Get Ready for the 78th Annual State Convention!

We are excited to announce that the 78th Annual State Convention is just a few days away! This event promises to be an incredible opportunity for fun activities, insightful meetings, and valuable networking. To help you plan your participation, we have provided the full agenda below.

We encourage all members to review the agenda and plan your participation accordingly. We look forward to seeing you all there and making this convention a memorable experience for everyone involved!

78th Annual Convention: Join Us for a Weekend of Fun and Celebration!

We are excited to announce the 78th Annual Convention, taking place from June 21-23, 2024, at the Marriott Sacramento Rancho Cordova. This event promises a weekend filled with engaging family-friendly activities, valuable meetings, and opportunities to connect with fellow members and their families.

Event Details:

  • Location: Marriott Sacramento Rancho Cordova, 11211 Point East Drive, Rancho Cordova, CA 95742
  • Dates: June 20-23, 2024

Schedule:

Thursday, June 20, 2024:

  • Service Foundation Meeting: 2 PM – 5 PM at Post 1, 7215 Lindale Drive, Sacramento
  • Lunch: 12 PM (Reserve your seat with Christiane at (916) 996-0700)

Friday, June 21, 2024:

  • Committee Meetings: Start at 8 AM
  • Afternoon Activities
  • Bowling: 6 PM – 8 PM

Saturday, June 22, 2024:

  • State Convention Starts: 9 AM
  • Commander, President Awards Reception: Starts at 6 PM
    • Entertainment, Awards, Games with Prizes

Sunday, June 23, 2024:

  • Memorial: 8 AM
  • CA Department Elections of Officers for 2024-25: 9 AM – 12 PM

Fun Activities:
Bowling, Dunk Tank, Photobooths, Potting Crafts, BINGO, Prizes, and more!

Don’t miss this opportunity to participate in our 78th State Convention. Enjoy the Family-Fun and Spread the word!

Join Us for the 64th Annual Garden Grove Strawberry Festival!

We are excited to invite you to the 64th Annual Garden Grove Strawberry Festival, happening this Memorial Day Weekend from May 24-27, 2024. This festival is packed with fun activities and offers FREE admission for everyone!

Event Highlights:

  • Free Cake Friday
  • Saturday Parade
  • Celebrity Appearances
  • Carnival Rides: Unlimited all-day rides for $35 on Friday and $40 on Saturday-Monday.
  • Free Concerts
  • Games & Food

Festival Hours:

  • Friday: 1 PM – 10 PM
  • Saturday & Sunday: 10 AM – 10 PM
  • Monday: 10 AM – 9 PM

Location:
Village Green, Main at Euclid, Garden Grove

Don’t miss out on the free event guide, which includes the festival map, schedule of events, details about the Celebrity Grand Marshal, contests, and more. Make sure to check out the guide to plan your visit!

For more information, visit strawberryfestival.org

Visalia Community-Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Highlights

We are thrilled to share some memorable moments from the Visalia Community-Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) Ribbon Cutting Ceremony held on May 17, 2024. Veterans and their families came together to mark the beginning of a new era in healthcare for our Veterans. The event featured a tour of the new facilities, highlighting its impressive 23,300 square feet of space.

Event Highlights:

  • Ribbon Cutting Ceremony: A joyous occasion celebrating the opening of the new clinic.
  • Tours: Attendees explored the state-of-the-art healthcare facilities.
  • Community Gathering: Veterans and families connected and celebrated this milestone.

The Visalia CBOC officially opened its doors on May 20, 2024. We are excited for the enhanced healthcare services this clinic will provide to our veterans.

Location:
500 N. Santa Fe Street, Visalia

Spirit of America Youth Leadership Program – November 7-10, 2024

Join high school students from across the country in a once-in-a-lifetime leadership and civic education experience! This program offers a unique opportunity for students to deepen their understanding of America’s history, engage in meaningful discussions, and develop leadership skills.

Program Highlights:

  • Mock Congressional Debate: Students participate in a mock congressional forum, learning to debate and discuss critical issues with guidance from constitutional scholars.
  • Leadership Workshops: Various leadership styles are explored through the lens of Congressional Medal of Honor recipients.
  • Visits to Valley Forge and Philadelphia: Experience history firsthand with tours of Valley Forge, Independence Hall, and the Liberty Bell.

Scholarships: Scholarships are available for students selected by AMVETS and AMVETS National Ladies Auxiliary. For more information, please contact your local AMVETS or AMVETS National Ladies Auxiliary contact or post.

Program Costs: $550 (includes meals, room, and program)

For more information or questions, please email [email protected].

πŸ“’ Mental Health Awareness Month Community Resource Booth πŸ“’

Join us in observance of Mental Health Awareness Month! AMVETS is hosting a Community Resource Booth where you can access valuable mental health resources and support.

πŸ—“οΈ Dates & Locations:

  • May 22, 2024 | 10AM – 1PM | Lemoore Christian Aid
  • May 29, 2024 | 1:30PM – 3:30PM | Kettleman City KCAO Family Resource Center

Stop by and learn more about the services available in your community! Together, let’s prioritize mental health and well-being.

πŸ“… Save the Date: VA Wellness Wednesday Financial Education

Join us for VA Wellness Wednesday Financial Education, where we’ll dive into understanding Your Social Security benefits.

Event Details:

  • πŸ—“οΈ Date: May 15th, 2024
  • ⏰ Time: Two sessions available: 9am & 12pm PT / 12pm & 3pm ET
  • πŸ’» Registration: Register using QR code or visit cvent.me/yqgnnrr

Session Overview: We’ve all contributed to Social Security for years. As we plan for retirement, it’s essential to understand how to maximize these benefits. This session will provide you with the resources you need to help reach your retirement goals.

During this class, you will learn:

  • How to enroll in Social Security benefits
  • Strategies to maximize your Social Security income
  • How to secure your retirement, disability, and death benefits

Don’t miss this opportunity to gain valuable insights into your Social Security benefits! πŸ’° #FinancialEducation #SocialSecurity #RetirementPlanning #WellnessWednesday