As the Incoming NYS Sons of AMVETS Commander I would like to introduce Canine Companions for Independence as my Commander’s Project for the 2015-2016 Year---Patrick Mitchell, Sons of AMVETS Dept New York Commander 2015-2016

Canine Companions for Independence provides highly trained assistance dogs to children, adults and veterans with Disabilities.  Established in 1975 in Santa Rosa, California, Canine Companions is the largest non-profit provider of assistance dogs.  CCI also has a fully operational center located on the Miller Campus in Medford, NY.  Canine Companions is recognized worldwide for the excellence of its dogs and quality and longevity of the matches it makes between dogs and people. The result is a life full of increased independence and loving companionship.


On June 6 the NYS Sons of AMVETS held their 2015-16 Installation of Officers in Binghamton, NY.  The NYS Sons would like to thank incoming AMVETS State Commander Rich DeJesu and incoming AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary President Kathy Ballard as well as the many AMVETS and Auxiliary Members that took the time to attend our Installation Ceremony.  We also thank Sons of AMVETS National 3rd Vice Cmdr Harold Collins for administering the oath of office.


Pictured (L-R) Les Baker Immediate Past Commander; Chip Smith 1st Vice Commander; John Cerny 2nd Vice Commander; Ben Gladding 3rd Vice Commander; Patrick Mitchell Commander; Scott Devery Adjutant; Lee Smith Judge Advocate; Paul Conto Provost Marshall; Bill Clemens Finance Officer and Dan Tamburlin Chaplain. Not available for photo Richard Beaulieu Convention Chair.

  SONS OF AMVETS NATIONAL Convention Concludes

Dave Strittmather (OH) elected National Commander, Mark Serpis (MA) 1st Vice Cmdr, Harold Collins (KY) 2nd Vice Cmdr, and others.  See National Website for other officers.  Cmdr Strittmather project to aid diabetes research.


The Sons of AMVETS, Dept of New York helped LEEK Preserve upgrade its electric system by adding two 7500 watt generators.  LEEK can now handle all its electric loads on their own.

​The Sons also provided LEEK with a utility trailer that will be used to move blinds into the woods and return to storage following the seasons.

VAVS Representatives Needed!!

The Sons of AMVETS need VAVS volunteers--can you spare a little time each month to help your local VA medical center?  As a national group, we have volunteers at fewer than 15 VAMC's across the country.  If you are a volunteer, next time you visit VAMC, be sure your hours are listed to Group #322(Sons of AMVETS) and not listed under AMVETS.  For more info on becoming a Sons VAVS Rep--email

Cmdr Dan Briggs' National Project is to fund and reserrect the Activity Kits that have been discontinued by VA.

Sons of AMVETS

Dept of New York