A Legacy of Service, Hope for the Future

DAV is the most long-lasting veterans advocacy and assistance group in this country. We’ve watched this country change and grow, and we’ve grown along with it. However, DAV has never wavered in its core mission to fulfill our country’s promises to the men and women who served. We invite everyone, veterans and civilian, men and women, young and old, to join us as we stand up for those veterans who risked it all when they stood up for us, our country, and our ideals.

J. Marc Burgess, National Adjutant

The Day We Share as Veterans

We all come from different walks of life. As for me, I grew up in the crossroads city of Hattiesburg, Miss., with the liveliest of Southern culture just a short drive in any direction. I joined the U.S. Navy in the late ̓80s and was absorbed into a new kind of culture—one that sticks with you for a lifetime.

No matter where you hail from or where you call home, if you’re a veteran of the United States military, you are part of a unique family of more than 22 million brothers- and sisters-in-arms.

This Veterans Day, don’t wait for someone to thank you for your service—start by acknowledging and thanking your fellow veterans.

The fastest growing population within our community is women veterans, many of whom have crossed the barrier of combat and have returned home wounded, ill or injured. Women have traveled a long way in our military, hurdled numerous walls and continue to display the courage and resolve we expect from those in uniform.

As you will see in DAV’s new study, “Women Veterans: the Long Journey Home,” the time for debating “women in combat” is over. Our sisters are there on the front lines, bravely performing their jobs in the face of grave danger. It is no longer a hypothetical situation—our
women veterans are transitioning home, sometimes deeply physically and emotionally scarred.

It has been long reported that too many women, despite their service and sacrifice, do not even consider themselves veterans. This must be corrected, and DAV has the obligation and privilege of assisting them as we do all veterans.

I believe the message we must all deliver, both as veterans and as DAV members, is quite clear. If you served, you are a veteran. And if you came home with a service-connected disability, then you are one of us, and we are proud to stand beside you.

This is our day—a day for all veterans. We must remember that and honor each other, just as we served together and fought together.

I, for one, am proud to call you all brothers and sisters, especially this Veterans Day.

If you want to find out more about the National Adjutant, you can find his biography here.