The Payson chapter of the American Veterans of World War II, Korea and Vietnam celebrated the organization's 55th anniversary Tuesday, July 23.
AMVETS was founded in 1944 as the American Veterans of World War II, then was given a federal charter in 1947. It was the first World War II organization chartered by Congress.
The charter was amended in both 1950 and 1966 to provide for membership for veterans of the Korean and Vietnam Wars.
Today, AMVETS members include those serving on active duty as well as national guardsmen, reservists and wartime merchant marines.
The Payson chapter has 278 members. It meets the third Thursday of the month, September through May at Ponderosa Manor.