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National Commander Bio

Darlene Spence, Auxiliary National Commander

Darlene Spence was elected National Commander at the 2022 DAV & Auxiliary National Convention in Orlando, Florida.  Eligible for membership through her husband, Percy, a retired member of the United States Air Force, Darlene continues to exhibit being “Committed All the Way” to serving veterans and their families.   

Darlene joined DAV Auxiliary in 2004 and is a life member of Randolph Area unit #17 in Universal City, Texas, where she currently holds the position of unit commander.  She also serves as Adjutant and Treasurer for the DAV Auxiliary State Department of Texas.   

Mrs. Spence believes in making a difference for veterans and their families through community volunteerism as well as through Auxiliary chapter and unit projects.  For example, she organizes and assists with the chapter and unit annual delivery of Christmas toys and clothing to children of veterans.  Four times per year she also organizes, shops, delivers, and assists with the disposition of toiletries, undergarments, and other items for veterans residing at a VA Rehabilitation Center.  

Now retired from a 40 year-long career in public banking, Darlene and her husband, Percy, reside in Selma, Texas.  When they are not busy with chapter and unit activities, they enjoy traveling, gardening, and spending time with family and friends. Darlene and Percy’s most recent pastime is restoring their 1959 Chevrolet Impala and taking short road trips in their already restored 1985 Chevrolet El Camino.