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Candidates for National Office 2019-2020.

The following information is intended to inform membership on the announced candidates for national office. Such use does not constitute an official endorsement or approval by DAV National Headquarters of any candidate to the exclusion of others who may stand for election. DAV members may announce their candidacy at any time, up to and including the time of election, at our 2019 DAV National Convention Aug. 3-6 in Orlando, Fla.

Stephen "Butch" Whitehead

Stephen "Butch" Whitehead is currently DAVs national senior vice commander and is a combat-disabled veteran of the Iraq War. In 2019, he retired from the Minnesota Army National Guard at the rank of command sergeant major.

He is a DAV life member of Chapter 10 in Mankato, Minn., and is an active leader in his chapter. Whitehead most recently served as adjutant for the DAV Department of Minnesota, as well as executive director of the Disabled American Veterans of Minnesota Foundation.

He is also chair for multiple department-level committees.

Whitehead joined the Army in 1991 and completed two overseas deployments, receiving the Bronze Star in 2007 for combat service in Iraq. In 2012, he was awarded the Veterans Voices Award by then-Gov. Mark Dayton of Minnesota.

He was also recently appointed to the Minneapolis Veterans Affairs Medical Center Consumer Advisory Board, where he will serve for three years.

Whitehead is seeking election to higher office.

Donald Day

Donald Day is a Marine Corps veteran who served during the Vietnam era. During his time on active duty, he had tours in Europe and Southeast Asia. He currently serves as DAV's national 1st junior vice commander.

Day is a life member of Chapter 28 in Brooklyn, N.Y. He has been active with DAV at the chapter, department and national levels. Day is the past department commander and served as chairman of the national convention credentials committee. He is an inductee of the New York State Senate Veterans Hall of Fame and has served as chief street marshal of the Kings County Memorial Day Parade. He is also a certified court mentor at the Brooklyn Veterans Court and earned a bachelors degree from the College of New Rochelle in New York.

While stationed at the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing, Day attended radio electronics school and worked with light antiaircraft missiles before being assigned duty as a brig escort chaser. He was court bailiff at special, general and summary courts marshal.

Day is seeking election to higher office.

Andy Marshall

Andy Marshall, a combat-wounded Army veteran of the Vietnam War, is currently DAV's national 2nd junior vice commander and DAV Department of Florida adjutant. He has been a life member of Chapter 4 in Tampa, Fla., since 1975.

In Vietnam, Marshall received the Purple Heart with oak leaf cluster for wounds including those sustained by a booby trap, resulting in his medical retirement from the Army. He spent 15 months recovering at Walter Reed and was also awarded the Army Commendation Medal with "V" device and the Bronze Star.

Marshall, who retired from DAV as a national service office supervisor in St. Petersburg, was one of DAV's first national area supervisors and has held multiple leadership positions during his 41 years with the organization, including judge advocate for the Department of Maryland. He was on the DAV Department of Florida's finance committee before becoming department commander.

As supervisor of DAV's national service office in Bay Pines, Fla., he initiated a case that ultimately resulted in multiple clothing allowances being awarded for amputees and other severely disabled veterans.

Marshall served for three years on the Florida Veterans Advisory Committee and was also assigned to the DAV Judicial Appeals Office in Washington, D.C.

Marshall is seeking election to higher office.

Joseph Parsetich

Joseph "Joe" Parsetich is an Air Force combat veteran of the Vietnam War and is currently serving as DAV's national 3rd junior vice commander. He represented DAV's National Executive Committee for the 14th District from 2014 to 2016. He has been a chapter service officer since 2009 and is the past DAV Department of Montana commander.

He was named Volunteer of the Quarter by the VA in the third quarter of 2010. In 2017, Parsetich was appointed by then-Secretary of Veterans Affairs Dr. David Shulkin to serve on the Veterans Rural Health Advisory Committee, where he continues to serve under Secretary Robert Wilkie.

He serves as the mentor coordinator as well as a mentor for the Veterans Treatment Court, and has had many of his veterans graduate the 18-month program and successfully reintegrate into society.

In addition to his various duties, he has also served as a DAV volunteer van driver and as a member of the Military Funeral Honor Guard in Great Falls, Mont.

Parsetich is seeking election to higher office.

Nancy Espinosa

Nancy Espinosa is a serviceconnected disabled veteran of the Army. She is currently the national 4th junior vice commander for DAV. Espinosa joined the Army Reserve in 1975, where she served until joining the regular Army in 1985. After four years on active duty, she joined the New Mexico Army National Guard until her honorable discharge in 1990.

Upon leaving military service, Espinosa became a DAV life member. Currently a member of Chapter 14 in Layton, Utah, she is a past department commander for her state and a national Benefits Protection Team leader.

