J. Marc Burgess, National Adjutant

Being a holistic veterans advocate

By simply joining DAV or the Auxiliary, we contribute to the cause. But many choose to go even further and make DAV a part of their lives. Some support in-hospital volunteerism and thank veterans in person for their service. Others donate their time to the DAV Transportation Network to ensure our heroes get the care they’ve earned.

For others, DAV’s legislative efforts are the way to go. They love the thrill of advancing policy and influencing an agenda that affects the lives of veterans and their families in their communities and nationwide.

At any given point, thousands in our ranks are advocating as service officers for their fellow veterans to get the benefits they earned. And many are filling important roles as leaders at the local, state and national levels to ensure the mission succeeds.

Regardless of how active you are in our cause, the more you know about the services DAV offers, the more of an impact you can make.

After all, veterans who need help with their benefits have a vested interest in the policies we advance to protect and expand those benefits. They may also need a ride and could benefit from the camaraderie that comes with being a member of DAV.

Veterans attending a Homeless Veteran Stand Down could have their lives forever changed by learning about a DAV career fair. By knowing about our Disaster Relief Program or the DAV Emergency Financial Assistance Program partnership with PenFed, anyone can be the source of a referral that could help deserving veterans and their families in their most dire time of need.

Whether it’s helping a fellow veteran get assistance through VolunteerforVeterans.org or making a veteran or caregiver aware of Member Advantages, the more you know, the more you can help.

Knowledge alone is not power, but the sharing of knowledge is extremely powerful. By reading DAV Magazine, being aware of available resources and events, and showing a willingness to reach out, you become one of the most valuable specialists in our charity—a holistic veteran advocate.

Your DAV IQ and willingness to refer veterans as a holistic advocate can be incredibly rewarding. Thanks for supporting our cause at whatever level you can. Keep up the great work and stay sharp.


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