Commander Dr. Charles Edwards Jr.

Article – Commander – September, 2016



Thank you for continuing to stand with over 68,000 members of the Department of Texas-Disabled American Veterans as we fulfill our promises to the men and women who served. We just completed our 95th National DAV Convention which was held in Atlanta, Georgia. Our Texas delegation was totally involved in every aspect of the proceedings and represented our department in an outstanding manner.

On behalf of our department, I offer congratulations to Mr. Dennis R. Nixon who was elected as our National 1st Jr. Vice Commander, to Mrs. Teresa P. Johniken, elected as President of the Commanders & Adjutants Association, to Mr. Percy Spence, III, elected as the 20th District National Executive Committeeman, to Mr. Tom

Parker, elected as the 20th District Alternate National Executive Committeeman.

Our department won several awards including the General Jonathan M. Wainwright Award. This award was won by the Department of Texas for the ninth consecutive year for the highest number of new life and full life paid members over goal for membership year ending June 30, 2016.  Ms. Romaine Barnett, NSO in our Houston National Service Office, received the award for recruiting the largest number of new members during our 2015-2016 DAV year.  Additional award recipients were: Outstanding Local Veterans Employment Representative, Mr. Robert Hwtzel–Temple, Texas; Medium Employer of the Year, Michael McCoy, CEO Z Systems–Killeen, Texas; Small Employer of the Year, Kevin Barber-Veteran Energy-Houston, Texas.

I would like to offer my appreciation to Mr. Tim Johniken, Chief of Staff for operating a top rated hospitality room for our delegates during our department and national conventions.

Likewise, my congratulations to our elected and appointed Line Officers for 2016-2017.  Mr. Robert Squyres, Sr. Vice Commander; Mr. Robert Delgado, 1st Jr. Vice Commander;  Mr. Robert Simmons, 2nd Jr. Vice Commander; Mr. Nixon, Judge Advocate; Mr. Johns Hicks, Chaplain; Mr. Jay Johnson, Immediate Past Commander.


     Our department appointees for 2016-2017 are: Mrs. Teresa Johniken, Adjutant/Treasurer; Mr. Tim Johniken, Chief of Staff; Mr. Dennis R. Nixon, Department Inspector; Mr. Shawn Deabay, Employment Chair; Mr. Howard Ray, Legislative/BPT; Mr. Robert Squyres, Membership Chair; Mr. Jerry Roebuck, Officer of the Day; Mr. Robert Douglas, Sergeant at Arms; Mr. Joel Jimenez, Service Commission; Mr. Jose Garcia, VAVS Chair; and Ms. Jennifer Kellogg, Women Veterans Coordinator.
     In addition, I extend my congratulations to Mr. Craig Johniken who was elected as the National Sr. Vice Commander for the Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary, to Mrs. Anita M. Lee, the Department of Texas DAVA Commander and all her elected and appointed officers.  Thanks to all the members of the DAVA for your commitment to service and for all of you who serve with pride and honor. Today, you continue to serve with the same enthusiasm and dedication. Hats off and a parade of appreciation for doing your part in assisting our veterans.

     The tentative Department of Veterans Affairs-Texas Medical Centers and Systems visitation schedule is as follows:  Amarillo, Texas (VA Health Care System) September 20, 2016

                Big Spring, Texas (West Texas Health Care System) September 21, 2016

                El Paso, Texas (El Paso Health Care System) September 23, 2016

                Kerrville, Texas (Kerrville VA Hospital) October 13, 2016

                San Antonio, Texas (South Texas Health Care System) October 14, 2016
                Houston, Texas (VA Medical Center) January 20, 2017

                Dallas, Texas (North Texas Health Care System) February 16, 2017

                Bonham, Texas (Sam Rayburn VA Medical Center) February 17, 2017

                Waco, Texas (Doris Miller VA Medical Center) March 10, 2017

                Temple, Texas (Central Texas Health Care System) March 10, 2017
     If your chapter is located near one of our VA Medical Centers or Systems, please plan to attend, Contact me or our VAVS Chairman and we will give you more details. Again, we appreciate your membership in our Veterans Service Organization, the Disabled American Veterans.  Remember, by recruiting new members will only make our organization stronger, and a stronger DAV means more effective benefits for you and your family. Your membership can and does make a difference. Thank you for your service to the U.S. Armed Forces and for your continued support of the Disabled American Veterans. God Bless America and God Bless the DAV.

Dr. Charles W. Edwards, Jr.,
Department Commander