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In 1967, PDC Donald Fournier, then Senior Vice Commander of the AMVETS Department of Illinois, designed the medal we still use today. It started the AMVETS ROTC Awards Program, and was then authorized by the Department of Defense, Heraldry Section, for ROTC cadets to wear our AMVETS medal or ribbon on the uniform. The program includes all Illinois public and private high schools, Universities, Colleges and ROTC units on the US Bases in Germany, Puerto Rico and Guam. This program was later adopted by the National AMVETS.


Instructors may request medals and blank certificates by selected the "Request Medals" button. 


Please feel free to share any photos or write-ups you acquire of the awardees or the program in general. This is not a requirement; however, we would appreciate this so we can share feedback with our organization. Those materials may be mailed to the Illinois AMVETS HQ, 2206 South Sixth St., Springfield, IL 62703.

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Thank you to our generous supporters of the ROTC/JROTC Medals Program

Colonel Sponsor
15 medals or more

PDC Christopher Studebaker

PDC Cheryl Weglewski

Ted Knusman Post 13

Darrel Tucker 
& Mitchi Tucker

Jean & Mike Henning

Post 179

Col. Bernard Paul

PDC Tony Altieri

Post 66

Norma Studebaker in memory of PDC Bob Studebaker

Post 94

Art Rodriguez

Post 8

Commander Sponsor
10 medals

PDC Richard VanNatta


Lieutenant Sponsor

5 medals

Springfield Post 94

Post 268


Cadet Sponsor
1 medal

If you would like to sponsor medals, please complete this form.

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