On Saturday August 3, 2013, at the annual Convention of AMVETS National Ladies Auxiliary in Sparks, Nevada, Linda McGriff was elected AMVETS National Ladies Auxiliary President for the 2013 -2014 year.

 

Linda is a Life Member of AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary 76 in Mesquite, Texas.  She joined the organization in 1990 and held several elected and appointed offices before becoming Local President.  From there she served on numerous committees and held elected offices on the Department Level.  Linda was named Auxiliary Member of the year in 1996 and elected Department President in 2004.

 

On the National Level Linda served on many committees, including Child Welfare, Community Service, Membership, Finance and Training Committee when needed.  She held the office of National Chaplain for two years, National 3rd Vice President, National 2nd Vice President and National 1st Vice President.

 

Linda retired from the Dallas Independent School District after 20 years of service.  She received many commendations for her dedication to detail and the students.  She enjoys volunteering, serving and participating in community and Veterans programs.  She is an active member of her church where she serves as an active vestry member.

 

Linda was born and raised in Hyde Park, NY until she was introduced to a Submarine Sailor by her late brother, Richard Sweet.  She enjoyed the life of a Navy Wife and loved moving around the country.  They lived in seven different states…some of them twice.  She and her husband of almost 50 years, Past National Commander Thomas McGriff, now live in Mesquite, Texas.  They have two children, son Thomas K. and daughter, Sherri, who is a member of the Auxiliary and two granddaughters, Hannah and Maggie.

 

For her National President’s project, Linda has chosen the AMVETS Diabetes Institute at Ohio University.  A full 100% of all donations received will go directly towards training of students in diabetes research.  To qualify for a training award, the student must be a Veteran or have had a parent or grandparent in the Armed Forces.  As the wife of a diabetic, Linda has seen firsthand the tolls it takes on a person’s body.  There are many AMVETS, Auxiliary and Sons of AMVETS members who battle this disease daily.  Diabetes also affects 24% of the Veteran population and their families.

 

Linda’s theme for the year is “Make a Difference”.  Her challenge to you is that you change just one person’s life for the better.  Should it be a Veteran’s life that you impact, that’s truly a special blessing.

 

 

 

Linda S. McGriff

President 2013-2014