Through the fellowship and support of the DAV members’ community, no veteran is ever truly alone. Without our members, DAV would not be able to provide all of our services and advocacy on behalf of all veterans. Distributed monthly to all DAV Members, the DAV Membership Bulletins report all of the news that matters when it comes to members’ benefits, recruiting statistics and special events going on in the DAV community.

2013

Membership Bulletin – October 2013

The recent government shutdown should serve as a message to our members.

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Membership Bulletin – September 2013

We are fortunate to have so many dedicated members within our ranks.

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Membership Bulletin – May 2013

We’re nearing the end of this year’s membership reporting period, so I am calling upon all Chapters, Departments and each individual member to make a final push to get our numbers past the goal line.

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Membership Bulletin – April 2013

At the end of May, National Adjutant Arthur H. Wilson officially retires, passing the torch of leadership on to Executive Director, Marc Burgess…

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Membership Bulletin – March 2013

All during March, which is Women’s History Month, DAV was engaged in a number of projects celebrating the contributions female service members and veterans have made throughout our nation’s history…

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Membership Bulletin – February 2013

Members of DAV and the Auxiliary now seeing the fruits of hard work and fundraising comes with the satisfaction of knowing you’ve done good for truly deserving people.

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Membership Bulletin – January 2013

January has come and gone, and as we are one month down in 2013, we are also one month closer to the end of the membership year…

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2012

Membership Bulletin – December 2012

While many of you will be hard at work focusing on commitments to eat healthier, get to the gym or spend more time with family, I encourage you to add one more item to your list of resolutions…

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 Membership Bulletin — November 2012

We are about to embark on a very special time for DAV and our members. The Holiday Season not only marks the anniversary of the organization’s founding, but also reminds us it is a time for togetherness with our families, friends, and fellow veterans…

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Membership Bulletin — October 2012

As we work to differentiate DAV and our mission from other veteran service organizations, many members are finding new ways to communicate our services and support to veterans, their families and survivors. Our new look affords us the opportunity to revamp our communications and put a fresh face on the tremendous services we provide…

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Membership Bulletin — September 2012

We have heard your suggestion for a shorter URL, or web address, to help make it more convenient to access the portal, and we have happily obliged. By the end of this month, the new URL format will be in use. Please be sure to take note of the important changes below…

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Membership Bulletin — July 2012

Oftentimes when you have conversations with your fellow veterans, the opportunity arises to share your own DAV story with them. We have almost all been in a position to offer our personal testimony of how we came to be involved with this organization, what we do to help veterans and their families, and what our membership means to us…

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Membership Bulletin — June 2012

Now that we have come to the end of another membership year, we are presented an opportunity to reflect on the tremendous work of our front-line recruiters — our NSOs and TSOs. These men and women do a great deal to aid our veterans through the claims process, but in offering them membership within DAV they provide so much more…

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Membership Bulletin — May 2012

Fresh off of the Memorial Day holiday and celebrations of remembrance, this is a fitting time to reflect on your own family and the dedication they have shown you throughout the years. For many of you within the ranks of DAV, your family members have stood dutifully by as you served the nation, both at home and abroad. Others may have joined your family long after your time in the service had passed…

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Membership Bulletin — April 2012

We, as veterans, are accustomed to standards of good order and uniformity. No matter your time in service, be it a four-year stint or a lifelong career, you each carried out your assigned duties according to a meticulously documented set of regulations and standard operating procedures…

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Membership Bulletin — March 2012

We are nearing the end of the annual membership cycle, which is on June 30. As we draw closer to that date, it is a good time to start thinking of how you can help bolster numbers within our organization…

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Membership Bulletin — February 2012

One of the greatest resources of the DAV is its membership. Within our ranks lies a wealth of expertise and experience that makes our organization a strong and powerful voice for the nation’s disabled veterans and their families. But membership isn’t just a valued resource for the DAV, it is also a critical goal…

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Membership Bulletin — January 2012

One of the most important ways for DAV members to stay current on all the latest news and information affecting veterans benefits and services is to make sure you keep your contact information up-to-date in the Membership System. You can opt to make your own updates online by logging onto the Membership System homepage…

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2011

Membership Bulletin — December 2011

When the DAV goes before Congress to fight for legislation that would best support our nation’s disabled veterans, their families and survivors, it is imperative to do so with the strongest voice possible. We must be able to show lawmakers and the American people how critical it is to defend veterans’ rights and benefits, and one way we can be sure to get this message through is by showing strength in our own numbers…

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Membership Bulletin — October 2011

Since World War I veterans have returned home to a nation unprepared and unwilling to make them whole after they’d sacrificed so much. As far back as 1919, when disabled veterans nationwide were unable to obtain jobs and medical care, those being retrained at Cincinnati’s Ohio Mechanics Institute formed the first Disabled Soldiers’ Organization…

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Membership Bulletin — September 2011

