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Columbus man re-elected state AMVETS leader


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Columbus’ resident Rick Caldwell has been re-elected state commander of AMVETS.

AMVETS has been involved since 1944 in preserving the freedoms secured by America’s armed forces. It provides support for veterans and the active military in procuring their earned entitlements but also works on community services that enhance the quality of life for veterans.

Caldwell is the first military department service organization commander from the Columbus community.

He will be a voice for the Veteran Council of the Coalition: the American Legion, AMVETS, Disabled American Veterans and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. This council focuses on veteran affairs legislation efforts.

He said his hope is to be appointed by Gov. Mike Pence to become a member of the governor’s Veteran Affairs Commission, where Caldwell would advocate for all veteran entitlements.

Caldwell earned his bachelor of science degree in organizational management from Oakland City University. He retired from the U.S. Army after 32 years, serving honorably, both on active duty and as a traditional reservist, after volunteering during the draft years of the Vietnam War. He has served during the Cold War years, the Gulf War years and the global war on terrorism.

Caldwell facilitates the Vet-to-Vet post-traumatic stress disorder program, endorsed by Indianapolis’ Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center. It meets at 5 p.m. each Monday at Jim Griffin Hall in Columbus. Veterans with PTSD learn about and discuss problems leading to recovery.

He was the director of risk management with the city of Columbus for 14 years, where he supervised the various levels of insurance coverage and safety programs for a safe work environment.

Caldwell lives in in Columbus with his wife, Karen. They have two married daughters.

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