Major Gary Weaver, USMC (Ret), is a public relations professional, writer and event planner who advocates on behalf of veterans and wounded warriors. He joined the Marine Corps in 1965, was commissioned a second lieutenant in 1967, and later served in the Republic of Vietnam (1969-1970) with the Provisional Marine Aircraft Group 39 in Quang Tri Province as an air traffic control officer.
Following his retirement from the Marine Corps in 1986, Gary worked as an investment broker until a fateful encounter with a disabled veteran lead to a career of service with the Disabled American Veterans (DAV). He was eventually appointed the DAV's National Communications Director and served in that role for fourteen years until his retirement in 2011.
As DAV's Communications Director, he spearheaded the development of numerous advertising, marketing and outreach initiatives including the DAV Flight Team Air Show, partnerships with the NFL and MLB, publication of DAV Magazine, sponsorship of the National Memorial Day Concert on PBS, as well as countless military appreciation campaigns with major corporations such as Golden Corral and Harley Davidson. He has also collaborated on numerous PBS documentary films, including the Emmy Award-winning Korean War Stories (2001), World War II Memorial: A Testament to Freedom (2004), The March of the Bonus Army (2006), and Hallowed Grounds (2009).
“In a world that has become increasingly more perilous and unpredictable, honoring and supporting those who sacrifice to protect our cherished freedoms, has never been more important. As a disabled veteran, I am honored to stand with the Gary Sinise Foundation to help fulfill its obligation… to serve our active-duty military, veterans who bear the scars of war, first responders and their families… as they have served our nation.”
— Gary weaver