As DAV celebrates 100 years of service and support for America’s wounded, ill and injured veterans and their families, it remains vitally important to seize the opportunities we’re given to make a direct impact on the lives of our nation’s heroes. One of the easiest ways to make such a meaningful difference for our fellow veterans is by volunteering, and there are a number of ways departments, chapters and individuals can help.
Like all medical facilities, VA hospitals, nursing homes and clinics need volunteers to perform a wide range of duties. Some volunteers work directly with patients, participating in recreational programs and other activities on the floors, while others assist the VA’s professional staff, escort patients, serve coffee or simply provide companionship to veterans. There is always a need to fulfill, and there is always a veteran appreciative of your time and efforts.
DAV’s Transportation Network is also looking for volunteer drivers across the nation. Volunteering to drive a disabled veteran ensures that even those living remotely from a VA medical facility can make their appointments and never go without the treatment they need. Our volunteer drivers, many of whom are veterans themselves, consistently rate this service as one of the most rewarding ways they have given back to their fellow veterans.
No matter what your volunteer interests may be, there’s a role you can enjoy through the Local Veterans Assistance Program (LVAP). Whether it’s grocery shopping or running errands for veterans in your community, doing yard work or painting a veteran’s home, there’s a need you can help fulfill through LVAP.
Perhaps most importantly to remember is that our nation’s heroes have often traveled around the globe to protect our freedoms and, as DAV celebrates 100 years of service and support for America’s wounded, ill and injured veterans and their families, it’s only right that we return their dedication.