The hard facts of history brought about DAV's creation. But compassion and service have been the tools that made our organization what it is today. A great deal has changed since DAV was founded, but this much has remained the same: those who return from war must have men and women waiting for them at home who will stand with them as they work to take back their lives. Through DAV, veterans and civilians alike can fully express their appreciation and concern for those who have risked so much for our country. The historical account of DAV in Wars and Scars on the pages that follow tells the story of that journey, from the days after World War I to the men and women of today returning from Iraq, Afghanistan and beyond. It tells the story of the veterans, families and civilians who made the commitment that none of America's heroes should ever go it alone.
Made up exclusively of men and women disabled in our nation's defense, the Disabled American Veterans is dedicated to one single purpose: building better lives for all of our nation's disabled veterans and their families. his mission is carried forward by: Providing free, professional assistance to veterans and their families in obtaining benefits and services earned through military service and provided by the Department of Veteran Affairs and other agencies of government; Providing outreach concerning its program services to the American people generally, and to disabled veterans and their families specifically; Representing the interests of disabled veterans, their families, their widowed spouses and their orphans before Congress, the White House, and the Judicial Branch, as well as state and local government; Extending the DAV's mission of hope into the communities where these veterans and their families live through a network of state-level Departments and local Chapters; and Providing a structure through which disabled veterans can express their compassion for their fellow veterans through a variety of volunteer programs.
Mission statement. Table of contents. Preface.
Our story begins. Pencils on the street corner. The early days of DAV.
A national organization is born. The triumphant first convention. From high principles to hard work. The founding of DAV Auxiliary. Fundraising progress.
Bonus marchers and false economies. Congressional charter. Identotags: a fundraising breakthrough.
The most costly war. Responding to a new generation.
Korea and the Cold War.
The longest war. The DAV and Vietnam veterans. A new national headquarters.
Changing the guard.
New wars and a new era. Years of change and growth.
The Gulf War legacy. A defining moment. New beginnings, new success.
A decade of excellence. Building the future. The academy. Washington battles. Building programs of service. Increasing support. The fight for justice.
The new century and War on Terror. War in Iraq. Building the volunteer legacy. Keeping the memory alive. A seal of approval.
A century of hope.
National Adjutant terms. National Commander terms.