AMVETS Dept. of California at the Winter NEC Conference

From left to right: Dept. 2nd Vice Commander Lukens, Southern Area Commander Roybal, Dept. NEC Person, Harrison, Dept. 1st Vice Commander Durbin & Dept. Commander Smith

Representatives of our Department of California Executive Committee were in attendance at the 2022 National AMVETS Winter NEC Conference in Baltimore, Maryland. In attendance for the AMVETS Department of California were Dept. 2nd Vice Commander Lukens, Southern Area Commander Roybal, Dept. NEC Person, Harrison, Dept. 1st Vice Commander Durbin & Dept. Commander Smith.

Thank you to our delegation for representing California’s veterans.

AMVETS 2nd Vice Commander Jeff Lukens briefs Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA-23)

AMVETS 2nd Vice Commander Jeff Lukens was on hand February 27, 2022 for a special appearance by Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA-23) at the Clovis Veterans Memorial District. After the special program, 2nd Vice Lukens shared some exciting news about upcoming AMVETS Dept. of California programs benefitting veterans. We’ll be rolling out an announcement soon.

AMVETS National Commander Greg Heun (KY) Visits AMVETS Dept. of California

AMVETS Commander Greg Heun visited the Department of California for a brief tour of commendations and other special events near Department Headquarters.

On Sept 20, 2021 AMVETS Commander Heun visited Post 56 Tulare, CA to present Past National Commander Pidgeon the  AMVETS National Riders Guardian  Award Recipient 2021. Commander Heun also presented local resident Richard Torrez Jr Olympic Games 2020 Silver  Medal Super Heavyweight with an award from AMVETS for his recognition and awareness in the Suicide Awareness Program.

The following day on Sept 21, 2021 Commander Heun was escorted by Executive Director Smokey Rickerd to the Central Valley Stand Down in Fresno CA, where he was able to visit AMVETS Thrift Store as they gave away clothes to the community. National Commander Heun was also able to visit the Fresno AMVETS thrift store where he was given a tour of the shop operations by the store manager Mark Zimmer.

Michael L. Emerson (CA-1947) Receives 2021 Silver Helmet Americanism Award

AMVETS Department of California leader and Post Commander for Post 1947 Michael L. Emerson was recently honored for his 10 years of service in the United States Marine Corps, and his continuation of service to veterans and the community beyond his active service.

Michael is a tireless advocate for veterans in California and the United States. He serves on numerous committees, teams and boards – and is an indispensable contributor to AMVETS Department of California, in addition to being a key player in the creation of several veteran memorials and legislation that has helped countless veterans.

I believe to be a good citizen you need to give back to your community and your country for the common good.

Mr. Emerson has previously been recognized by the California State Legislature’s 20th District as their 2011 “Veteran of the Year” and in 2007 received the California State University President’s Student Service and Leadership outstanding citizenship award, amongst many other special acknowledgments and accomplishments.

In 2015, Michael founded and originated the AMVETS Post “Patriot Flag Award,” presented to businesses and individuals who fly the U.S. flag with honor in front of their business or home. AMVETS National Headquarters has since instituted the program Emerson established as a national program.

Mr. Emerson was recognized for the achievements and efforts above, as well as many more impactful programs and projects in his more than 30 years of service as a community volunteer.