ORLANDO, Fla. – The DAV (Disabled American Veterans) Auxiliary has named Patricia “Patti” Whitlow of Chester, Virginia, as the DAV Auxiliary Outstanding Member of the Year for 2022. DAV National Commander Andrew Marshall and DAV Auxiliary National Commander Lynn Helms Prosser will formally recognize Whitlow with the award on Aug. 6 during the 2022 DAV and Auxiliary National Convention in Orlando, Florida.

The honor recognizes Whitlow’s contributions and dedication to ill and injured veterans and their families.

Whitlow has been commander of DAV Auxiliary Unit 50 in Prince George, Virginia, since June 2020 and has served on numerous state committees. A life member for seven years, Whitlow has already left an indelible mark on countless veterans in numerous ways.

“Patti loves serving every veteran in any way possible,” said DAV Auxiliary Department of Virginia Adjutant Susan Nochta. “She has a sense of pride for our country and a commitment to our nation’s veterans that inspires us all. We are lucky to have her serving our heroes.”

Whitlow regularly volunteers at the Hunter Holmes McGuire Hospital in Richmond, Virginia, and often travels around the area helping veterans. She is a trusted team leader, helping with annual holiday events; finding homes for homeless veterans; and making sure those with disabilities can live safer, more fulfilling lives.

Whitlow is also a leader in voicing support for important legislation affecting veterans and their families, has been pivotal in welcoming new Auxiliary members and is an example to all those around her. She is also a dedicated caregiver to her husband, DAV life member James Whitlow.

“Patti Whitlow exemplifies the mission of DAV and its Auxiliary,” said DAV Auxiliary National Commander Lynn Helms Prosser. “Her leadership and spirit of service are invaluable to our organization and to the many veterans and families she has helped over the years.”

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About DAV

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. Learn more at DAV.org.