Article – Senior Vice Commander, Robert Squyres

We don’t care about our membership.

We all know veterans, some that would work with or for veterans and many that would assist veterans and their families. We talk with them tell stories, some that belong to the same clubs, organizations, churches and even other veteran organizations, BUT, how many have we asked to join our organization?

How many people do we explain to about all the things the DAV does daily for veterans? And, they don’t even have to be members!

The DAV has a mission: We are dedicated to a single purpose: empowering veterans to lead high-quality lives with respect and dignity. We accomplish 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 and educating the public about the great sacrifices and needs of veterans transitioning back to civilian life.

This mission is carried forward by:

  • Providing free, professional assistance to veterans and their families in obtaining benefits and services earned through military service and provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs and other agencies of government.
  • Providing outreach concerning its program services to the American people generally, and to disabled veterans and their families specifically.
  • Representing the interests of disabled veterans, their families, their widowed spouses and their orphans before Congress, the White House, and the Judicial Branch, as well as state and local government.
  • Extending DAV’s mission of hope into the communities where these veterans and their families live, through a network of state-level Departments and local Chapters.
  • Providing a structure through which disabled veterans can express their compassion for their fellow veterans through a variety of volunteer programs.

We have one of the largest number of veterans this country has ever had, many veterans eligible to be a member and yet we continue to decline in membership.

Texas has almost two million veterans and we have less than 68,000 members. I know the old story, well the older vets don’t want the younger vets, the younger vets say there is nothing for them and their families. BUT THERE IS! Other vets that need help, other vets that need help, other vets with families that need help, need service, need to talk to someone.

Maybe we all have been a little lazy, maybe we can come up with ideas, ideas we can share. Send me your ideas and we will share some in the next issue. Maybe your chapter can have a Saturday where you have free coffee and doughnuts for any veteran each month. Talk to your co-workers. Talk to people you work with, go to church with, go to dinner with, old school friends. Tell people about the DAV and offer to pay $25 to start their membership.

We will discuss goals at Mid-Year, and a 4-year membership plan.

The Mid-Year Seminar is January 13-15, 2017 at the Omni Corpus Christi Hotel.  We will have National Commander Dave Riley and National Adjutant Marc Burgess as guests.

Membership goal for 2016-2017 is 70,000 members, let get started. WE CAN DO IT!!


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Robert Squyres
Senior Vice Commander / Membership Chairman
DAV Department of Texas