J. Marc Burgess, National Adjutant

How new is your point of view?

When you’ve been doing something the same way for a long time, it’s all too easy to get comfortable in your safe zone. There’s nothing wrong with this; in fact, it’s human nature to leave well enough alone. If it’s not broken, why fix it?

But this practice can occasionally leave us a little shortsighted. Perhaps while you were going about your normal business, the landscape changed or needs shifted. Maybe your own skills and abilities evolved but aren’t being fully utilized to the best advantage. Or, possibly, you’re overlooking valuable insight that others around you may have to offer.

Every so often, we have to remember to shake things up a bit. Change perspective.

This issue’s cover is a testament to this idea. We need to look up, take stock of our surroundings and reevaluate whether we’re doing all we can to meet the mission.

You can read more on Page 18 about the incredible experience DAV ambassador Centra “Ce-Ce” Mazyck had during a parabolic flight in California. The former paratrooper was one of a dozen individuals who took part in groundbreaking research to see how spaceflight can be made more accessible for individuals with disabilities. It’s a fascinating concept and is truly at the heart of what we do at DAV—empowering disabled veterans to live their best and fullest lives and to, literally, reach for the stars.

This willingness to look beyond what’s working today is a hallmark of individuals and organizations that thrive. It means changing the lens now and again, seeing things from a new angle or through someone else’s eyes.

While our mission hasn’t changed throughout DAV’s more than 100-year history of serving veterans, the ways we go about achieving it certainly have. We have continued to look to each new generation of veterans to see what we can learn from them and how they can help us to create positive change for the future.

I encourage you to do the same in your chapters, departments and local community. With a fresh, new perspective, there is no limit to how far our organization—and the veterans we serve—can go.


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