AMVETS 75th National Convention – 2019-20 Proposed Resolutions

Greetings AMVETS Department Leaders,
As your National Legislative Affairs Associate, I look forward to meeting you at the upcoming AMVETS 75th National Convention, August 21-24 in Louisville, Kentucky. In the meantime, enclosed you’ll find 19 resolutions for your review and consideration at state-level department conventions.
The resolutions  ​ are arranged by subject matter. The majority originated at headquarters (HQ) and are being sent in accordance with AMVETS Constitution and Bylaws. Most are current and expiring, because they were passed at the 2017 AMVETS National Convention, but need to be renewed after two years. Since the issues they deal with remain important to veterans and our work on Capitol Hill, I hope you’ll support their re-authorization. Only one of the resolutions is being proposed by HQ for the first time.  It deals with post-traumatic growth and promising new approaches to treating the mental health needs of veterans.
Should you have any department-led resolutions you would like distributed to other states, please don’t hesitate to send them along. I would like to email them early next month, prior to the start of state conventions.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me at or 301-832-2982.
Thomas Himes
AMVETS Legislative Affairs Associate

Creighton Baseball Salute to Veterans and First Responders

Saturday May 11th 6:30 PM TD AmeriTrade Park  Creighton vs St Johns

Wanted to share the link for digital tickets for this year’s game.  Up to 4 Free tickets can be claimed by visiting the link below and entering the promo code GOJAYS


Come see military and First Responders equipment displays, skydivers, flyover, fireworks, music by Guitars4Vets and tribute to our fallen.


Enlistments will be conducted on the field between the 2nd and 3rd inning all-branches. Last year 82 future warriors took the Oath of Enlistment to a standing ovation by the over 15,000 in attendance.


Color Guard provided by Omaha Fire and Police Department and the 30′ x 50′ American Flag will be brought onto the field by the 10 schools representing America’s Heartland at the 75th D-Day Commemoration Parade in Normandy France in June 2019.

Nebraska Veterans Aid Available for Eligible Flood-Related Expenses

Veterans and their dependents may be eligible for Nebraska Veterans Aid for expenses incurred due to the recent flooding in Nebraska. This includes food, clothing, emergency housing such as hotel accommodations, and replacement of eligible flood-damaged items necessary for life safety.  

Applications must be completed through your County Veterans Service Officer (CVSO).
You can find your CVSO’s contact information in our online directory.

 More information on NVA flood assistance is available here.    


Additional State Resources

NEMA – March 2019 Flood Information

NE Dept. of Insurance – Consumer Alert: Resources for Nebraska Flood Victims

DHHS – Resources for Coping with Severe Weather and Flooding

DHHS – Energy Assistance (LIHEAP)

NDEQ – Storm Recovery and Flooding in Nebraska

NDOT – 511 Traveler Information

VA Claims Clinic

Provided by the Veterans benefits administration Lincoln Regional office

Discharging Service members, Veterans, their families and Survivors

Discharging Service members, Veterans, their families and Survivors will be able to file disability claims, submit evidence, speak with a claims processor or healthcare representative and in some cases, have a VA medical exam completed all in one day. Additionally, representatives from Nebraska Department of Veterans Affairs will be assisting with applications and benefit questions.

– There will be two ADA-compliant mobile units on site from QTC and LHI.
– Audio booth
– Radiology
– Lab collection
– Echo (if requested in advance)
– General Medicine
– Psc/Psy Medicine
– Ophthalmology (if requested in advance)

PLEASE NOTE: The Veterans Claims Clinic in O’Neill will now be held at the O’Neill Community Center at 501 South 4th St.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019. 12:00pm to 7:00pm

Contact your County Veteran Service Officer or the State Service Office at 402-420-4021.

AMVETS Post 13 new monthly meeting date

AMVETS Post 13 new monthly meeting date has been changed from the first Monday of every month, 7 PM TO the first Wednesday of every month, 7 PM. The location stays the same, VFW Post 8334, 5083 S 136th St, Omaha, NE 68137

This change takes effect for the April 2019 monthly meeting.

Military and First Responders Event

You are invited to attended Military and First Responders Event at Omaha International Equestrian Event held at CHI Center at 7:30 pm April 5th. The event is free for military and their families. Attached are ticket vouchers you can redeem today at the CHI ticket box office. You can also go online and request ticket vouchers (poster attached).


I need your help in getting the word out to as many veterans and first responders and their families as we can. Please post this on your social media, email it, hang in your meeting locations, hand it out or place it in your newsletters.


We will feature:


MSG (Ret) Jimmy Weber

Honor the Gold Star Family of Germaine Debro

Commanding General’s Mounted Color Guard – Ft Riley

Omaha and Fire Department Pipes and Drums

Tribute to Medal of Honor recipients

Rappelling Demo

Exhibition Drill Team

Gold Star Monument on Display

Echo Taps

and 34 horses will compete for a $100,000 prize

Vietnam War Veterans Day-Proclamation Signing and Lapel Pin Presentation

Vietnam War Veterans Day
Proclamation Signing and Lapel Pin Presentation

March 29th, 10 a.m.

Governor’s Hearing Room – Nebraska State Capitol
1445 K St, Lincoln, Neb.

Please join us for a special proclamation signing and Vietnam War lapel pin presentation ceremony to thank and honor Vietnam veterans and their families for their service and sacrifice.

Living United States veterans who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces at any time during the period of November 1, 1955, to May 15, 1975, regardless of location, are eligible to receive one lapel pin.

To RSVP or get more information, please contact 402-471-2458 or