Board of Directors

Current Board


Dennis Joyner, President

J. Marc Burgess, Vice President

Gene Murphy, Secretary/Treasurer

Roberto Barrera, Director

David Gorman, Director

James Sursely, Director

David Riley, Director


Former Board


Lois B. Pope

Co-Founder and Chairman

Mrs. Pope is a Florida philanthropist whose commitment to disabled veterans dates back 40 years to a performance she gave at the Rusk Rehabilitation Center in New York. In 1998, she joined forces with DAV National Adjutant Arthur H. Wilson and the late Secretary of Veterans Affairs Jesse Brown to create the Disabled Veterans’ Life Memorial Foundation.

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Arthur H. Wilson

Co-Founder and President

Arthur H. Wilson, who served in Vietnam, the Philippines, Thailand, and Taiwan, is an outspoken advocate for the disabled and strives to ensure that Americans understand the sacrifices made by disabled veterans.

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Gene A. Murphy

Treasurer

Gene Murphy was paralyzed in 1969 by two gunshots to his right side while serving as an Army sergeant in Vietnam and was awarded a Purple Heart and Bronze Star with V Device. National Commander of the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) in 1987-88, he was named South Dakota's Handicapped Citizen of the Year in 1979. In 1984, Mr. Murphy was honored by the National DAV as the nation's Outstanding Disabled Veteran of the Year.

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Dennis A. Joyner

Secretary

Dennis Joyner became a triple amputee after a land mine explosion while on patrol in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta in 1969. He was awarded a Purple Heart and Bronze Star.

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Allen F. “Gunner” Kent

Director

Allen Kent was appointed adjutant general of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) in August 2005. Prior to his appointment, he served as the Veterans Service Organization Liaison in the department of Veterans Affairs in Washington, D.C. from 1996 to 2005.

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Diane Musselmann

Director

Diane Musselmann brings a wealth of experience and a unique perspective as a caregiver to her late husband, Ken, who sacrificed his legs in Vietnam.

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Roberto “Bobby” Barrera

Director

Bobby Barrera was elected to the Board in 2013. He enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in February 1969 and while serving in Vietnam, he was seriously burned when enemy forces exploded a 500-pound land mine beneath his armored personnel carrier. His military awards and decorations include the Purple Heart Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, the Vietnam Campaign Medal and Combat Action Ribbon.

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In Memoriam


The Late Jesse Brown

Co-Founder and the Foundation's First Executive Director

Jesse Brown was a U.S. Marine who lost the use of his right arm after being wounded during Vietnam combat in 1965. Undeterred by his disability, he became a dedicated advocate for veterans and joined the professional staff of Disabled American Veterans (DAV) in 1967 after a lengthy recuperation from his combat wounds.

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The Late Kenneth G. Musselmann

Director

Kenneth Musselmann was elected to the Board in 1998. Mr. Musselmann lost both his legs to gunshot wounds and a land mine explosion in Vietnam. He was DAV National Commander in 1986-87 and was the Adjutant of the DAV Department of California from 1989 to 2008.

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The Late Gordon H. Mansfield

Director

Mr. Mansfield served as Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs from 2005 to 2009 under President George W. Bush. He previously served as VA Assistant Secretary for Congressional and Legislative Affairs from 2001 to 2004 and was Acting Secretary of Veterans Affairs from October to December 2007.

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