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. Apply Online Jesse Brown The Jesse Brown Memorial Youth … Read More

Past Annual Reports

In the following pages, you’ll learn more about DAV’s service and advocacy, our accomplishments and compassionate commitment to meeting the needs of the men and women who served our nation. In all that we do, we remain true to our values of service, quality, integrity and leadership, which have guided DAV from our beginnings in the aftermath of World War I. 2013 Annual Report Mission, National Service Program, outreach programs, advocacy, National Legislative Program, National Voluntary Services Program, Winter Sports … Read More

Ford Donations Provide Critical Transportation Services to Injured Veterans

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Scholarships also granted to dedicated young volunteers LAS VEGAS (August 3, 2012) —Ford Motor Company will donate $200,000 to purchase eight new vehicles for 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. “For 90 years, Ford has helped DAV build better lives for America’s injured or ill veterans and their families,” said DAV National Commander Donald L. Samuels. Volunteer drivers use the vehicles to … Read More

New Scholarship for the Children of Fallen Service Members

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May 3, 2010 The children of military personnel who died in the line of duty since Sept. 11, 2001 can apply for an educational scholarship similar to the new Post-9/11 GI Bill. Benefits are retroactive to Aug. 1, 2009. The scholarship, which is administered by the Department of Veterans Affairs, are named after Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry, 28, a Texas native who died in Iraq in 2006 while disarming an explosive. He was survived by three young children. … Read More

Service Before Self

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April 19, 2010 The week of April 18-24 is National Volunteer Week. As we are all aware, volunteerism and the spirit of service combine to form the fuel that drives the DAV. The contributions DAV volunteers make are noteworthy. Last year, our volunteers donated 349,342 hours of service to veterans at VA hospitals, clinics and nursing homes through the VA Voluntary Service Program. Meanwhile, DAV Transportation Network volunteers contributed 1,857,670 hours and drove 22,308,554 miles providing transportation to some 595,718 … Read More