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Love "bears" all for our veterans ...

Butterflies actually do start to flutter in your stomach when something exciting is about to happen. They were sure fluttering in mine as I heard the words "National Commander Judy Steinhouse" being spoken. It was an exciting time, a humbling time, and a time of wonder as I realized something I had worked for was suddenly coming true.

It is truly an honor and privilege to serve as your National Commander during the next year.

I started my DAV Auxiliary career 38 years ago in Unit 31 at Jamestown, N.D., where my late parents were both life members. My eligibility is through nay father, a disabled veteran who served in the U.S. Army, European Theater during World War It. I later moved to Unit 8 in Dickinson, N.D. and on to my present Unit. Unit 24 in Valley City, N.D., where I am currently Commander.

My theme for the year is "Love 'Bears' all for our Veterans." I feel it is most appropriate since l have collected teddy bears for many years and they have always represented love to me as they were always presented to me in love. I truly believe the love we give comes back to us 10, 100, or 1,000 fold. Love keeps us going in good times and bad. The Auxiliary exemplifies this love in all we do to help build better lives for our disabled veterans and their families.

We now have a wonderful opportunity to build our Auxiliary stronger than ever with the addition of eligible males to our membership. I certainly hope and encourage all Units across the nation to welcome these new eligible members, They will help strengthen all of our programs, and provide all even stronger Auxiliary voice in our legislative work as we continue to advocate for the rights and benefits our disabled veterans carried through their sacrifice while serving our nation.

The DAV Auxiliary has worked diligently along side the DAV, building better lives for America's disabled veterans and their families since 1922. I am confident our new male members will afford us an expanded opportunity to double and, yes, even triple our efforts in this noble cause. We are still pledged to care for our wartime, disabled veterans, their dependents and survivors. This is our sacred duty. It has not changed. What has changed is our ability to carry out our duty--today we do it better than ever before.

Together, w e can meet the challenges ahead by capitalizing on our membership to continue our efforts on behalf of disabled veterans. Love bears all for our veterans, and it is up to each of us to keep that love flowing every day through our service to disabled veterans and their families.

Judy M. Steinhouse, Auxiliary National Commander
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Title Annotation:FROM THE AUXILIARY NATIONAL COMMANDER
Author:Steinhouse, Judy M.
Publication:DAV Magazine
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Nov 1, 2005
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