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 volunteers across the country.

From volunteering at a local Department of Veterans Affairs medical center, to giving veterans free rides to their medical appointments in a Transportation Network van, to assisting indigent or homeless veterans —and everything in between—DAV volunteers across the country are committed to serving our ill and injured heroes. In 2020, in hospital volunteers donated more than 603,000 hours of their time. DAV wants to recognize them for their efforts.


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Each year, the prestigious George H. Seal Memorial Trophy honors one DAV and Auxiliary member who have gone above and beyond in their service through the Department of Veterans Affairs Voluntary Service (VAVS) Program.   Hours must be credited through DAV or DAV Auxiliary in order to be considered for this award.

The awards are appropriately given in memory of George H. Seal, who was DAV’s Director of Membership and Voluntary Services and played an integral role in shaping and expanding DAV’s volunteer programs.  Recipients of this award epitomize the dedication of our selfless volunteers.

D.S. Davis of Columbia, South Carolina and Bonnie Wilkins of Jackson County, Illinois, have each been selected by DAV (Disabled American Veterans) and the DAV Auxiliary as the charity’s top volunteers to receive the 2021 George H. Seal Memorial Trophy.