A Legacy of Service, Hope for the Future

DAV (Disabled American Veterans) is the most long-lasting veterans advocacy and assistance group in this country. We’ve watched this country change and grow, and we’ve grown along with it. However, DAV has never wavered in its core mission to fulfill our country’s promises to the men and women who served. We invite everyone, veterans and civilian, men and women, young and old, to join us as we stand up for those veterans who risked it all when they stood up for us, our country, and our ideals.

MosesMcIntosh_2015CmdrMoses A. McIntosh, Jr., National Commander

Keeping the momentum going for 2016

I ask your indulgence as I recap what the last quarter has been like for DAV.

The word “busy,” quite frankly, just doesn’t do it justice.

I had the privilege of attending Employee Appreciation Day at DAV National Headquarters. I saw firsthand the level of dedication across all of the different Departments in support of our mission to veterans and their families. National Adjutant Burgess’ head quarters staff is always leaning forward, whether they are supporting our efforts at the Department or Chapter level, working on issues such as veteran employment or letting the public know about the unique challenges facing our nation’s bravest sons and daughters. I left very impressed.

Shortly thereafter, I attended our DAV Auxiliary’s Fall Conference. Once again, I was amazed and captivated by Auxiliary Commander Linda Stake’s remarks and her steadfast dedication to veterans’ families. She said—and I am in agreement—that two pillars make for greater strength than one. I’m grateful for her support, and she has mine as well.

Then we had the DAV 5K Walk, Roll, Run or Ride in Cincinnati, San Diego and Atlanta, our latest expansion city. I am so proud an expansion city was chosen in my home state. Georgia has a large veteran population and has always supported veteran causes. It’s very fitting Atlanta is one of our expansion cities for 2015, and I very much look forward to our new locations for 2016: Tulsa, Okla., and Tidewater, Va.

The DAV 200–Honoring America’s Veterans was truly amazing. A lot of hard work goes into planning an event like this, but the reward is that DAV’s message of service to veterans and their families was broadcast nationally through NASCAR, whose fan base includes many veterans and veteran supporters.

I would be remiss not to say “Well done!” to the local DAV volunteers who helped with disaster relief efforts caused by the wildfires in California and Alaska, the flooding in South Carolina and Kentucky, and the tornado in Illinois. They truly understand the need for local communities to band together for the greater good.

Ladies and gentlemen, that’s a brief summary of just one quarter. Imagine the momentum we are carrying into the new year! We mustn’t let our foot off the gas or slow our efforts. I hope you will join me in bringing this momentum forward to our 2016 Mid-Winter Conference in Washington, D.C., in February. I will deliver testimony to Congress about issues affecting our veterans and their families. Keep an eye on dav.org for further information on scheduling.

I’m looking forward to continuing our momentum in 2016, and I’m very proud to have you with me as we continue this journey. It’s an honor to serve as your National Commander.

 

 

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