Students earn scholarships, learn about service

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Jesse Brown Memorial Scholarships provide thousands to young volunteers A common belief among athletes is that championships are earned in the offseason. That is to say one must work in his or her downtime to achieve a coveted goal. The same rings true for DAV’s Jesse Brown Memorial Youth Scholarship Program, which awards young volunteers dedicated to serving veterans. “The summertime months are the perfect opportunity for youth to volunteer on behalf of our nation’s heroes,” said National Director of … Read More

Ford Continues Support for Transportation Program, Youth Scholarships

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Ford Motor Company, a longtime DAV supporter, presented DAV with $200,000 during the National Convention 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 was donated to DAV for the annual National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic and DAV’s Jesse Brown Memorial Youth Scholarship Program. Ford Motor Company Fund Community  Relations Manager Lynn Quigley said the fund is honored to support our … Read More

Young Volunteers Win DAV Scholarships

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Recipients come from across the nation including Washington, D.C., Calif. and Idaho LAS VEGAS (August 2, 2012) — DAV has selected eight of the nation’s outstanding young volunteers to receive cash awards from the Jesse Brown Memorial Youth Scholarship Program. The first-place scholarship of $20,000 was awarded to Christiana Mae Hess of Martinsburg, W.Va., who has contributed more than 347 hours of service at the Department of Veterans Affairs medical center in Martinsburg. The second-place scholarship of $15,000 went to … Read More

Best kept scholarship secret?

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While youth volunteer hours supporting veterans rise, few are applying for college assistance In 2014 DAV youth volunteers contributed more than 59,000 hours of volunteer service and even increased that number to over 60,000 volunteer hours in 2015. Yet, in 2015, just 32 students applied for $75,000 in scholarships. So why are so few applying for Jesse Brown Youth Memorial Scholarships that require just 100 hours of volunteer service? “It comes down to awareness,” said DAV National Director of Voluntary … Read More

Youth volunteers reap rewards

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Jesse Brown Scholarship provides direction, opportunity Volunteering is a highly rewarding experience, and in some cases pays unforeseen dividends well beyond the gratifying sense of having served a worthy cause. Each year, DAV, with the help of its longtime partner Ford Motor Co., offers a total of $75,000 as part of five Jesse Brown Memorial Youth Scholarships to young men and women dedicated to serving America’s veterans. “The Jesse Brown Scholarship has allowed me to have a chance at my … Read More

MOPH Joins the DAV in Challenge for Urgent VA Reforms

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SPRINGFIELD, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–At the 2015 National Convention of Disabled American Veterans (DAV), National Legislative Director Joy Ilem spoke about the need for the U.S. Government to act NOW to fix the VA, and explained why Veteran Service Organizations need to join the call for VA reforms to be implemented immediately before time runs out for the veterans it is meant to serve. The Military Order of the Purple Heart applauds and salutes the DAV for focusing attention on the need … Read More

Ford Donates Vans to Deliver Veterans to Medical Appointments

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COLD SPRING, Ky. – Through the generosity of the Ford Motor Company Fund, DAV (Disabled American Veterans) will be able to continue to provide free transportation to America’s injured and ill veterans who might not otherwise be able to access 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 rides for veterans to and from their medical appointments at no cost. Ford … Read More

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