Help us make a real difference in a veteran's life.
With your help, we can ensure disabled veterans' sacrifices are not forgotten and that they are able to live their lives with respect and dignity.
A Legacy of Service, Hope for the Future
DAV is a nonprofit charity 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. Last year, the organization provided more than 163,000 rides to veterans attending medical appointments and assisted in filing over 151,000 claims for benefits. In 2021, DAV-represented veterans received more than $25 billion in earned benefits. DAV’s services are offered at no cost to all generations of veterans, their families and survivors.
DAV is also a leader in connecting veterans with meaningful employment, hosting job fairs and providing resources to ensure they have the opportunity to participate in the American Dream their sacrifices have made possible.
With over 1,200 chapters and more than 1 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 5K - Participate from Anywhere
The DAV 5K is a walk, roll, run, and ride from anywhere that thanks those who served and raises awareness of the issues our ill and injured veterans face every day
Create Your Own Fundraiser
Start your own fundraiser today to help support the men and women who have served.
A Century of Service to Veterans
In 2020, DAV will celebrate its centennial anniversary and mark 100 years of service and support for America’s injured and ill veterans and their families.
Rick Patterson Memorial
It is with profound sorrow that I bring you the news of the passing of Rick Patterson. For more than 40 years, Richard E. Patterson served his fellow disabled veterans through his career with DAV. The combat-disabled Army veteran joined DAV in 1968, immediately after leaving the service, and retired as its executive director in 2010.
Jim Sursely Memorial
It is with profound sorrow that I bring you the news of the passing of Jim Sursely, DAV’s Past National Commander. PNC Sursely was a combat-disabled veteran of the Vietnam War and was elected national commander of DAV at the organization’s national convention in Reno, Nevada, in 2004. In 2015, Sursely was elected to the board of directors of the Disabled Veterans’ Life Memorial Foundation.
$25 Billion +
in earned benefits received
rides to medical appointments
claims represented in 2021
1 Million +
veterans helped each year