Ensuring veterans get all the help they need

Retired Army Col. Charlene Holt assisted by DAV.
Col. Charlene Holt

Army Col. Charlene Holt is a third-generation veteran who admires DAV’s work so much that she named DAV in her estate plans years ago, and she has been a good friend to the cause ever since. “I wanted to make sure DAV would always be there for the troops and their families,” she explained. “They need all the help they can get.”

Holt should know. A medical doctor, she joined the U.S. Army Medical Corps at age 40, then served for 22 years between active and reserve duty. After she left the service, she called upon DAV to assist with her benefits claim. Her appreciation of DAV has grown, despite looking back on all the paperwork and red tape that was involved in processing her claim. “I can’t imagine what it is like for someone going through the claims process without DAV,” Holt said, “especially without a medical background.”

Holt’s gratitude for DAV’s expert help, and her concern for the many difficulties her fellow veterans face, led her to contact our office after reading an article about DAV estate gift opportunities. Holt appreciated that she could honor her father and grandfather, both named Clifford H. Poland, through our Guardian Society since both men inspired her military career.

Holt is long retired from active duty but stays abreast of medical and legislative issues affecting veterans as well as happenings at her former workplace, Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, Wash. She has also stayed busy gathering information and submitting it to national museums concerning her father’s and grandfather’s military service, as well as painting as a hobby.

If you’re like Holt and think veterans need all the help they can get, and if you’d like to make life easier for your fellow veterans through an estate gift or beneficiary designation, please contact us today. We’d be happy to send you our estate planning folder, which describes easy options and includes several pages to help you organize and close out your affairs.

Please let us know if you have named DAV (P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250) in your estate plans. We’d like to thank you during your lifetime and honor you through the Guardian Society to show our appreciation to those who inform us of their plans.

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Leave a legacy gift to DAV

We would love the opportunity to thank you and to welcome you to the DAV Guardian Society now for remembering America’s disabled veterans in your future plans.

As a member of the DAV Guardian Society, you will have the satisfaction of knowing that you are standing beside great men and women like Col. Charlene Holt by ensuring that DAV continues to be here to meet the ever-growing needs of the ill and injured veterans we serve.

As a member, you will also receive:

  • A distinctive lapel pin.
  • A personalized Certificate of Appreciation.
  • A window decal.
  • Recognition in the DAV Guardian Society Newsletter.
    (unless anonymity is preferred)

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