J. Marc Burgess, National Adjutant
Prepare to Forward March
One commonly shared characteristic among veterans is a desire to serve, even after no longer actively a part of military service. This giving spirit is deeply ingrained in the veteran community, and indeed it is what makes organizations like ours so strong.
Commitment to service is the reason we are able to provide more than 700,000 no-cost rides to medical appointments for veterans each year. It’s why our volunteers provide roughly 100,000 hours of volunteer service annually at VA medical facilities, visiting veterans and assisting families in need.
This is also why, in March, we are launching the Forward March campaign to help make volunteering for veterans even easier through our Local Veterans Assistance Program (LVAP).
As part of Forward March, we will be calling on all those veterans or family members who have been helped by DAV in the past to pay it forward and give an hour of service to help out another veteran.
If you, or someone you know, has ever received assistance from DAV—be it through claims representation, benefits counseling, job placement through one of our career fairs, disaster relief help or any other means—I would encourage you to spare one hour of your time in the month of March and pay that service forward.
In addition, if you have enjoyed the freedom and prosperity made possible by the sacrifices of veterans, I would invite you to take part in the Forward March campaign as well. Giving this small token of appreciation for those who served is a tremendous way to say thanks and will be a most welcome gesture within the veteran community.
The beauty of Forward March, and really of LVAP, is that volunteer service can be virtually anything that benefits veterans or their families. It could be something simple like running to the store to buy groceries for a housebound veteran, spending time visiting with a veteran in a local nursing home, providing an hour of child care for a veteran family, shoveling snow off a walkway or driving a veteran to a medical appointment. It could also be something to help a local chapter raise funds or awareness in the community. The opportunities are truly limitless and can be shaped to meet the unique needs of veterans wherever you live.
More details about the Forward March campaign can be found on Page 36. We’ve designed this program to be extremely easy to participate and to log hours online, and we’ll be sending all participants a special gift for taking part.
Be sure to keep an eye out on our social media channels for the official Forward March launch, and think of ways you can help set the example by committing to give an hour of service this March.
If you want to find out more about the National Adjutant, you can find his biography here.