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 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 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.