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President Gerald R. Ford signed Proclamation 4373, terminating the Vietnam era. It also proclaimed that both Vietnam Veterans and Vietnam Era Veterans could join AMVETS. AMVETS did not accept into membership servicemen and women who served after May 7, 1975.
December 10, 1944–A National Organization, was formed by 18 leaders, representing 9 groups met in Kansas City, Missouri, known as the American Veterans of World War II–Also, as newspaper headline writers took to calling them and AMVETS. The White Clover was chosen as the official flower of AMVETS, meaning, “Remember …
President Ronald Reagan signed public law 98-304, which amended AMVETS’ Congressional Charter to a membership that included those service men and women who served honorably and actively (after May 7, 1975) on May 31, 1984. Membership is open to anyone who is currently serving.
AMVETS became the first World War II organization chartered by Congress when President Harry S. Truman signed Public Law 21, July 23rd, 1947.