Commander’s Letter: For more than 75 years, we in AMVETS have taken to heart the credo of service set forth by our organization’s founding fathers. In so doing, we endeavor to provide our fellow veterans with the type of support they truly deserve. This outreach effort takes many forms, from the professional advice our service officers offer on earned veterans benefits to our legislative efforts on Capitol Hill to the work done by our hospital volunteers.

Other AMVETS members involve themselves in a range of initiatives aimed at contributing to the quality of life in their local communities.

These two areas, veterans service and community service, drive the commitment we have to make a difference in the lives of others. The pages of this website provide more detailed information on each area, as well as a wealth of information for veterans, their families and other interested citizens. Please take a few minutes to review what makes AMVETS the distinctive organization it is. Our aim of building for a better America is an undertaking to which all can contribute.

I invite you to join us, today.

Over 75 Years…

Nine World War II veterans clubs, met in Kansas City, Mo., and founded The American Veterans of World War II on Dec. 10, 1944. Less than three years later, on July 23, 1947, President Harry S. Truman signed Public Law 216, making AMVETS the first World War II organization to be chartered by Congress. Since then, the original charter has been amended several times to admit as members those who served in different eras. On 16 October 2002 the 107th Congress enacted Public Law 107-241 (H.R. 3214), an Act to amend the Charter of the AMVETS organization to “AMVETS (American Veterans)”. Today, membership in AMVETS is open to anyone who is currently serving, or who has honorably served, in the U.S. Armed Forces from World War II to the present, to include the National Guard and Reserves.

Our members are Veterans and Active Duty Servicemembers serving in the U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, U.S. Marines, U.S. Air Force, Coast Guard, Hawaii National Guard and Reserve.

Meeting Location: AMVETS West Oahu Veterans Center

5001 Iroquois Avenue, Bldg 612 West Loch Annex (JBPHH)

Ewa Beach, Hawaii 96706


Company Main: (808) 900-7187 
Company Fax: (808) 900-7157 
Administration Office: (808) 900-7364 
AMVETS West Oahu Veterans Center: 808-888-0410

Department Mailing Address: AMVETS Hawaii, P.O. Box 2865, Ewa Beach, HI 96706

AMVETS Department of Hawaii

is a Congressional-chartered 501(c)19 non-profit, Veterans Service Organization (VSO) EIN:83-2518892

Board of Directors & Officers:

State Commander:
Donovan Andrew Lazarus (US Army, Retired) 
AMVETS 2018 Commander of the Year Recipient

Commander Lazarus: “I am just another Basic Combat Training Drill Sergeant trying to giveback. For the past 20-plus-years, I have watched so many of the recruits I have trained accomplished great things. They inspired me to do what I do. I will always honor their service and sacrifice, and the countless others… It is our duty to Honor them, Never Forget!”

1st Vice Commander:
Ronald Y.K. Lam (US Army, Veteran) 

2nd Vice Commander:
Alim Shabazz (USCG, Active Duty) 

3rd Vice Commander & VAVS Deputy:
Rodney W. Boucher (US Navy, Retired) 

Gregory Benton (US Army, Retired) 

Service Officer: 
William Rodriguez (US Navy, Retired) 

Judge Advocate: 
Luis A. Linares (US Army, Retired) 

Provost Marshall: 
Carmelo Diaz-Rotger (US Army, Veteran) 

Finance Officer: 
Mary Noland (USA, Active Duty) 

National Executive Committeewoman (NEC): 
Demetria Williams (US Army, Veteran) 

National Executive Committeewoman: 
Aurelie Mulcare (US Army, Retired) 

Public Affairs Officer: 
Corwin M. Colbert (US Navy, Retired) 

Advisory Board Member: 
Bronsonn J.A. Taylor (US Army, Retired) 

Community Business Advisor:
Jonathan Tichepco

Mental Health Advisor: 
Judit Brissette 

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