DAV’s Disaster Relief Team has been boots on the ground providing aide during the notable volcanoes in Hawaii and the historic California wildfires. Now, veterans in the Carolinas need our help too. With the significant number of veteran families in dire need of assistance from Hurricane Florence, our funds will be depleted. We need your help to ensure that we can help every disabled veteran that turns to us for assistance. A gift of any amount today will ensure our team can continue providing support for veterans experiencing catastrophic events, like Hurricane Florence.
Women are the fastest-growing subpopulation of the military and veteran communities. Representing more than 15 percent of active-duty military and 10 percent of veterans, these women take on equal roles to their male counterparts and ascend to the highest levels of leadership. Yet, according to DAV’s new landmark report, progress to recognize women’s service to the nation and access to appropriate gender-specific healthcare, holistic benefits and support services do not match that rapid growth. Women Veterans: The Journey Ahead spotlights 45 recommendations on priorities and policy changes for federal programs and the Department of Veterans Affairs. These cover a broad range of women veterans’ needs across a lifespan, including health care, mental health, disability benefits, vocational rehabilitation and education benefits. “VA is undergoing major transition and it’s crucial that elected officials and the federal government better respond to the unique needs of the more than half-million women veterans using VA services,” said Joy J. Ilem, DAV’s national legislative director. At this time of rapid and significant change to the VA health care and benefits system, it’s critical that the department keep the needs and interests of women veterans central to planning and decision making. DAV’s report challenges leaders at the VA, White House and within Congress to do just that.
Sometimes it takes more than bravery and courage to get the care and benefits veterans deserve. By making a monthly gift, you become a member of the DAV Honor Guard, a group of special individuals dedicated to empowering veterans to lead high-quality lives with respect and dignity.
Volunteering through DAV is a wonderful way Americans help keep our nation’s promise to our veterans. DAV provides numerous opportunities for citizens to participate in volunteer programs in their own communities that address a wide range of veteran needs. DAV volunteers at VA hospitals, nursing homes and clinics perform many important services that bring comfort, care and companionship to grateful patients. Volunteers are essential to DAV’s vital medical transportation service. Using our national fleet of vehicles, volunteer drivers take veterans to and from medical appointments for free. No matter how you’d like to volunteer, DAV can help you return a measure of service to veterans who served us all.
With a legacy of service dating back to our founding in 1920, DAV has a track record of being an influential advocate and inclusive voice for veterans of every era and conflict. Today, with more than 1 million members and nearly 1,300 local Chapters, DAV represents the voices of ill and injured veterans before Congress, the White House and the judicial branch, as well as state and local governments. DAV fights for veterans’ rights and promotes policies that ensure veterans and their families can live with respect and dignity. When DAV leaders testify before Congress, policymakers listen, and it’s because of our members—a voice that policymakers cannot ignore. Advocacy is an extremely important piece of what DAV does for veterans and our members. The louder our voice, the stronger our presence and DAV wants your voice to be heard. It would be our honor to have you stand with us to ensure veterans’ rights are protected, now and in the future.
For most veterans, finding a good job after military service is critical to making a successful return to civilian life and being able to support themselves and their families. DAV is committed to giving veterans every advantage as they look for meaningful employment. With our partners, RecruitMilitary and Veteran Recruiting we sponsor career fairs to introduce veterans and their spouses directly to employers seeking the unique talents of veterans. We also connect veterans to job training and job assistance programs to help them be as marketable as possible. Getting veterans back to work is one of the most important ways DAV is giving back to the men and women who served.
Outside of The US?
Your Local DAV National Service Officer (NSO) will help you file a claim and stick with you all through the process, because no veteran should have to go at it alone.
All services provided by NSOs are free of charge.