Thanks to our generous supporters, DAV co-hosted 125 veterans' career fairs across the country and 20 virtual job fairs to help create employment opportunities for 52,685 attendees, assisted with more than 203,000 benefit claims, and helped attain more than $20 billion in new and retroactive benefits to care for veterans, their families, and survivors in 2018.
How DAV Helped Leah Nicholls
Says Leah: I’ll be honest — I don’t think the military focuses on the life skills needed when service members are transitioning out. They don’t tell us how the corporate world works, and we don’t have easy access to the tools, resources, and connections we need to succeed long-term. It’s a big problem, one that DAV is working hard to solve.
When I heard a commercial about a DAV All Veterans Career Fair in the area, I decided to attend, and I met my future employer, Chris Roussos of Epic Health Services. He spoke my language, and he got the value veterans bring to the table.
Connecting veterans with meaningful employment is part of DAV’s mission to empower veterans to lead high-quality lives with respect and dignity. For me, finding a meaningful job was the key to my post-service life. For others, it may be getting back on their feet financially, fighting the VA for every benefit they are owed, or working toward legislative justice on Capitol Hill. DAV does it all, and it’s thanks to their generous donors.
How Your Support Helps Veterans
Only with our donors’ support are we able to help more than 1 million veterans every year connect with healthcare, disability, employment, education and financial benefits they have earned. Since being chartered by Congress in 1932, we have submitted more than 11 million claims on behalf of veterans. DAV provides free professional assistance to veterans and their families in obtaining benefits earned through military service and provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs and other agencies of government.
DAV operates a fleet of vehicles around the country to provide free transportation to VA medical facilities for injured and ill veterans. In 2018, DAV volunteers provided more than 625,000 rides to help disabled veterans travel to their medical appointments. Since 1987, this program has transported 19 million veterans over 734 million miles.
With the help of DAV, service members, veterans, and their families received more than $20 billion in earned benefits in 2018. Since being Chartered by Congress in 1932, DAV has submitted 11,507,030 claims for benefits.
Since DAV started its Employment program in 2014, there have been nearly 172,000 attendees at our various career fairs with over 132,000 job offers.