Thanks to our generous supporters, in 2021, DAV co-hosted 82 job fairs, both in-person and virtual, across the country to help create employment opportunities for 19,118 attendees, assisted with 151,000 new benefit claims submitted, and secured more than $25 billion in earned benefits for veterans and their families.
How DAV Helped Tony Williams
After losing his leg, Tony didn’t feel like himself. His stress levels were high and family life became difficult. With his life on hold for nearly five years due to his injury, Tony was concerned about what he was going to do. That’s when he decided to reach out to his DAV representative for help.
“With the help of DAV, I was able to go to school. I now have vocational rehabilitation with the VA, and that was also through the help of DAV. I was able to focus on our lives without the weight of this other burden that I had no idea how to conquer,” Tony explains.
When he tells fellow veterans why they need a DAV representative, he says, “They are going to help you navigate anything and everything you need. The help [of] DAV is like a big brother you can lean on.”
How Your Support Helps Veterans
Only with your support are we able to provide a lifetime of support for veterans of all generations and their families, helping more than 1 million veterans in positive, life-changing ways each year. Since being chartered by Congress in 1932, DAV has submitted 12,018,939 claims for benefits:
DAV operates a fleet of vehicles around the country to provide free transportation to VA medical facilities for injured and ill veterans. In 2019, DAV volunteers provided more than 600,000 rides and traveled over 20.5 million miles to help disabled veterans get to their medical appointments.
DAV provides free, professional assistance to veterans and their families to connect them with the healthcare, disability, employment, education and financial benefits they have earned. In 2019, with the help of DAV, veterans and their families received more than $21 billion in earned benefits.
DAV is committed to ensuring that the men and women who served have the tools, resources and opportunities they need to competitively enter the job market and secure meaningful employment. In 2019 alone, DAV co-hosted 144 job fairs across the country and 18 virtual fairs to help create employment opportunities for 35,502 attendees.