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.

Ronald Hope, National Commander

Standing up for our own

I recently had the exhilarating and humbling honor that befalls all DAV National Commanders during their tenure: the chance to address members of the House and Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committees during our organization’s Mid-Winter Conference. Seated before Congress, knowing that so many of you were literally standing behind me, and so many more were with me in spirit, I felt more impassioned about our   cause than ever before.

This is a feeling I think you all should experience. Nothing rouses the soul in such a profound way as  speaking on behalf of your fellow veterans, making your convictions known and demanding rightful treatment of our nation’s bravest. Thankfully, you don’t have to be the DAV National Commander to  understand what I’m talking about.

In each of your communities, large or small, there are opportunities for this kind of leadership. There is a great need for it as well. No one knows the obstacles injured and ill veterans face as well as you do, and that gives you a unique perspective. As we have seen this past year, several pieces of legislation championed by DAV have made their way into law. That was possible because we who share this  special camaraderie were bold enough to stand up and demand the just treatment of veterans and the protection of what they earned  through service.

You can take this message to your own local lawmakers. I know this same passion stirs in your Chapters and Departments. Use the  strength of your 1.2 million fellow DAV members to bring our message to the forefront of your own

Laws that affect you and your fellow veterans are often the direct result of your contact and communication with local government officials.  In Ohio, a veteran-friendly employer registry has been established to help veterans better identify job opportunities. In Illinois, a new law has helped increase tax exemptions for disabled veterans so they can afford specially adapted homes that meet their needs.

These kinds of laws are on the books because veterans stood up and spoke out. They shared their stories and fought for others like them.

You can have this impact, too.  Speaking from experience, I can tell you that no other feeling quite compares to having the momentum of more than a million brothers and sisters behind you as you fight for what you have all earned in service to this country.

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