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More than a million veterans have joined DAV — for a million different reasons.

DAV is an organization of veterans helping veterans.

The reasons are as individual as our members. Some join for the fellowship at our more than 1,200 local chapters. Some for the inspiring national events. Others for opportunities to serve their fellow veterans and their families. And many join to continue the fight to support the rights and benefits of all veterans. DAV understands the needs of veterans because we are veterans—1 million strong. We invite you to join our cause.


Eat, play, shop and travel! We’ve recently expanded our Member Advantages program to give you more access to special discounts and savings on national and regional brands. Become a member today or sign in to learn more.


Frequently Asked Questions

Any service member who was not dishonorably discharged and sustained an injury or illness during their time in the military—whether service connected by the VA or not—or anyone who aggravated a previous injury during his or her time in service, is eligible for DAV membership so long as they served during a period of armed conflict (does not have to be direct combat).

It’s well known that DAV’s services, including professional help with VA claims, transition and employment assistance DAV provides ALL veterans—all of which are provided at no cost to veterans—do not require membership in DAV.

However, DAV members do get savings on Ford vehicles and year-round discounted pricing on hotel and rental car rates—just to name a few perks. You also get a free subscription to DAV Magazine.

But most importantly – especially if you were helped by DAV – becoming a member gives you the opportunity to pay it forward and add your voice to help your fellow veterans.

Please complete your DAV membership application online or visit join-2/join-dav to download application, fill it out and mail it in.

Either way, joining DAV’s ranks brings individual perks and strengthens the voices of our nation’s veterans in your local community and in Washington.

Learn more about becoming a DAV member by visiting and help fulfill the promises to the men and women who served.


As of 2022, there were more than 1,200 DAV chapters in local communities across the U.S., in Puerto Rico and in the District of Columbia. Use our map to connect with DAV locations and your fellow veterans.

DAV Local Chapters



Interested in the work that DAV does to help veterans, but not sure about your eligibility for membership? Visit “Get Involved” to learn more ways that you can help veterans.