Chapter 10 2019 Holiday Banquet

We want you to join us on Sunday, December 8, 2019, for Chapter 10's Annual Holiday Banquet.  It will be held at American Legion Post 177, 3939 Oak St, Fairfax, VA. 


Please join us in celebrating 69 years of service.  We will be honoring our volunteers, collecting clothing donations to the Washington DC VAMC Winterhaven Homeless Veterans Stand-Down, conducting a silent auction and presenting the John Maki Distinguished Service Award.


Tickets are $20.00 per person or $10.00 per person if you bring a clothing donation for the Washington DC VAMC Winterhaven Homeless Veterans Stand-Down.  We can receive cash, check or credit card at the event. However, if you are interested in pre-paying, please indicate so in your RSVP and we will send you the link. The menu includes your choice of prime rib and chicken cordon bleu.  We are suggesting business attire. 

2:00 pm Light reception with cash bar
2:30 pm Introductions and Recognition Ceremony        
3:15 pm Dinner (a brief award ceremony and the silent auction will follow)

We need to ensure we have an appropriate head count for the caterers, so please RSVP.  To RSVP for the Holiday Banquet, Click Here!

Items Needed for the Washington DC VAMC Winterhaven Homeless Veterans Stand-Down

The Washington DC VAMC Winterhaven Homeless Veterans Stand-Down will be Saturday, January 25, 2020, from 8 am to 1 pm.  It will be held at the Washington DC VAMC located at 50 Irving St., Washington DC, 20422.  If you are interested in being a volunteer, Click Here! Volunteers are requested to be there from 7 am to 4 pm. The deadline for volunteer application submission is December 14, 2019.

Based on the number of veterans that passed through the VA Medical Center last year (775/Male and 65/Female), they are setting a target of 800 of the following supplies, please no used clothing unless it's a gently used coat that has been dry-cleaned:

Men’s T-shirts (Larger Sizes)
Men’s Underwear (Larger Sizes)
Thermal Underwear (Larger Sizes)
Sweat Pants/Shirts (Larger Sizes)
New Winter Coats (Men’s Larger Sizes)
Gently Used Winter Coats (MUST be dry cleaned)
Winter Boots (Men’s sizes 10, 11, 12, 13 & 14)
Winter Boots (Ladies' sizes 8, 9, 10)
Toothbrushes – Full Size
Toothpaste – Full Size
Plastic Ponchos
Winter Gloves
Winter Knit Hats
Go Pack Tissues
Playing Cards

Women Veterans
90% of the veterans coming through Winterhaven are men. This year, the VA is  looking for donors to stock the ladiess cold weather gear - with target numbers of 80 of the items listed above.  If you would like to help our female veterans specifically, please consider supplies for women (coats, boots, t-shirts).



John served Chapter 10 in many positions to include Commander and Adjutant for 10 years.  More importantly, he served as a mentor and leader to many of the Chapter 10 Officers that followed.  Due to his service in the U. S. Army with the 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment as a reconnaissance scout, John incurred disabilities in the line of duty.   He served as the Department of Wyoming Commander from 1987-1988. That led to his professional career of 28 years with DAV.  John left us way too soon in June 2016.    


To honor the service, dedication and unrelenting advocacy for disabled veterans and their families, Chapter 10 created the John Maki Distinguished Service Award which is presented annually at our Holiday Banquet. 

The John Maki Distinguished Service Award
The John Maki Distinguished Service Award Winners
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Jim Procunier
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Shane Liermann
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Gary Salpini