J. Marc Burgess, National Adjutant
Each year, at our national convention, we spend time honoring those among us who have shown exemplary service to disabled veterans. We’ve been so fortunate to have many members, volunteers and even those outside our organization who choose to spend hours upon hours—and, in some cases, decades—performing noble work that improves the lives of our nation’s heroes.
Normally, we are able to give them a warm reception, welcoming them among us at our annual gathering to reflect on their contributions. But this year—due to the cancellation of our national convention—we’ve had to rethink our approach to showing these individuals how grateful we are for all they do.
We have a few pages dedicated to our awardees, beginning on Page 22, and we will, of course, honor them across our social media channels. But I want to specifically call them out here and ask all of you to take the time to read through their inspiring citations to learn more about why they were selected.
The men and women we honor this year truly shone among their peers and are worthy of recognition and thanks. Whether driving DAV Transportation Network vehicles to get veterans to medical appointments, working in a VA hospital and spending time with patients, caring for families of departed veterans as they are laid to rest, providing meaningful employment, assisting veterans and their families in securing earned benefits, or opening the doors to DAV membership and all it has to offer, our awardees have gone above and beyond, turning work into passion.
Thank you to all of this year’s winners. Your generous spirits are shining examples of what it takes to lift up injured and ill veterans in gratitude for their service, and I hope it helps inspire others to begin their own journeys to give back.
Help us honor this year’s award winners by viewing and sharing the DAV & Auxiliary Virtual Salute at dav.org/virtualsalute.
If you want to find out more about the National Adjutant, you can find his biography here.