Students earn scholarships, learn about service

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Jesse Brown Memorial Scholarships provide thousands to young volunteers A common belief among athletes is that championships are earned in the offseason. That is to say one must work in his or her downtime to achieve a coveted goal. The same rings true for DAV’s Jesse Brown Memorial Youth Scholarship Program, which awards young volunteers dedicated to serving veterans. “The summertime months are the perfect opportunity for youth to volunteer on behalf of our nation’s heroes,” said National Director of … Read More

Ford Continues Support for Transportation Program, Youth Scholarships

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Ford Motor Company, a longtime DAV supporter, presented DAV with $200,000 during the National Convention for the purchase of seven new vehicles for the  organization’s nationwide Transportation Network, which provides free rides for veterans to and from their medical appointments. Another $78,000 was donated to DAV for the annual National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic and DAV’s Jesse Brown Memorial Youth Scholarship Program. Ford Motor Company Fund Community  Relations Manager Lynn Quigley said the fund is honored to support our … Read More

Young Volunteers Win DAV Scholarships

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Recipients come from across the nation including Washington, D.C., Calif. and Idaho LAS VEGAS (August 2, 2012) — DAV has selected eight of the nation’s outstanding young volunteers to receive cash awards from the Jesse Brown Memorial Youth Scholarship Program. The first-place scholarship of $20,000 was awarded to Christiana Mae Hess of Martinsburg, W.Va., who has contributed more than 347 hours of service at the Department of Veterans Affairs medical center in Martinsburg. The second-place scholarship of $15,000 went to … Read More

Ford Donates Vans to Deliver Veterans to Medical Appointments

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COLD SPRING, Ky. – Through the generosity of the Ford Motor Company Fund, DAV (Disabled American Veterans) will be able to continue to provide free transportation to America’s injured and ill veterans who might not otherwise be able to access needed medical care. Ford, a long-time DAV supporter, is donating another $200,000 for the purchase of seven new vehicles for the organization’s nationwide Transportation Network, which provides rides for veterans to and from their medical appointments at no cost. Ford … Read More

Youth volunteer scholarship eligibility expanded

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Voluntary Services Director John Kleindienst recently announced changes in the Jesse Brown Memorial Youth Scholarship Program, which is designed to give volunteers more flexibility in earning a chance to offset the costs of higher education. “We recognized our youth volunteers have a lot of things competing for their time,” said Kleindienst. “Things like academics, familial commitments and even extracurricular activities that many colleges look favorably on come at a price in regards to a person’s time. So, we changed the … Read More

Volunteerism goes back to nation’s founding

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America is deeply rooted in the spirit of volunteerism. At many points throughout our history, it has been volunteers freely giving their time and energy that yielded monumental victories. The same is true for DAV. John Kleindienst, Director of Voluntary Services, said DAV volunteers certainly have a lot to be proud of. “These numbers speak for themselves,” said Kleindienst. “For instance, since the DAV Transportation Network began in 1987, our volunteers have logged enough miles to have driven almost 83,000 … Read More

Jesse Brown Scholarship nominations due soon

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The Jesse Brown Scholarship Award is a valuable incentive for high school students to get involved with the many volunteer opportunities available to them through DAV. Jesse Brown’s service and dedication to ill and injured veterans was remarkable. After serving as DAV National Headquarters Executive Director, he was selected by the President of the United States to become the first African American Secretary of Veteran’s Affairs in 1993. This scholarship program, which empowers young people to pursue higher learning, honors … Read More

Misusing pronouns

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I’m guilty of misusing pronouns and I try to kick myself each time I do it. But, I know it’s human nature and many of us, as we go about our lives, are guilty of it. What am I talking about? How many of us have used the proverbial “we” or “they” when discussing an issue affecting our community? “We really ought to do something about the trash in the park.” What about this one? “They should really fix the … Read More

The Jesse Brown Memorial Youth Scholarship Program

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The Jesse Brown Memorial Youth Scholarship program honors eight outstanding young men and women each year for their volunteer support of veterans in the name of DAV through the VA Voluntary Service Program (VAVS) and/or through DAV’s Local Veterans Assistance Program (LVAP). The award is named after Jesse Brown, a Marine veteran who was wounded in Vietnam in 1965, and is backed by Ford Motor Company. Jesse Brown’s injuries did not stop his life calling of serving others. He joined … Read More

Ford Partnership With DAV A Lasting Legacy

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WASHINGTON – Through the generosity of the Ford Motor Company, DAV (Disabled American Veterans) will be able to provide free transportation to more of America’s injured and ill veterans who may otherwise go without needed medical care. Ford, a long-time DAV supporter, is donating another $200,000 for the purchase of seven new vehicles for the organization’s nationwide Transportation Network, which provides free rides for veterans to and from their medical appointments.  Another $78,000 has been donated to DAV for the … Read More