#BorneTheBattle 40: Marc Burgess – Navy Veteran, DAV National Adjutant


VA works with many Veteran Service Organization to serve our Veterans. One of those longstanding partnerships has been Disabled American Veterans, an organization that has been around since World War I. DAV helps Veterans navigate the VA system, primarily by assisting with claims. They also provide a network and community for Veterans to thrive in. This week’s featured guest is with DAV’s National Adjutant, Marc Burgess.

About Marc:

J. Marc Burgess, a veteran of the Persian Gulf War, was appointed National Adjutant of the1.3 million-member DAV, on June 1, 2013. As DAV’s senior staff official, National Adjutant Burgess serves as the organization’s Chief Executive Officer and leads the 650-member DAV staff, managing all
operations of the organization of wartime injured and ill veterans, one of America’s largest charitable institutions.
Mr. Burgess served in the U.S. Navy from October 1987 through October 1992, when he was medically discharged. His service included crew member and plank-owner aboard the USS Normandy. He joined DAV before his discharge from the Navy and is a life member of Chapter 19 in Cold Spring,Ky.

Covered in Episode 40:

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Timothy Lawson

Timothy Lawson has been a member of VA’s Digital Media Engagement team since April 2016 and is the host of VA’s official podcast, Borne the Battle. He graduated from American University’s School of Communications in 2016 with a degree in Broadcast Journalism. Tim is a Marine Corps Veteran having served as a Marine Security Guard posted at embassies in Algeria, Russia, and Peru.


  1. Kathryn huckeba    

    I too am a 100% disabled veteran over 65. From what I heard Secretary Shulkin say it was his own choice to cut our unemployability benefits in order to offer more benefits in other areas. He said he seemed this necessary and we could simply go on social security. He may be a doctor but a business man he is not. He scares me to death. He knows nothing about our needs beyond VA hospital services. I hope President Trump will NOT let this sneak in buried under another bill up for vote in Congress. It certainly would break his promise

  2. John Murphy    

    I am concerned about this new VA Budget where us vets that are 100% Disabled and marked Unemployable, are the ones that may loose our entire benefit, just because the Republcans don’t have enough money in the budget to do all they need to do, so they need to take it from us, the totally disabled veteran. Are they out of their minds? Why would they even propose such a thing.

    I hope this is called politics and its there to get the other side nuts and for notation purposes and not something they would actually do.

    What’s your take on this?

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