Edward R. Reese, Executive Director, Washington Headquarters
Edward R. “Randy” Reese, Jr., a combat veteran of the Persian Gulf War, was appointed Executive Director for the more than 1 million-member DAV National Service and Legislative Headquarters in Washington, D.C., in December 2018. His responsibilities include assisting the oversight of DAV’s primary mission of advocating for and protecting veterans benefits. He serves as one of the organization’s principle spokespersons before Congress, the White House and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
Reese was previously appointed by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to serve on the following Federal Advisory Committies and assist in the review and improvement of disabled veterans benefits:
• VBA Task Force on Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment
• Federal Advisory Committee on Disability Compensation
• Federal Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans
A life member of DAV Arlington/Fairfax Chapter 10, Reese joined DAV’s professional staff in 1995. Reese was previously assigned to numerous locations across the nation as a national service officer before his appointments as Associate National Service Director in May 1999, Assistant National Service Director in August 2000, Deputy National Service Director in August 2001, National Service Director in 2002, Deputy Director of Human Resources in July 2010 and National Human Resources Director in August 2013.
A native of Bristol, Virginia, Reese enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1984. He was a rifle squad leader in the 82nd Airborne Division during the Persian Gulf War. Following the war, he served as an elite “Black-Hat” instructor in the Air Movement Operations and Jump Master Courses at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. There, he suffered a disabling back injury while conducting a night parachute jump in an airfield seizure training operation.
Reese earned his paralegal degree from Kaplan College for Professional Studies and he is certified by the HR Certification Institute as a Senior Professional of Human Resources (SPHR) and Senior Certified Professional (SCP) by the Society for Human Resource Management.