Thanks to our generous supporters, DAV co-hosted veterans career fairs across the country, created employment opportunities for nearly 22,000 attendees, assisted with more than 292,000 benefit claims, and helped attain more than $4 billion in new and retroactive benefits to care for veterans, their families, and survivors in 2016. Every dollar donated to DAV results in $35 in direct benefits to veterans.
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 2016, DAV volunteers provided 673,269 rides to help disabled veterans travel to their medical appointments. Over the years, DAV provided nearly 18 million rides.
For nearly 100 years, DAV has assisted service members, veterans and families receive $95.8 billion in retroactive and annual benefits.
DAV is committed to connecting veterans with meaningful employment. Since 2014, when DAV began co-hosting All Veterans Career Fairs, 24,284 jobs have been offered through these events.