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This will be the last call to get an engraved brick placed at the Veterans Tribute.  For an application blank, go to our website:, then click on veterans tab, then click on tribute tab.  There you will find the application.  Any questions, call Carl Benning at 269-9541.
The deadline for scholarship applications is April 15.  These are available for high school seniors and underclass members at college.  Applicants must be a direct relative (also aunt, uncle, sibling) of a veteran.  Forms are available from the high school guidance office or at WAVP. 

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We are again going to offer scholarships to high school seniors and undergraduates. Applications for seniors are available at the high school guidance office. Apps for undergraduates are available at the WAVP, or call 319-352-3012.

Veterans’ Employment Services: Any veteran looking for employment opportunities can now visit with a representative at the WAVP. Call Jeremy Rosol (319-235-2123 ext. 41314) for an appointment. Visit with this rep. to determine eligibility for several available programs.

Veterans’ Benefits: Before you automatically dismiss this idea because you feel ineligible, be aware that approximately $50 million are distributed to Iowa veterans every month! When filing for ANY benefit claims, make certain to get a service officer involved. Any incorrect or incomplete answers or forms will result in automatic exclusion and several months delay. For a service officer’s assistance, there are numerous phone numbers available: 1-833-839-8387 (national), 515-323-7545 (Des Moines office), 319-339-7063 (Iowa City VA  Center). This info is also available at WAVP.

To those already enrolled in the VA Medical system, you can pick up a permanent ID card at the Waterloo VA medical center.

The US Army Field Band & Soldiers Chorus will present a program on March 20, 2020, at 7 pm, at Gallagher Bluedorn. This event is free and open to the public. Stop at WAVP for regular monthly fish fry before heading to Cedar Falls!

Commander Ron 319 276 4662 or 319 290 6762 or

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Well here we go again, if you didn’t get it done in 2019 make a new plan for 2020. The numbers in the year being the same will not be seen by anyone now living and very few living today saw the 1919 nor will they see 2121. I sometimes digress on trivia which I think helps to keep my mind fresh to meet the daily challenges.
Those of you that are reading the entire newsletter tell your friends and fellow vets to click on the commanders call to open up the entire newsletter. We need more reading of this or we may as well give it up. It’s a lot of work.
Congratulations to Dave Farran ! He has spearheaded the movement to get the diagonal Hwy 330 from Marshalltown to the Capital grounds named “Submarine Veterans Memorial Highway”. This is a 52 mile stretch of road, which signifies the exact number of submarines lost WWll. The signs are up!
AMVETS Post 79 has donated $300 to the VA Hospital in Iowa City as well as $300 to the Iowa Veterans Home in Marshalltown. These funds were made possible by the raffle held at the membership dinner. Thanks to all who contributed.
There are still several members who have not yet paid their 2020 dues. If you have received your current membership card, thank you. If not, please send your dues of $35 to P.O. Box 93 Waverly to maintain your membership. Go to the AMVETS national organization website to realize the benefits of membership. Also, your dollars assist in the effort to maintain and expand the federal VA benefits for all veterans. Remember, as the number of veterans declines, your voice becomes ever more critical.
It’s important to attend the monthly meeting on the second Wednesday at 7 pm.
RON IHDE 319 276 4662 and 319 290 6762.

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A new year and so much work for all of us to do. I’m talking about recruiting new members. This is not hard work in fact it’s interesting to find out about people who have served, to listen to their experiences and give them the opportunity to join and support fellow veterans.


I would also support an effort by the WAVP to eliminate the remaining  few bucks on the debt for this great building. Would you all join me on both counts?

For those needing to renew for 2020, please send dues to AMVETS Box 93 Waverly, Iowa 50677

News happens all the time. Follow us on Facebook “like” our page and also follow the WAVP Facebook page for upcoming events and news.

Thank you. Ron Home # 319 276 4662 Cell # 319 290 6762.

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Our commander, Ron, lost his wife earlier in November. Please keep him and the rest of the family in your prayers as they work through this difficult time. His message of last month still holds true: Recruit!!!

Recruiting, I hope you all know what that is and are doing some. For those needing to renew for 2020, please send dues to AMVETS Box 93 Waverly, Iowa 50677 by December 31th.

We need members in all the units we are eligible to join. As veterans we must work together and help get the job done.


Thank you. Ron Home # 319 276 4662 Cell # 319 290 6762.

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Well here we go again. Since I’ve been elected your commander I couldn’t figure out what this Commanders call is. It finally came to me. It seems that every time I need to write one of these I get a call from Mary J Steinbach thus the Commanders call.

I want to thank everyone who came to the membership meal. It was a great time and so was the food. I was able to meet a lot of you that I didn’t know before. I’m sure the ones that weren’t there were out recruiting. Yes, recruiting. I hope you all know what that is and are doing some. For those needing to renew for 2020, please send dues to AMVETS Box 93 Waverly, Iowa 50677 by December 31th.

