The United States of American exists today because of the bravery of countless men and women who have risked everything to protect the freedoms we enjoy. I am proud to say that there are veterans in every branch of my family and many have even laid down their lives for our country. I honor their sacrifice and that of every person in our military. Disabled American Veterans is one of the rare organizations that repays our debt to the men and women of arms. Through the DAV, my family can reach out to those who have lost their hope and help them rebuild their lives. We trust and proudly support this noble organization in its important work.
DONATION WAS MADE IN HONOR OF MY SON KEVIN WHO HONORABLY SERVED IN THE US ARMY DURRING THE VIETNAM WAR.
Although there are some charities such as Help Hospitalize Veterans that have been charged with ripping off the public by using donations for huge salaries, I can attest the DAV is not one of them I have been a contributor since I left the U.S. Navy in 1950. Just go to Charity Navigator if you have any doubt. You will find that they do a great job of helping vets that our government has shortchanged for their service.
I am a vet and a life member of the DAV. I have sought advice and assistance a few times over the last 16 years and only once have they actually been helpful. Currently I need to have my VA records corrected. Please note I said VA records, the service records are correct, the VA did a terrible job transferring the information and the multiple errors are causing problems including obtaining health care for a service connected disability. I asked the DAV for help on identifying the VA office that can assist in correction of these errors. Two exchanges of e-mails gave guesses about where I might obtain assistance locally which would require about an 80 mile round trip to, maybe,, get some help. Now my e-mails to DAV aren't even responded to. With all their alleged resources why a life member can't get a simple answer is a serious question to me. And the requests for more donations are nearly weekly. Based on my experience why they get such high ratings as a charitable organization is beyond me. I see some of their good works but those are high profile that stimulate donations. As for individual assistance with simple matters, they came up short for me.
DAV Charitable Service Trust 03/29/2016
On behalf of the DAV Charitable Service Trust (Trust), I appreciate the opportunity to provide you with more information regarding the issues you have faced in utilizing the VA benefits that you have earned. While both the DAV and the DAV Charitable Service Trust do work closely together, the Trust is a separate organization with its own distinct programs and services benefiting ill and injured veterans. With respect to VA benefits assistance, the DAV National Organization has field offices at the state and local level that are equipped with trained service officers to assist you throughout the process. I encourage you to use the DAV “Find Your Local Office” tool to navigate to contact information for the office nearest to you: https://www.dav.org/veterans/find-your-local-office/ Should you have additional questions or comments for the DAV Charitable Service Trust, please do not hesitate to email us at email@example.com. Respectfully, DAV Charitable Service Trust
They called my cell phone to ask for more donations. That's a sure way NOT to get a donation from me. I love every Vet out there, but I will not donate to organizations that call me when I'm at work. I will donate my money elsewhere in the future. It was a recorded call and when I called back, I just got a bizzy signal. It was a Rochester, MN call and they called themselves American Disabled Vets.
DAV Charitable Service Trust 01/08/2016
On behalf of the DAV Charitable Service Trust (Trust), I am so sorry to hear of the issues you are having with regard to phone solicitations. As an affiliated entity, the DAV Charitable Service Trust aims to support the DAV (Disabled American Veterans) mission in empowering veterans to lead high-quality lives with respect and dignity. We very much appreciate your prior contribution to DAV and its impact on the men and women who've served. Though DAV may be identified as Disabled American Veterans, it is not affiliated with American Disabled Vets. It would seem that you have been contacted by a different veteran service organization intending to solicit your support for their programs or services. American Disabled Vets is not an affiliated charity of the DAV. If you have additional concerns and wish to contact our team, please do not hesitate to call 877-426-2838, ext. 3301 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Respectfully, DAV Charitable Service Trust
Managers @ dav often use donations to expense their extramarital affairs amongst each other.
This Charity is a sham, it as others, like Wounded Warriors, prey on you and obtain your money to profit in the terms of salaries and costs. This type Charity only lessens our Govenments ability and desire to take care of it's disabled, wounded, and tramintized Veterans. Do not go here, help, others to make sure that they really get help and not help in terms of salaries for the founders, and their followings that man the phones to make their wages and take you money.
