Dennis R. Nixon, National Commander

Honored to serve with you

It’s truly an honor to have been elected to serve beside you as our organization’s national commander. Serving the disabled veteran community is a sacred obligation to our members and future generations of veterans, and I do not take that lightly.

It’s important to recognize you are DAV. You are the ones carrying forth our important mission throughout the country. You deserve a tremendous amount of credit for how seriously and thoughtfully you represent our organization.

Many of us have dealt with illness and injuries that changed us decades ago, and the suffering goes on. Those who survive must face incredible challenges. They will look to us as examples and beacons of hope.

Many of us know all too well about the cost of war. Many of us have come awfully close to the fire. All of us were changed forever. And our families share that burden.

When I was injured and lost my leg from service in Vietnam, I knew my battle that day was over but the war would be ongoing.

I felt alone. I felt weak. And there’s nothing harder for a Marine than to feel helpless.

Fortunately, that’s when DAV became a part of my life.

I joined the military to become a part of something bigger than myself. I wanted a mission. My fellow veterans and our loved ones can understand that special calling.

Every day now, I thank the good Lord that DAV came into my life. Through DAV, I found a second family. I was back in the fight. I was making sure my fellow veterans weren’t left behind.

Like many of us, that’s why I dedicated my life to DAV. It’s why I served the better part of a half-century as a service officer. It’s why I stayed active in my chapter and department.

As leaders in DAV and our great Auxiliary—whether you like it or not, your membership makes you a leader in the veteran community—we are bound to our mission of service to veterans and their families.

I ask you as leaders to inspire your fellow veterans. I ask you to stay current on the issues that affect our community.

When we get information on DAV initiatives like, public service announcement campaigns, the Victories for Veterans fundraising challenge, DAV 5Ks, or any other initiatives or resources we can support, I hope you’ll join me in putting them to good use.

I want to thank all of you for leading the charge for our organization and on behalf of fellow disabled veterans. It’s an honor to continue to serve beside you. And now, let’s get to work.


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