OTTAWA — Sandy Vorhies, AMVETS (American Veterans) Department of Ohio State Commander,
journeyed north to Putnam County from Columbus on Saturday morning to
present charter documentation to AMVETS Post 2013. Before the flag
displayed in the Ottawa VFW Post 9142 assembly hall, Vorhies officially
welcomed the current membership of 40 veterans to the AMVETS family.
can't say this has been an easy journey," said Don Dorman, post commander as well as a Vietnam
veteran who was at the forefront of the charter application process.
"Many, many times I was about ready to throw in the towel. We have a
great bunch and I know they've got my back."
To begin the charter
application process, Dorman contacted the national AMVETS office for
what he referred to as a start-up packet. He said that the process was
trying at times, but assistance from other AMVETS posts helped make Post
2013 become a reality. Some of those who offered support, AMVETS
members from Defiance, were present at the Feb. 8 ceremony.
AMVETS veterans service organization was originally founded as the
American Veterans of World War II in 1944 and signed into public law
by President Harry S. Truman in 1947. Public Law 216 made AMVETS the
first World War II organization to be chartered by Congress. The
original charter was later amended several times to grant membership
to those who served in different eras, specifically from 1940 to
"Any honorably discharged veteran of the military
service is eligible to be here," explained Dorman. "Doesn't matter where
you served or what you served in. We already had a list of members who
had been in the military but were not eligible for the VFW. We needed to
branch out to other veterans."
The post intends to host events for veterans' families and friends. "The Charter will give us the opportunity to represent AMVETS in any honor guard or funeral ceremonies," said Dorman. Future plans also include recruitment to form an Auxiliary unit,
Sons Squadron, Juniors unit and a Motorcycle Rider's Group. "These
subsidiary groups are a valuable asset to the AMVETS and to the
On a national level, AMVETS has been
in the forefront of public-policy related to national defense,
services for homeless veterans, adequate funding for the
Department of Veterans Affairs, concurrent receipt of retirement
pay and disability compensation by disabled military retirees,
veterans employment and training, POW/MIA accountability and flag
Post 2013 meetings will happen at the Ottawa VFW Post
at 7 p.m. on the first Thursday of every month. Those with questions or
a wish to become a member of the new AMVETS post are asked to call