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Visiting DAV Headquarters

Last weekend we went to DAV National Headquarters in Cold Springs, Kentucky and met with some of the nicest, most hard-working people we've ever met. DAV is a nonprofit charity that has been around just a hair under 100 years, providing a lifetime of support for veterans of all generations and their families, helping more than 1 million veterans in positive, life-changing ways every year. In addition to helping veterans navigate the complexities of the VA system to obtain the benefits they are entitled to, they also have a fleet of vehicles to give veterans free transportation, a huge network of volunteers all over the United States, and are a leader in connecting veterans with meaningful employment. 

    When talking to Brian and Amanda, their passion was absolutely apparent. They understand the impact their work has on so many and really love what they do. Visiting with them was an emotional experience. The headquarters is beautiful, but not exactly luxurious. The thrift shop furniture gave the impression that they are serious about making sure all the money goes to the right places.

    The halls were wallpapered with photos of veterans they have worked with, with notes on what their service has meant to them. They gave us a tour of the museum they keep full of things that have been donated to them over the years like John F. Kennedy’s membership card, rifles from various historical conflicts and even a few katana blades. 

    Telling you everything they do would require a massive wall of text, but here are a few numbers to give you an idea of the impact they are having every year. These numbers are all from 2017 specifically:

250,000 Claims
    Each year, DAV assists with more than 250,000 claims for veterans, staying with them through every step of the process. Their benefits experts are veterans themselves who know how to navigate the complex VA system and help them obtain benefits and connect them to the support they need.
1,300 Chapters
    DAV has nearly 1,300 chapters across the country, providing a national network of local support for veterans and their families. 
4.3 Billion Dollars
    DAV helped veterans and their family members obtain more than $4.3 billion in new and retroactive benefits. For every dollar they receive in donations, they are able to get $40 worth of benefits for veterans. 
615,000 Rides
    DAV has a fleet of vehicles that provide 615,000 rides, traveling 18,452,374 miles, helping veterans get to and from medical appointments at no cost. The VA has valued the DAV Transportation Network’s hours of volunteer service at over $36 million.
1.5 Million Hours
    DAV has volunteers onsite at VA medical centers where they provide 1.5 million hours her year visiting with veterans and assisting families in need.
1.4 Million Dollars
    DAV distributed $1.4 million in emergency financial assistance to veterans who were impacted by natural disasters.
140 Career Fairs Hosted
    DAV hosted 140 career fairs, using their tools, resources and opportunities to help thousands of veterans and their spouses get jobs. They also have transition advocates on military bases across the country that provide face-to-face support to help those leaving active duty successfully transition back to civilian life
1 Million Members
    DAV has 1 million members, ensuring it has a strong voice when advocating on behalf of veterans. 
8 New Laws
    DAV’s efforts resulted in improving benefits and services for ill and injured veterans, their families and survivors.



DAV is a fantastic organization doing incredible work. We deeply appreciate and believe in their mission and look forward to working more closely with them in the future.