In existence for more than 90 years, Disabled American Veterans (DAV) is the oldest organization dedicated to assistance and activism on behalf of others within the United States. In its core mission, DAV remains committed to giving back to the veterans who have served the United States, as well as families of these veterans.
DAV offers multiple services, including access to professional assistance in learning about and obtaining various guaranteed benefits, free of charge. With this service, the DAV liaises between veterans and their families and government organizations, including the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
Veterans who need assistance can contact national service officers (NSOs) at over 85 offices throughout the nation. These NSOs are then able to provide the professional assistance that DAV offers, including acting as a representative for veterans and their dependents. The power granted to NSOs affords them the abilities to assist with tasks such as submitting benefits claims to government organizations. In addition, NSOs can file healthcare forms, disability compensation claims, and insurance and pension claims to ensure that veterans receive compensation as quickly as possible.
NSOs also provide resources and assistance with funding for education, home loans, and training related to finding employment. The DAV additionally provides comprehensive assistance to veterans who are beginning the transition to civilian life. Through nearly 40 transition service officers (TSOs), veterans can access crucial counseling services that assist with processing experiences while in service, exploring career options, and developing greater ease in all aspects of this transitional phase.
Veterans who live a long distance from DAV offices or whose injuries may prevent them from visiting offices may also take advantage of DAV’s Mobile Service Office, which brings these offered services to their front doors. DAV also provides transportation to local government offices for veterans who may not easily access these locations. In addition, DAV outreach services include informational seminars to explain benefits and claims processes. The organization offers this service to all citizens, regardless of veteran status.
The extensive list of services offered by DAV also includes special assistance for homeless veterans and assistance for veterans and/or their family members who may not have access to insurance coverage after a natural disaster. To learn more about the organization, including how to join or volunteer, visit www.dav.org.