We All Can Stand With Veterans

DAV offers a wide range of opportunities for individuals who want to make good on the commitment we’ve given our nation’s heroes. Volunteer at our nation’s VA hospitals, drive veterans to appointments or provide specialized help based on individual needs. No matter who you are, or what your level of experience, you can stand by our nation’s veterans.


Service is the cornerstone of DAV’s mission of empowering veterans to lead high-quality and fulfilled lives. But we would not be able to serve our nation’s heroes without thousands of dedicated youth volunteers across the country.

From volunteering at a local Department of Veterans Affairs medical center to assisting veterans within their local communities—and everything in between—DAV youth volunteers across the country are committed to serving our ill and injured heroes. In 2012 alone, DAV youth volunteers donated nearly 50,000 hours of their time. DAV wants to recognize them for their efforts.


Jesse Brown

The Jesse Brown Memorial Youth Scholarship Program honors young volunteers who are dedicated to serving veterans. Each year, one outstanding applicant receives the top scholarship in the amount of $20,000 to help fund their higher education. Additional scholarships are awarded in other amounts.

2013’s top honor went to Max Freeman of Northport, N.Y., who volunteered 1,200 hours helping veterans find homes, apply for jobs and set up accessible personal computers for nursing home residents.

“Volunteering for veterans is very rewarding,” Freeman said. “You’re helping America’s heroes. I’ve learned a lot from veterans, and they have served as real role models.”

The scholarship is open to volunteers age 21 or younger who have contributed a minimum of 100 hours credited through DAV or DAV Auxiliary. Nominations for this award may be submitted by the Voluntary Service Program Manager at a VA medical center, DAV Department Commander, or students may self-nominate themselves with inclusion of an essay on what volunteering for veterans means for them. To nominate a student volunteer, click here. To self-nominate, click here.

Named after former National Service Officer and Secretary of Veterans Affairs Jesse Brown, this award honors the memory of a DAV leader dedicated to serving veterans through recognition of those who carry on his legacy of service.

Mail submission materials to:

National Headquarters
Voluntary Services Department
3725 Alexandria Pike
Cold Spring, KY  41076

Submit nominations forms via email.



  • Scholarships can be awarded to any volunteer who is age 21 or younger and has volunteered for a minimum of 100 hours at a VA medical center during the previous calendar year. All volunteer hours must be credited to the Disabled American Veterans.
  • Volunteer hours accumulated under the DAV’s Local Veterans Assistance Program (LVAP) are also eligible for consideration.
  • Scholarships can be used at any accredited institution of higher learning; to include universities, colleges, community colleges, vocational schools, etc.
  • Scholarships must be utilized in full prior to the recipient attaining the age of 25, or within 6 years of receiving the scholarship, whichever is later.
  • Immediate family members of the DAV national organization are eligible to receive a scholarship.
  • Nominations for this award may be submitted by the Voluntary Service Program Manager at the VA medical center, DAV Department Commander, or the student may complete a self-nomination.
  • All nomination packets should include a nomination form, essay, and any supporting documentation which you would like to have considered by the Selection Committee.