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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Respectfully, DAV Charitable Service Trust
I have been recieving illegal phone calls from an out bound telemarketer on behalf of this orgainization. They call several times per day and will not allow for call backs or for me to opt out which is illegal. When I have asked to be removed from the list they hang up on me. My father is a veteran in poor health who lives with me and the calls are disturbing him and show that the organization has no respect for the public.I have contacted the main offices several times yet the calls persists. they are breaking the law by doing this and I would never donate one cent to them since they are not ethical. Give to Paralyzed Vetrans instead. They care.
Review from CharityNavigator
These guys provide a lot of real help to veterans, basic stuff, like filling out medical claims forms, which can be a major challenge. We've also participated together in employee innovation efforts at the Department of Veterans Affairs.
These guys get real stuff done for Wounded Warriors, I've seen that in action in places including the VA Palo Alto Medical Center.