|“ONCE UPON A TIME”
At the Veterinary Service Division of Health Services Command. Department of the Army was having “Hip Pocket Orders” issued to all retired 91R’s or 91T”s. A group of former Senior Army Veterinary NCOs , While looking at this list ( Karl Stegmann, Wallace (Ole) Olson, Dweight (Pat) Pattillo, and Richard (Dick) Parker along with a group of active duty members discovered a lot of old drinking buddies from Chicago, Denmark, Germany, Korea and other assignments. The decision made was to get in touch with everyone on the list and see if a time for a get together could be set. Karl had a new computer and said he would contact them by mail, with help he was able to contact almost everyone on the DA list. The decision made was to have a get together in San Antonio during the fall of 1989. When word got out the Vets are having a party a couple of hundred retires expressed interest and about a hundred actually attended the charter reunion. The Association of Retired Enlisted Veterinary Personnel came into being, Officers were elected and the By-Laws written; Karl was elected Secretary and most of the real work for the organization was placed on him. We had several other reunions in San Antonio, then the decision to form regions, which would have mini-reunions in the year that the national reunion was not held; national reunions are to be held every two years and hosted by a region rather then all reunions being in one place. AREVP started as an organization of Retired Army Enlisted Veterinary Personnel but has changed to allow all personnel active or retired Army or Air Force who have completed Veterinary Service Training in Animal Care or Food Inspection to become members we also have both Veterinary Service Warrant Officers and Veterinary Corps Officers as honorary members.
The challenge for the future of this organization is to get the younger members into leadership roles and even more important is to get our active duty personnel to join and become involved….