J. Marc Burgess, National Adjutant

Get rid of this magazine

Yes, you read that headline correctly. I want you to get rid of this magazine.

By all means, please read through the articles first, as I’m sure you’ll find the content to be of interest. But once you’ve had your fill, please don’t toss it in the trash; send it to the recycling bin; or even place it atop the stack of old newspapers, circulars and bills we all have sitting on our countertop.

Put this magazine to work and let it do some good in your community by passing it along to another veteran.

We’ve all found ourselves sitting in the doctor’s waiting room, at an airport terminal or in a seemingly endless line at the DMV. Don’t we all feel inclined to pick up a magazine and pass the time with an interesting article?

In fact, the 2016/17 Magazine Media Factbook reported that 91 percent of American adults read magazines, including both print and digital editions. The publication also noted that across all age groups, print magazines reach more people than the top 25 prime-time TV shows—and that the content they’re reading is more trusted and influential than what they see on TV, radio and the internet.

Perhaps you know a veteran at church or the gym. Maybe you have a military family living down the street. It could be that your dentist served in the military and would be willing to let you place a magazine in the waiting room for other patients to peruse.

It’s easy to black out your personal mailing information and pass that magazine along so another veteran can read and benefit from it. You may even want to staple a chapter or department business card to it so a veteran seeking help knows exactly how to reach you.

If you’d like to attain additional copies of a current or back issue to distribute throughout your community, contact feedback@dav.org.

You can also link people to the digital copy of the magazine at dav.org/learn-more/dav-magazine.

DAV Magazine can be a powerful tool in your arsenal, if you choose to use it. You never know when a story inside this publication may resonate with veterans or their family members. It may be just the catalyst they need to seek help for an illness or injury they’ve long suffered, or could be a way to connect them back to the veteran community.


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