2011-08-11 / Local & State

McConnellsburg Man Named AMVETS National Director

Retired U.S. Marine Corps major to head organization that advocates for veterans
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Stewart Hickey Stewart Hickey AMVETS National Cmdr. Jerry Hotop has announced his selection of Stewart Hickey of Mc- Connellsburg to direct the national headquarters operations of this leading veterans service organization beginning September 1.

Hickey most recently held the position of executive director for the nonprofit Hyndman Health Center in Hyndman, Pa., an organization he has worked for since 2002. Previously, Hickey served more than 22 years in the United States Marine Corps, including overseas in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. Hickey’s many personal awards and citations include the Bronze Star Medal with Valor Device, America’s fourth-highest award for combat valor.

“Given Stewart Hickey’s past record of professional excellence and achievement, I have supreme confidence that he is the right leader to guide AMVETS into the future,” said Hotop. “ He has demonstrated a keen understanding of the AMVETS mission, and shares in our passion to serve America’s veterans.”

In an interview last Thursday, Hickey expressed his desire to carry forward the AMVETS mantle of service.

“As a veteran myself, and the father of three sons in the Marine Corps, I have more than an interest in veterans’ affairs and a strong national defense; I am invested in both with flesh and blood,” said Hickey. “I look forward to the opportunity AMVETS has given me to advocate for, respect and honor our nation’s sons and daughters who have worn and continue to wear the uniform. They, like my own, deserve our thanks and care.”

Hotop’s selection of Hickey follows AMVETS National Executive Director and Past National Cmdr. Jim King’s April announcement of his intent to retire after the AMVETS 67th National Convention in St. Louis next month.

“For nearly a decade, Jim has led AMVETS through the most important time in veterans’ advocacy since the Vietnam War,” said Hotop. “Under his management, AMVETS has successfully fought for, and won, major legislative victories for a new generation of returning warfighters from Iraq and Afghanistan. His steadfast leadership and vision have been critical to the success of AMVETS mission to serve our veterans’ community. I thank him for his past service and look forward to his continued participation in this great organization.”

King shared in Hotop’s endorsement of Hickey, and wished him success in his new venture.

“I feel that I am leaving this office in good hands as I retire,” said King. “I wish Stewart fair winds and following seas. Semper Fi.”

Hickey resides on Cold Spring Drive with his wife, the former Ellen Peck. He is the son-in-law of Carl and June Peck of Mc- Connellsburg.

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