AMVETS Post 9 has been in the Germantown/Schnitzelburg Area of Louisville, KY for over 60 years!
AMVETS MISSION STATEMENT: To enhance and safeguard the entitlements for all American Veterans who have served honorably and to improve the quality of life for them, their families, and the communities where they live through leadership, advocacy and services.
AMVETS or American Veterans is a volunteer-led organization formed by World War II veterans, which accepts honorably discharged veterans as members. AMVETS is one of the most respected volunteer-led organizations in the country that provides, not only support for veterans and the active military in procuring their earned entitlements, but also community services that enhance the quality of life for this nation’s citizens.
AMVETS was originally formed in 1943 by soldiers returning from World War II. At that time, it was a loosely connected coalition of veterans clubs. The National organization was formed in Kansas City, MO in December of 1944, and its name was chosen as the American Veterans of World War II. Its three key goals were (1) to promote world peace, (2) to preserve the American way of life and (3) to help …the veteran help himself. Newspaper headlines quickly shortened its name to AMVETS. On 23 July 1947, President Harry S. Truman signed the charter establishing AMVETS as a federally recognized Veterans Service Organization [VSO].
Over the years, the original name had to be expanded to the American Veterans of World War II, Korea and Viet Nam. Now, it is simply recognized as AMVETS. Membership in the organization is open to any active duty service member and to any honorably discharged service member after 15 September 1940, including National Guard and Reserve members and members of the Merchant Marines considered veterans and eligible for Veterans Administration [VA] benefits holding a DD-214 from either the Navy or the Coast Guard.