Leaders of US veterans' service organization visit Taiwan
By L. J. Lamb November 13, 2016, 12:29 am TWN
Special to The China Post --Leaders of AMVETS (American Veterans), a congressionally chartered veterans' service organization in the U.S., just completed their extended annual visit to Taiwan.
AMVETS National Commander Harold Chapman and AMVETS National Ladies Auxiliary President Evelyn R. McElvin were visiting at the invitation of the Minister of the R.O.C. Veterans Affairs Council (VAC) General Lee Hsiang-jow.
While in Taiwan, they paid a courtesy call on President Tsai Ing-wen at the Presidential Office.
President Tsai noted that AMVETS had been a strong supporter of Taiwan for over three decades, and that each year, leaders from the VAC and AMVETS exchanged information on veterans' affairs, national defense and foreign relations.
President Tsai thanked the visitors for the latest AMVETS National Resolution on Taiwan, in which AMVETS recognized that the R.O.C. on Taiwan was a long-time friend, ally and strategic partner of the U.S.
At a welcome dinner party, Minister Tung expressed his gratitude to AMVETS' continued support of Taiwan through its Resolutions at the AMVETS National Convention each year.
In return, Commander Chapman and President McElvin conveyed appreciation for their hospitality and noted that they were impressed with the dedication of the VAC in caring for the country's veterans.
Commander Chapman said that, in view of their long-standing relationship, AMVETS was happy to assist the VAC in any way possible.
Commander Chapman gave a speech on R.O.C. Veterans Day and received a medal from the VAC in honor of his dedication to veterans' affairs and the promotion of relations between U.S. and R.O.C. veterans.
During their visit, the AMVETS leaders were given a briefing on the operations of the VAC, which include health care, home care, vocational assistance, educational assistance, and services for R.O.C. veterans and their families.
They also visited the Veterans General Hospital, the VAC Taoyuan Training Center, the National Palace Museum, the Bade Veterans Home, the Suao Naval Base, as well as other cultural, economic and historic sites.
It is the stated position of AMVETS that Taiwan, as a strategically located island, is extremely important to the peace, prosperity, and stability of the Pacific Rim. The AMVETS resolution stated that the R.O.C. maintains a strong and well-trained military force, has extensive air and naval facilities and, therefore, is a vital link in the Pacific defense chain.
Consequently, AMVETS supports and encourages the democratic process in Taiwan, and encourages the U.S. president to promote peaceful dialogue and avoid any actions that could lead to military conflict.
AMVETS also supports the continued promotion of educational and cultural relationships and exchanges between the U.S. and R.O.C.
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