Who: Hundreds of veterans from across the country are joining forces in Washington, D.C. for the DAV (Disabled American Veterans) Mid-Winter Conference

What: The annual event brings ill and injured veterans to our nation’s capital to engage in grassroots activism on critical issues facing the men and women who served. This year’s highlights include:

  • The organization’s first woman veteran and African-American female to serve as DAV’s National Commander, Delphine Metcalf-Foster, will present DAV’s legislative agenda to Congress
  • VA Secretary Dr. David Shulkin will address DAV members on the roadmap for continued department modernization
  • Vietnam-era veterans will be honored for their service by the USA Vietnam War Commemoration director, retired Army Maj. Gen. James T. Jackson
  • DAV members will engage their legislators and staff on issues of importance to veterans in their state and across the country, including:
    • Strengthen and reform the VA healthcare system
    • Program improvements and extension of support services to caregivers of injured and ill veterans of all service eras
    • Improved services and recognition for women veterans
    • Sufficient funding for veterans benefits and health care

When: The DAV Mid-Winter Conference runs Feb. 25 to 28, 2018. Select events’ scheduling can be found below, and a detailed agenda can be found here.

  • Feb. 25: 9 a.m. – Secretary Shulkin addresses DAV members during opening business session, Vietnam veterans honored by Maj. Gen. Jackson
  • Feb. 27: 2 p.m. – Commander Metcalf-Foster presents DAV’s 2018 legislative priorities to Congress

Where: Testimony before a joint session of the House and Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee is in Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room SD-G50. All conference meetings are at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, VA, including the session with Secretary Shulkin.


RSVP to Charity Edgar to confirm media access to events.


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; providing employment resources to veterans and their families and educating the public about the great sacrifices and needs of veterans transitioning back to civilian life. DAV, a non-profit organization with more than one million members was founded in 1920 and chartered by the U.S. Congress in 1932.