DAV: Disabled American Veterans

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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. 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 attain more than $4 billion in new and retroactive benefits to care for themselves and for 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 almost 1,300 chapters and nearly 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 keep the promises made to them.

I had the chance to talk to the commander of the local chapter that I belong to in Doylestown, Chapter 17. George Lindsey has brought this chapter a long way. They started meeting at a diner and only had a few member attending the meetings. He told me that the meeting are a place for vets to come talk to other vets and to help local vets in need. This chapter has donated to many different veteran organizations such as Megan’s Foundation, which is a yoga program for vets that have PTSD. This chapter has also given money to a boy scout raising money for the homeless vets in Philadelphia. He has been the commander of this chapter for a year now and hopes that the progress made keeps moving forward. The fundraising efforts of this group is amazing, we have a booth at the Peddlers Village Spring Fling, Blueberry Festival, and many others.

George Lindsey is a great man, he not only is the commander of this chapter but he helped set up a veterans program at the YMCA in Doylestown. He used his experiences to help the YMCA come up with the program to help vets get back into the gym. He is willing to help anyone and everyone.

 

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