Combat-Injured Vietnam Veteran Named DAV National Commander

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LAS VEGAS – Combat-injured veteran of the Vietnam War Ronald F. Hope of Clemmons, N.C., was unanimously elected National Commander of the 1.2 million-member DAV (Disabled American Veterans) today at the organization’s 93rd National Convention.

“As our weary nation winds down from combat operations after nearly 13 years of war, those veterans will be making that very challenging evolution that we’ve all experienced ourselves,” Commander Hope told DAV members today. “The transition out of uniform and back to your civilian life is difficult. But that’s where DAV is at its best.”

Hope served 31 years as a DAV National Service Officer, a decade of which was spent as National Area Supervisor overseeing Service Offices in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. His career was dedicated to assisting veterans to ensure they received the benefits they earned.

His devotion to DAV and all of America’s injured and ill veterans and service members is what drew him to seek National Office.

Prior to his DAV career, Hope earned a Bachelor’s of Arts degree with a major in marketing from Tarleton State University. He served in the U.S. Army from 1968 until his medical retirement in 1970.

After accepting his new post, he urged his fellow veterans to keep the newest generation in mind. “Be ready to teach them, to reach out to them, to show them the impact we make in peoples’ lives and to give them a role to serve,” Hope said.

“It’s an honor and a privilege to serve as your National Commander and I pledge to you I’ll work tirelessly to ensure your voices are heard as we continue our nearly 95-year mission of service to the men and women who raised their hand, said ‘send me,’ and went forward to conduct America’s business when called.”


About DAV:

DAV empowers veterans to lead high-quality lives with respect and dignity. It is dedicated to a single purpose: fulfilling our promises to the men and women who served. DAV does this by ensuring that veterans and their families can access the full range of benefits available to them; fighting for the interests of America’s injured heroes on Capitol Hill; and educating the public about the great sacrifices and needs of veterans transitioning back to civilian life. DAV, a non-profit organization with 1.2 million members, was founded in 1920 and chartered by the U. S. Congress in 1932. Learn more at


  • Joanne Creswell, Adj Ch 74 NC

    Congratulation to North Carolina’s own Ron Hope as our new National Commander! We wish you the very best year in focusing on fulfilling our promises to the men and women who served.

  • Edward W Gallagher Jr

    Hi,I’m a gulf War life time member who is about to complete a undergraduate degree at Springfield College,I would like a direct Commission in US Army as a Chaplain,the Chaplain School is mentioned below as is contacts with my school,Can DAV advocate for me?
    Hi Mr Sanders, I
    used to conversate with you before military parades in Lydon Vt circa
    2003-4 while I was active Vermont National Guard.

    Bob Losi from Mailhandlers Union is a former college of mine from Boston Post Office.
    received Voc Rehab with WRJ ,VA in 8-2011 and have been going to
    Springfield College, ST Johnsbury Vt campus John Cipora
    802-748-5402(contact person). I have all but finished my under graduate
    degree and seek to become a commissioned office in the US ARMY as a
    I was Task Force Saber member in 2005. I would like a straight commission in US Army going to
    this below school. I am 56 years old and in good health. Could you secure me a commission?

    Chuck Heard
    Webmaster/IT Specialist
    US Army Chaplain Center and School
    Bb: 803-413-8189
    Comm.: 803-751-8075

  • kpas6185

    wow! such an ugly two years serving in Vietnam, but he beat the odds. very happy for you! tears of joy.

  • Congratulations to Ron Hope on his selection to be our new commander. Will keep Ron in my thoughts & prayers !