DAV of MN Honored at the DAV National Convention in Las Vegas

The DAV of MN organization was honored at the National convention in Las Vegas with two awards for membership recruitment and chosen to be a the recipient of a brand new 12 passenger Ford van ($30K value) to be used in our transportation program at the Minneapolis VAMC.

The membership awards were:

  • The Divison III leader in membership recruitment… where we competed against other states with similiar membership numbers ( 18,000 ). This was the 7th year in a row where MN won this award.
  • The Judge Marx Award – we were the State with the largest percentage over quota . This award was won by MN three times over past 7 years.

MN has been the fastest growing DAV organization in the Nation over these years and recognition for recruiting efforts was clearly appreciated by the MN delegates at the convention.

In the picture, National Commander Don Samuels, State Commander Bob Erickson, State Past Commander David Valtinson and State Adjutant/Executive Director Stephen Whitehead and National DAV Director of membership, Tony Baskerville.

Dean Ascheman, Chairman of the National membership committee, stated “I am extremely proud of the MN DAV recruiting team. We have certainly set the bar for others to stive for.”

New State Adjutant/Executive Director Stephen Whitehead commented  I am truly excited to take the leadership role with MN DAV. The passion of our members to serve veterans, commitment to our purpose and mission, and the growth of our organization is the best in the Nation.”

In addition, MN DAV is leading the nation in the success of the the veterans transportation program. In the past year, DAV volunteer drivers across our State has transported over 26,000 veterans over 1.7 million miles while accumulating over 70,000 volunteer hours. Transporting these veteran to and from their medical appointments at the VAMC truly plays a big role in their quality of life.

In recognition of this success, Ford Motor Co. in partnership with the National DAV organization, presented the MN DAV with a new Ford 12 passenger van which was then donated by MN DAV to the Minneapolis VAMC to be used to transport metro homeless veterans to and from VAMC care.

Past National Director of DAV Voluntary Services (now retired to MN) , Jerry Steelman, stated “I am truly proud of the the MN DAV organizations contribution to the quality of life they provide MN veterans via the transportation program. We are so thankful for the commitment of our volunteer drivers, they are truly heroes.”

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