Jefferson City – During the recent Annual Meeting of the Missouri Association of Veteran’s Organizations (MAVO) in Jefferson City, former State Representative David Day of Dixon was honored for his service to Missouri Veterans.
Day received the MAVO Lifetime Achievement Award; the first time this award has been presented. Day has previously received the MAVO Legislator of the Year Award, the American Legion Legislator of the Year Award, and twice named the VFW Legislator of the Year.
MAVO Legislative Chairman, Rich Heigert said during the presentation “This is in recognition and sincere appreciation of a lifetime of outstanding service and assistance to the veterans of the Great State of Missouri. Your tireless efforts and dedication have helped to maintain and increase the benefits of those who have served God and Country. David may be the best friend veterans have ever had in the Missouri Legislature.”
“I am so honored to receive this award, it is also very humbling” Day said. “Working on veteran’s issues the past eight years is something I took very seriously and am proud that we had some success with the legislation I pushed out of my committee. To be recognized by a room full of our nation’s greatest, people who truly are our national treasures is something that is so special to me words can’t describe it” Day concluded.
Of the eight years in the Missouri House of Representatives, Day was Chairman of the House Veteran’s Committee for six years, making him the longest serving chairman of the Missouri Legislature during his final term. During that time Day carried several pieces of legislation aimed at helping Missouri Veterans, both past military service and those serving currently. In 2011 Day was invited to the Pentagon in Washington, DC and was honored by First Lady Michelle Obama for his work on legislation to aid active duty military families.
In Day’s last Legislative Session in 2012, he sponsored legislation that fully funded the Missouri Veteran’s Homes Programs and gave them their own source of funding rather than being dependent on the appropriations process in the legislature. This legislation ended several decades of fighting for money to run the Homes Program. Day was quoted on the House Floor during closing comments the evening the bill was Truly Agreed and Finally Passed as saying “After working on this issue for six years and others before me for much longer, I can’t think of a better end to a legislative career than this bill finally going to the Governor’s desk.”