About_DAV_TopImageA Legacy of Service, Hope for the Future

DAV is a nonprofit charity that provides a lifetime of support for veterans of all generations and their families, helping more than 1 million veterans in positive, life-changing ways each year. The organization provides more than 700,000 rides for veterans attending medical appointments and assists veterans with more than 300,000 benefit claims annually. In 2015, DAV helped attain more than $4 billion in new and retroactive benefits to care for veterans, their families and survivors.

DAV is also a leader in connecting veterans with meaningful employment, hosting job fairs and providing resources to ensure they have the opportunity to participate in the American Dream their sacrifices have made possible.

With almost 1,300 chapters and 1.3 million members across the country, DAV empowers our nation’s heroes and their families by helping to provide the resources they need and ensuring our nation keeps the promises made to them.


2016_DAVStructure_PhotoDAV advocates for those men and women who defend the American way of life, and our leadership structure reflects that. Since our founding, our National Commander has been democratically elected by our member veterans. That tradition ensures that the DAV will always put service for America’s veterans first.

DAV Executive Committee 2016–17

  • National Commander David W. Riley, Alabama
  • Sr. Vice Commander Delphine Metcalf-Foster, California
  • 1st. Jr. Vice Commander Dennis R. Nixon, Texas
  • 2nd Jr. Vice Commander Stephen Whitehead, Minnesota
  • 3rd Jr. Vice Commander Donald Day, New York
  • 4th Jr. Vice Commander Andrew Marshall, Florida
  • National Judge Advocate Michael E. Dobmeier, North Dakota
  • National Chaplain Michael Dover, Georgia
  • Past National Commander Moses A. McIntosh, Jr., Georgia
  • NEC 1st Daniel P. Stack, Massachusetts
  • NEC 2nd District Chester Wisnesky, Jr., New York
  • NEC 3rd District Richard Fournier, Maine
  • NEC 4th District James M. Kopley, New Jersey
  • NEC 5th District Lawrence F. Kelly, Pennsylvania
  • NEC 6th District Idalis M. Marquez, Puerto Rico
  • NEC 7th District Richard L. Tolfa, Florida
  • NEC 8th District Johnnie Carver, Tennessee
  • NEC 9th District Cleveland Bryant, Jr., North Carolina
  • NEC 10th District James R. Dempsey, Michigan
  • NEC 11th District Robert Bertschy, Ohio
  • NEC 12th District Rodney Helgeson, Wisconsin
  • NEC 13th District Tom P. Bratcher, Indiana
  • NEC 14th District Davil P. Valtinson, Minnesota
  • NEC 15th District Kimberly R. Tatham, Missouri
  • NEC 16th District Michael Steinbaugh, California
  • NEC 17th District Frank Maughan, Utah
  • NEC 18th District Richard Walker, Nevada
  • NEC 19th District Sarah J. Royse, Oregon
  • NEC 20th District Percy Spence, III., Texas
  • NEC 21st District Charles D. Stake, Arkansas

DAV Board of Directors 2016–17

  • Chairman Moses A. McIntosh, Jr., Georgia
  • Vice-Chairman, Delphine Metcalf-Foster, California
  • Secretary J. Marc Burgess, Kentucky
  • Treasurer Richard L. Tolfa, Florida
  • Director Idalis M. Marquez, Puerto Rico
  • Director Alfred C. Reynolds, Illinois
  • Director Frank Maughan, Utah
  • Advisor David W. Riley, Alabama
  • Advisor Michael E. Dobmeier, North Dakota