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The membership meal and meeting were a great sucess. The people that came really wanted to be there. Thanks to “you all” that is a southern expression. The meal was great. Put this date on your calendar for next year. My true stories were a great sucess receiving standing ovations. I may tell the same stories again next year.
Thanks to all who have already paid their 2021 dues! The membership cards have been mailed (or will be shortly) to the members who have renewed their 2021 membership.
As the number of active militaries are decreasing, your membership in all veteran service organizations becomes more important. The impact of your voice through these organizations is more critical than ever. As veterans’ needs continue to grow, your collective voices need to be heard.
At our recent membership dinner, we recognized several 40-, 45-, and 50-year continuous AMVETS members.
Thanks to everyone who has supported the AMVETS steak fries, this is a key part of our local fundraising.
Last weekend I had to make a trip up to Portage Wisconsin. I went thru Prairie du Chien and took highway 60 along the Wisconsin river. If you have ever driven that road you will understand some of this. I had no idea this trip would be such an educational eye opener. The first thing I learned was a series of curves. I know I traveled at least 8 miles and only got 1/2 mile closer to Portage.
Then there were these signs that say watch for falling rocks. Well that went along for a while.
Then I was watching so much for falling rocks that I just drove right in the ditch.
The next sign was “boats landing” boy I put on the brakes and pulled over to see them. I had no
idea that boats could fly.
Next, I had to make q pit stop, so I pulled into a wayside and found a sign that said the toilets
were closed because of the virus. Now these toilets were what we used to call back on the farm
” one hollers”. I had no idea the corona viruses were hiding in there to jump on you. I had a face
mask with me which you should wear one if you use one of these ” johns” but not to protect
against the virus. I don’t know how the virus could survive in one of these. As far as social distancing, I have never gone to a social event in one of these outhouses.
Some men shave their heads to look tough and macho. I shaved my head and ended up looking like a very large thumb!!!! 
These remarks were made especially for WILL KURTT if you see him ask him if he read this. 
Commander RON IHDE with some remarks from CARL BENNING
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I can’t believe we are in the 10th month already. Time stands still for nobody. 
I’m asking for input to get information out to everyone. Please check with
other members and ask them if they are ever reading these Commander calls.
If nobody is reading these things, then it’s kind of pointless to write them.
I need to conserve what little brain I have left. Please attend our meetings on 
the second Wednesday of the month. These meetings are open to anyone 
who wants to attend however only members have a vote. The Commander
most always has a true story or two impart.
2021 Dues – The reminders have been sent. Thanks to all who have already
returned them!
Annual Membership Dinner – We plan to have our membership dinner on Oct.
14 (social hour at 5:30, dinner at 6:30). All life members, paid 2021 members
and Patriot supporters are entitled to a free meal. Any guests (spouses, significant
others, potential members) are encouraged to attend; we will ask for a $5 or
more donation for any guests. It’s worth more than $5 to see your AMVET
commander and hear what he might have to say. The entire upper floor
will be used for social distancing.
Recognition of Longevity – Those who have been AMVET members for more
than 40 years will be recognized. If our records are incorrect, please let us know.
Veteran Benefits – We will have various prizes, gift certificates, etc. for the
traditional raffle. All proceeds are earmarked for various veteran benefits.
WAVP Happenings: Thanks to all those who continue to support the numerous
activities held at the WAVP Post. There are still many “first-timers” attending;
help make them feel welcome! Remember, this facility belongs to YOU and
the community. Bear with the staff over the next month or so as construction 
begins on the new sanitary sewer main thru WAVP property for the Whitetail
subdivision.  The Board, the City and the developer have finally reached an
Commander Ron Ihde with help from Carl Benning
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It’s hard to believe that September has arrived. This has been a year to remember or forget. Getting back to
what we do is going to take some planning and some tough decisions. I’m asking for your support to move forward.
Armed Forces Official Birth Dates
  Army-June 14, 1775
  Navy-October 13, 1775 
  Marine Corp-Nov. 10, 1775
  Coast Guard-August 4, 1790
  Air Forse-Sept. 18, 1947
  Space Force- Dec.20, 2019
  However, the oldest component of the armed forces of the United States is the National Guard-Dec. 13, 1636.
September 27 is the official annual observance of Gold Star Mother’s and Family’s day.
September 18 is the official National POW/MIA Recognition Day. There are over 83,000 individuals still listed as “Missing in Action.” We have a couple local examples from the Vietnam War. Donald McGrane was killed in a helicopter crash in 1967 while attempting the rescue of a downed pilot. His remains were finally turned over by North Vietnam and identified in 1982. Paul Millus was piloting during a combat mission in February, 1968,when his plane received multiple hits from anti-aircraft artillery and immediately burst into flames. Capt. Milius remained at the controls and ordered his crew to bail out. Within 3 hours, 7 of the 9 crew members were rescued; Milius remains MIA yet today.
WAVP Notes- Thanks to the ingenuity and cooperation of the management team, activities are
numerous and finances are strong. In addition to the normal Thursday meals and Saturday steaks, several Tuesday night specials ad Friday Family Fun nights have instituted. Weddings, bridal and baby showers, birthday and anniversary celebrations, blood drives, local business events, civic organizations activities, etc. have kept the staff occupied. Keep tuned to social media for details (make sure, you give the bar staff your e-mail address if you haven’t been receiving our e-mails).
WAVP Facility Debt – Because of a very generous gift from the Warren Anderson estate, the total loans outstanding for WAVP are down to $230,000. Thanks to all of the 1000 + donors that have contributed to this “one-of-a-kind” effort!!
I approve this message!! I’m getting to the point if I hear that said one more time I’m about to throw-up. How about we change that to ” I promise that this message is the truth and nothing but the whole truth so help me God.
Your commander Ron Ihde with help from Carl Benning. I encourage anyone to send me stuff to print for all.
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I’m still having trouble with my meal set up. Last night I ate tomorrow’s leftovers. 