I’m going to engage in a little trivia. Does anyone know anything about the name Alfred Bernhard? I’m not going to wait for your answer. Those of you that were at the meeting on the 9th remember about my old granny and the big impression she made at her passing. Well it seems Alfred Bernhard left this earth in a bigger way. Parts of him are buried in 5 different states. He was the inventor EXPLOSIVES.

Besides recruiting new members for the AMVETS I want all of you to consider a membership to the AMERICAN LEGION, MCL, or the VFW if you are eligible. Those of you that weren’t eligible before please check out current eligibility and don’t hold a grudge. Life is too short for that. Eligibilities have changed for many organizations so please find out if you qualify. The yearly membership dues are minimal and won’t break anyone. We need members in all the units we are eligible to join. As veterans we must work together and help get the job done.


Thank you. Ron Home # 319 276 4662 Cell # 319 290 6762.

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Dues are $35.00 and may be paid the night of the membership dinner or mailed to AMVETS PO Box 93 Waverly, Iowa 50677




This has been a rough month for my wife in the nursing home as she is having a lot of trouble getting her strength built up.

With that going on I’ve not been able to spend much time on doing this letter or whatever it’s supposed to be.

We are having a members meal at the WAVP on 10/09/19. Starting at 5:30 with the meal at 6:30 with other things to follow. Just be there!!!

AMVETS Steak Fry will be October 26. Order by 3 and help support the AMVETS.

Carl and I are working on a plan to better inform the membership. Trust me this will work.

I’m recruiting so join me PLEASE !!!! My last note today is:

My retirement plan for the time being is KEEP ON WORKING.

Thank you. Ron Home # 319 276 4662 Cell # 319 290 6762.

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Being a commander here is somewhat different than in active military duty. Then we did what
the commander said no questions asked. Now we ask you all to help do what our goals and
projects are. I want to thank you in advance for when you come forward and get in the game.
Well enough of that for now.
My wife and I are coming up on 60 years married. Wow. We had 5 daughters we lost one
to cancer in 2009 will never get over that loss. We have 3 son in laws, 11 grand children
12 great grand children and one great great grand daughter.
For now my wife is in the Shell Rock nursing home following open heart surgery but is
having a hard time getting back on her feet. Having this going on I have not had much time
to do recruiting however I set a goal of at least 5 new members by meeting time.
My phone has been ringing off the hook from AMVET members asking for help to
improve the recruiting project going on now. HA! HA! I wish. Ok lets get moving on RECRUITING.
As you can see writing is not my strong point however I can talk up a storm. So come to
the monthly meetings on the second Wednesday at 7 PM and hear me.
Don’t forget work day on 9/11/19.
Thank you. Ron Home # 319 276 4662 Cell # 319 290 6762.

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From the commander
I want to introduce myself. I’m Ron Ihde your new commander after an recent election which was a close race but I won out. HA! HA! In the next few months I will talk about my family and other things about me to help us all get better acquainted. I hope that I can meet each and everyone of you. When we meet up please introduce yourself, can’t promise I’ll remember your name but will try.
Now there is one thing we are going to do in a big way that I will talk about all the time. That is RECRUITING, RECRUITING AND RECRUITING new members. I have a plan that works and will share with you all. The next three months will be a good time to get this done. I will offer to help each one of you to get more new members.
Please come to our monthly meetings second Wednesday at 7:00 pm.
Thanks RON
Home phone # 319 276 4662 or Cell # 319 290 6762.
AMVETS Post 79 is pleased to announce three scholarship awards which are made possible by your support of steak nites, food nites, and other activities.  The recipients are:

Hanna Fanter (daughter of the late David Fanter) is enrolled at Hawkeye Community College to pursue a career in nursing.
Sadie Hansen (granddaughter of Stuart Thomson) is enrolled at Hawkeye Community College to pursue a career of human resource management.
Levi Williamson (grandson of Larry Williamson) is enrolled at Hawkeye Community College to finish a liberal arts associate degree.

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WAVP Updates

  1. July 2, 6pm, Brian Bergan from the Waverly City Council will be at the Post to receive feedback regarding the city’s fireworks ordinance.  Particularly, he needs to hear from veterans and veteran families about the impact of the 2-week window for allowing fireworks.  Brian was one of “swing” votes to allow the two week period. 

2.   July 16, 6pm, is the WAVP annual meeting.

3.   WAVP Board is appealing the Bremer Co. Board of Adjustment’s ruling that we owe property tax based on our activities.  We have failed to obtain info as to what those activities consist of.  Therefore, we have enlisted a law firm from Des Moines to assist the WAVP Board.  The case is scheduled for Sept. 10-11 in District Court in Bremer Co.; we need your support at this trial.  More info next month.

4.   The construction loan has been carried by the State Bank since the beginning of construction.  The remainder of this loan (380,000) has been taken over by the AMVETS, American Legion, and VFW.  Since the interest rate has been lowered, it saves WAVP some costs and yet gives more return to the three organizations than the current CD markets.  Seems like a win, win situation.  Remember, this is still a loan to be repaid!