesranch.org
National Safe Kids campaign – www.safekids.org
National Center for Missing and Exploited children – www.missingkids.com
OMK- Operation Military Kids – www.operationmilitarykids.org
Ronald McDonald House Charities – www.RMHC-EIWI.org
This is just a small list. You can also contact your local schools to learn where volunteers are needed.
I wish to Thank the Waverly AMVETS, AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary, and the Sons of AMVETS for their Support during the past two years as I served as the Department of Iowa AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary President. I am so Proud of the work Post #79 does within our community and supporting our Veterans. Let’s continue to work together to build a better Organization.
Past Department of Iowa
AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary President
Contact: Whitney Joachim, 319-270-2320
Feel good about giving back by donating blood on
May 21 at the Waverly Area Blood Drive.
Waverly, IA for immediate release — Many people want to give back to the community but may not have a lot of time to volunteer. In only about an hour, volunteer blood donors can help save lives and feel instant gratification.
The community is invited to give back and help save lives by donating blood on Monday, May 21 from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm at the Waverly Area Veterans Post, 1300 4th street, Waverly IA.
Blood is a perishable product that can only come from generous volunteers. By donating blood, individuals can make a difference in the lives of patients in their community and throughout the nation.
To make an appointment or to learn more, download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Completion of a RapidPass online health history questionnaire found at redcrossblood.org/rapidpass is encouraged to help speed up the donation process. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.
This is a sample of a raffle ticket that is used as a fundraiser for the Department of Iowa AMVETS. Between now and the Convention in June, if you are approached to purchase a set, do so to Help the Department of Iowa AMVETS. Tickets are $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00
Iowa Veterans Home to Hold Agent Orange & Toxic Exposure Town Hall Meeting
The Iowa Veterans Home will host a Agent Orange and Toxic exposure Town Hall meeting for Vietnam Veterans and families. The event will be held at the Iowa Veterans Home on Saturday, April 7, 2018 in the Malloy Leisure Resource Center. The meeting will consist of two sessions. The morning session is scheduled from 9:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m. with the afternoon session for 1:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m. The Vietnam Veterans of America, Story County, Chapter 1102 will host the event.
All Vietnam War veterans and their families are invited to talk about all health effects they are experiencing because of wartime exposure to Agent Orange and Toxic Exposure. All modern day warriors are encouraged to attend. The Town Hall is part of a campaign that was started eight years ago by the Vietnam Veterans of America to raise awareness of toxic effects of the herbicide Agent Orange and other toxic chemicals that were widely sprayed during the war.
“We are honored to be able to be part of this event for Vietnam Veterans and their families. The exposure of Agent Orange containing a cancerous element called dioxin has already claimed the lives of many Vietnam Veterans throughout the years to include their children and now their grandchildren. We wanted to afford the VVA of Story County, Chapter 1102 the opportunity to host this Town Hall meeting at IVH. We want to continue to educate our Veterans and their families,” said Commandant Oujiri. Agent Orange was made with tetraclorodibenzodioxin, or dioxin for short, and is a potent cancer causing agent. Several publications have been published to show increased rates of Leukemia, Hodgkin and non-Hodgkin lymphoma, soft-tissue sarcoma and chloracne in people exposed to it and may be associated with other cancers and neurological disorders as well. With the exception of liver cancer, these are the same conditions the Veterans Administration has determined may be associated with exposure to Agent Orange/Dioxin, and are on the list of the conditions eligible for compensation and treatment. Vietnam Veterans of America organizations believe that their children and now grandchildren of exposed veterans also are suffering from cancer, birth defects and other health impacts. There was 22 million gallons of sprayed Agent Orange used in Vietnam. The use of this chemical has left many Vietnam Veterans sick and disabled. Military personnel who were involved in storage, mixture and transportation including aircraft mechanics, and actual use of the chemicals were probably among those who received the heaviest exposures.