Weaver’s support of veterans never wavers through time
I’ve asked this question before, but I want to ask again: What do you do or have done to support our military veterans who have served this nation so well?
I ask that question in response to some of the stickers we sometimes see such as “Support our veterans.” That’s because I often wonder what does the individual who has the sticker on his vehicle do to back up that statement.
But then I think of Brevard and so many people I have met through the years as a journalist, and I find that the support here for our military and veterans is very good.
Then, there are those individuals who seem to always be advocating for veterans, whether on their own or through organizations.
One of those outstanding individuals is Donn Weaver.
Weaver, who resides in Cocoa Beach, served in the Army from 1968 to 1972. Then, he went on in civilian life to be a foreign service officer before retiring after 40 years.
Now, he serves veterans through the different organizations to which he belongs. He is a past president of the Cape Canaveral Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America, where he now heads the organization’s Good Deed Foundation.
“It’s my calling,” he said.
The Good Deed Foundation is involved in many endeavors that honor and serve veterans and their families through Brevard Veterans Court, Wreaths Across America and other efforts.
Weaver, a Gold Star father whose son Army 1st. Lt. Todd Weaver was killed in Afghanistan, is often seen at the Brevard Veterans Museum on Merritt Island, where he served as president and as chairman of the Brevard Veterans Council. He was chairman of the center’s expansion committee that a year ago completed a major expansion of the museum.
“It’s about how I can rise above the worst tragedy a parent can experience and to do something meaningful for the legacy of our veterans.”
During the recent Veterans Day week, he was the guest speaker at Senior Life’s Boomer Bash Senior Expo and Veterans Muster held at the Valiant Air Command Warbird Museum in Titusville. He left there right after his speech, so he could be at Sabal Elementary School in Melbourne to speak to school children about veterans and Veterans Day.
So now, when you see a sticker or hear someone talk about supporting veterans, you will know that Weaver is one of those individuals in Brevard County who puts those words into action.