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Cindy LaPointe Dafler, is a Gold Star Wife; the widow of Combat Medic Spec 4 Joseph Guy LaPointe, Jr., one of only three conscientious objectors to have ever been awarded the Medal of Honor.

Born in Alliance, Ohio, raised in Dayton, and graduated from Belmont High School she worked for Electronic Data Systems (EDS) for 20 years, retiring as a Business Services Analyst.  She is the Secretary of Gold Star Wives Miami Valley Chapter, and Secretary of Gold Star Wives Midwest Region.

Cindy joined the AVHC volunteer family in September of 2004 with AVHC's first event, "Reliving Veterans' History."  The event grew into the Patriot Freedom Festival held annually over Memorial Day Weekend.  She was the AVHC Events Chair for eight years, from 2010 to 2018.  The Patriot Freedom Festival was replaced by the Patriot Salute Car Show held the second Saturday of September every year.  Cindy continues to be the editor for the Event Program.  

Cindy is a volunteer with Dayton VA Center for Development & Civic Engagment (CDCE), (formerly Voluntary Services), the AVHC Representative with CDCE, and AVHC's Little Green Light Database Admin, and GSuite for Non-Profits Admin.  She is still on the Events committee, and the Outreach Committee.