An unfortunate product of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are the many thousands
of men and women who, like generations before them, become wounded, injured or ill
as a result of their service. For nine decades DAV has been empowering those veterans
to lead healthy and successful lives after leaving military service.
Our mission simply is one of service and advocacy on behalf of the men and women
who put their lives on the line to ensure our safety, to protect our freedoms and
cherished way of life. What is right for our nation and our citizens is to take
care of those who served. We do this by never forgetting their sacrifices. We do
this by keeping our promise to them: to provide the resources and services they
need to enjoy the best quality of life possible.
We are a strong and influential advocate for veterans and fight to ensure they receive
the full range of services and protections they deserve. We accomplish this by providing
free professional assistance to all veterans and their families in obtaining benefits
from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and advocating for their rights on
Capitol Hill,and we do it all for free, without any government funding.
As an organization of veterans serving veterans, DAV has a proven track record of
results. Each year we assist with more than 300,000 claims to obtain needed benefits
through 100 offices throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. No other organization
has helped more veterans lead high-quality lives after service than ours. Our National
Service Officers counsel and assist veterans and their families in filing claims
for VA disability compensation, rehabilitation and education programs, pensions,
death benefits, employment and training programs. They provide free services, such
as information seminars and counseling and community outreach activities Our Transition
Service Officers provide benefits counseling and assistance to service members filing
initial claims for VA benefits. By filing compensation claims at separation centers
where service medical records and examination facilities are readily available,
we are able to provide prompt service to these future veterans.
Because the need is so great, DAV is assisting more veterans than ever. Our Mobile
Service Offices are reaching veterans in small towns and communities far from our
National Service Offices. We are offering our services and expertise to those men
and women as they prepare to leave the military service and return to civilian life.
Our Voluntary Services Programs are giving more aid to hospitalized veterans and
community support than ever before. Our nationwide Transportation Network continues
to log countless miles helping injured and ill veterans get to their appointments
at VA medical centers. Our Celebrity Entertainment Program is expanding to brighten
the lives and bring comfort to those lonely veterans at VA hospitals.
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