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Raymond Bannister felt as though he’d exhausted every effort to find a new job. The Navy veteran had sent out hundreds of resumes, but four months after being laid off, he had yet to find work.  Bannister and his wife were on the verge of packing up their things, leaving their home, and moving into a friend’s...
In the Garrett household, military service was something of a legacy. “It was a family tradition for male members to join after high school, and I wanted to become independent and self-sufficient, and I knew the service would provide that,” says Air Force veteran William Garrett. During his wartime service, Garret...
At a maximum speed of 170 mph, tornadoes ripped through Alabama earlier this month leaving a swath of damage that ran 26.73 miles long and 1600 yards wide. Far too many families saw the deepest of devastation as 23 people died in the twisters’ wake. When disaster struck, DAV was on the ground in Alabama providing critical assista...
Jim Byrnes is an engineer by trade and education; he is a supporter of veterans by action.  “I’ve had a very full career and retired in 2005,” says Jim. “I was with the VA, in the construction program, and designed and built VA hospitals. I’m not a veteran, but I would like to think that 33 years work...
Navy veteran Ken Hoffman felt like some of the workplaces he’d encountered simply did not give veterans a chance, but a visit to a DAV/RecruitMilitary All-Veterans Career Fair put him in front of employers who were looking for the very skills he had to offer. “I went to the Cincinnati job fair with a fellow...
Five days after his 17th birthday, in 1963, Joe Frederickson enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He had no way of knowing—as is often the case—how profoundly his life would change because of his military service.  While his initial duty station at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, was a prime location, he found work on a barracks cleaning...
Air Force veteran Mike Rhilinger served his country for 19 years. But it wasn’t long after completing his military service that he discovered there were other ways he could continue to serve in a different capacity. Today, Rhilinger, a DAV benefits advocate, makes a difference in the lives of his fellow veterans by being of servi...
Amy Bahl was a 25-year-old combat medic with the Iowa National Guard when she was deployed 2003. She spent a year in Iraq – away from her five-year-old son, Austin – treating gunshot wounds and injuries sustained from roadside bombs and IEDs. She did her best to fix and save as many people as she could. “My day-to-day...
The landmark commemoration of the Vietnam War began in 2012 and is now nearly at its midpoint. This year, DAV Magazine will feature members whose lives were forever changed a half century ago. By D. Clare Jim Sursely had never thought about joining the military. His father was in the Army Air Corps in World War II, b...
Melissa Pierce’s parents—both veterans and DAV members—taught her and her sibling the importance of giving of their time and doing for others. “[With] both of my parents, being active in DAV, it meant we kids were also,” says Pierce. As a child, she remembers pitching in with activities for veterans such a...
Before he left the military in September 2012, Marine veteran Wade Jensen submitted a claim through Benefits Delivery at Discharge, a program that allows service members to apply for disability compensation 60 to 180 days prior to their separation, retirement or release from active duty. Wade had served his country for 21 years until t...
Several years ago, Marine veteran and DAV member Matt Amos was struck by a Christmas wish from a ten-year-old boy. Through a social media post called “Austin’s Christmas Wish,” Amos learned of a young boy who had been born without his right forearm. According to the post, he’d never wanted a prosthetic before, b...
After serving his country, Marine veteran Michael Rawlings found new ways to serve others and make a difference in the lives of his fellow veterans. Michael became a life member of DAV in 1991, and would ultimately become an active member of the state’s Brainerd Chapter of DAV. He would go on to serve as adjutant and th...
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Even as a teenager, Army veteran Rhonda White did her part to help others. “I came from a poor family and worked a lot during high school to help support my little brother and sister,” said White. “College was not on my horizon at the time, so the military was my only option to make something of myself.”...