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

Happy holidays; looking ahead to 2017

We in the veteran community know all too well the impact of saying, “Send me; I will go,” when our nation asks its sons and
daughters to deploy forward to protect the homeland and our way of life.

As we rapidly approach our country’s most festive and—for many—most sacred time of year, I ask you to remember the toll that’s paid by families and loved ones when called away during the holiday season. As such, let us surround ourselves with those we hold dear and cherish the freedom we have to assemble, worship and celebrate the coming holidays as we see fit. Veterans and their families, together, have earned it.

Not long ago, I attended our DAV Auxiliary’s Fall Conference. Auxiliary National Commander Fran Costa’s message was very clear: We’re a stronger organization when we “march in lockstep” with each other. She couldn’t be more correct. DAV and the Auxiliary should support each other like overlapping fields of fire.

She has my support, and I am very grateful for hers as well.

This year, we’re honoring veterans at the DAV 5K Walk, Roll, Run or Ride in Atlanta, Cincinnati and in expansion cities Boston; Tulsa, Okla.; and Newport News, Va.

It’s incredible to see the outpouring of support from fellow veterans and military members, friends and neighbors alike at these races.

It takes hundreds of staff and volunteers to put on these 5K events and they, as well as the participants, have my heartfelt gratitude. This is a true example of “marching in lockstep” and shows just a sliver of what we can achieve when we come together in local communities.

Though we know the divide in experience between civilians and veterans has been growing for decades, I believe things like the DAV 5K can be instrumental in bridging that gap and bringing about a greater sense of mutual understanding and support.

DAV has a ton of momentum going into the new year. I hope you’ll help me keep the ball moving forward. If able, please join me at our 2017 Mid-Winter Conference in Washington, D.C., in February, as I deliver my testimony to Congress about issues affecting veterans and their families. Keep an eye on dav.org for further information about scheduling.

I’m looking forward to continuing the fight in 2017, and I’m very proud to have you with me as we continue this journey. It’s an absolute honor to serve as your National Commander.


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