At National Convention last week, AMVETS delegates elected the new leadership group for 2009-2010. American Veteran will highlight incoming National Commander Duane Miskulin, First Vice-Commander Jerry Hotop, and Second Vice-Commander Gary Fry.
AMVETS National Commander Duane Miskulin:
Cmdr. Miskulin, a native of Stevens Point, Wisc., has completed his ascent to the post of National Commander, a journey that began with AMVETS nearly two decades ago. Miskulin has held numerous positions at all levels of the organization, starting at his post. Last year, Miskulin served as AMVETS National First Vice-Commander. In a recent interview, Miskulin said his top priority for his term as National Commander will be addressed the mental health needs of veterans, past and present--particularly incidents of traumatic brain injury, which are becoming more and more prevalent on today's battlefield.
AMVETS National First Vice-Commander Jerry Hotop:
Hotop, a native of Perryville, Mo., has been an active member of AMVETS since 1978, serving in leadership positions at the post, department, and national levels. Hotop served three years in the Army before joining the Navy Reserve as a Seabee to serve another six. Hotop owned and operated his own business for 40 years. Since his recent retirement, Hotop has focused on his work with AMVETS. Last year, Hotop served as National Second-Vice Commander.
AMVETS National Second-Vice Commander Gary Fry:
Fry, an Army veteran who served in Germany and later as a sergeant in Vietnam in the late 1960s, was recently elected to his first national command position. Fry has been active with his home Department of Pennsylvania for many years, and most recently served as the state's alternate National Executive Committee representative. Fry has also served as vice chairman of the National Long Range Planning Committee. He is also a member of the national programs and Americanism committees. Fry currently resides in Sugar Grove, Pa., where he has been happily married for 39 years.
At convention, Fertie Brand, Dan Snyder, and Eugene Meyer were each re-elected to their positions as National Finance Officer, National Judge Advocate, and National Provost Marshal, respectively. Past National Commander S. John Sisler and Jimmy T. Smith were also elected to the AMVETS National Service Foundation Board of Trustees.
(Photos: Official AMVETS photos of Duane Miskulin, Jerry Hotop and Gary Fry.)