As we enter a new year of hope and tremendous need, I'm so thankful that you're standing with me at the sides of our disabled American veterans.
As our troops face grave danger in Afghanistan — and returning heroes transition from war to civilian life — America's ability to care for the sick and wounded will be put to the test. That's why your choice to support Disabled American Veterans will carry such critical impact in 2012.
For Our Disabled Defenders!
Arthur H. Wilson, National Adjutant
Disabled American Veterans
DAV Reaches Out to Homeless Vets
|The DAV recently gave a helping hand to homeless vets, at a stand down where haircuts, showers, food, medical checks, flu shots, clothes, and personal hygiene items were provided at a recent all-day event. DAV experts were also there to provide free benefits assistance. "It's very clear there's need," said Etter Bowers of the DAV. "We're not turning anyone away."|
Metallica Tribute Band Plays for DAV
|After meeting a Vietnam veteran who could no longer do his job because of a service-related injury (he was considered only 10% disabled and received a mere $100 a month), Jamie Amir knew he wanted to help disabled vets in need. So he and his band staged a concert to raise funds for the DAV.|
Bridge Honors Disabled American Veterans
|Along U.S. Route 72, a bridge has been renamed Disabled American Veterans Memorial Bridge. "Whenever I cross it, I will remember the ones who didn't return home," said Vietnam veteran Danny Joe Wilson. U.S. Navy veteran David White commented, "It means a lot to all of us."|
U.S. Soccer Team Raises Over $11,500 for DAV
|The U.S. Men's National Team raised over $11,500 for the DAV by donating soccer jerseys to a "Shirts Off Their Backs" auction. Each jersey attracted at least 10 bids and sold for over $300 dollars. Clint Dempsey's set the record, raising $1,500 for the DAV. In addition, U.S. Soccer wrote a letter of thanks to America's veterans.|
Disabled Veteran Gives the DAV a Gift of Gratitude
|Bam Rubenstein wrote the DAV into his will as a way of giving back to the organization that always stood by him. Bam had always said that if he "struck it rich," he'd share his riches with the DAV. "And then it occurred to me that even if I never strike it rich, I could still thank them by leaving something after I'm gone."|
Keep Hope Alive for Disabled Vets in the New Year!
|One in three troops returning from war today suffers post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Brain injuries plague one in five, while eye injuries darken the lives of 50,000. By partnering with the DAV, you'll lend vital support to these disabled defenders as you give a gift of $25 … $50 … $100 or more today!|
Sean P Eagan
Former Chairman American Cold War Veterans
Life Member Veterans of Foreign Wars