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.

J. Marc Burgess, National Adjutant

New Year wishes for true reform

Happy New Year to you all! I am excited to ring in 2016 side by side with my fellow veterans.

This year will, without question, be pivotal for the future of the Veterans Affairs health care system. The end of 2015 brought numerous reports detailing missteps in the department and recommended corrections. The VA has now issued a plan for reform, and DAV and our partners within the veteran community are committed to the creation and implementation of a forward-looking plan to ensure veterans truly have a world-class health care system of their own, centered directly on their needs.

The importance of getting this right cannot be understated. We will be moving swiftly yet judiciously as the year presses forward, knowing that a once-in-a-generation opportunity to truly transform the VA system is upon us.

You are no doubt watching this discussion closely, as the outcome and subsequent reforms will ultimately determine how our nation intends to keep its promises to veterans. It also could impact one of the most critical aspects of your lives—your health. I share your concerns and desire to ensure the ship is righted for veterans today and well into the future.

I urge you to stay informed and to ask questions. Your engagement throughout this process, sharing your stories and voicing your opinions or support, is incredibly valuable moving forward. Too many of those now charged with planning the future of the VA are not veterans themselves and do not fully understand our experiences and issues. While they no doubt have the best interests of veterans at heart, they need your feedback now more than ever.

With that in mind, I hope many of you will be joining us for our annual Mid-Winter Conference at the end of February. This is one of our largest and most visible legislative pushes of the year and has always been a tremendous opportunity to bring our message forward to Washington and let Congress know what matters most to veterans.

I look forward to seeing you all in Washington at this crucial point in time. For those of you unable to attend, you can always catch our Mid-Winter event coverage on DAV’s Facebook page, Twitter feed or at dav.org/events/2016-mid-winter-conference, as well as in the May/June issue of DAV Magazine.


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