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Richard Nesbitt had surgery due to sarcoma in his leg, which ruled out his running in the DAV 5K. But, he could walk. So, he recruited some company to join him—fellow DAV member Wayne Pittsley—and someone who could run for him—his daughter Molly. “Dad emailed me and asked me about it. He us...
The DAV 5K is back again! This walk, roll, run and ride event is a great way to thank the men and women who have sacrificed for our freedoms. Read what motivated last year’s participants to go all out for our nation’s heroes! "What an honor and pleasure to be a 
The two-time top fundraiser for the virtual DAV 5K believes in raising awareness to meet the needs of his fellow disabled veterans. As a member of DAV, Kurt Oehlstrom Fraschetti received an email about participating in the 2020 DAV 5K. He didn’t hesitate to sign up. “I saw it as an opportunit...
Coral Osborne follows DAV on social media to stay informed about the work being done for her and her fellow disabled veterans. She likes being in the loop regarding DAV’s legislative advocacy at the local and federal levels, as well as hearing about fun events like the DAV 5K. “DAV helped me to file my...
Joseph Malcom and DAV Past National Commander Chad Colley were buddies in college. Last year, Malcom dedicated his DAV 5K in remembrance of his longtime friend. “Rooming next to each other in college, Chad provided a world of experiences to me and others. He was such an inspiration,” Malcom said. However, Malcom w...
In 2020, Dayne Lindsey was faced with the news that he might lose one of his legs.  A decade prior, he was on a 7-mile circuit run as part of his active duty training in the Navy. Dayne had just made the first part of his run from the naval base in Newport, Rhode Island, to the halfway marker known as “The Wave” (a sta...
Annette Smith walked into a DAV office in Philadelphia utterly distraught. When she sat down with benefits advocate Joe Kauffman, she revealed that her husband, Jimmy, had passed away a few months before. Having never worked outside of the home, the recent widow didn’t have any source of income beyond her VA Survivors Pension. ...
Army veteran Adam Alexander was on the phone with his superior officer when enemy bullets began to rain down on his remote firebase in Afghanistan. “Adam said, ‘Hey sir, I got to go, we’re getting attacked; got to head out,’” recalled retired Lt. Col. Mike Hert. “I said, you know, &lsqu...
Hypervigilance.  It’s a heightened state of awareness where one continually assesses potential threats to their well-being.  Al Silva is no stranger to potential threats. In 1981, he enlisted in the Marine Corps as an infantryman. His nearly three decades of service involved 10 different deplo...
From the time he was 6 years old, Scott Pitta had an eye on the clouds. More than anything, he wanted to fly helicopters. As he got older, making his way through high school and college, that dream only grew. Years later, Pitta attended his high school reunion. His former classmates asked him, “So what are you up to now?”&n...
On July 21, 2003, an ambush of rocket-propelled grenades thrust Army veteran Latoya Lucas and her platoon of Humvees in the air causing her severe polytrauma, including a shattered pelvis.
For U.S. Army veteran and retired Sheriff’s Office Sergeant Steve Lentge, DAV’s mission is personal.  Steve’s son is also a veteran and a C6 quadriplegic. While his son received care from the VA, Steve got an idea.  He’d inherited an older family van after his father had passed away. He used...
If you have a piece of land that’s not being utilized or a house that’s costing you money in maintenance or taxes, consider donating your real estate to DAV (Disabled American Veterans). Your property donation will help our nation’s veterans and relieve your burdens. For David H., a veteran himself, it was a way to re...
On November 26, 2003, Army veteran Centra “Ce-Ce” Mazyck’s spinal cord was damaged during a parachute jump while she was training for combat service. The hard landing left her paralyzed from the waist down.  “All I could think about was my son, and that I would never walk again,” said Ce-Ce, a single...