American Veterans (AMVETS) elected Jan Brown to serve as the organization’s 2019 – 2020 National Commander during AMVETS’ 75th Annual National Convention in Louisville, KY, August 24. The election signifies a milestone in AMVETS’ history, as Commander Brown will be the first female Commander for the organization.
“I thank my AMVETS family for putting their confidence in me to lead this organization,” said Brown. “I promise that I will always represent AMVETS in the very best light.”
Every year AMVETS Commanders take on a veteran-related project in an effort to bring awareness to certain issues and serve veterans across the nation. This year, Commander Brown’s focus is Save a Warrior, an organization located in Newark, Ohio, that provides counseling services in the fields of mental health and wellness, suicide prevention and post-traumatic stress to veterans, military personnel, police, firefighters and other first responders.
“There are parts of ourselves that the traditional medical model is not equipped to heal or nourish, adding to our suffering, said Brown. “AMVETS works relentlessly to heal American veterans, and I believe through this project, we will continue working to see that veterans are living well, not just ‘un-sick,’ and we’ll begin to curb the national veteran suicide crisis.”
Like every Commander before her, Brown will serve one term. She is determined to hit the ground running once arriving at AMVETS National Headquarters.
“I’m excited to really work together as an AMVETS family because that’s what we are,” Brown said. “That’s how we’re going to continue to grow, if we include our family.”