The Diane J. and Robert A. McDonald Family Foundation was recently recognized by the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) at their Dinner of Gratitude on September 27, 2021 for being a “champion for veterans and DAV’s mission.” The McDonald family, led by past Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs, Robert A. McDonald, helped raise money for DAV’s new national headquarters in Erlanger, Kentucky, south of Cincinnati, Ohio and contributed a gift from the foundation. Also, the foundation helped work to organize a benefit concert of patriotic music in Cincinnati’s Music Hall of the renowned Cincinnati Pops Orchestra led by Maestro John Morris Russell with performances by Melinda Doolittle and the West Point Glee Club. The Secretary’s son, an attorney for Taft Law in Cincinnati, is serves as the Chair of the Board of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.
DAV was started in Cincinnati, Ohio by Cincinnati Judge Robert S. Marx in 1920. Judge Marx had served in World War I as an Army Captain. He received the Distinguished Service Cross for his gallantry. He recognized the country was ill-equipped to provide the medical care and services the more than 200,000 injured and ill returning veterans needed and earned. DAV has been fighting for America’s four million disabled veterans ever since.
I was so grateful for the support of The Procter & Gamble Company and its Veterans for the DAV event. Here’s a picture of the P&G contingent and me.
I recently traveled to West Point for the festivities around the annual Distinguished Graduate Awards (DGA) and the Alumni Parade. The DGAs involved a dinner at Herbert Hall, our alumni building, and a parade to the statue of Sylvanus Thayer, and a Corps of Cadets parade. As the Chairman of the Board of the Association […]
I recently visited West Point and met with Todd Browne, West Point Class of 1985 and President and CEO of the Association of Graduates (AOG) at Herbert Hall, the offices of the AOG. I met with Todd in his office and we talked about a number of issues. We then reviewed the composition of the […]
What follows is a journal type re-cap of my experience not only as a recipient of the Horatio Alger Award, but my interactions with other award winners as well. Upon landing in the Washington, D.C. area we grabbed our luggage, and then took a taxi to the Ritz-Carlton Hotel on 22nd Street in Georgetown which […]