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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Dick Flanagan

October 23, 2002
Francesca DiMarco
Release # 02-27
(301) 459-9600

AMVETS NOW OFFICIALLY 'AMERICAN VETERANS'

WASHINGTON, Oct. 23-For more than 45 years, AMVETS had been known as American Veterans of World War II, Korea and Vietnam. Now, thanks to Public Law 107-241 recently signed by President Bush, the organization is called simply American Veterans.

The new legislation, which amends AMVETS' congressional charter, addresses a long-standing need to bring the organization's name more in line with the demographics of its broad-based membership.

"We wanted our name to more accurately reflect that membership in AMVETS is open to all honorably discharged veterans, not just those from a particular war or era," explained National Commander W.G. "Bill" Kilgore.

The AMVETS leader said anyone who has honorably served in the U.S. Armed Forces from World War II to present, to include those now on active duty as well as in the National Guard, Reserves and wartime merchant marines, is eligible to join AMVETS. The new charter legislation was introduced in the Senate (S. 1972) by Sen. John "Jay" Rockefeller (D-WV) and in the House (H.R. 3214) by Rep. Michael Bilirakis (R-FL) and Rep. Lane Evans (D-IL).

AMVETS, whose original charter was signed by President Truman in 1947, was the first World War II organization to be chartered by Congress.

A leader since 1944 in preserving the freedoms secured by America's Armed Forces, AMVETS 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.