FISHER - Rudy Spaulding begins his duties as AMVETS state commander this week.
Spaulding, 71, is an active member of Post 52 in Fisher, serving 20 years in the Navy before working for Christie Clinic and Champaign National Bank.
The AMVETS organization has a special mission of helping injured and impoverished veterans, Spaulding
said, adding that helping homeless veterans would be part of his
There are over 10,000 AMVETS
in Illinois, he
"We support veterans' aid programs at the national level, and each post supports Scouts, blood donors and organ donors," he
At 18, Spaulding enlisted in the Navy.
retired two decades later at the rank of chief petty officer.
A lifetime member of AMVETS, Spaulding joined the organization in 1973.
"I worked my way up the organization in the last 10 years," he
Spaulding has held several post-level positions, including commander for a decade.
He has also been a district commander, commander of Divisions III, IV and V, provost marshal, state senior vice commander of programs and state senior vice commander of membership.