About DAV

Navigating the transition from service to civilian life is not always easy, but we believe no veteran should have to go at it alone. DAV provides a lifetime of support for veterans of all generations and their families in positive, life-changing ways. We ensure veterans and their families can access the full range of benefits they deserve, provide care and support during tough times, advocate for the veteran community on Capitol Hill, connect veterans with meaningful employment, and so much more.

How DAV Helped Ed Eustace

Says Ed: I can’t say I really knew too much about DAV until I needed them. My amazing wife was diagnosed with cancer when she was just 25 years old, and I had recently gotten out of the service. 

This shocking diagnosis and the long journey was financially, physically, and emotionally devastating for our family. I don’t know what we would have done without DAV. 
Not only did DAV help get my disability covered, they gave me peace of mind as my wife valiantly fought her battle with cancer.

Long after we were done with my claims, after DAV had done their “job,” they helped with rent, sent food, and brought flowers while my wife was in hospice. Thanks to DAV, I didn’t have to worry about anything. I could focus on my family. I could be there for my wife. 

I saw it firsthand; it’s not just a one-time deal, DAV provides a lifetime of support to veterans and their families.

How We Help Veterans

We help more than 1 million veterans every year connect with the healthcare, disability, employment, education, and financial benefits they have earned. For nearly 100 years and counting, we have submitted more than 11 million claims on behalf of veterans. We provide free, professional assistance to veterans and their families in obtaining benefits and services earned through military service. If you need help, or know someone who needs help, find your local DAV office.

The journey from injury to recovery is not complete until a veteran is able to find meaning in his or her life. For those who are able that means getting back to work to care for their families. DAV’s employment program connects transitioning active duty, Guard and Reserve members, veterans and their spouses with employers. In 2016, nearly 37,000 individuals attended our 73 career fairs across the country with more than 11,000 receiving job offers. Find a career fair near you.

DAV operates a fleet of vehicles around the country to provide free transportation to VA medical facilities for injured and ill veterans. DAV stepped in to help veterans get the care they need when the federal government terminated its program that helped many of them pay for transportation to and from medical facilities. Our Transportation Network is staffed by volunteers and the rides coordinated by almost 190 Hospital Service Coordinators around the country. Need a ride?

We host information seminars in cities across the country to educate veterans and their families on specific veterans’ benefits and services. These free seminars are hosted by our highly trained National Service Officers. Find an Information Seminar near you.