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Changing of the Guard at DAV National Service Foundation.

Retired National Adjutant Arthur H. Wilson has succeeded Gary P. Burns as President of the National Service Foundation Board of Directors. Burns had held that position since 2001.

"I have known Gary as a colleague and friend for more than four decades and his leadership in both out-national organization and as head of this effort has been astonishing," said Wilson.

Burns served on DAV's professional staff for 30 years. He began as a National Service Officer trainee at the Togus, Maine, office in January of 1970. He was transferred to the White River function, Vt., office to serve as its Supervisor that same year. Two years later, he returned to Togus as Supervisor where he remained until his retirement in February of 2000.

He was elected to the Foundations Board in 1996 and was elected President in 2001.

For more than a decade, his guidance has allowed the Foundation to provide increasing support to DAV's nationwide service initiatives. Under his watch, the Foundation awarded nearly $16.5 million in grants to Departments and Chapters for their volunteer programs. Remarkably, since his term began, the Foundations Net Assets increased from $27.7 million in 2001 to more than $98 million today.

Additionally, he's advocated for key programs that have strengthened public support of veterans throughout the country. Those include the "Hallowed Grounds" documentary, the National Summit on Women Veterans Issues, pro bono representation for veterans before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, and the ground-breaking work of renowned photographer Nina Berman which depicted experiences of veterans suffering from exposure to burn pits in Iraq and Afghanistan.

"Gary Burns has dedicated the majority of his life to serving his fellow veterans and has been a steadfast friend of our cause," said National Adjutant Marc Burgess. "He's been a tremendous leader who will continue to be an active voice in DAVE. We are grateful for his tenure leading the Foundation."

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Title Annotation:Disabled American Veterans
Publication:DAV Magazine
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Sep 1, 2013
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