Mar/Apr 2017 – DAV Chaplain’s Article

I would like to thank you for your service to the Military and to the Nation.  Since you served your obligation and service is still required.  You have a responsibility as an American and a member of the DAV to continue to strive to help Veterans, their families and our Country.  The United States of America is a country that we served and protected and now we have members, fellow service members and their families that need our help and our voice.  The Commanders Action Network (CAN) is one way to stay informed and a way to voice ourselves to our political representatives and the government.

Activities that we are preparing for is the 5K DAV run in our State in San Antonio, Texas on Nov 4, 2017.

We have already completed our Mid Winter Conference Jan 2017 in Corpus Christi, Texas.   The event was and educational forum and a meeting where Chapter leaders can meet with other Chapters and there State Representatives.  We had three DAV National Representatives, the National Commander, National Adjutant, And National Senior Vice-Commander from Our Great State.

We have our Annual Department of Texas Convention scheduled for June 2017.  We encourage you to be present and represent your chapter.  We will discuss items important to Texas veterans and their families and prepare them for the National convention in July and Aug 2017.  These items can be coordinated with other DAV Departments and presented for National to pass to our Government Representatives and Congressmen.    

Proverbs Chapter 4: 1-5 NASB

1Hear, O sons, the instruction of a father,
And give attention that you may [a]gain understanding,
2For I give you [b]sound teaching;
Do not abandon my [c]instruction.
When I was a son to my father,
Tender and the only son in the sight of my mother,
Then he taught me and said to me,
“Let your heart hold fast my words;
Keep my commandments and live;
Acquire wisdom! Acquire understanding!
Do not forget nor turn away from the words of my mouth.

Wisdom is something that we have a responsibility to share and teach others and at the same time, we can learn from others, only if we will just listen.  This applies to the old and young ones among us.  We do not have to change but it will not hurt to listen and let others speak.

As our Motto is Fulling Our Promises to the Men and Women Who Served.

I look forward to the future through eyes of a servant and as fellow veteran. If you need to contact me by phone at (210) 380-8010; by mail at 8054 Coral Meadow, Converse, TX 78109, e-mail address,

John Hicks, Chaplain
Disabled American Veterans – Department of Texas