DAV members elected to national posts

September 17th, 2009    Author: Marsha Mundy    Filed Under: News

During the Disabled American Veterans National Convention held Aug. 22 – 25 in Denver, Colo., two area men were elected to national positions.

“The DAV has 1.2 million members nationally,” said Joseph Johnston. “We provide services to those with service connected disabilities and their family members.”

Johnston was elected to the position of 4th Junior Vice Commander for the year 2009-2010.

Members of the Clermont County DAV Chapter 63 participated in the DAV National Convention in Denver, Colo., in August. They are, from left, Joseph Johnston, Raymond Hutchinson and James Johnston.
Colonel Johnston served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam and the Persian Gulf Wars. He joined the Army in 1966, serving first as an enlisted soldier and later as a commissioned officer. He served for 28 years in the Army as a member of the 101st Airborne Division, 1st Infantry Division, 10th Mountain Division, 2nd Infantry Division, 82nd Airborne Division, 7th U.S. Corps and Joint Chiefs of Staff. He is 100 percent disabled as a result of his service.

Johnston is a past commander of the Clermont County DAV Chapter 63 and has served in other elected and appointed offices including the National Interim Legislative Committee and trusteeship of his department's employee pension fund. He is also a past state commander for the DAV Department of Ohio. He currently serves as treasurer for the local chapter.

Johnston has master's degrees in business and executive management from Central Michigan University and the Army's General Staff College. Johnston is also a Mason.

Johnston has worked for nonprofit organizations since his retirement from the military. He currently serves as the chief operations officer for the Greater Cincinnati Behavioral Health Services which is the largest social service organization in the tri-state area. He was recently nominated for the award of Chief Financial Officer of the Year by the Cincinnati Business Courier.

"The position with the National DAV is an elected position," said Johnston. "I was nominated for the position by the National DAV Nominating Committee. It is a progressive line, I will have to serve five years as a junior vice commander before I can advance."

His job duties include looking out for service men's families, providing assistance to all veterans' families coming through the VA system.

"This job holds great responsibilities and it is a great honor to be responsible for looking out for the welfare of families of veterans. My thoughts, prayers and deeds will always be with those families."

Raymond Hutchinson was elected to a two year term on the National Executive Committee during the convention. Hutchinson is currently serves as the adjutant officer for the Clermont County DAV Chapter 63.

Hutchinson was an E4 with the U.S. Army during the Vietnam era and although he is not a combat veteran, he has been 100 percent disabled due to a service related disability for 32 years.

Hutchinson is a member of the DAV, Vietnam Veterans of America, the AMVETS and the American Legion Post 237. He has served as past commander for DAV Chapter 63 and a past commander of the 11th District in the Department of Ohio. He is also a Mason.

"I worked for seven years for General Electric and 11 years with the West Clermont Schools in maintenance," said Hutchinson. "I have been 100 percent disabled for 32 years making it difficult to work."

As a member of the National Executive Committee, he will be voting on issues for the welfare of the organization.

"We are proud of these men from our chapter who will be serving the DAV National Organization," said chapter commander James Johnston.

James Johnston was recently selected to serve as Sergeant at Arms for the State of Ohio DAV organization. He is a veteran of the U.S. Army, a Mason and member of the Scottish Rite.

The 1.2 million-member Disabled American Veterans is a non-profit 501(c)(4) charity dedicated to building better lives for America's disabled veterans and their families.

The DAV was founded in 1920 by disabled veterans returning from World War I to represent their unique interests. In 1932, the DAV was congressionally chartered as the official voice of the nation's wartime disabled veterans.

With Americans leaving the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan, the DAV's services and advocacy are as relevant and critical today as in any time in our nation's history.

Annually, the DAV represents more than 200,000 veterans and their dependents with claims for benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Defense.

The Clermont County DAV Chapter 63 meets 7 p.m. the second Monday of each month at the American Legion Post 237 in Batavia. All area disabled veterans are invited to attend the meetings. For more information about the DAV contact Reynolds Robertson II at (513) 237-0455 or visit www.dav.org.
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