Matthew Kampainen, DAV WI Commander
In these trying times
I salute each of you
I want to begin this by extending warm wishes to everybody; as of this writing, we are in the midst of the holiday season. I realize that we are dealing with the impact of COVID-19 so far; many of us are probably celebrating the Seasons differently. However, never forget your DAV family is with you in spirit. As we close out 2020, I would like to thank each of you for tenaciously standing by our mission despite the horrific global pandemic becoming a part of our everyday existence.
Many Chapters did a phenomenal job as they continued to meet by making friends with technology. Others continued to engage in limited activities but utilized best practices through social distancing, wearing masks, and the use of hand sanitizer. We also focused on each other’s wellness as we did simple “buddy checks,” making phone calls, video chats, or sending cards to boost morale.
The camaraderie that we experienced during our military service easily transferred to our life in the veterans community. As your Commander, I have never been so proud of our membership, as we are in the center of a public health storm yet are facing it with compassion, dignity, and honor. As your Commander, I salute each of you and raise a glass of holiday cheer that you have a wonderful Holiday season. Despite its challenges, let us close out 2020 and look forward with fresh eyes toward 2021.