Youth volunteer scholarship eligibility expanded

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Voluntary Services Director John Kleindienst recently announced changes in the Jesse Brown Memorial Youth Scholarship Program, which is designed to give volunteers more flexibility in earning a chance to offset the costs of higher education. “We recognized our youth volunteers have a lot of things competing for their time,” said Kleindienst. “Things like academics, familial commitments and even extracurricular activities that many colleges look favorably on come at a price in regards to a person’s time. So, we changed the … Read More

Volunteerism goes back to nation’s founding

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America is deeply rooted in the spirit of volunteerism. At many points throughout our history, it has been volunteers freely giving their time and energy that yielded monumental victories. The same is true for DAV. John Kleindienst, Director of Voluntary Services, said DAV volunteers certainly have a lot to be proud of. “These numbers speak for themselves,” said Kleindienst. “For instance, since the DAV Transportation Network began in 1987, our volunteers have logged enough miles to have driven almost 83,000 … Read More

Jesse Brown Scholarship nominations due soon

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The Jesse Brown Scholarship Award is a valuable incentive for high school students to get involved with the many volunteer opportunities available to them through DAV. Jesse Brown’s service and dedication to ill and injured veterans was remarkable. After serving as DAV National Headquarters Executive Director, he was selected by the President of the United States to become the first African American Secretary of Veteran’s Affairs in 1993. This scholarship program, which empowers young people to pursue higher learning, honors … Read More

Misusing pronouns

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I’m guilty of misusing pronouns and I try to kick myself each time I do it. But, I know it’s human nature and many of us, as we go about our lives, are guilty of it. What am I talking about? How many of us have used the proverbial “we” or “they” when discussing an issue affecting our community? “We really ought to do something about the trash in the park.” What about this one? “They should really fix the … Read More

The Jesse Brown Memorial Youth Scholarship Program

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The Jesse Brown Memorial Youth Scholarship program honors eight outstanding young men and women each year for their volunteer support of veterans in the name of DAV through the VA Voluntary Service Program (VAVS) and/or through DAV’s Local Veterans Assistance Program (LVAP). The award is named after Jesse Brown, a Marine veteran who was wounded in Vietnam in 1965, and is backed by Ford Motor Company. Jesse Brown’s injuries did not stop his life calling of serving others. He joined … Read More

Ford Partnership With DAV A Lasting Legacy

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WASHINGTON – Through the generosity of the Ford Motor Company, DAV (Disabled American Veterans) will be able to provide free transportation to more of America’s injured and ill veterans who may otherwise go without needed medical care. Ford, a long-time DAV supporter, is donating another $200,000 for the purchase of seven new vehicles for the organization’s nationwide Transportation Network, which provides free rides for veterans to and from their medical appointments.  Another $78,000 has been donated to DAV for the … Read More

Architect of Modern DAV Retires

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Throughout DAV’s distinguished history, a few gifted leaders stand out as true champions of our mission of service and advocacy on behalf of the nation’s injured and ill veterans. Among the greatest and most skilled are Judge Robert Marx, National Adjutants Vivian “Crab” Corbly and Dale Adams, Executive Director and Secretary of Veterans Affairs Jesse Brown and National Adjutant Art Wilson. Now, after nearly two decades as National Adjutant, Wilson, with the concurrence of National Commander Larry A. Polzin, is … Read More

DAV and DAVA Programs and Services

Service Program  Executive Director Garry Augustine’s Report to the 2015 National Convention “National Commander Hope, National Adjutant Burgess, distinguished guests, and delegates to DAV’s 94th National Convention:  I am truly to present my annual report to the membership as Executive Director of National Service and Legislative Headquarters in Washington…” Download Report National Service Director’s Report to the 2015 National Convention This annual report provides details about the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) National Service Programs during 2015… Download Bulletin Recapitulation of Service … Read More

2012 National Convention News

07Aug Larry A. Polzin Elected DAV National Commander Larry A. Polzin, a service-connected Vietnam-era veteran, was elected DAV’s National Commander at the organization’s 91st National Convention in Las Vegas. Click to read (PDF) 04Aug Ford Donations Provide Critical Transportation Services to Injured Veterans Ford Motor Company will donate $200,000 for eight new vehicles in the DAV Transportation Network and $45,000 to DAV’s youth volunteer scholarship program at DAV’s 91st National Convention at the Bally’s Hotel in Las Vegas. Click to … Read More

Jesse Brown Scholarship

Service is the cornerstone of DAV’s mission of empowering veterans to lead high-quality and fulfilled lives. But we would not be able to serve our nation’s heroes without thousands of dedicated youth volunteers across the country. From volunteering at a local Department of Veterans Affairs medical center to assisting veterans within their local communities—and everything in between—DAV youth volunteers across the country are committed to serving our ill and injured heroes.   Jesse Brown The Jesse Brown Memorial Youth Scholarship … Read More