A Legacy of Service, Hope for the Future
DAV is a nonprofit charity that provides a lifetime of support for veterans of all generations and their families, helping more than 1 million veterans in positive, life-changing ways each year. The organization provides more than 700,000 rides for veterans attending medical appointments and assists veterans with more than 300,000 benefit claims annually. In 2015, DAV helped attain more than $4 billion in new and retroactive benefits to care for veterans, their families and survivors.
DAV is also a leader in connecting veterans with meaningful employment, hosting job fairs and providing resources to ensure they have the opportunity to participate in the American Dream their sacrifices have made possible.
With almost 1,300 chapters and 1.3 million members across the country, DAV empowers our nation’s heroes and their families by helping to provide the resources they need and ensuring our nation keep the promises made to them.
J. Marc Burgess, National Adjutant
Summer is the season for volunteering
Summer is a time marked by tributes to the nation’s brave men and women in uniform—it’s a period of our calendar year hallmarked by numerous celebrations and commemorations of our national patriots.
We mark May not only as the door to summer, but as the congressionally designated National Military Appreciation Month, throughout which we recognize those serving in the armed forces and the incredible contributions they make to preserving our way of life. The end of the month—Memorial Day—is, of course, a time to honor those who sacrificed their lives in the line of duty for this country and to commemorate the service of our fallen brothers and sisters.
Come June, we celebrate Flag Day, during which many of you commemorate the adoption of the Stars and Stripes by educating the public on both the history and traditions behind—as well as the proper etiquette and respect due to—our nation’s most enduring symbol of freedom: Old Glory.
And in July, we celebrate the country’s independence, earned through the blood shed by America’s earliest servicemen in a hard-fought revolution that led not only to our freedom, but also to the brand of tenacious patriotism that makes our modern military the greatest in the world.
With all these chances to remember our veterans, our military members and the long legacy of honorable service and sacrifice they have given freely to this nation, I think it’s also a prime opportunity to look at ways we can help ensure these individuals are well cared for in accordance with what America has promised.
Many of you have high school or college-age children and grandchildren. When summer vacation rolls around and they are looking for ways to fill their days, I would suggest looking into volunteer opportunities through DAV.
Youth volunteers can earn valuable college scholarships—ranging from $5,000 to $20,000—for their work through DAV’s Jesse Brown Memorial Youth Scholarship program. Scholarships are awarded annually to volunteers age 21 or younger who have volunteered a minimum of 100 cumulative hours (over the span of volunteerism) either at a VA medical center with hours credited to DAV or directly under DAV’s Local Veterans Assistance Program.
It’s key that we teach our young adults the value of service, and what better way to instill that knowledge than by encouraging them to use their summer months to thank and honor veterans. In addition to learning valuable lessons and gaining work experience, these young men and women will learn about service through service.
You can visit our Voluntary Services page at volunteerforveterans.org to learn more about volunteer programs and to sign up for volunteer opportunities in your local area.
If you want to find out more about the National Adjutant, you can find his biography here.