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I would like to welcome you all back to a better time. Hoping we can get
on with the AMVETS business. We had a few more people at our first
meeting in July and would welcome more of you to attend the meeting
on 8/12 at 7:00 PM.
I’m quoting our National Commander Jan Brown with a few of her comments.
“First, I would like to wish you a belated AMVETS DAY.
After World War II, many service members felt they needed an organization
to turn to that served all Veterans, whether in war or peacetime, serving
on foreign or domestic soil and inclusive to all vets. On July 23rd 1947
the American Veterans or AMVETS was formed.” This is the end of her
quote. THANK YOU to Jan Brown.
Now back to our business we talked about in our meeting. We are thinking
of doing a steak fry on 8/22 or 8/29. Check the web site for that  plan to
develop. Since this is a short talk I will add a couple of stories if
M J will allow them.
I was talking to my Great Grandson the other day and he asked me if all
fairy tales begin with ” once upon a time”. And my answer was no some
begin with ” when I get elected”.
Next, since my wife has passed on I have been experimenting with different
soups. I’ve combined a laxative with alphabet soup. I called it “LETTER RIP”.
Lastly, call me if you want a test you can give your face mask and be able
to tell if they are effective.
RON IHDE 319 276 4662  or 319 290 6762 or

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My thought was that a new Commander would be writing this however you are stuck with me.
AMVETS Post 79 had our first meeting on June 10th which is held every second Wednesday of every month for all members. Decisions are made that affect the membership, veterans and the community. We are always open to new ideas and/or suggestions from all members, not just the 6-10 officers that attend.
Before the Pledge of Allegiance I try and come up with some true story that I’ve heard during the month.
AMVETS Post 79 is pleased to announce two scholarship winners of $500 each. The awardees are Jazlyn Westmoreland, granddaughter of life members John and Judy Behne, and Faith Abben, granddaughter of life member Larry Schmidt and daughter of life member Ed Abben. These young ladies have had outstanding high school careers at Waverly-Shell Rock. Jazlyn will further her education at Chicago State University with a major in accounting and will continue her volleyball career. Faith will continue her education at Iowa State University with an  emphasis on elementary education. Congratulations and Best Wishes to both of you!
Post 79 decided to contribute its interest check of $1400 (received from WAVP for the loan) back to WAVP to help cover the ongoing expenses during the COVID-19 epidemic.
Because of the wildly fluctuating meat prices, it has been difficult to determine a reasonable price for steak nights. Hopefully, the prices will settle down over the next few weeks do that a consistent selling price can be determined. Stay tuned!
WAVP Notes
The annual meeting will be held on July 21 at 6 pm at the WAVP.
WAVP has been a recipient of a very gracious local benefactor. We have received a portion of the Wayne Anderson estate, amounting to $166,000 for which we are truly thankful! Because of the above gift, WAVP has lowered its current debt to $230,000 (from a total project cost of $4.5 million). We are very grateful to everyone who has contributed, and also to all who  continue to support WAVP’s programs and activities. Together, we are helping veterans and their families, as well as the entire community!
Lastly but very important we must get on the RECRUITING WAGON!!!!
Commander Ron Ihde 319 276 4662 cell 319 290 6762 e-mail
Thanks to Carl Benning for his part in this and I encourage anyone to tell me if you want something printed.

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The Meaning of the Flag-Draped Coffin.            

