Dave Simmons was raised and educated in Maryland where he enlisted in the US Army in 1969. He served in Vietnam, first with the 196th Light Infantry Brigade, Americal Division, then with the 71st Assault Helicopter Company.
Dave joined VVA in February 1994, and was a Delegate to the VVA National Convention in 1995. He has attended every National Convention since Houston as a Delegate. He has served as President of VVA Chapter 37, and when VVA Chapter 985 was formed in his home town, he then became Vice-President for that Chapter. Seven years ago, he became the West Virginia State Council President, and has had the privilege of serving with a dedicated group of fellow officers.
He has been honored to be the recipient of both the VVA Achievement Medal and the VVACommendation Medal. He has served as the Task Force Chair for VVA’s Veterans Against Drugs Program for nine years. He also serves on both the Incarcerated Committee and the Minority Affairs Committees.
He is married to his Junior High sweetheart and they have four children and seven grandchildren.