Next month is Veterans Day and the DAV is looking forward to the usual fanfare that surrounds our national holiday. On dav.org, you’ll be able to find a Veterans Day Speech that you can download and amend to meet the needs of your audience…

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Membership Bulletin — August 2011

In the world of veterans service, Veterans Day is the Super Bowl, Kentucky Derby, Indianapolis 500, Tour de France, World Cup and PGA Championship all rolled into one. It’s the day our nation sets aside to honor those who’ve served and the day our fellow veterans take a moment to recognize their contributions to our way of life…

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Membership Bulletin — May 2011

When Thomas R. Blake, U.S. Air Force veteran of Korea died not long ago, he was buried wearing his life membership pin on his lapel. In addition to the services the DAV provides, Blake was always proud to remember his service and represent the DAV at patriotic events and holidays. It is undeniable that he knew the value of membership…

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Membership Bulletin — April 2011

The recent death of Osama bin Laden brought a wave of celebration that was unusual for our country for such an occasion. Even the death of one of the most evil and notorious men in our time gives our fellow citizens pause to reflect on the morality of our citizens rejoicing at a violent death. The topic quickly moved to international affairs and political ramifications…

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Membership Bulletin — March 2011

Please file this document, copy and distribute it as necessary to inform members of this critical process. The ability to access a report regarding chapter lists, membership standings, population summaries and other matters is critical for leaders. Only Commanders, Adjutants, Senior Vice Commanders, and Officers to Receive Mail have permissions to run reports…

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Membership Bulletin — February 2011

Disabled veterans are among the most creative people on earth. Perhaps it’s in part from our ability to live to our full potential beyond our disabilities. Perhaps it’s because we learned in the military to do more with less. But along with our creativity comes a deep-rooted respect for authority and regulations…

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Membership Bulletin — January 2011

You never know what you can achieve until you take action. Recently, the members of Chapter 16 Orlando, Fla., were contacted by a local television station. Reporters, many people don’t realize, are genuinely in need of stories all the time. This reporter, apparently, had a requirement to do stories on community groups…

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2010

Membership Bulletin — December 2010

The strength of your Chapter lies in its membership, more accurately, the individuals who devote themselves to making a positive difference in the lives of their fellow disabled veterans and their families. Members are the lifeblood of the organization and provide the passion, leadership, hard work and momentum needed to fulfill DAV’s mission…

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Membership Bulletin — November 2010

The many good works of the DAV are entirely dependent on an involved, committed and growing membership. Without a strong membership base and regular efforts to attract new members and replace those who’ve left, none of the other important chapter efforts on behalf of the DAV and your community would be possible…

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Membership Bulletin — October 2010

In the spirit of our cause, Veterans Day is the preeminent holiday. It is the one day of the year when all who’ve served focus on the part of their identity that binds us as a community. The feelings of mutual respect and admiration we give our own that day make it a time to talk about our military experiences and share in the camaraderie we earned through service and sacrifice…

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Membership Bulletin — September 2010

An important, mandatory IRS requirement will impact every DAV chapter and department. This IRS change requires every entity within the DAV to file an annual information form with the IRS. A chapter or department that fails to file by Nov. 15 will lose its federal tax-exempt status. This change by IRS was implemented in 2007 and requires all non-profit organizations file the appropriate version of Form 990 annually…

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Membership Bulletin — August 2010

The Pension Protection Act of 2006 mandates that all non-profit organizations, other than churches and church related organizations, must file an annual information form with the IRS. This requirement has been in effect since the beginning of 2007, which made 2009 the third consecutive year under the new law. Any organization that fails to file for three consecutive years automatically loses its federal tax exempt status…

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Membership Bulletin — June 2010

Your Disabled American Veterans closed a successful year last month thanks to some incredible work by many dedicated members. Our top recruiter, Sheila Sanders from the Department of Florida, enticed 205 veterans to signal their commitment to our cause by joining. Not far behind her, Delbert Musgrave from the Department of Texas, brought in 178 new members — nearly half of whom signed on as fully paid life members…

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Membership Bulletin — February 2010

Anyone who has ever served in the military understands the value of competition. While the days of push-ups and timed runs are unfortunately long behind us, friendly competition comes naturally to us. Certainly, the competition is heating up. The North Star veterans of Minnesota are just a fraction of a percentage above their Rocky Mountain Colorado competitors for the Division II race…

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Membership Bulletin — January 2010

Diversity takes on many different connotations in our complicated society. In our unique community, the importance of diversity is a matter of survival. After all, diversity by definition isn’t limited to difference in race or gender. In our community, solid diversity is achieved when we bring together people of vastly different experiences, eras, abilities and — in the DAV — even disabilities…

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2009

Membership Bulletin — December 2009

With so many disabled veterans and their families facing challenges during these difficult financial times, discretionary spending — even toward a worthwhile investment like membership in the DAV — may be put on hold for those struggling to make ends meet…

