New Orlando a Must for DAV Conventioners

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The 92nd DAV and DAV Auxiliary National Convention promises to be another premier event for all of us advocating for veterans and their families. The annual meeting of DAV’s national body is set for Aug. 10-13 at the world-class Hilton Orlando.

This is your opportunity to address the needs of injured and ill veterans of all generations. Be among the throngs of delegates who will draw up legislative initiatives aimed at fulfilling our promises to the men and women who served.

Major issues to be addressed include lengthy delays veterans experience waiting for decisions from the VA on claims for benefits; improving mental health care for the psychologically injured; and funding for construction projects to maintain the VA’s infrastructure.

“Attendees will hear from subject-matter experts, policy makers and administrators,” said National Adjutant Arthur H. Wilson. “More importantly, they will hear directly from those who attend the convention.”

Election of national officers will be held, and national leadership will provide in-depth updates on the organization’s progress over the year.

“Standing together to create DAV’s legislative goals is one of the most important things any member can do,” Adjutant Wilson said. “It is important that lawmakers and the White House understand that we are an organization of veterans fighting for veterans. This is our benefits and health care systems, and Washington is struggling to meet the needs of our nation’s veterans.”

Hilton Orlando is an upscale, resort-style hotel. It is one of the newest Orlando full-service hotels. While it is not a Disney property, it has tremendous proximity to all that “new Orlando” has to offer including art, theatre, museums, shopping and dining. The hotel is near all of the major Orlando attractions, including SeaWorld Orlando, Universal Studios Orlando, and Walt Disney World Resort theme parks. The Orlando International Airport is a mere 15 minutes away.

“This is our chance to take care of important DAV business, and can also serve as an opportunity to spend time with family members at the nearby attractions,” Adjutant Wilson said. “Of course, our primary mission is to tend to critical business and shape our organization’s agenda for the year to come.”

“Our days will be full, however, convention delegates are encouraged to take advantage of DAV negotiated room rates at the Orlando Hilton before or after the convention for family vacation and recreational opportunities.”

There are a limited number of reduced rate rooms available before and after convention, so please make vacation plans now.

Hotel reservations can be made by calling (407) 313-4300. Be sure to mention that you are attending the DAV National Convention in order to receive the special rate of $124 single/ double per night. More information is available online at www.dav.org/events.