DAV Magazine March/April 2018 : Page 2

CONTENTS 1 3 14 16 21 26 Noting the success of veteran-to-veteran interaction as part of mental health recovery, National Commander Delphine Metcalf-Foster addresses the need for more women peer specialists at the VA. National Adjutant Marc Burgess takes time to recognize the service and contributions of DAV’s population of Vietnam-era veterans. Forward March! DAV introduces new Volunteer for Veterans platform to promote volunteerism and encourage veterans and supporters to give back. FEATURES 6 Inspired by support received, one man pays it forward to fellow veterans by supporting a DAV 5K team. 18 DAV celebrates Women’s History Month with a look at how unique challenges shape the transition for women leaving the military. Raquel Steckman is the first female first sergeant appointed to a combat engineer unit. SGT. 1ST CLASS MICHEL SAURET/U.S. ARMY A place of healing: DAV teams up with Boulder Crest Retreat in Virginia to offer women veterans a retreat centered around their service experiences. New research is leading the VA to better health practices for women veterans. From the front: how DAV’s Benefits Protection Team leaders and members are taking the fight to Washington directly from their hometowns. 24 On March 29, the nation commemorates National Vietnam War Veterans Day, honoring the service of a generation whose welcome home is long overdue. DAV Senior Vice Commander Dennis Nixon (left) receives his Purple Heart while recovering in the Corpus Christi Naval Hospital. Delphine Metcalf-Foster National Commander J. Marc Burgess National Adjutant/Publisher Daniel J. Clare National Communications Director DAV MAGAZINE • March/April 2018 Contact us: dav.org • Toll Free 877-426-2838 • 3725 Alexandria Pike, Cold Spring, KY 41076 • feedback@dav.org. Volume 60, Issue 2, DAV Magazine (ISSN 0885-6400). Editorial Office: DAV Magazine, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301. Telephone 859-441-7300 or toll free (877) I AM A VET. Published and circulated bimonthly bulletin by the Disabled American Veterans, a Congressionally chartered, nonprofit organization, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301. DAV Home Page is dav.org. Available on recording for the blind and those with physical handicaps that preclude reading printed material. The magazine is mailed free to DAV and Auxiliary members who are paid subscribers. Nonmembers may subscribe for $15 per year. Periodical postage paid at office of publication, Newport, KY 41071, and at additional offices. Printed in U.S.A. Change of Address: When notifying a change of address, send former as well as new address, including ZIP code, to: DAV Magazine, DAV National Headquarters, P.O. Box 145550, Cincinnati, OH 45250-5550. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to DAV Magazine, DAV National Headquarters, P.O. Box 145550, Cincinnati, OH 45250-5550. Ashleigh Byrnes Deputy National Communications Director Steven Wilson, Ed.D. Assistant National Communications Director Charity A. Edgar Assistant National Communications Director M. Todd Hunter Assistant National Communications Director Mary Dever Assistant National Communications Director Bryan Lett Assistant National Communications Director James W. Killen Assistant National Communications Director Austin Shaffner Associate National Communications Director Doreen Briones Production Manager Shannan Archer Senior Graphic Designer

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