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Headquarters names new Executive Director.

For the first time in 16 years, the DAV's National Headquarters has a new man in charge. On the final day of the 89th National Convention, J. Marc Burgess was appointed Executive Director of the Disabled American Veterans National Headquarters in Cold Spring, Ky.

A disabled Navy veteran of the Persian Gulf War, Burgess oversees fund raising, accounting, administration, information technology, communications, supply and plant operations for one of America's largest nonprofit organizations.


"Marc Burgess is a credit to our organization," said DAV National Adjutant Arthur H. Wilson, who appointed Burgess Aug. 3. "This is a critical time in the history of the veterans service movement as one generation prepares to hand off to another and a new breed of veterans returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan with tremendous needs.

Burgess served as a Petty Officer Second Class in the U.S. Navy from October 1987 through October 1992, when he was medically discharged. His service included crewmember and plank-owner aboard the USS Normandy.

A native of Hattiesburg, Miss., and a life member of DAV Chapter 56 in Meridian, Miss., Burgess first came aboard the DAV in 1995 as a National Service Officer. His career began in the DAV's Baltimore, Md., office before he transferred to Washington, D.C., where he served as a National Appeals Officer, representing veterans before the Board of Veterans Appeals. He supervised the DAV National Service Office in Atlanta, Ga., and returned to Washington as appellate counsel before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims. He later joined DAV's national executive staff. Prior to his current appointment, Burgess served as the DAV's Director of Human Resources and Assistant Executive Director.

Burgess holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Pennsylvania, a Bachelor of Science degree in Paralegal Studies from Stevenson College and a Master of Arts degree in Human Resources from the University of Cincinnati.

Mr. Burgess and his wife, Amy, reside in Hebron, Ky. He is the father of two daughters, Cassandra and Victoria; and a son, Beaumont.

"Fortunately," Mr. Wilson said, "we're in good hands with veterans like Marc Burgess to lead our organization into a new century of service and advocacy."

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Title Annotation:Disabled American Veterans' National Headquarters has appointed J. Marc Burgess as new executive director
Publication:DAV Magazine
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Sep 1, 2010
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