A new edition of the AMVETS News will be coming out soon. The articles and pictures for this next edition will need to be in to me by August 14th. This will include all information from the National Convention.

The edition after must be in by October 3rd. This will include the Fall Conference.

Make sure you mark these dates on your calendar and prepare accordingly.


Moving Wall

The Moving Wall is sponsored by American Legion Post #24 Columbus, IN. You must see this if you haven’t already. It will be worth your while.

Thursday, July 27 wall arrives around 0900 at I-65 and S R 46 west coming into town. A special escorted motorcycle parade will proceed through town then out to Fairgrounds to construct The Moving Wall.

July 27 Opening ceremony at 1800 at Bartholomew County Fairgrounds site. Special music and special remarks by Mayor of Columbus.

Friday, July 28 has beginning ceremony at noon then another ceremony at 1800 at The Moving Wall site area. Special music and remarks by dignitaries of IN Army National Guard.

Saturday, July 29 with noon ceremony and then again at 1800 at The Moving Wall site. Special music and remarks by select retired members of IN Army National Guard.

Sunday, July 30 with noon ceremony and then again at 1800 at The Moving Wall site. Special music and remarks by present & retired member of IN Guard and Reserves.


The Moving Wall site is open 24 hours once erected and in place until teardown on Monday July 31, 2017. For further details or information please contact American legion Commander Al McKown at 812-447-1000.


Today is the IVH Picnic & DEC Meeting in West Lafayette. I will be there and try to report as much as possible with a few pics. I am including an outline of the Executive Director Report for the DEC Meeting:

Executive Director Report

Revlidations – Due June 15th – only 1/3 – a lot not complete
1 day before National Deadline 5 posts unsubmitted
2 posts closing – Post #49 Owensburg and Post #57
Total of 30 posts Department of Indiana

Membership – Finding some problems from last year – If you have any membership
problems contact me and I will work them out with you as soon as

Insurance/IRS Form 990 – I will be on top of this – we have 2 posts at risk for
not getting in 990s – there are still at least 5 posts that
are not up to date with insurance – work with your insurance
company to have the Acord 25s automatically sent out on
renewal to National and Department

Fall Conference – Sept 22, 23, 24 tentatively at Wyndham Hotel near airport
Contracts not yet completed – will get it done this week
then reservations can be made – I will put the information out
online and along with emails and monthly

National Convention – Aug 8 – 12th Norfolk Virginia

Communication – Key to successful year – Our website was moved to last
year so I am putting out info as a blog on
feel free to leave comments for things you need help with and I will
go to work on them right away
Mailing Lists – Setting up for emails – there is a primary contact email for
every Post except for 2 or 3 (
if you would like to be on a mailing list give me your email
– don’t complain that you are not getting info if you don’t
have your email on file
Newsletter – Roger is putting out monthly newsletter via email loaded with


The post revalidation deadline was June 15, 2017. I think about 1/3 of the posts provided their revalidations in that time frame. Today with 1 day left for me to get the revalidation to National there are 5 posts that still have not been submitted.

They are Post 64, 66, 12, 33, and 49. The only post I was able to contact and the revalidation is forthcoming is post 12. The other 4 I have made phone calls and sent emails to no avail. National suspensions may be coming and I’m afraid will be serious.

If anyone knows how to get in touch with these posts, have them contact me as soon as possible.

Lack of Communication

We need to put a bigger focus on Communication. I have been working on revalidations which were due to the Department last month and now with 1 day to go and after scrambling for the last week we still have 5 posts with no revalidation. I have been trying to contact these posts with phone numbers and emails that I have on file and it seems like no one is home or no one is returning my emails.

I’m not sure whether the posts forgot or just don’t care about getting revalidations in but we do this every year and it’s the same old story with last minute phone calls trying to get them in.

On the revalidation there is a specific block for primary/email contact which I will be using constantly however, with no revalidation I cannot find the proper contact info.

Let’s all get together and get the lines of communication flowing. If not, you might find your post in the dark and undergoing punitive action.

If you have anything to say on this matter or would like to offer suggestions on improving communication, feel free to add a comment below.