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 themselves and 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 nearly 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.
Moses A. McIntosh, Jr., National Commander
The new faces of veterans advocacy
DAV has built a strong reputation as a leader in veterans advocacy. We are always on the leading edge of critical issues affecting the men and women who served, and that’s no happy accident.
We are able to do so much as an organization because our banner, “DAV” rests on the shoulders of a great many individuals who believe we should, as a nation, be putting veterans first. These individuals, of course, are our members. It is you who put the face on veterans’ issues, and there is no one better to advocate for veterans than you.
I have always stood in awe of the momentous rallying cry of our member base when we gather together at our conventions and mid-winter events. It’s easy to see the show of force, to feel the weight of our numbers and to understand the impact of
an organization of nearly 1.3 million people fighting together for a cause.
But what happens when we leave these venues? How can we stay engaged and make sure we don’t lose the momentum and enthusiasm we feel when standing shoulder to shoulder in defense of veterans and their families?
I’m excited to see DAV working to re-energize one of our greatest strengths and assets—our nationwide grassroots advocacy network. Nothing could be more important in the fight to protect veterans’ earned benefits than a solid, strong base of active members keeping our message alive in their local communities.
This new initiative imparts a great responsibility on our members to represent DAV and to ensure our message gets carried far and wide. I hope to see a number of you raise your hands enthusiastically to take part in this endeavor as Benefit Protection Team Leaders and active members. It’s an exciting opportunity for you to take the reins in your own communities and begin building credibility and relationships with your government leaders.
We need active, enthusiastic members to engage with us and become part of the solution to the issues facing veterans. We’re no doubt at a pivotal time when it comes to the future of veterans health care. And remember, if we don’t speak up now with a united voice, we may not get a say in what that future holds.
If you want to find out more about the National Commander, you can find his biography here.