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Navy veteran supports his retirement income through a gift to DAV

Long before Roger W. Rae reached out to offer support to DAV, he spent decades serving his country. The 21-year Navy veteran served on board a Gearing-class destroyer, the USS Perry (DD-844), in 1952 and went on to serve on five additional “tin cans” before transitioning to land duties that included an assignment at the Pentagon.

Rae retired in 1972, but the decades he served on those destroyers resulted in hearing loss. Ever the man of service, he enlisted as a teacher for American Sign Language classes, taught Sunday school classes at his church, spent time at the renowned Bill Rice Ranch deaf Christian ministry camp and leads classes at a local recreation center.

Rae currently serves DAV as Chaplain for Chapter 24 in Harrisonburg, Va., a natural fit combining his specialty in deaf ministry with his experience at sea. Volunteering with his local Chapter is not the only way he has made a difference for DAV. Upon the death of his brother-in-law, an Army veteran from World War II, Rae decided to establish a Charitable Gift Annuity in his memory. DAV provided him with a rate based on his age, and he now receives a fixed, monthly payment—a majority of which is tax-free income—for the remainder of his life, all the while providing for fellow ill and injured veterans.