We are dedicated to a single-purpose: empowering Veterans to lead high-quality lives with respect and dignity.

We accomplish this by ensuring that Veterans and their families can access the full range of benefits available to them; fighting for the interests of America’s injured hero’s on Capitol Hill, and educating the public about the great sacrifices and need of Veterans transitioning back to civilian life, providing free, professional assistance to Veterans and their families in obtaining benefits and services earned through military service and provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) 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 structure through which Disabled Veterans can express their compassionfor their fellow Veterans through a variety of volunteer programs.


The hard fact’s of history brought about the 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 the 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 form those who have risked so much for our country.

The historical account of DAV in Wars and Scars 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.

To read Wars and Scars, click the link: http://www.dav.org/learn-more/about-dav/history/