Disabled American Veterans (Dav) Charitable Service Trust

Rating: 3.63 stars   19 reviews

Issues: Veterans

Location: 3725 Alexandria Pike Cold Spring KY 41076 USA

Mission: Through the DAV Charitable Service Trust, you help fulfill a focused and noble purpose: empowering veterans to lead high-quality lives with respect and dignity. To carry out this responsibility, the DAV Charitable Service Trust supports physical and psychological rehabilitation programs, enhances research and mobility for veterans with amputations and spinal cord injuries, benefits aging veterans, aids and shelters homeless veterans and evaluates and addresses the needs of veterans wounded in recent wars and conflicts as well as their caregivers.
Results: Be assured that support of the DAV Charitable Service Trust is used with the greatest efficiency. Only 3% of our 2013 expenditures were used for fundraising and administration, demonstrating extremely responsible management of the funds entrusted to the Trust. Expenditures for program services for our disabled heroes represented 97% of our total costs last year.
Target demographics: Just as our troops provide cover for the wounded on the field of battle, we must provide cover for those who come home sick and injured.
Direct beneficiaries per year: Thousands
Geographic areas served: Nationwide
Programs: The Trust continues to seek effective ways to improve the lives of ill and injured veterans and their families. To date, funded programs and projects aid in providing a number of necessities to the veteran clients in each service region. Grants are typically distributed to offer: *food, shelter and other necessary items for homeless or at-risk veterans; *mobility items or other assistance specific to veterans with blindnessm, vision loss, hearing loss or amputations; *qualified therapeutic or recreational activities for veterans and/or their families; *physical and psychological rehabilitation projects; and *other forms of support as appropriate for short or long-term relief.
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859-441-7300
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Rating: 1 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

Managers @ dav often use donations to expense their extramarital affairs amongst each other.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

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.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Rating: 2 stars  

13 people found this review helpful

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.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Some

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Okay

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Rating: 3 stars  

10 people found this review helpful

I have always been a financial supporter and plan to continue my support; but not listing CEO compensation and a plan for CEO benefits is troubling. The board of directors should attend to both matters immediately; transparency and honesty are needed more than ever in this troubled economy.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

 
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Charity Navigator has indicated the Trust has not adopted a Policy governing CEO compensation and does not report CEO compensation on its IRS Form 990. As explained to Charity Navigator, the Trust does not employ any individuals. It is governed by a board of directors consisting of seven members. Neither the Chairman nor any directors are paid. They receive solely reimbursement of travel expenses incurred to attend Board meetings or such other events where they serve as representatives of or travel on business for the Trust and a Travel Policy specifically outlining reimbursement criteria has been adopted. Therefore, we believe the precautions related to the process for determining CEO compensation are non-relevant to our organization. We’ve provided this information to Charity Navigator for their consideration and are disappointed that consideration has not been afforded to this process, although we are in full compliance with the IRS.

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Rating: 5 stars  

10 people found this review helpful

I was in the Navy during the Vietnam War. A disc ruptured in my back while doing some heavy lifting. Two weeks later the Naval doctors put me in pelvic traction. With no relief, they operated and removed the disc. I felt a weakness in my left ankle. While playing softball on the base, I suffered an extreme sprain. One year later, they discharged me with a 50% disability rating for my back, 0% for the ankle. The ankle kept spraining itself with the least amount of trauma. I was on crutches 50% of the time. Someone told me to put in a claim. After the exam and a search of my records, the VA conceded and gave me 10% for the ankle, but they said my back was getting better, so they took 10% away from my back. My back then began to go into muscle spasms, crippling me. Someone told me to go back and reopen your claim. The VA then said that my back really wasn’t any worse so they would not give me an increase. However, they said that my ankle was better. So they took away the 10%, leaving me with 40%. I wanted to go to college. You must be 50% disabled to get full benefits. I was too poor to go (SOL). A friend, John, told me to join the DAV and they will stop f... with you. Two years I was commander of a chapter and a life member. One more time my back put me back in the hospital. I had the National Service Officer plea my case for me. Next thing I know, I was awarded the 50% back and off to college I went.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Becoming a chapter commander and financial officer.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Increase their Reach out program. There are so many Veterans that truly do not know how much this organization can benefit them.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

Returning home after my tour in 'Nam, I stayed drunk for many years, trying to drown the hurt. I did stop drinking and still had the deep pain. I stayed shut down for over 30 years. The only joy I had was my children. A friend told me about Vets Journey Home, then called Bamboo Bridge. The first time I tried to take the weekend, I left after Friday night. Some time later I did finish the weekend. I had, and still have, recurring nightmares. After taking the weekend there is now a sense of peace, that was not there before and somethng I have been seeking for many, many years. It has been my honor to staff several Vets Journey Home weekends and have seen the welcoming home of the veterans that they so richly deserve.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

finding a measure of peace in my mind. Being able to help other Vets. Facing my own demons.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

advertise more.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Giving back. Helping with my suriviors guilt

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

dedicated loving people.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

spread this awesome work through out AMreica.

Ways to make it better...

I had done it sooner.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

getting the word out that this weekend WORKS for the veteran.

One thing I'd also say is that...

To the vets themselves!!! Not talking about is NOT the way to go. The demons can't live in the light

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-8-01

 
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