ORLANDO, Fla. – DAV (Disabled American Veterans) has named Army veteran Adam Alexander of Oshkosh, Wisconsin, its 2022 Disabled American Veteran of the Year. A disabled veteran of the Afghanistan War, Alexander has taken DAV’s message to the airwaves by co-hosting a public access television show that gives local Oshkosh veterans a platform for sharing their stories. He will be presented with the award on Aug. 6 at the 2022 DAV and Auxiliary National Convention in Orlando, Florida.

Alexander enlisted in the Army Reserve in 2008 as a civil affairs specialist. In 2011, while deployed to Afghanistan, he was shot in the forehead as an enemy force attempted to overrun his outpost. The gunshot wound resulted in the loss of his right eye and extensive damage to his brain’s right frontal lobe. Doctors gave him a 5% chance of survival.

Not only did he survive, he thrived.

Alexander and his former deputy commander, Mike Hert, host “The Outpost,” an award-winning program on Oshkosh Media. The program highlights local veterans and the issues they face.

Additionally, Alexander has advocated for his fellow veterans by testifying before the state’s legislature on bills that would improve the lives of other disabled veterans across the state.

“Adam’s story is one of equal struggle and triumph,” said DAV National Commander Andy Marshall. “Adam nearly made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation. The odds were stacked against him. As soon as he had his life back to give, he dedicated it to serving his fellow veterans. Adam inspires us all.”

Alexander is an active member in DAV Chapter 17 in Oshkosh.



About DAV:
DAV empowers veterans to lead high-quality lives with respect and dignity. It is dedicated to a single purpose: keeping 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, linking veterans and their families to employment resources, 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 members, was founded in 1920 and chartered by the U.S. Congress in 1932. Learn more at DAV.org.