A majority of membership.With thousands of future disabled veterans at war in Iraq Iraq or Irak (both: ēräk`, ĭrăk`), officially Republic of Iraq, republic (2005 est. pop. 26,075,000), 167,924 sq mi (434,924 sq km), SW Asia. and Afghanistan, the DAV See WebDAV. passed a new milestone recently when Vietnam War veterans Australia
"This change is a histoic landmark for our organization. It is a sign of the gradual evolution in leadership that's taken place over the past decades. Vietnam veterans This article is about the French band. For veterans of the Vietnam War, see Vietnam veteran.
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tr.v. dubbed, dub·bing, dubs
1. To tap lightly on the shoulder by way of conferring knighthood.
2. To honor with a new title or description.
3. the 'Greatest Generation' have created a legacy that we must maintain and build upon," said National Adjutant ADJUTANT. A military officer, attached to every battalion of a regiment. It is his duty to superintend, under his superiors, all matters relating to the ordinary routine of discipline in the regiment. Arthur H. Wilson. "At the top of our minds are the coming generations of veterans who are counting on us to strengthen and evolve to serve their needs."
Meanwhile, the organization continues its drive to meet National Commander Paul W. Jackson's challenge of 1 million fully paid life members before the 2006 National Convention in Chicago Aug. 12-15.
"We've known all along that this goal is within our grasp. When Commander Jackson Jackson.
1 City (1990 pop. 37,446), seat of Jackson co., S Mich., on the Grand River; inc. 1857. It is an industrial and commercial center in a farm region. issued his challenge, there were 1.3 million members out there. And we were around 21,000 fully paid members short of the landmark. All we had to do was get more people to commit," said National Membership Director Anthony L. Baskerville.
Every month, Baskerville has reached out to Departments, Chapters, members, recruiters and National Service Officers. Beyond encouraging them to band together as a community, his goal has been to unite everyone behind the Commander's challenge.
"I knew there was no way we were going to make this happen from behind our desks at National Headquarters. We needed our leaders throughout the country to feel like they were a part of this goal. If they were on board, we were confident it was going to happen," Baskerville said.
As an incentive, the DAV is offering a fully paid trip to the National Convention for the recruiter and the one millionth full paid life member.
As the battle wears on, Baskerville said he saw recruiters exceeding expectations. Chapters and Departments were eager to join the fray fray 1
1. A scuffle; a brawl. See Synonyms at brawl.
2. A heated dispute or contest.
tr.v. frayed, fray·ing, frays Archaic
1. To alarm; frighten.
2. . With so many members in communities around the nation, local leaders supported efforts to get current members fully committed (Law) committed to prison for trial, in distinction from being detained for examination.
See also: Fully to the organization.
By the end of March, DAV was just 6,000 full paid members short of the objective. However, with the help of NSOs, the organization was gaining nearly 1,000 average full commitments every week.
With that goal in sight, Baskerville said he is already working toward new ones.
The organization will continue to push for everyone to commit and become fully paid life members. However, the next challenge will be to get more members involved in the organization and recruit veterans of recent conflicts.
"We're going to need to strengthen our ranks. We're going to need to establish a beachhead beach·head
1. A position on an enemy shoreline captured by troops in advance of an invading force.
2. A first achievement that opens the way for further developments; a foothold: of Desert Storm and younger folks who can help us evolve and remain relevant for the men and women who are returning from combat today," said Baskerville. "This is really a critical time for the DAV. But we're fortunate to have leaders throughout the country who are working hard to ensure the future of the organization."
WAR DESCRIPTION MEMBER COUNT PERCENT Unknown 33,985 2.848 unitive Expedition into Mexico 8 0.001 World War 1 480 0.040 World War 2 330,050 27.658 Post WW2 and Pre Korea 40,190 3.368 Korea 114,441 9.590 Vietnam 479,351 40.169 Iran, Lebanon, Grenada and Panama 95,076 7.967 Persian Gulf, Somalia, Bosnia, Iraq 99,744 8.358 and Afghanistan 1,193,325