About_DAV_TopImageA Legacy of Service, Hope for the Future

DAV is a nonprofit charity that provides a lifetime of support for veterans of all generations and their families, helping more than 1 million veterans in positive, life-changing ways each year. The organization provides more than 700,000 rides for veterans attending medical appointments and assists veterans with more than 300,000 benefit claims annually. In 2015, DAV helped attain more than $4 billion in new and retroactive benefits to care for veterans, their families and survivors.

DAV is also a leader in connecting veterans with meaningful employment, hosting job fairs and providing resources to ensure they have the opportunity to participate in the American Dream their sacrifices have made possible.

With almost 1,300 chapters and 1.3 million members across the country, DAV empowers our nation’s heroes and their families by helping to provide the resources they need and ensuring our nation keeps the promises made to them.

David W. Riley, National Commander

It’s time to get to work

It’s very important to me to say I’m grateful and humbled by the responsibility you’ve granted me. You have my sacred promise that I will devote every bit of energy I have to represent all of you during the course of the next year.

I want you to know I will never take for granted the privilege of working for our members and all of our country’s veterans.

DAV is leading from the front within the veteran community. This is very good for us and something I intend to continue. But I can’t do it alone and will need your help.

During every election cycle, veterans are part of the conversation, and we’re tossed around like a political football until the elections are over.

Veterans and families should not be treated like bargaining chips.

When an organization with 1.3 million members speaks—trust me—elected leaders listen.

I’m asking you to join me in being a vocal advocate for veterans and their families to ensure we get the care and benefits we’ve earned.

You can easily do this by accessing DAV CAN (Commander’s Action Network) online at davcan.org. With a few simple clicks of a button, you can add your voice to our cause and get up-to-the-minute updates on the issues we face.

World events continue to demonstrate the need for DAV. Those engaged in the profession of arms continue to become a smaller community, yet the burden America places on these men and women has increased during 15 years of constant battle.

Like many of us, DAV was there for me when I didn’t know where to turn. Now, we have an obligation to ensure we do not leave behind our brothers and
sisters in need.

Since the battles of Lexington and Concord in 1775, generations of the finest men and women our nation has produced have established an unbroken
commitment to freedom. DAV continues to ensure the promises made to those who secure that freedom are kept, and it’s my greatest honor to continue to
serve beside you.


If you want to find out more about the National Commander, you can find his biography here.