After I retired from the military, I worked with a retired vet at Syar Industries in Napa, Calif., who was the adjutant for the local DAV Chapter in Fairfield, Calif.
He knew I was a disabled American vet and had asked me to join many times. I joined 10 years ago as a lifetime DAV member. Their meetings were once a month on a Saturday, and my senior softball games were on Saturday mornings. After my game I would go to our meetings in a softball uniform.
These members were from World War II to the present wars. Many of them were in wheelchairs, and most needed help after their terrible experiences. When these men and women saw my in my softball uniform, they could not believe that I was still playing at my age.
I’ve always loved the American veterans. I helped them, and spoke up for them every chance I got. They were my heroes. Their motto was, ‘Veterans helping veterans is the way we survived, you can’t exist without each other.’
With the help of a couple of our members and the permission of my boss at Syar Industries to use our printing equipment, I started a DAV newsletter for our chapter, and everyone loved it.
All our veterans need to know that they are not alone. We are lifetime partners. We are going to be there for the veterans.
Contributing writer Everett Vanover lives in Fairfield, Calif.