WASHINGTON—DAV and AAFMAA will continue their partnership to ensure that association members receive free, professional assistance with their claims for earned Department of Veterans Affairs and other government benefits.
Under a new Memorandum of Agreement signed November 15, DAV’s nationwide network of National Service Officers and Transition Service Officers will assist AAFMAA members with benefits counseling, claim development and representation from initial filing through the appeals process.
“Through this extraordinary partnership with AAFMAA, DAV is able to provide even greater service to the veterans who need our representation,” said Washington Headquarters Executive Director Garry Augustine. “For more than a century, AAFMAA has been protecting service members and their families with low-cost life insurance and survivor assistance services, and DAV is honored to offer our services to them as well.”
“Our partnership with the DAV has enabled us to provide premier VA claims coordination for our members utilizing the DAV’s nationwide network of Service Offices. This is of great value to AAFMAA members as well as other veterans that file disability claims with the Department of Veterans Affairs. Working side-by-side we can reach out to the veteran population and provide much needed guidance and information,” said BG Michael J Meese, USA, Ret., Chief Operating Officer and Secretary.
“DAV’s professional services will be a great enhancement to AAFMAA’s military benefits counseling and other advisory services,” said National Service Director Jim Marszalek. “So, when AAFMAA is serving a veteran who might benefit from DAV services, the association will refer him or her to the nearest DAV National Service Office.”
DAV empowers veterans to lead high-quality lives with respect and dignity. It is dedicated to a single purpose: fulfilling our promises to the men and women who served. DAV does this by ensuring that veterans and their families can access the full range of benefits available to them; fighting for the interests of America’s injured heroes on Capitol Hill; and educating the public about the great sacrifices and needs of veterans transitioning back to civilian life. DAV, a non-profit organization with 1.2 million members, was founded in 1920 and chartered by the U. S. Congress in 1932.
AAFMAA was established on January 13, 1879 as a result of the Battle of Little Big Horn—”Custer’s Last Stand.” AAFMAA provides low-cost life insurance, member benefits, financial planning*, investment management* and trust services* to American Armed Forces personnel and their families. AAFMAA is a non-profit, member-owned association open to all branches of the American Armed Forces. Learn more about AAFMAA at www.aafmaa.com.
*Financial planning, investment management and trust services provided by AAFMAA Wealth Management & Trust LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of AAFMAA.