Arthur H. Wilson*
J. Marc Burgess
Cold Spring, KY
Dennis A. Joyner
Joseph W. Johnston
Alan W. Bowers
Santa Fe Springs, CA
Sal R. Tornatore
Huntington Station, NY
Larry A. Polzin
*Arthur H. Wilson, a service-connected Vietnam veteran who
served in the U.S. Air Force, was elected President of DAV’s National Service Foundation
in August 2013.
The National Service Foundation helps provide lasting income to fund DAV programs
and services. Gifts to the Foundation are used in support of the goals and mission
of the 1.2 million-member DAV, including providing support to the National Service
Program and other service initiatives for America’s injured and ill veterans and
their families. As Board President, Mr. Wilson will guide Foundation efforts to
ensure veterans and their families receive DAV services as long as they are needed.
He is also closely involved in the oversight of The Columbia Trust, a restricted
trust fund within the Foundation which provides grants to support a variety of service
Mr. Wilson's DAV career began in 1966 as a National Service Officer (NSO) trainee
in Atlanta, followed by assignments in Buffalo and Philadelphia, and later in supervisory
positions at DAV National Service Offices in Syracuse, New Orleans and Boston. He
became supervisor of DAV's National Appeals Office at the Department of Veterans
Affairs Board of Veterans’ Appeals in Washington, D.C, in 1974. He also served as
President of the National Guild of Attorneys-in-Fact in 1973-74. He served 12 years
as DAV National Service Director in Washington, DC beginning in 1981 and then served
as Executive Director of DAV Washington Headquarters, guiding the organization's
National Service, Legislative, Employment and Voluntary Services Programs. In 1994
he was appointed as DAV’s National Adjutant/Chief Executive Officer, a position
he held until his retirement on June 1, 2013.
A highly respected leader in the veterans’ community, Mr. Wilson's expertise was
sought at many levels by numerous organizations. In addition to serving as President
of the Foundation he is also President of the Disabled Veterans' LIFE Memorial Foundation,
working to erect the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial in Washington,
D.C., and a member of the Intrepid Museum Foundation Advisory Council of the USS
Intrepid Museum Foundation in New York.
A graduate of Lynn Classical High School in Lynn, Mass., Mr. Wilson attended Burdette
College in Lynn until enlisting in the U.S. Air Force in September 1962. He served
as a runway construction specialist in Vietnam, the Philippine Islands, Thailand
and Taiwan from 1964 to 1966. Shortly after his discharge, he was admitted to a
VA medical center for major surgery.
Mr. Wilson, a native of Nahant, Mass., has been active in a number of DAV Chapters
and Departments, and holds membership in several other military and veterans organizations.
He and his wife, the former Mary Robinson also of Nahant, have four children and
Bridgette G. Shaffer
Administrator, DAV National Service Foundation
Manager, Trust and Foundation Administration
Bridgette Shaffer began her DAV career at the National Headquarters office in 2001,
shortly after graduation from high school. A native of Kentucky, Ms. Shaffer was
initially assigned as a Donor Relations Correspondent Specialist. She was promoted
to the DAV executive offices in 2006, where she provided direct support to both
the Comptroller and the General Counsel.
In 2010, Ms. Shaffer was promoted to the newly-created position of Legal and Regulatory
Affairs Coordinator. In that capacity, reporting to the General Counsel, her duties
were wide-ranging and involved a broad range of issues, including fundraising compliance,
litigation management and basic legal research. She also played a major role in
the creation and implementation of new procedures for managing contracts and tracking
bequests. Working with the National Service Department and the General Counsel,
she helped to structure DAV's expanded program of representation of veterans at
the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims.
In 2012, Ms. Shaffer was promoted to the position of Manager of Trust and Foundation
Administration. In that position, she oversees the day-to-day operations of the
DAV National Service Foundation and the DAV Charitable Service Trust, two independent
nonprofit organizations that have a long and close association with DAV. These organizations
serve many functions and provide support for the DAV National Service Program, the
DAV Transportation Network, as well as for various other worthy charitable programs
for veterans around the country.