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National Commander Commentary

National Commander Commentary

AnnMarie Hurley, Auxiliary National Commander

Teamwork lessons from The Rolling Stones

As we work to be the best we can be  for the benefit of our DAV and Auxiliary members, friends and families, we need to work as a team. A new friend told me a story about the Rolling Stones that provides a shining example of working together.

Since the band formed in 1962, surviving members Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood have performed more than 2,000 concerts worldwide and crafted more than 30 studio albums. But even after more than 60 years of playing together, they understand the need for teamwork.

Individual talents aside, these three legendary phenoms have repeatedly said there is no substitute for the commitment and deliberate practice required to build a better team. Even after being together for over 60 years, they still practice for two months before each tour.

We can learn a lot from the Stones. When DAV and Auxiliary members work in unison, our accomplishments are amazing. Working together makes us better equipped to deal with new challenges as they arise. Together, these challenges become incredible programs of support for both DAV and the Auxiliary.

Our alliance makes it easier to see when things need change. Because of this, the Auxiliary Service Program is now the Family Assistance Program. The program has evolved to provide veterans, their spouses and their children help for an emergency financial situation.

With all the changes shaped by our collective innovation and energy, let’s not forget the importance of giving our free time through volunteerism. In the Auxiliary, we need to be sure we are lending our physical support to assist our veteran community. When we show up and provide help to those in need, we can change—or even save—lives. We see these changes every day and have witnessed the harmony present when DAV and the Auxiliary work together.

We need to shine a light on the fact that we need more members. Talk to your family, friends and loved ones and let them know that it’s an honor to be part of DAV and the Auxiliary. Our membership sustains us, which means DAV and Auxiliary family members receive the benefits and care they need. Membership is our power. The more members we have, the greater our power.

If you want to find out more about the Auxiliary National Commander, you can find her biography here.