Disabled American Veterans

Blind Veterans National Chapter #1

September-October, 2009 Newsletter



Commander Dennis O’Connell

Phone 516 328-3438

Email: bvnc1@verizon.net

Senior Vice Commander Richard Bugbee

1st Junior Vice Commander Joe Wallace

2nd Junior Vice Commander Ralph Barrett

Judge Advocate Dave May

Chaplain Tony Martino

Phone 847 736 2111


Adjutant/Treasurer Paul Kaminsky

Phone 904 291-0576


Immediate Past Commander Eddie Humphrey



If you know of any member who is sick or deceased please inform one of the officers whose contact information is listed above.




It was a honor and a privilege to be elected as Commander to the Blind Veterans National Chapter #1 on August 21 at the 88th DAV National Convention in Denver, CO.

I hope to be able to meet the challenge and obligation as Commander, and with your help it shouldn’t be too difficult. At the Convention we passed some bylaw changes and after DAV National approves them they will be posted at our web site and sent out to the membership. The other main course of business was membership. The members in attendance approved a motion, for this fiscal year, to pay half of a new member’s first year initial payment of $80. This means if a new member joins the DAV Blind Veterans National Chapter #1 (BVNC #1) he/she won’t have to pay the initial payment of $80 but only half of that amount, $40. The other $40 will be paid by the BVNC #1. Nothing was suggested for the second or third year payment, but it will be brought up again at the 2010 DAV National Convention in Atlanta. We hope this will help all current members use this $40 incentive to recruit new members to our chapter.

My last comment is that I have created for myself a new email address about the BVNC#1. It is bvnc1@verizon.net. Any thing you want to send to me concerning our Blind Chapter send it to this address. This includes articles for our newsletter or any questions or comments you have for me.




Gerald C. Kinkade                   

363 Idle Hour Blvd.                                                         

Oakdale, NY 11769




Sterling P Molloy

602 Showplace Gateway

Branson MO 65616

Died March 11, 2009




Paul Kaminsky

Thought for September: Nothing in life is free!  Especially from the Government.

Just returned from our National Convention held in Denver, Colorado. The weather was fabulous. In the morning the sun would rise casting a purple color over the mountains.  Made you think "Purple Mountains Majesty".


Our newly elected slate of officers:

Dennis O'Connell from New York,  Commander.

Paul Kaminsky from Florida, Adjutant/Treasurer.

Richard Bugbee from Arizona, Sr. Vice Commander. 

Joe Wallace from Florida, 1st Jr. Vice Commander.

Ralph Barrett from Massachusetts, 2nd Jr. Vice Commander

Dave May from Ohio, Judge Advocate.

Rev. Anthony Martino from Wisconsin, Chaplain.



Dates to Remember:

Feb. 28 – Mar. 3, 2010 DAV Mid-Winter, Conference,

Crystal Gateway Marriott, Arlington, VA

July 31 – Aug. 3, 2010 DAV National Convention,

Hyatt Regency Atlanta, Atlanta, Georgia



United States Mint Announces Designs for Commemorative Coin

Honoring Disabled American Veterans

August 22, 2009

The United States Mint today announced the designs for the 2010 American Veterans Disabled for Life Silver Dollar at the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) National Convention in Denver. United States Mint Director Ed Moy unveiled the designs. Under the

American Veterans Disabled for Life Commemorative Coin Act (Public Law 110-277), the agency will mint and issue commemorative coins in honor of veterans who became disabled for life while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces.

The coin's designs, approved by Secretary of the Treasury Timothy F. Geithner on July 30, 2009, are emblematic of the service of our disabled veterans who made enormous personal sacrifices defending the principles of our democracy. The obverse (heads side) design depicts the legs and boots of three disabled veterans. The inscription in the banner along the coin's upper rim, THEY STOOD UP FOR US, pays tribute to the courageous disabled veterans who fought to

preserve our freedom. Additional inscriptions on the obverse are IN GOD WE TRUST, 2010 and LIBERTY.

The reverse (tails) design depicts a forget-me-not flower at the base of a wreath wrapped in a ribbon that cradles and supports clusters of oak branches.

The oak branches represent strength, while the forget-me-not is a widely accepted symbol of remembrance for those who sacrificed their blood and their health for our country's cause. The inscriptions are Take This Moment to Honor Our Disabled Defenders of Freedom, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, E PLURIBUS UNUM and ONE DOLLAR.

The United States Mint will mint proof and uncirculated versions of the commemorative $1 coin in 90 percent silver. The coins will bear the "W" mint mark of the United States Mint at West Point. Mintage is set at 350,000 coins across all product options.

Surcharges collected from sales of the 2010 American Veterans Disabled for Life Silver Dollar coins are authorized to be paid to the Disabled Veterans' LIFE Memorial Foundation. The surcharges will help the Foundation support the construction of the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial in Washington,

D.C., which was authorized by Congress in 2000.

The United States Mint, created by Congress in 1792, is the Nation's sole manufacturer of legal tender coinage. Its primary mission is to produce an adequate volume of circulating coinage for the Nation to conduct its trade and commerce. The United States Mint also produces proof, uncirculated and commemorative coins; Congressional Gold Medals; and silver, gold and platinum bullion coins.

Digital images of the 2010 American Veterans Disabled for Life Silver Dollar are available at


SOURCE United States Mint