“Shirley has demonstrated amazing leadership qualities and a selfless commitment to all veterans and their families.” –Susan Miller, Auxiliary National Commander
A 39-year member of the DAV Auxiliary, described by her peers as “passionate and relentless in her service to veterans and their families,” has been named the 2014 DAV Auxiliary Outstanding Member of the Year.
Shirley A. Kosisky of Mesa, Ariz., will be presented the award at this year’s National Convention in Las Vegas.
Kosisky’s extensive experience includes positions within Unit 8, such as Treasurer, Adjutant, Vice- Commander and Commander, as well as Department of Arizona Commander in 1989–90. She is also the Department Judge Advocate and the 2014 Arizona Department Convention Chairperson.
Kosisky has a long history of addressing several issues affecting her local community. In 1992, she co-founded Transitional Living Communities (TLC), a program that focuses on the needs of homeless veterans and their families. Since its founding, TLC has expanded into eight additional states, and Kosisky remains an active member of its board of directors.
Additionally, she was honored by the Arizona governor’s office for her work combatting drug abuse and was named to the Governor’s Substance Abuse Task Force, where she continues to battle drug-related issues that affect her state.
Auxiliary National Commander Susan Miller said Kosisky has been an inspiring and noble leader through her tenure with the DAV Auxiliary. “Throughout her years of membership, Shirley has demonstrated amazing leadership qualities and a selfless commitment to all veterans and their families. Her actions and accomplishments speak to her dedication to serving others in her local community and within our organization.”
Auxiliary National Adjutant Judy Hezlep said members like her are beacons for others to follow. “Shirley is a true trailblazer. She never rests and is a definite ‘goto’ person within the Auxiliary and her community for her expertise honed by nearly 40 years of advocating for veterans and their families. I can’t think of anyone who deserves the honor more.”
The DAV Auxiliary Outstanding Member of the Year Award is conferred annually at the DAV and Auxiliary National Convention. Nominations for next year’s award are due at Auxiliary National Headquarters by March 31, 2015.