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Membership Bulletin — October 2009

This month, our good friends at USA Today wrote an article titled “American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars posts struggle.” As you can imagine, the article focused on the loss of posts and decline of membership for two of the three most-known veterans service organizations. We recognize that the times are changing…

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Membership Bulletin — August 2009

If you want a hint on success in recruiting, you might as well ask someone whose recent successes have caught the nation’s attention. Commander Bob Brandt of Chapter 32 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, was recently named the DAV’s Recruiter of the Year after signing 131 eligible veterans to the DAV…

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Membership Bulletin — June 2009

I am proud to be a National Service Officer — almost as proud as I am to be a graduate of the University of Parris Island. At the heart of everything we do as DAV members and veterans lays our commitment to service. People who join the DAV do so because of our credibility as an organization. And without our diligent care for the veterans we serve, our accomplishments in other areas would be impossible…

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Membership Bulletin — May 2009

On a wall at DAV National Headquarters hangs a strange looking graph that, from a distance, looks something like the Brooklyn Bridge. The primary towers that support this “bridge” shoot horizontally above the timeline numbers 1912 to 1926 and from 1943 to 1952. Upon closer inspection, the towering points on this chart represent the generations most responsible for the current success of the DAV…

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Membership Bulletin — April 2009

When World War II veterans returned from the front and took up membership in the DAV, it is a quiet fact that there was a noteworthy generation gap that separated them from the veterans who served in the “Great War.” Korean veterans served in the “forgotten war.” Vietnam veterans came home to three generations who had served in “real wars…”

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Membership Bulletin — March 2009

On May 29, 1953, Sir Edmund Percival Hillary and his Sherpa mountaineer Tenzing Norgay became the first climbers known to reach the summit of Mount Everest. Little is known about what happened after the men’s historic achievement, as they stood atop the world’s tallest peek. But this much is fact…

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Membership Bulletin — February 2009

Recently, a young man named James J. Sabo e-mailed the DAV website to talk about his work on MySpace, the social networking site. James is a life member and combat veteran of Iraq. As a Corpsman, he went to war with the 3rd Battalion, 25th Marines. He bravely spoke in his message to the DAV about the challenges he faced with post-traumatic stress disorder…

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Membership Bulletin — January 2009

According to a recent look at our demographics, the average current age of DAV members is 65. While many of us never looked better, we who are active in the organization would be lying if we didn’t admit that the presence of gray hair and shiny foreheads hasn’t become the norm at chapter and department meetings…

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2008

Membership Bulletin — December 2008

Not long ago, the DAV unveiled a major initiative when we launched our islands in the internet-based, third dimensional electronic world known as Second Life. And thanks to many of you there has been a lot of public interest in our service to disabled veterans and their families. It’s easy for some of us who are unfamiliar with new technology to be a little bit intimidated by the Internet…

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Membership Bulletin — November 2008

As we think of ways to evolve to serve a new generation, it helps for us to define the value of the DAV. As an organization, we provide free benefits counseling and representation to separating service members, veterans, and their families. At no cost to the government or beneficiaries, we also participate in formal Transition Assistance programs for people re-entering the civilian world…

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Membership Bulletin — September 2008

When National Commander Raymond Dempsey spoke before the DAV and DAVA National Convention following his election, the theme of his speech centered on the importance of “leaving no veteran behind.” We continually talk about the changing demographics of our organization…

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Membership Bulletin — August 2008

As the Allies and Axis continued to battle, the Department of Labor at home was already estimating that there would be more than 15 million men and women returning from WWII to unemployment…

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Membership Bulletin — May 2008

This July our membership numbers will change significantly when more than 211,000 deceased members are dropped from our roles. This comes following this year’s comparison of our membership roles and the Social Security Death Index. On an individual level, no one will truly feel the impact of this loss…

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Membership Bulletin — April 2008

In an effort to make registration smoother, faster and more accurate, the credentials registration process is undergoing some key changes at this year’s National Convention. As usual, Chapter Commanders and Adjutants will designate delegates and alternates and provide full names and membership code numbers of participating representatives…

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Membership Bulletin — March 2008

In an effort to make registration smoother, faster and more accurate, the credentials registration process is undergoing some key changes at this year’s National Convention. As usual, Chapter Commanders and Adjutants will designate delegates and alternates and provide full names and membership code numbers of participating representatives…

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Membership Bulletin — February 2008

Recently, the DAV compared its membership database with the Social Security Administration’s death index file. As part of this necessary self-audit, we found many instances where deceased members were still being counted as active on our membership roles. We are in the process of purging those names…

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Membership Bulletin — January 2008

What’s the status of mandatory funding for veterans health care? What’s in the Dole-Shalala Commission report? What did the Veterans Disability Benefits Commission say? How can our members help us make sure our lawmakers Stand Up for Veterans? These are only some of the questions you’ll get answered at the 2008 DAV MidWinter Conference…

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