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Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Charitable Service Trust

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Military & Veterans Organizations, Veterans

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.

Community Stories

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters



Rating: 5

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.

10 Jason74

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.


Client Served

Rating: 1

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!


Client Served

Rating: 5

I attended a Vets Journey Home sponsored by the Starfish Foundation last August. I am a Vietnam vet serving as an WAF medic. I did not see overseas action but was stationed at a hospital that treated the "walking dead"... men who had shut down due to being in Nam and what they did,saw and experienced there. IT was a cathartic time for me dealing with 40 plus year old issues that I had buried. The staff and volunteers there were great and helped me so much to exorcise my demons. If you can help continue this wonderful efforts for the 'Nam vets, it would be fantastic.