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105th Congress, 1st Session - - - - - - - - - - - House Document 105-8


 
           National Report Disabled American Veterans 1996


                     New Orleans Hilton Riverside,
                         New Orleans, Louisiana
                         July 27-August 1, 1996


         1996--NATIONAL REPORT, DISABLED AMERICAN VETERANS--1996
                                     

105th Congress, 1st Session - - - - - - - - - - - House Document 105-8



                      DISABLED AMERICAN VETERANS



                       75TH NATIONAL CONVENTION

                             COMMUNICATION

                                  from

                         THE NATIONAL ADJUTANT

                       DISABLED AMERICAN VETERANS

                              transmitting

   THE REPORT OF THE PROCEEDINGS OF THE ORGANIZATION'S 75th NATIONAL 
    CONVENTION, INCLUDING THEIR ANNUAL AUDIT REPORT OF RECEIPTS AND 
  EXPENDITURES AS OF DECEMBER 31, 1995--RECEIVED IN THE U.S. HOUSE OF 
  REPRESENTATIVES NOVEMBER 14, 1996, PURSUANT TO 36 U.S.C. 90i AND 44 
                              U.S.C. 1332

<GRAPHIC(S) NOT AVAILABLE IN TIFF FORMAT>


 January 7, 1997.--Referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs and 
                         ordered to be printed


                   U.S. CODE, TITLE 44, SECTION 1332


 national encampments of veterans' organizations; proceedings printed 
                         annually for congress


    The proceedings of the national encampments of the United 
Spanish War Veterans, the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the 
United States, The American Legion, the Military Order of the 
Purple Heart, the Veterans of World War I of the United States, 
Inc., the Disabled American Veterans, and the AMVETS (American 
Veterans of World War II), respectively, shall be printed 
annually with accompanying illustrations, as separate House 
documents of the session of the Congress to which they maybe 
submitted.
    [Approved October 2, 1968.]


                         LETTER OF TRANSMITTAL

                              ----------                              

                                Disabled American Veterans,
                                                  October 30, 1996.
Hon. Newt Gingrich,
Speaker of the House of Representatives,
Washington, DC.
    Dear Mr. Speaker: As business manager of the Disabled 
American Veterans, and as secretary of its National Convention, 
I hereby certify as to the authenticity of the reports and the 
proceedings of our National Convention, held in New Orleans, 
Louisiana, July 27-August 1, 1996, and submit them to you 
through the office of this organization located in Washington, 
DC, pursuant to the provisions of Public Law 186 of the 72d 
Congress, as amended, to be printed as a House document in 
accordance with the authorization of section 1332 of title 44, 
United States Code.
    The enclosed National Convention proceedings include an 
independent audit report of all receipts and expenditures as of 
December 31, 1995, as required by the provisions of section 3 
of the Public Law 88-504, approved August 30, 1964.
            Sincerely,
                                          Arthur H. Wilson,
                                                 National Adjutant.


                            C O N T E N T S

                               ----------

         JOINT OPENING SESSION, SUNDAY AFTERNOON, JULY 28, 1996

                                                                   Page
Call to Order, Commander Thomas A. McMasters III.................     1
Convention Chairman's Remarks....................................     3
Commander's Report...............................................     5
Address, President William J. Clinton............................     9
Address, Secretary of Veterans Affairs Jesse Brown...............    20
Introductions....................................................    24
Auxiliary Commander's Report.....................................    25
Presentation of Awards:
    Outstanding Auxiliary Member of the Year.....................    28
    Outstanding Disabled Veteran of the Year.....................    29
    George H. Seal Memorial......................................    31
    Sweepstakes Winner...........................................    33
Convention Committee Advisor Appointments........................    34
Recess...........................................................    34

         FIRST BUSINESS SESSION, MONDAY MORNING, JULY 29, 1996

Call to Order, Commander Thomas A. McMasters III.................    35
First Credentials Committee Report...............................    35
Adoption of Rules................................................    36
Adoption of Statement of Policy..................................    36
Adjutant's Report................................................    38
Membership Report and Awards.....................................    45
National Finance Committee Report................................    47
List of Delegates and Alternates for Convention Committees.......    71
Hospital and Voluntary Services Convention Committee Report......    77
Address, Congressman Steve Buyer.................................    85
Committee on Employment Report...................................    92
Recess...........................................................   103

        SECOND BUSINESS SESSION, MONDAY AFTERNOON, JULY 29, 1996

Call to Order, Commander Thomas A. McMasters III.................   103
Report of Washington Headquarters Executive Director.............   104
Written Reports:
    National Service Director....................................   108
    Recapitulation of Service Activities.........................   116
    National Director of Voluntary Services......................   147
    National Employment Director.................................   152
    National Legislative Director................................   156
Re Amendment to Convention Rules.................................   174
Presentation from Department of Louisiana........................   174
Committee on General Resolutions and Membership Report...........   174
Presentation of Employment Awards................................   189
Vietnam Veterans National Memorial Report........................   193
First Reading of Amendments to Constitution and Bylaws...........   197
Recess...........................................................   202

         THIRD BUSINESS SESSION, TUESDAY MORNING, JULY 30, 1996

Call to Order, Commander Thomas A. McMasters III.................   202
Credentials Report...............................................   203
Introductions and Remarks, National Order of Trench Rats.........   203
Presentation from Chapel of Four Chaplains.......................   204
Committee on Finance and Dues Report.............................   205
National Service Foundation Report...............................   206
Committee on Legislation and Veterans' Rights Report.............   224
Final Reading of Amendments to Constitution and Bylaws...........   247
Recess...........................................................   257

