DAV provides help for disabled veteransA Legacy of Service, Hope for the Future
Disabled American Veterans is a nonprofit organization that provides a lifetime of support for veterans of all generations and their families, helping more than 1 million veterans in positive, life-changing ways each year.
DAV receives no government funding. The organization provides more than 700,000 rides for veterans attending medical appointments and assists veterans with more than 300,000 benefit claims annually. In 2015, DAV helped obtain more than $4 billion in new and retroactive benefits to care for veterans, their families and survivors.
With almost 1,300 chapters and 1.3 million members across the country, DAV empowers our nation’s heroes and their families by helping to provide the resources they need and ensuring our nation keeps the promises made to them.
DAV is at the forefront of serving women veterans.
Women who are making the transition from military to civilian life have different needs and face different challenges than their male counterparts. They have, for example, higher rates of unemployment and PTSD symptoms and, of course, very different physical health needs than men.
Yet, as DAV documented in its landmark report, The Long Journey Home, the system that awaits them is a disjointed patchwork of programs marked by serious gaps in health care, housing, other community support services, employment and efforts to eradicate sexual assault.
Whether it’s testifying on Capitol Hill, urging Congress to take action now to ensure women veterans are given every chance to succeed in civilian life, or working directly with them to help get the services and support they need, DAV is a tireless advocate on behalf of women who have served.
Who is eligible? Any man or woman:
• who served in the armed forces during a period of war or under conditions simulating war, and
• was wounded, disabled to any degree, or left with long-term illness as a result of military service, and
• was discharged or retired from military service under honorable conditions
What does DAV do for veterans?
1. Helps returning veterans make the transition back to civilian life by linking them with services that address their physical, emotional and financial needs.
2. Provides free, professional assistance to veterans of all generations in obtaining VA and other government benefits earned through service.
3. Fights for veterans’ rights on Capitol Hill.
4. Links veterans to job training and job assistance programs.
5. Funds rehabilitation programs for veterans with severe disabilities, such as blindness or amputation.
DAV Maine chapters
There are eight DAV chapters in Maine, including Augusta, Bangor, Brunswick, Lewiston, Madawaska, Presque Isle, Sanford and South Portland.
For more information on DAV membership, visit https://www.dav.org/membership/join-dav/
Joy Asuncion is retired from the U.S. Navy. She is an Honor Flight Maine board member and a Maine Troop Greeter. To contact Joy, email her at email@example.com or call 930-5640.