The DAV (Disabled American Veterans) Auxiliary has named Edna Bonita Mitchell of Kansas City, Missouri, as the DAV Auxiliary Outstanding Member of the Year for 2021. DAV National Commander Stephen “Butch” Whitehead and DAV Auxiliary National Commander Diane Franz will formally recognize Mitchell with the award July 31 during the 2021 DAV and Auxiliary National Convention in Tampa, Florida.

The award recognizes her contributions and dedication to ill and injured veterans and their families.

Mitchell, a life member of 37 years, has held nearly every leadership position possible as a DAV Auxiliary member. At both the local and state level, Mitchell has devoted over 30 years of her personal time advocating for veterans and ensuring that they and their families receive the benefits they deserve.

“Bonita has always been a powerhouse, ready to answer any question, to guide and nurture in any way possible,” said Auxiliary Unit 2 Director Mary Messmer. “Even at 83 years old, Bonita is still an active and respected member on all levels of the Auxiliary. So not only I, but her entire unit, am proud of Bonita for receiving this well-deserved honor as DAV Auxiliary Outstanding Member of the Year.”

“Ms. Mitchell has been a dedicated member of this organization for nearly four decades,” said DAV Auxiliary National Commander Diane Franz. “She continues to be an inspiration to new members by living a life of continued service. I cannot think of a better person who exemplifies the centurylong mission of both the DAV and its Auxiliary.”

Having held numerous leadership positions at the state level, Mitchell has served as an advocate and legislative representative for veterans and their families for years. She also served as caregiver to her husband, Leroy Mitchell, for over 40 years. She remains a fierce advocate for veteran caregivers to this day.

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DAV empowers veterans to lead high-quality lives with respect and dignity. It is dedicated to a single purpose: keeping our promise to America’s veterans. 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 nonprofit organization with more than 1 million veteran members, was founded in 1920 and chartered by the U.S. Congress in 1932.