        FINAL BUSINESS SESSION, THURSDAY MORNING, AUGUST 1, 1996

Call to Order, Commander Thomas A. McMasters III.................   257
Remarks, President, Commanders and Adjutants Association.........   258
Remarks, National Order of Trench Rats...........................   258
Final Credentials Report.........................................   259
Committee on Nomination of National Officers Report..............   260
Nomination and Election of National Officers.....................   260
Newly Elected Officers Remarks...................................   263
Presentations....................................................   270
Announcement of New NEC Members..................................   270
Adjournment......................................................   271
  

                            INDEX OF MOTIONS                            
------------------------------------------------------------------------
              Motion                 Page          Action          Page 
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Accept commander's report........  .......  Carried............  .......
Adopt Rules......................  .......  Carried............  .......
Amend............................  .......  Carried............  .......
Adopt Policy Statement...........  .......  Carried............  .......
Accept Adjutant's report.........  .......  Carried............  .......
Accept Membership report.........  .......  Carried............  .......
Accept Finance Committee report,   .......  Carried............  .......
 etc.                                                                   
Admit into record list of          .......  Carried............  .......
 convention committees, etc..                                           
Adopt resolutions of Hospital and  .......  Carried............  .......
 Voluntary Services Committee.                                          
Adopt report and resolutions from  .......  Carried............  .......
 Employment Committee, etc.                                             
Adopt Rules as amended...........  .......  Carried............  .......
Adopt report of Committee on       .......  Carried............  .......
 General Resolutions and                                                
 Membership.                                                            
Adopt Resolution 58..............  .......  Lost...............  .......
Adopt Resolution 59..............  .......  Lost...............  .......
Adopt Resolution 76..............  .......  Lost...............  .......
Accept report of Vietnam Veterans  .......  Carried............  .......
 Memorial.                                                              
Adopt report of Committee on       .......  Carried............  .......
 Finance and Dues, etc..                                                
Accept Service Foundation report.  .......  Carried............  .......
Adopt report of Committee on       .......  Carried............  .......
 Legislation and Veterans' Rights.                                      
Adopt resolutions from                                                  
 Constitution and Bylaws                                                
 Committee:                                                             
    Number 197...................  .......  Carried............  .......
    Numbers 200 through 217......  .......  Carried............  .......
    Number 254...................  .......  Carried............  .......
    Number 218...................  .......  Carried............  .......
Discharge committee with vote of   .......  Carried............  .......
 thanks.                                                                
Adopt final credentials report...  .......  Carried............  .......
Accept report of Committee on      .......  Carried............  .......
 Nomination and Election of                                             
 Officers, etc.                                                         
Discharge Credentials Committee    .......  Carried............  .......
 Adjourn.                                                               
------------------------------------------------------------------------

  



                       NATIONAL OFFICERS 1996-97

                       DISABLED AMERICAN VETERANS

                           National Commander

   Gregory C. Reed, 6924 N. Fairfax Drive, #114, Arlington, VA 22213

                         Senior Vice Commander

  Harry R. McDonald, Jr., 6161 North Highway 393, Crestview, FL 32539

                      First Junior Vice Commander

       William D. Wiggins, 302 Starmont Drive, Danville, VA 24540

                      Second Junior Vice Commander

        Andrew A. Kistler, 802 Grant Street, Franklin, PA 16323

                      Third Junior Vice Commander

     Michael E. Dobmeier, P.O. Box 6811, Grand Forks, ND 58206-6188

                      Fourth Junior Vice Commander

      Richard Christopher, 6 Catalpa Street, Saugus, MA 01906-2931

                        National Judge Advocate

     Edward G. Galian, 200 Atlantic Avenue, #1, Lynbrook, NY 11563

                           National Chaplain

    Rev. Carl E. Bergstrom, 17 Brookmoor Road, Dover, NH 03820-5303

                        Past National Commander

  Thomas A. McMasters III, 11965 Steven Drive, Sterling Hts., MI 48312


                      NATIONAL EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

First district: Everett J. Nygard, Jr., 314 Otter River Road, 
        Templeton, MA 01468
Second district: Sal R. Tornatore, 170 W. 22nd St., Huntington 
        Station, NY 11746
Third district: David A. Schiapo, 65 Beacon Street, Cranston, 
        RI 02910
Fourth district: Grover Don Penn, 2116 Elder Drive, Wilmington, 
        DE 19808
Fifth district: Donald C. Graffius, 1606 Montier Street, 
        Pittsburgh, PA 15221
Sixth district: Josue N. Saez, Guadalupe 26, El Almo, Guaynabo, 
        PR 00969
Seventh district: Tommy R. Simms, 333 Hollywood Blvd. NW, Ft. 
        Walton Bch., FL 32548
Eighth district: Charles W. Mills, 2241 Edinburgh Drive, 
        Montgomery, AL 36116
Ninth district: Ronald L. Voegeli, 702 Battery Creek Road, 
        Beaufort, SC 29902
Tenth district: Roger L. Jansen, 4925 Butternut Drive, Holland, 
        MI 49424
Eleventh district: Nicholas J. Border, 7306 Kingsman-Nickerson 
        Road, Kinsman, OH 44428
Twelfth district: Richard R. Harris, 40154 Lakeview Avenue, 
        Antioch, IL 60002

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