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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.

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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.


General Member of the Public

Rating: 2

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.

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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 cst@dav.org. Respectfully, DAV Charitable Service Trust


General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

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.

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5 craig newmark

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

These guys get real stuff done for Wounded Warriors, I've seen that in action in places including the VA Palo Alto Medical Center.