Board of Directors

Current Board

Dennis Joyner

President

Dennis Joyner, a combat-disabled veteran of the Vietnam War, was appointed board president for the Disabled Veterans’ Life Memorial Foundation in 2015. Prior to his appointment, he served on the board as secretary from 2008 to 2015.

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J. Marc Burgess

Vice President

J. Marc Burgess, a veteran of the Gulf War, was appointed national adjutant of the more than 1 million- member DAV (Disabled American Veterans) on June 1, 2013. In 2015, Burgess was elected vice-president of the Disabled Veterans’ Life Memorial Foundation, a separate, affiliated entity of DAV.

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Eugene A. Murphy

Secretary/Treasurer

Eugene A. Murphy, who was paralyzed by gunshot wounds in Vietnam, served as national commander of DAV (Disabled American Veterans) from 1987 to 1988. In 1998, Murphy was elected treasurer of the Disabled Veterans’ Life Memorial Foundation, and continues to serve as secretary/treasurer.

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Joe Parsetich

Director

Joseph “Joe” Parsetich, a service-connected disabled Air Force veteran of the Vietnam War, is currently serving as national commander for the more than 1 million-member DAV. He was elected to the organization’s highest office at the 2022 DAV & Auxiliary National Convention in Orlando, Florida.

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David W. Riley

Director

Mr. Riley is a veteran of both the U.S. Army and the U.S. Coast Guard. In the Army (1976-82) he served as a radar repair technician with tours of duty including Korea.

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David W. Gorman

Director

David W. Gorman, a combat-disabled veteran of the Vietnam War, was appointed executive director of DAV’s Washington Headquarters in 1995, holding that position until his retirement in 2011. His responsibilities included oversight of DAV’s national service, legislative and voluntary service programs.

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Donald L. Samuels

Director

Donald L. Samuels, A native of Louisville, Ky., Mr. Samuels served in the Marine Corps from 1960 to 1969, when he was discharged due to injuries sustained in the Battle for Hill 881N near Khe Sanh.

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Arthur H. Wilson

Ex-Officio Member

Arthur H. Wilson, a service-connected Vietnam veteran who served in the U.S. Air Force, was co-founder of the Disabled Veterans’ Life Memorial Foundation in 1998, and served as president of the board until 2015. He currently still serves as ex-officio member.

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Former Board Members