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New Jersey woman turns van into a resource for disabled veterans

Eileen Murphy of Hunterdon County, New Jersey recently paid tribute to her late father-in-law by donating his 2003 Chevrolet Venture to DAV (Disabled American Veterans).

“He used it for gardening. He was an avid gardener,” said Ms. Murphy. “That van trucked around a lot of manure to grow giant tomatoes and such. That’s what I remember most about that van — it was always stinky and dirty.”

Ms. Murphy’s father-in-law was a U.S. veteran. He was stationed around the world, serving as an Army mechanic and ended up based at New Jersey’s Fort Dix. Later, he became a mechanic consultant to the military.

“He wasn’t on the front lines, but he knew people who were and some who lost their lives,” said Ms. Murphy. “He was quiet about his service, but it was important to him. That is how his generation was. They served without the expectation of gratitude. He often quoted President Kennedy — ‘Ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country.’”
That’s why Ms. Murphy chose the DAV vehicle donation program. DAV is a non-profit charity that provides a lifetime of support for veterans of all generations and their families, helping more than one million veterans in positive, life-changing ways each year.

“We always choose DAV for our donations. We think they deserve all the funding to help our veterans,” added Ms. Murphy.

Thousands of individuals have learned that making a DAV vehicle donation is easy and can be tax deductible. Donors receive free and convenient pick-up that is a touchless experience. DAV works around the donor’s schedule to pick-up DAV vehicle donations, as long as the auto donation for veterans is towable and tow truck accessible.

“Our experience was excellent,” said Ms. Murphy. “DAV is our go-to charity. They keep doing great work and the process is seamless. I even have more donations for them!”

Those who make a DAV car donation can get a tax deduction. An initial receipt is provided for the DAV car donation at the time of the pick-up. If a vehicle donation sells for $500 or less, the donor will be mailed a thank-you letter within 30 days of the sale of the vehicle, which serves as a tax receipt.
If the vehicle donation for veterans sells for more than $500 and a tax identification number has been provided, an IRS Form 1098-C will be mailed within 30 days of the sale stating the amount of gross proceeds (the maximum amount of your tax deduction) received from the DAV vehicle donation. For specific tax-related questions, donors are encouraged to consult a tax advisor.

Make a DAV vehicle donation and turn your car, truck or boat into a resource that helps empower veterans to lead high-quality lives with respect and dignity.

Donate your vehicle to DAV today or get more information by calling 844–440–4267 or visting

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