Arthur H. Wilson*
J. Marc Burgess
Cold Spring, KY
Alan W. Bowers
David W. Riley
Cleveland Bryant, Jr.
Santa Fe Springs, CA
Joseph W. Johnston
Moses A. McIntosh, Jr.
*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. Sorrell
Administrator, DAV National Service Foundation
Bridgette Sorrell was named Manager of Trust and Foundation Administration in 2012
and promoted to Administrator in 2015. In this position, she oversees the day-to-day
operations of the DAV National Service Foundation (NSF), the DAV Charitable Service
Trust (CST) and the Disabled Veterans Life Memorial Foundation (DVLMF), three independent
nonprofit organizations with combined assets of roughly $150 million. These organizations
have a long and close association with DAV and serve many valuable functions. NSF
supports DAV in the local, state, and national capacity through financial assistance
to the DAV National Service Program, the Transportation Network, and Departments
and Chapters, as needed. CST supports a variety of charitable programs benefiting
ill and injured veterans throughout the country. DVLMF is charged with the responsibility
of promoting the American Veterans Disabled For Life Memorial, located within eyesight
of the U.S. Capitol Building, for the purpose of educating the public on the sacrifices
and needs of disabled veterans.
Ms. Sorrell began her DAV career in 2001, shortly after graduation from high school.
Initially assigned as a Donor Relations Correspondent, 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. Sorrell 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
As Trust and Foundation Administrator, Ms. Sorrell has played a key role in several
initiatives involving DAV, NSF, CST and DVLMF. During her tenure, DAV and CST created
a unique partnership with the Veterans Legal Clinic at Harvard Law School; NSF funded
a groundbreaking training/resource program for DAV NSOs; and DVLMF inaugurated an
innovative web-based “virtual visit” to the Memorial. In recognition of her position,
Ms. Sorrell was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Military Families and
Veterans Service Organizations of America (MFVSOA), which is a federation of America’s
finest national organizations working to ensure veterans and their families are
not forgotten in their service and sacrifice.
Ms. Sorrell is a native of Kentucky and is a member of DAV Auxiliary Unit 19 in
Cold Spring, Ky.