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.

Ronald Hope, National Commander

Closing the Chapter on 2014

This is the time of year when many of us, myself included, pause and reflect over the past year and enjoy
spending more time with loved ones, family and friends.

We also look at the year gone by and recall our accomplishments, determine whether or not we achieved personal goals and marvel at the life milestones we have surpassed.

Looking back, I don’t think I need to remind you it’s been a busy and rewarding year for DAV.

I’m proud to say we stormed the very steps of Congress during Operation: Keep the Promise and, in no uncertain terms, told our elected lawmakers it is their moral and sacred duty to pass the Putting Veterans Funding First Act.

By the end of the day, our members bombarded Capitol Hill with more than 10,000 phone calls and emails in support of this legislation. While Congress failed to pass this measure, I assure you we have not—and will not—give up this fight.

In October, we dedicated the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial. This magnificent memorial belongs to you, and it is certainly long overdue. It’s a fitting reminder to all Americans that the phrase “freedom isn’t free” is more than just a cliché. It’s a very real statement about the lasting price paid by our disabled veterans, their families and survivors.

The year will be remembered in the veteran community for the government shutdown and access crisis. The attention that the challenges facing VA have raised shows us the importance the American people place on our cause. Our ability to leverage a catastrophe to provide a long-term solution may give us greater cause for hope than at any time in the history of the movement.

DAV continues to work with the VA and policymakers to fix these issues, but we can’t rest until the problems are resolved and all eligible veterans are receiving the quality health care they have earned.

While our nation winds down from 13 years of war, I urge you to keep our military men and women close to your hearts. As the force reduction continues, many transitioning service members will be looking for a new family within the veteran community. Urge them to join
us as we continue our mission of service to veterans.

You can also be part of DAV’s efforts by joining DAV CAN (Commander’s Action Network), accessible at www.dav.org/CAN. With just a few clicks, you can email your elected representatives and tell them to support legislation that positively affects veterans and their families.

Additionally, our 2015 Mid-Winter Conference in Arlington, Va., is just around the corner. If at all possible, I urge you to join me as I deliver testimony to Congress about issues that are most important to the veteran community.

Thank you for your service and your commitment. I will close 2014 by wishing you and the ones you hold dear the happiest and safest holiday season.

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