She is also an active member of DAV's Commanders and Adjutants Association and a commissioner on the Utah Legislative Veterans and Military Affairs Commission.

Espinosa was awarded the Bonnie Anderson Award for Outstanding Service in 2014 by the DAV Department of Utah.

Espinosa is seeking election to higher office.

Dan Contreras

Dan Contreras, a service-connected Army veteran and past state commander of California, currently serves as the adjutant/treasurer for DAV's Department of California. He has also served on the National Executive Committee and, in 2009, was elected to the board of directors for the National Service Foundation where he still serves today.

Contreras served in the Army from 1980 to 1996 as a combat medic and army nurse, achieving the rank of sergeant first class. From 2000 to 2008, he worked as a DAV national service officer and area supervisor.

Contreras is a life member of Chapter 99 in Oxnard, Calif. In addition to his various leadership and managerial positions within the national and state levels of the organization, he was also appointed to chair the California Mexican-American Veterans Memorial Committee by California Governors Schwarzenegger and Brown.

Contreras is seeking election to national office.

William "Bill" Dolan

William "Bill" Dolan, a service-connected Army veteran, was the past commander of DAV for the Department of Nevada and is currently a deputy chief of staff to the national commander. He was the convention chair for the 2018 DAV and DAV Auxiliary National Convention in Reno, Nev.

Dolan is a life member of Chapter 15 in Pahrump, Nev. He is also a member of DAV Auxiliary Unit 15 in Pahrump.

Dolan has donated thousands of volunteer hours to DAV and other organizations within his community. He has also served on various committees at the department and national levels within DAV.

He is seeking election to national office.

Michael E. Dobmeier I For National Judge Advocate

Michael Dobmeier has served as national judge advocate, advising the National Executive Committee (NEC) and board of directors since 2002. He served as DAV national commander in 1999 and as the 14th District NEC representative in 1994.

Dobmeier enlisted in the Navy in 1969 after graduating from high school. He trained as an engineman; attended the Naval Submarine School in New London, Conn.; and completed Navy Dive School in San Diego.

In April 1972, Dobmeier suffered severe burns on more than 30% of his body after an oil heater exploded aboard the submarine USS Trigger. He was discharged later that year and became a life member of Chapter 2 in Grand Forks, N.D. He has since been appointed or elected to nearly every chapter and department office and position, and was named the 1985 DAV Outstanding Member of the Department of North Dakota.

Dobmeier is seeking election to another term as national judge advocate.

Michael P. Dover I For National Chaplain

National Chaplain Michael Dover is a service-connected disabled veteran and DAV life member who has served in a variety of capacities for Chapter 7 in Columbus, Ga., including senior vice commander, adjutant, treasurer, judge advocate and service officer. At the state level, Dover has served as department commander and chaplain. He also serves by appointment on the VA Advisory Committee on Cemeteries and Memorials.

He retired from the Army after 20 years of service in 2001. Since then, he has worked as a civilian military trainer and analyst while simultaneously serving as a counselor and chaplain. He recently was inducted into the Georgia Military Veterans Hall of Fame for assisting over 10,000 homeless veterans.

An ordained minister and certified chaplain, Dover received his Bachelor of Theology from Christian Life School Seminary and a Bachelor of Science in business management from Liberty University.

Dover is seeking reelection as national chaplain.

Convention registration

* You can preregister for the convention via DAV's website. There is a $25 registration fee for each attendee registered who is 18 years of age or older.

Registration badges are required to gain admission to the many activities and functions of the convention. If you plan to attend the national officers dinner, you must make a reservation no later than Sunday, Aug. 4, at 4 p.m. You may make your reservation during online registration or on site at the designated booth outside the convention registration room. Table assignments will be coordinated by DAV for the dinner, and tickets showing your assigned table number may be picked up after the business sessions on Tuesday, Aug. 6. More details will be available in the convention program during the event.

Attendees who preregister will be able to pick up credentials at DAV Will Call beginning at 10 a.m., Thursday, Aug. 1. On-site convention registration will be at the same time and location as will call.

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Radios for veterans...

Members of DAV Chapter 133 in Pompano Beach, Fla., donated a dozen portable AM/FM radios with CD players to veteran residents of the West Palm Beach VA Medical Center Hospice Unit. The radios will provide news and entertainment for veteran patients. Pictured left to right: Gerald Toomey, Frank Plescia, West Palm Beach VA Medical Center Director Donna Katen-Bahensky, Bob Martin, West Palm Beach VA Medical Center Hospice and Palliative Care Program Director Dr. Maura Miller and Chuck McLaughlin. Photo credit: Joanne Deithom, Chief of Medical Media Production Service at the West Palm Beach VA Medical Center.
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Date:Jul 1, 2019
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