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.
Joseph W. Johnston, National Commander
Once again, we are entering the holidays, a time to give thanks, to celebrate family and to reflect on the past while preparing for the future. My family and I wish you and yours the very best through this special time and into the new year.
As we know too well, many of our brave men and women won’t have the opportunity to partake in the joy of these holidays. More than 1 million Americans are serving in some of the most dangerous places around the globe, sacrificing their time with loved ones to protect our freedom and way of life. Being deployed is always a challenge, but it is especially difficult during the holidays. Even with today’s technology, there is no substitute for actually being with family.
Of course, others no longer in uniform are still sacrificing because of injuries and illnesses related to their military service. Many will also be away from home, spending the season in medical facilities or bedridden.
Please set aside time to honor those who are forsaking their holidays so others do not have to. Discussing these sacrifices with younger generations who have not yet been called on to serve, explaining why we are able to remain free, would be a great way to ensure such sacrifices do not go unnoticed.
Enjoy the holidays and our freedom to worship as we choose. But again, give thanks that we are stronger and safer because of those who are on duty.
As we ring in 2014, please keep in mind that there is still much work to be done in Congress, the White House and by the Department of Veterans Affairs. We must stand together to ensure that veterans benefits are protected and continue to evolve with the needs of veterans and their families.
With the new year comes more opportunity to fulfill our promises to those who served.
While we continue to make progress in our service and advocacy, there is still much that needs to be done to ensure every veteran and family member receives the care and benefits they’ve earned.
I sincerely wish you and your families the most joyous holidays possible. Know that DAV can be counted on to stand up for you in the new year, and I know I can count on you to do the same
If want to find out more about the National Commander, you can find his biography here.