COMMITMENT TO SERVICE | FULFILLING OUR PROMISES TO THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO SERVED
What a wonderful opportunity on behalf of the Disabled American Veterans, Department of Texas, to bring New Year’s greetings to you and your family. As we begin 2017, may we all give thanks for the many blessings that have been bestowed upon us as individuals and as an organization, however, we are reminded, we must keep in mind the many disabled veterans who are less fortunate. Indeed, there are far too many veterans struggling during these difficult times.
As we celebrate the beginning of a New Year and that of fulfilling our promises to the men and women who served, yes, providing service to the disabled veterans of Texas, you as a member of our Veteran Service Organization (VSO) must continue your support and assistance. We understand that these are challenging times and we need the help of your chapter more than ever! Join me and the Department Line Officers, the National Service Officers, the Department Service Officers, the Chapter Service Officers in ensuring that the veterans of Texas receive the benefits that they fought for and deserve.
I was invited to attend the annual Waco, Texas Veteran’s Day Parade by Past Department Commander, Mr. Tom Parker. The Waco parade is the largest Veteran’s Day parade in the nation with over 150 entries and nearly 3,500 participants. Indeed, it was an honor to participate with the oldest DAV Chapter in the Department of Texas. Mr. Oscar W. Lee is Commander, and Mrs. Maxine Nixon is Unit Commander. Other DAV participants included Mr. Dennis Nixon, our National 1st Jr. Vice Commander, and Mrs. Anita Lee, Auxiliary Department Commander.
My thanks to the DAV chapters that invited me to your Christmas parties. I was only able to attend two outstanding parties, the Doug Herrle Chapter 61 in Seguin, Texas, where Mr. Leon Garcia is Commander and Ms. Terri Herrle is Unit Commander. The second party was at the SGT James W. Allen Chapter 219 in Austin, Texas, where Ms. Michelle Clark is Commander. Both parties were totally outstanding celebrations. It was good to visit with and meet some wonderful veterans and their family members.
Deadlines: Please place on your calendar the dates for upcoming deadlines, 2017:
Nominations due for George H. Seal and Jessie Brown Memorial Youth Scholarship, February 28, 2017
Nominations due for National Commander’s Awards, February 28, 2017
U.S. Army, Birthday June 14, 2017
U.S. Coast Guard Birthday, August 4, 2017
U.S. Air Force Birthday, September 18, 2017
U.S. Navy Birthday, October 13, 2017
U.S. Marine Corps Birthday, November 10, 2017
Reminder: Please place on your calendar the dates of our upcoming DAV events for 2017:
DAV Department of Texas Mid-Year Seminar – January 13 -15, 2017 – Corpus Christi, Texas
DAV National Mid-Winter Conference – February 26 – March 1, 2017 – Arlington, Virginia
DAV & DAVA Department of Texas Convention – June 9 – 11, 2017 – Austin, Texas
DAV & DAVA National Conventions – July 29 – August 1, 2017 – New Orleans, Louisiana
Commander’s Medical Center Visitation Schedule for 2017:
VA Medical Center – Houston, Texas – Monday, January 23, 2017……..9:00a.m.
VA Medical Center – Dallas, Texas – Thursday, February 16, 2017…….9:00a.m.
VA Medical Center – Bonham, Texas – Friday, February 17, 2017……..9:00a.m.
VA Medical Center – Waco, Texas – Thursday, March 9, 2017…………9:00a.m.
VA Medical Center – Temple, Texas – Friday, March 19, 2017…………1:00p.m.
If your chapter is located near one of our VA Medical Centers, please plan to attend. Contact me or our VAVA Chairman, Mr. Jose Garcia, and we will provide additional information regarding the medical center visitations.
Again, I appreciate your membership in DAV. Your support will make us stronger, and a stronger DAV means a more effective DAV and benefits for you, your family, and all disabled veterans of our state and nation. I am looking forward to seeing many of my DAV brothers and sisters from each of our chapters at our Mid-Year Seminar in Corpus Christi – January 13-15, 2017. Mr. David Riley, DAV National Commander, will be with us as well as our National Adjutant, Mr. J. Marc Burgess. Come and meet our national leaders for they work tirelessly on behalf of all of us. Once again, I am honored to serve as your Commander and offer my best wishes for the New Year, 2017.
Dr. Charles W. Edwards, Jr., Commander
Disabled American Veterans
Department of Texas