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.
David W. Riley, National Commander
David W. Riley was elected National Commander of the 1.3 million-member DAV at the organization’s 2016 National Convention in Atlanta, Georgia. He was selected DAV Outstanding Disabled Veteran of the Year for 2010. He also served as Chairman of the organization’s Convention Committee on Legislation and Veterans’ Rights.
Mr. Riley is a veteran of both the U.S. Army and the U.S. Coast Guard. In the Army (1976-82) he served as a radar repair technician with tours of duty including Korea. He joined the Coast Guard in 1983 and served as a helicopter rescue swimmer. While on active duty at the Coast Guard Aviation Training Center in Mobile, Ala., he contracted septic shock pneumococcus sepsis. He was hospitalized for three months and lost all four limbs and some internal organs due to the infection.
Following his medical retirement from the Coast Guard in 1997, Mr. Riley earned a bachelor’s degree in computer sciences and a master’s degree in computer science. He is a retired analyst for Gulf Coast Technical Services.
Mr. Riley is a life member of Chapter 7 in Mobile, Ala. He also volunteers at the VA outpatient clinic in Mobile.
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