The 1.2 million-member Disabled American Veterans (DAV) is a non-profit 501(c)(4) charity dedicated to building better lives for America’s disabled veterans and their families.
The DAV was founded in 1920 by disabled veterans returning from World War I to represent their unique interests. In 1932, the DAV was congressionally chartered as the official voice of the nation’s wartime disabled veterans.
With our brave Americans leaving the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan, the DAV’s services and advocacy are as relevant and critical today as in any time in our nation’s history.
Annually, the DAV represents more than 200,000 veterans and their dependents with claims for benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Defense.
The DAV’s Voluntary Services Program operates a comprehensive network of volunteers who provide veterans free rides to and from VA medical facilities and improve care and morale for sick and disabled veterans.
The DAV’s 1.2 million members provide grassroots advocacy and services in communities nationwide. From educating lawmakers and the public about important issues to supporting services and legislation to help disabled veterans — the DAV is there to promote its message of hope to all who have served and sacrificed.
Made up exclusively of men and women disabled in our nation’s defense, the Disabled American Veterans is dedicated to one, single purpose — building better lives for all of our nation’s disabled veterans and their families. This mission is carried forward by:
Providing free, professional assistance to veterans and their families in obtaining benefits and services earned through military service and provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and other agencies of government;
Providing outreach concerning its program services to the American people generally, and to disabled veterans and their families specifically;
Representing the interests of disabled veterans, their families, their widowed spouses and their orphans before Congress, the White House and the Judicial Branch, as well as state and local government;
Extending DAV’s mission of hope into the communities where these veterans and their families live through a network of state-level Departments and local Chapters; and
Providing a structure through which disabled veterans can express their compassion for their fellow veterans through a variety of volunteer programs.
Things to do to initiate your VA claim:
1.Make copies of all marriage and divorce decrees.
2.Make copies of all children’s birth certificates and social security numbers, if under the age of 23 and attending an institution of higher learning.
3.Make copies of your original service medical records, and any additional documentation from any medical source. (private civilian doctors, hospitals, etc.)
4.Copy current DD214, Member Copy 4.
5.Contact this office by telephone to have an interview appointment set up when you have completed all above cited items. We will do a comprehensive review and advise you in submitting your application for possible disability compensation. This service is offered on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday only!!
6.Do a self assessment on your body, from head to toe. Use any results you may find to add to your other conditions for review at your final exam and for VA rating purposes.