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

A Year of Accomplishments

As I wrap up an incredibly fulfilling year, I truly appreciate the opportunity you have granted me to serve as your National Commander. It has been an amazing and humbling experience, and I am proud of what our organization has accomplished. This, the world’s greatest veterans service organization, is leading the way in every aspect of service to veterans.

Standing with many of you in front of the U.S. Capitol this past February, demanding Congress and the White House keep the promise to veterans, as snow covered Washington, D.C., there was no room for doubt. No one fights harder or smarter for veterans than DAV. That makes leading you an incredible honor I will always cherish.

We came together in Washington and online around the nation and launched a strong campaign to protect veterans’ compensation and benefits from being used as a political football again. I am proud to have been there at the start of Operation: Keep the Promise, and I know this is something we will see through to victory

You know how important it is for this organization to keep serving, to keep focused and to keep improving. I am proud of the new DAV Employment Department. This major move will offer veterans a new, much-needed service. It makes sense, given the large number of veterans struggling to find gainful employment as they transition from military to civilian status. I have complete confidence in this new endeavor, and I know many veterans will directly benefit from it.

Among the most enjoyable times I’ve had over the past year was meeting with members around the country at Department conventions. It is  motivating to get to know them and our Auxiliary members, who are the heart and soul of our grassroots program.

My travels gave me the wonderful opportunity to meet those donating their time as Transportation Network drivers, VA Voluntary Services volunteers and through our Local Veterans Assistance Program, which acts on behalf of veterans in underserved communities around the nation.

The National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic was extremely moving. I witnessed the transformation of men and women who went from being unsure of their futures to being filled with hope and confidence. All who are part of that program should be proud of their part in empowering veterans to lead fulfilled lives.

I want to express my gratitude to our professional National Service Officers and Transition Service Officers—the men and women who devote their lives to service for veterans. They, along with our Department and Chapter Service Officers, are at the core of our service to veterans.

As I close my year as National Commander, I am giving special thanks to all our members. You serve your fellow veterans with pride and dignity, with the same honor and courage as you served our nation. Service is what sets you apart, earning you the proud distinction as honored veterans. Thank you for allowing me the honor of serving you.

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