DAV Volunteers Honored for Service to Veterans
August 1, 2010
Joseph Patterson, Jr., of Washington, D.C. Was one of two veterans named to receive the 2010 George H. Seal Memorial Trophy for extraordinary volunteerism.
ATLANTA—Joseph Patterson, Jr., of Washington, D.C., and Barbara Centeno of Albuquerque,
N.M., have been selected by the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) to receive the 2010 George H.
Seal Memorial Trophy for extraordinary volunteerism. The awards will be presented Saturday, July
31 by DAV National Commander Roberto Barrera at the organization’s 89th National Convention at
the Hyatt Regency Atlanta Hotel in Atlanta, Ga.
“These are two of our most dedicated volunteers who serve as outstanding examples for the
14,000 other DAV and Auxiliary volunteers who donate their time on behalf of disabled veterans,”
said National Commander Barrera. “Their exemplary performance and compassionate dedication set
the standard for all our volunteers.”
“Volunteerism is at the heart of our mission to serve disabled veterans and their families,” he
said. “And we volunteer more than any other veterans service organization. From our hospital
volunteers to our Transportation Network drivers, to our Local Veterans Assistance Program, we
reach out to sick and disabled veterans to deliver assistance by leading with our hearts.”
Barbara Centeno, of Albequerque, N.M., was also named a 2010 George H. Seal Memorial Trophy recipient.
The prestigious awards honor the remarkable volunteers who serve disabled veterans and their
families through the Department of Veterans Affairs Voluntary Service (VAVS) Program. The
awards are conferred in memory of George H. Seal, who was DAV’s Director of Membership and
Voluntary Services and leading organizer and administrator of the DAV volunteer program.
“Both of our Seal Trophy winners this year serve as outstanding examples to all of our other
volunteers,” said Barrera. “Their support of our sick and disabled veterans fulfills our mission of
building better lives for disabled veterans and their families.”
The 1.2 million-member Disabled American Veterans, a non-profit organization founded in
1920 and chartered by the U.S. Congress in 1932, represents this nation’s disabled veterans. It is
dedicated to a single purpose: building better lives for our nation’s disabled veterans and their
families. For more information, visit the organization’s Web site www.dav.org