What a wonderful lesson this was for me. I do not recall ever being taught this in school. “The Meaning of the Flag-Draped Coffin” 


All Americans should be given this lesson. Those who think that America is an arrogant nation should really reconsider that thought. Our founding fathers used GOD’s word and teachings to establish our Great Nation and I think it’s high time Americans get re-educated about this Nation’s history. 


Please pass it along and be proud of the country we live in, and even more proud of those who serve to protect our ‘GOD-GIVEN’ rights and freedoms. I hope you take the time to read this … To understand what the flag draped coffin really means … 


Here is how to understand the flag that laid upon it and is surrendered to so many widows and widowers: Do you know that at military funerals, the 21-gun salute stands for the sum of the numbers in the year 1776? 


Have you ever noticed that the honor guard pays meticulous attention to correctly folding the United States of America Flag 13 times? You probably thought it was to symbolize the original 13 colonies, but we learn something new every day! The 1st fold of the flag is a symbol of life. The 2nd fold is a symbol of the belief in eternal life. 


The 3rd fold is made in honor and remembrance of the veterans departing the ranks who gave a portion of their lives for the defense of the country to attain peace throughout the world. 


The 4th fold represents the weaker nature, for as American citizens trusting in God, it is to Him we turn in times of peace as well as in time of war for His divine guidance. 


The 5th fold is a tribute to the country, for in the words of Stephen Decatur, ‘Our Country, in dealing with other countries, may she always be right; but it is still our country, right or wrong.’ 


The 6th fold is for where people’s hearts lie. It is with their heart that they pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America , and the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for all. 


The 7th fold is a tribute to its Armed Forces, for it is through the Armed Forces that they protect their country and their flag against all her enemies, whether they be found within or without the boundaries of their republic.. 


The 8th fold is a tribute to the one who entered into the valley of the shadow of death, that we might see the light of day. 


The 9th fold is a tribute to womanhood, and Mothers. For it has been through their faith, their love, loyalty and devotion that the character of the men and women who have made this country great has been molded. 


The 10th fold is a tribute to the father, for he, too, has given his sons and daughters for the defense of their country since they were first born. 


The 11th fold represents the lower portion of the seal of King David and King Solomon and glorifies in the Hebrews eyes, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.


The 12th fold represents an emblem of eternity and glorifies, in the Christians eyes, God the Father, the Son and Holy Spirit. 


The 13th fold, or when the flag is completely folded, the stars are uppermost reminding them of their Nations motto, ‘In God We Trust.’ 


After the flag is completely folded and tucked in, it takes on the appearance of a cocked hat, ever reminding us of the soldiers who served under General George Washington, and the Sailors and Marines who served under Captain John Paul Jones, who were followed by their comrades and shipmates in the Armed Forces of the United States, preserving for them the rights, privileges and freedoms they enjoy today. 


There are some traditions and ways of doing things that have deep meaning. In the future, you’ll see flags folded and now you will know why. 


Please share this with the children you love and all others who love what is referred to as the symbol of ‘ Liberty and Freedom.’ 





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April 28, 2020
REF: Department Convention 2020
Fellow AMVETS, Auxiliary, Sons, Riders, and Juniors:
In these unprecedented times, our Constitution and ByLaws does not address how we would handle a quarantine situation like the one we are currently in. Our Post homes have been closed and many of you have not been near anyone since mid March unless it was grocery shopping, gas or pharmacy needs.
Guidance from National indicates many States across the Country have already cancelled their State Convention. In discussions with the Marshalltown Hotel, they are currently only renting hotel rooms. Banquet Rooms, lounge, restaurant, bar and pool have all been closed. Their quarantine period has recently been extended again until at least May 15th. Marshall County is one of the current hot spots for the virus. Due to the age of our membership, and in the interest of keeping everyone safe the AMVETS State Convention is cancelled for 2020. In late June or July, we will attempt to set a one day meeting at a Post to take care of Convention business like the 2020-2021 budget and election of officers. We will give everyone plenty of notice of when this will take place. National Commander Jan Brown has extended revalidation requirements for Departments to August 1, 2020. If Departments are unable to hold elections before then, the current officers will remain in their respective positions until next year.
Any officers not able to continue to serve, those vacancies would be filled by the existing CBL.
For those Posts, who will not be changing any officers, I urge you to submit your revalidation paperwork to Executive Director Clark Leckington as soon as you are able. I have enclosed a copy of the revalidation form with this information. If I can be of any assistance to you please do not hesitate to reach out. I know these are difficult times for our Posts and for our Post Homes who rely so much on Clubroom income. Working together, we can all get through this together.
Kevin Reece
Commander AMVETS Department of Iowa

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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