The Voice of Veterans
Here you will find DAV’s communications, internal and external, from our annual reports to downloadable graphics and posters that speak to the sacrifice and honor of our men and women who served. You’ll also find useful manuals, messages from our top leadership and simple instructions for handling our flag with care and respect.
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Message from the National Commander
Thomas Jefferson wasn’t the first great thinker to consider the merits of a democratic form of government responsible to the people it governed. But the words in which he penned this concept have become etched in the soul of every American: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”
The sage of Monticello reminds us we should be “in pursuit of happiness” every day. No one knows that more than those who have been changed by military service. For Jefferson, his pursuit of happiness involved the cultivation of family and friendships, his reading, his deep passion for music, his favorite exercise of walking, and his joy of sharing good food and drink with friends.
So, I encourage us all to enter the new year with a goal of pursuing happiness a little bit every day. You and your families have absolutely earned the right to lead normal, fulfilling lives. Read more…
Message from the National Adjutant
I welcome you all to 2015. It’s a bright, new year, and I believe there is much in store for DAV and our members. We closed the past year knowing we had done our due diligence on behalf of veterans and their families. With the help of grassroots and member support, several DAV provisions have been passed into law as part of the Fiscal Year 2015 omnibus spending package.
Advance appropriations for all VA’s mandatory benefits payments—including disability compensation, pension, DIC and the GI Bill—will now be fully funded a year in advance. And key directives on care for women veterans have been included as well, coming directly from language in DAV’s study, “Women Veterans: The Long Journey Home.” These represent some of the most critical issues we tackled in 2014—and a significant measure to protect benefits and improve care for veterans.
This victory is in no small part thanks to your efforts. More than 38,000 signed our Change.org petition online in support of this effort. Read more…
Leading The Way Brochure
For injured and ill veterans from all eras, the road to recovery presents the challenge of living the rest of their days with permanent disabilities.
Living With Traumatic Stress: You Are Not Alone
After combat, service members demobilize and put away their weapons, turn in their ammunition and body armor and fold away their camouflage. In returning home, they also need to peel off layers of personal and collective behaviors that have protected them from danger and kept them functional and safe during deployments to theaters of military operation.
DAV rituals are a tradition of time-honored procedures, which give structure to our chapter meetings and ensure that all orders of business addressed in meetings. Also included here are all of DAV’s ceremonial practices, such as memorial dedications, new member obligations and procedures for the installation of officers.
Tax Form 990
Trust means transparency. Here you have access to DAV’s IRS Form 990, “Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax,” which discloses DAV finances for the past fiscal year.
The 21st century presents both enormous challenges and breathtaking opportunities for DAV. Our Strategic Plan ensures the continued viability and vitality of DAV into the future. This plan is a blueprint for DAV to remain the greatest veterans’ service organization in the world. America’s heroes deserve nothing less.
Veterans Day 2012 Poster
Gary Sinese honors our nation’s veterans, male and female, young and old in this inspiring tribute to all of our heroes.
Veterans Day 2011 Poster
DAV exists because of the combined work of its members and supporters. Remember that spirit with this Veterans Day poster highlighting the bond of honor that unites us.
Veterans Day 2008 Poster
“From caring comes courage.” Be reminded with this moving recognition of our armed forces’ sacrifice.
Veterans Day 2007 Poster
Stand up for veterans. They stood up for us. The strength and courage of our servicemen and women stands proud in this Veterans Day poster from 2007.
Memorial Day 2012 Posters
We will always remember our nation’s fallen heroes. Their spirit lives on through your dedication and support.
Memorial Day 2010 Posters
Every day, the brave men and women of our military put everything on the line to protect freedom. To remember them is to keep them living in our hearts.
Memorial Day 2008 Posters
“Their bodies lie here in honored glory…May their souls rest upon the firmament of heaven in God’s eternal embrace.” In fields of honor.
Membership System User Manual for NSO/TSO
For our National and Transitional Service Officers, this helpful instruction will guide you through the use of DAV’s membership web application.
Membership System User Manual for Dept. Commanders and Adjutants
Officers are encouraged to use this expanded version of the membership web application user manual, with added instruction for the specific duties of DAV leadership.
Membership System User Manual for Members
This simple instruction guide provides DAV members with everything the need to make the best use of DAV’s web application. From login to finding a local chapter, it’s all here.
LVAP User Manual
For users of the Local Veterans Assistance Program, learn to start DAV’s LVAP application, manage the tracking of volunteer hours, submit and print reports.
Forget Me Nots
The first DAV Forget-Me-Not drive was held in 1926, to raise funds for services and assistance for veterans of the first World War. It is a symbol that commemorates those fallen in war, while promising the hope of renewal. For more than 80 years, this small blue flower of remembrance has been the staple of Chapter-level fundraising to support local disabled veterans.
Nothing evokes such strong emotion as seeing the flag of our nation unfurl. It is a symbol for the love and pride, a poignant reminder that we live in a country that values freedom above all else, upholding democracy and working for peace throughout the world. Download How to Honor and Display the American Flag for the right ways to handle, preserve and fly “Old Glory.”
DAV National Constitution Bylaws & Regulations
The DAV National Constitution and its Bylaws, defined and affirmed each year at the National Convention, provide the fundamental principles that govern the duties of DAV members and officers, with the regulations of membership that cover election of officers, conventions, committees, dues and more.
Chapter Constitution and Bylaws Guidelines and Suggestions
These guidelines and suggestions were developed to assist local DAV chapters to draft those documents which govern chapter activities and operations. These are realistic solutions, tested and refined over many years in every type of community to build strong foundations for the future.
The History of DAV Auxiliary
The DAV Auxiliary Program Manual covers the history of the organization, detailing all programs, and providing a wealth of information for all unit and state officers, and members as well.
If you are a DAV member transferring your membership from one chapter to another, please download and complete this form.
Supply Order Form
Print, fill out and mail this form for supply requests. Includes guides, brochures, stationary and more.