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.
Moses A. McIntosh, Jr., National Commander
Looking to a new year
This is a sacred time of year for many of us, and it’s when we take time to reflect on our many blessings and spend time with loved ones, family and friends.
We also look at the year gone by and recall whether we met our personal or professional goals and chart our course for next year.
We know 2015 was a busy year for DAV, and as I told you at our National Convention, we’re going to get even busier in 2016.
I’m incredibly proud of the work that we’ve done together to both uncover and correct the numerous gaps in care for our nation’s women veterans. These shortfalls simply must be fixed, and we’ll continue this worthy and noble fight.
We have laid down the gauntlet before the VA and Congress, asking for specific, constructive changes to be made by Memorial Day 2016 that will help ensure our women veterans have the same high-quality health care as their male counterparts. There is no question where DAV stands on these issues, and it’s a fight I’m eager to take into the new year.
Also over the past year, with your help and dedication, we convinced Congress to take measures to ensure veterans’ compensation checks would continue to flow regardless of partisan conflicts or government shutdowns. Veterans should never be used as political leverage and their earned benefits never withheld. This momentum we have built will carry us forward to the 2016 Mid-Winter Conference in Arlington, Va.
While other organizations are struggling with membership, DAV continues to grow! We’re inching ever closer to establishing a sustained strength of 1.3 million members. That’s a lot of voices that make an already powerful organization even stronger.
Our Chapter, Department, Transition and National Service Officers (NSOs) continue to do amazing work. I personally know a veteran who has the brightest outlook on life he’s had in several years now, thanks to a visit from one of our many talented NSOs. This is probably one of the greatest gifts veterans can receive at this and at all times of the year: the gift of hope. And that is what DAV is all about. Our talented and dedicated members give the gift of hope through their volunteer actions, through service work in their communities, through local outreach efforts to veterans and through the many other critical functions they carry out each and every day.
Thank you for your service and your commitment. I will close 2015 by wishing you and your loved ones a happy and safe holiday season. Please keep the men and women deployed in harm’s way in your thoughts and prayers as we celebrate this joyous time of year. It is because of them we can rejoice freely.
We mustn’t forget those who came before us, and we must prepare for those who will one day seek out DAV when they need a friend to walk beside them on the road to a fulfilling life
If you want to find out more about the National Commander, you can find his biography here.