A Legacy of Service, Hope for the Future

DAV (Disabled American Veterans) 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

Days of the Deployed

There are numerous national holidays and days of observance throughout the year, during which we come together to celebrate and honor significant historical events, figures and members of our society. Veterans Day, Memorial Day and POW/MIA Day are just a few occasions marking the service and sacrifice of military veterans, and we hold these as sacred opportunities to remember our brothers and sisters, especially those who never came home.

One such observance that often seems to be overlooked is truly near and dear to DAV’s mission of veteranto- veteran service. Oct. 26 marks the nation’s annual Day of the Deployed, which honors the men and women who have, or are currently, deployed in harm’s way in order to defend our country.

Unless we personally have a friend or loved one serving overseas, it can be easy to lose sight of the immeasurable sacrifice being made every day on our behalf. This seems especially true for the majority of our country, which does not have a connection with active military members.

Recognizing the Day of the Deployed is also in line with one of our most critical functions: ensuring veterans and their families are able to transition to civilian life as smoothly and successfully as possible.

As you are reading this, there are men and women standing posts across the world, far from their homes and loved ones. Soon, many of those individuals will be transitioning back to civilian life and will need a friendly face to help guide their way.

As members of DAV and the DAV Auxiliary, we have experienced this difficult journey firsthand, and we have a great responsibility to make sure those who come behind us are well-served by their fellow veterans. It’s part of our mission to help raise that awareness and keep our veterans and military members a part of the conversation. I encourage you on the Day of the Deployed—and throughout the entire year—to help your local communities remember the sacrifices made by a few on behalf of the whole.

This could be done by spreading the word about DAV’s employment resources, job-search tools, All Veterans Career Fairs and our employment website, jobs.dav.org. It may be by helping to direct local veterans to a nearby National, Transition, Department or Chapter Service Officer for assistance with their claims. It might be something as simple as spreading the word in your local community that DAV will be there for their deployed loved ones when they return home.

To all my brothers and sisters who answered the nation’s call with service overseas or underway, I offer thanks to you and your families. Now, let’s take our experiences and help make things better for the entire veterans’ community.

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