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
We’re going to get busier
Fellow veterans, families and friends, DAV has had a busy year. It’s my intent to make sure we get even busier.
Last year at this time, the talk around the campfire was that our weary nation was beginning to wind down from nearly 13 years in a nonstop battle rhythm.
But events occurring in the world in just the past few months remind us that the tactical situation on any battlefield is always in flux, always in motion, always fluid. Just the other day, the news reported that we had more than 4,000 American service members back in Iraq. There’s also talk of extending our commitments in Afghanistan.
While there’s no guessing what the political process will determine for our men and women in uniform, it reminds me of our legacy of service to veterans and their families. It’s why we exist. We still have men and women deployed in harm’s way, and many will come home with their lives changed forever.
But that’s where we come in. That’s where DAV is at its best. We’ve all been there before. DAV was there for us when many didn’t know who to turn to. Now we owe it to those who brought us into the DAV family to ensure we’re still reaching out to veterans of all eras today.That includes older generations who may not know about us, up to and including those currently serving.
Last year, several issues came to light that disappointed and angered a lot of veterans—as well they should. But access and funding remain the central issues, and DAV will continue to tell our elected leaders we expect them to fully fund the VA so our country’s bravest receive the health care and benefits they absolutely have earned.
I have spoken with Secretary McDonald, and I truly believe he cares deeply for veterans and is fully committed to fixing the issues within the VA.
I look forward to working with you all this year. It’s an honor and a privilege to serve as your National Commander. I pledge to work tirelessly to ensure your voices are heard as we build upon our 95 years of service to the men and women who raised their hand, said “Send me,” and went forward to conduct America’s business when called.
I pledge to work tirelessly to ensure your voices are heard as we build upon our 95 years of service to the men and women who raised their hand, said “Send me,” and went forward to conduct America’s business when called.
If you want to find out more about the National Adjutant, you can find his biography here.