A 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 keep the promises made to them.
Moses A. McIntosh, Jr., National Commander
Leaving with a heavy heart
During my tenure serving as your National Commander, I’ve had the opportunity to communicate with many of you through a variety of forums. None have made my heart as heavy as I prepare this column knowing it is my last. It’s been the greatest honor and privilege to serve our organization.
I told you during the 2015 National Convention that DAV was very busy. I also promised you, in no uncertain terms, we would get busier. I told you I couldn’t do it alone and asked for your help.
Saying you stepped up and took on that challenge is a huge understatement.
This year, we once again took our many voices and powerful message directly to Congress’ door and told our lawmakers we expected them to pass the Veterans Affairs Family Caregivers Expansion and Improvement Act. This bill would open the VA Family Caregiver program to all eligible veterans of any era who were severely injured during their military service.
The Family Caregiver program provides peer-to-peer support, home health training and financial support to caregivers of injured veterans. Providing equitable provisions for family caregivers of ill or injured veterans for the many years of service before 9/11 is simply the right thing to do and just plain common sense.
DAV’s Transportation Network continues to provide this important service to our fellow veterans, but we’re seeing a shortage of drivers. If you have the time, I encourage you to consider taking part in this rewarding program, or encourage someone you know to do so. Our volunteer drivers, as well as our volunteers at VA hospitals and those who participate in our Local Veterans Assistance Program, consistently tell us that their own lives have been enriched by taking part in these noteworthy volunteer initiatives.
I’m very proud of the strides our National Employment Program has made since its inception in 2014. As I write this, more than 44,000 veterans and spouses have attended DAV All Veterans Career Fairs with over 14,000 jobs offered by employers actively recruiting veteran talent.
DAV came into my life after military service when I needed it most. Thanks to the lifetime of support our organization provides, life for my family and me has been enhanced for the better. Because of this, I wanted to become active within the group that has given me so much. Thank you for placing your sacred trust in me by electing me your National Commander. I continue to be inspired by all of you and your commitment to veterans and their families.
I plan to remain busy on DAV’s behalf and hope you will as well. Farewell, and may God bless you and your family.
If you want to find out more about the National Commander, you can find his biography here.