DAV Charitable Service Trust 12/30/2014
On behalf of the DAV Charitable Service Trust (Trust), we appreciate you sharing your concerns regarding our organization. Working closely with the DAV (Disabled American Veterans) National Organization, the DAV Charitable Service Trust is a separate non-profit charitable organization that provides support for programs which meet the needs of sick and injured veterans and their families. Its primary purpose is to empower veterans to lead high-quality lives with respect and dignity. To carry out this responsibility, the Trust supports physical and psychological rehabilitation programs; enhances research and mobility initiatives for veterans with amputations and spinal cord injuries; benefits aging veterans; aids and shelters homeless veterans; provides transportation to and from medical facilities; and evaluates and addresses the needs of veterans wounded in recent wars and conflicts as well as their caregivers. In addressing your concerns, it is important to note that the Trust does not employ any individuals. Members of the Trust’s Board of Directors serve voluntarily and are reimbursed on a transportation and per diem allowance basis for the costs of travel to attend meetings of the board and such other events where they serve as representatives of or travel on business for the Trust. The DAV (Disabled American Veterans) National Organization personnel assist the Trust on a limited basis in administering its business operations, fundraising and grants program. For these services, the Trust reimburses DAV annually. We are happy to provide an expense breakdown for 2013, our most recently audited fiscal year, for your reference. The breakdown is as follows: 97% = Program Service Expenditures (Funds go directly toward programs and services for veterans) 1% = Management and General Expenses 2% = Fundraising Expenses For additional information or details regarding our programs and services, please visit our website at www.cst.dav.org. You can also find specific information regarding how funds are expended in the “About Us” section of our website by reviewing the Annual Report, Audit or Form 990. Again, thank you for sharing your concerns, and we hope that this information has been helpful in giving you a more positive outlook on the DAV Charitable Service Trust and our mission to assist America’s Hero’s.
I agree 100% with rose jones. I donated monies so I could get address labels. But the offers for more donations kept pouring in before I had a chance to use my address labels, so I could order more. Now I have finally ran out of return address labels and the offers have long ago stopped coming in the mail. So what does a person do now?
DAV Charitable Service Trust 09/09/2014
On behalf of the DAV Charitable Service Trust, we appreciate your feedback. In addressing your concerns, it is important to note that the DAV Charitable Service Trust (Trust) is affiliated with DAV, but the two are separate entities. The DAV Charitable Service Trust is recognized by the IRS as tax exempt under Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. It was established in 1986 primarily to facilitate fundraising opportunities through employee workplace giving campaigns. Due to the types of contributions received by the Trust, the organization does not send out solicitations for funds. DAV, however, sends approximately six mailings per year to donors, though the organization does have the ability to limit those mailings to the ones that the donor prefers to receive. For example, if a donor only wants to receive one mailing per year or only wants to receive address label mailings, DAV is more than happy to accommodate such requests for the duration of the donor’s giving period. Additionally, if a donor wants to stop contributing for a long period of time, or if they would prefer that mailings stop completely, the donor record can be coded to reflect their wishes accordingly. If you are in need of additional address labels or would like to start receiving labels, DAV would be more than happy to assist with that request. Please feel free to call the toll free number, 877-426-2838, for further assistance. Again, thank you for your feedback. We appreciate hearing from our donors and are always striving to improve our services to veterans, their families and our donors.
I have never seen a DAV advertisement. Ever. I think the lady is confused with another charity. Our DAV privides rides to various clinics/hospitals, and without it, a lot of people would be in a world of hurt. Also our service officers are outstanding. There are a lot of rip off organizations out there that sound similar to Disabled American Veterans(DAV). I wonder if you didn't interact with them.
My husband is a disabled veteran with 32 yrs of service. He joined DAV to help with his outstanding VA disability claim. He called DAV 3 times over a period of a few months. Each time he was told he would get a call back from someone to help him. NOT ONE SINGLE RETURN PHONE CALL from DAV.org. I wish my husband hadn't wasted his hard earned money to join this rip-off place. I truly am shocked at the lack of professionalism from them. He would explain with each subsequent phone call to them that he had already called and was told he would get a call back soon . . . . was always assured he would get a call back . . .never happened.
My husband's claim has now been completed by the VA (no thanks to DAV) and he is 90% disabled. He has turned to another agency for help to get the max 100%. He is using RepForVets and he got a call back the same day, with legitimate help and a packet full of info is already on the way to help my husband. Shame on you, DAV.org. You ripped-off my husband with your membership fee and he got NOTHING in return from you. How dare you advertise your organization on television as helping veterans. I guess that's where my husbands membership fee went . . .to pay for your expensive advertising!
The DAV does not solicit donations via telemarketing company. They use .92 of every dollar to help veterans or support veteran programs, is.. transportation free of charge to veterans to their VA medical appointments, Winters sports clinic, VA Benefit assistance and advocacy. These are just a few examples of how the DAV uses donations.
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I think the work that DAV does for the American Vet is a fantastic thing. My only problem with them is the money they spend on stuff they send to the people who contribute. I have written and ask them not to send me anything. I want every cent of what I send to these people to be used to care for the Vets. That is why I send it. I don't send it so I will constantly receive note pad, return address lables, awards for being a supporter etc. I want all the money I send to go for the care of the Vets.