Robert H. Cox Chapter 129 was established by Charter in 1966. We provide services to veterans across north Macomb and Oakland counties.
Our DAV Hall is a prominent “historic landmark” built in the late 1880s. It sits back on the eastside of Dequindre Rd on approximately 5 acres. It was originally used for livestock, feed storage, and the occasional “barn dance”. Shortly after the turn of the last century, owners discovered that the barn dances were more popular and more lucrative than using the barn for typical farm purposes. Consequently, the “Red Barn” was then on used almost exclusively for barn dances, parties and other events up until the outbreak of WWII. The Flea Markets have been operating here since the 1970s.
Each year we hold our largest local fundraiser, the Forget-Me-Not drive. All monies raised through this campaign are strictly dedicated to helping local veterans in need.
(For the history of the Forget-Me-Not campaign, please go to http://davauxiliary.tumblr.com/post/95999188887/origin-of-forget-me-not-drives)
Chapter 129 also has an Auxiliary Unit made up of family members of past and present Chapter members. They are a great asset to the Chapter! (For more information about DAV Auxiliary, please go to http://auxiliary.dav.org)
DISABLED AMERICAN VETERANS MISSION STATEMENT
Fulfilling our promises to the men and women who served.
We are dedicated to a single purpose: empowering veterans to lead high-quality lives with respect and dignity. We accomplish this by ensuring that veterans and their families can access the full range of benefits available to them; fighting for the interests of America’s injured heroes on Capitol Hill; and educating the public about the great sacrifices and needs of veterans transitioning back to civilian life.
- Providing free, professional assistance to veterans and their families in obtaining benefits and services earned through military service and provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and other agencies of government.
- Providing outreach concerning its program services to the American people generally, and to disabled veterans and their families specifically.
- Representing the interests of disabled veterans, their families, their widowed spouses and their orphans before Congress, the White House and the Judicial Branch, as well as state and local government.
- Extending DAV’s mission of hope into the communities where these veterans and their families live through a network of state-level Departments and local Chapters.
- Providing a structure through which disabled veterans can express their compassion for their fellow veterans through a variety of volunteer programs.
Chapter 129 Commander Randy Whitmire
Senior Vice Commander: Danny Cusenza
Junior Vice Commander: Jonathan Drake
Treasurer: Dave Kursinsky
Chaplain: Bud Bartley
Hall Manager: Cathy Perry
Americanism/Social Media/Publicity: Toni Deaton
Unit 129 (Aux) Commander
Senior Vice Commander: Carolyn Kursinsky
Junior Vice Commander: Linda Cooper
Adjutant: Louise Dezur
Treasurer: Sandi McMasters
Chaplain: Frank Morgan