VP Biden, Sinise to Attend DAV National Convention

Disabled American Veterans (DAV) can count Vice President Joe Biden and actor Gary Sinise among its guests when it convenes for its 91st National Convention Aug. 4-7 at Bally’s Hotel in Las Vegas.

Biden is expected to address key policies that affect the veteran community.

Other important topics will include improving mental health care for the psychologically wounded and their families; eliminating lengthy delays after submitting disability claims to Veterans Affairs (VA); and increasing funding for construction projects to maintain the VA’s critical infrastructure.

“We look forward to creating a united front of veterans to achieve our legislative goals,” said DAV National Commander Donald L. Samuels. “It is important that lawmakers understand that some areas of the VA are facing inadequate funding. This is our healthcare system, and it is struggling to meet the needs of our nation’s veterans.”

Also on the agenda is the presentation of the Outstanding Disabled Veteran of the Year Award to J.R. Martinez who despite surviving severe burns to more than 40 percent of his body when his Humvee hit a land mine in Iraq has helped lift the spirits of other ill and injured veterans by sharing his story.

Sinise will also receive a special recognition for being vocal on veterans issues. His band, The Lieutenant Dan Band—named after his character in “Forest Gump”—will perform.