It fills my heart with cheer to report that the DAV helped a quarter of a million disabled veterans and their families get needed support this year — more than all other veterans organizations combined!
When the VA refused Vietnam veteran Vincent Marrone's disability claim, he felt alone and hopeless. But with help from the DAV, Marrone eventually succeeded in his struggle. "The award of my earned benefits changed my life," he said, "And just working with the DAV renewed my faith in my country."
The DAV recently helped open the Veterans Comfort Zone in Sequin, Texas. "[The center] will have trained peer-to-peer specialists to help with job searches, housing assistance, finding resources, spiritual assistance, etcetera. Or they can just come in and have a cup of coffee," explained Comfort Zone co-chairs Gary Elley and Terri Herrle.
Korean War Veteran Drives to Help Fellow Veterans
After 9/11, Korean War veteran Bill Kennedy called a recruiting bureau to see how he could help. On learning Kennedy was 68, the recruiter said, "You've finished your share." Mr. Kennedy didn't see it that way, however, so he's been satisfying his drive to help from behind the wheel of a DAV van for the last 10 years.
With Your Support, Veterans Share Holiday Hope Through the DAV!
When veterans support other veterans through the DAV, they share stories and give advice, their families connect with one another, and they visit the sick and injured in veterans' and military hospitals.