Our Priority: To keep the promise made to our nation's veterans
Veterans took an oath to protect us and we promised them a lifetime of support. Our #IHelpVeterans campaign is about bringing together a community of supporters who believe all veterans should have access to the resources and benefits they earned through service. By joining, you are supporting DAV's single purpose to empower all veterans to lead high-quality lives with respect and dignity.
How Can You Empower Veterans?
Make a gift to DAV. DAV’s roughly 250 benefits specialists are paid employees, but the services they provide every day are always offered to all veterans at no charge and with no obligation. In 2016, our benefits specialists represented nearly 300,000 claims and secured more than $4 billion dollars in benefits for veterans. Without these paid staff members, who act as attorneys, DAV could not provide the quality or volume of services it offers. Your gift will not only help veterans fight for their benefits, but will also help them find meaningful employment through career fairs, provide transportation to their VA medical appointments, provide disaster relief aid, and so much more.
Take our pledge. Pledge to honor the service and sacrifice of our veterans and their loved ones by making sure they get the care and support they earned. Take our pledge and get others involved by using #IHelpVeterans on social media.
Create your honor photo. Upload a photo of yourself, your family, or an image that represents why you support veterans and choose a design that tells the world who you support veterans for using #IHelpVeterans.
Make your voice heard. Sign up for the DAV Commander’s Action Network (CAN) to help protect the earned benefits of ill and injured veterans and their families. You will receive alerts and updates on key legislative issues directly impacting and affecting the veteran community, and through DAV CAN you can share your views and directly voice your concerns with lawmakers on Capitol Hill.
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Why do veterans need our help?
DAV helps more than one million veterans every year connect with the healthcare, disability, employment, education, and financial benefits they’ve earned. If you’re a veteran or are transitioning out of the military, DAV is here to help you and your family through a lifetime of services and support.
Post-traumatic stress disorder impacts 11-20 percent of Iraq and Afghanistan War veterans, approximately 12 percent of Gulf War veterans, and 15 percent of Vietnam veterans. In addition to the combat-related PTSD, roughly 1 in 4 women and 1 in 100 men utilizing the VA report instances of sexual assault, which can also result in prolonged traumatic stress. How do you know if you or a loved one is suffering from PTSD?
Caregivers are the family and friends that help and support severely ill and injured veterans live to their highest potential. Yet the sacrifices and needs of caregivers remain largely unrecognized and unmet. DAV is working for equal access to comprehensive VA caregiver support services for caregivers for all of our nation’s veterans and continues to urge Congress to enact legislation to ensure this modification is passed.
The DAV Homeless Veterans Initiative, supported by DAV’s Charitable Service Trust and Columbia Trust, promotes the development of supportive housing and necessary services to assist homeless veterans become productive, self-sufficient members of society. Our goal is to establish a partnership between the DAV and Federal, state, county and local governments to develop programs to assist homeless veterans in becoming self-sufficient. If you or someone you know is a homeless veteran in need of assistance, please contact us so that we can counsel individuals on the many VA benefits for which they may be entitled.