In 2020, Disabled American Veterans (DAV) celebrates its centennial anniversary and mark 100 years of service and support for America’s injured and ill veterans and their families.
The Disabled American Veterans of the World War (now DAV—Disabled American Veterans) was founded by former Cincinnati Judge Robert S. Marx in 1920. Marx, a U.S. Army captain who received the Distinguished Service Cross during the First World War, recognized that the nation was ill-equipped to provide the medical care and services the more than 200,000 injured and ill returning war veterans needed—and had earned.
Since the time of its founding, it has stood as an organization of veterans serving veterans as they make the critical transition from military service to civilian life. Today, with a century of service and support under its belts and more than 1 million members in their ranks, the DAV continues the fight to make medical care, employment, education and other earned benefits accessible to America’s 4 million disabled veterans.
Veterans need our help today, as much as they did 100 years ago. They have earned the right to participate in the American Dream they helped to defend, and the DAV is committed to continuing their work to help make that promise possible well into the future.
The DAV thanks the Mena and Polk County community for continued support.
Veterans and their families are invited to a bag drive-through picnic Sept. 25 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
About the DAV
DAV is a nonprofit charity that provides a lifetime of support for veterans of all generations and their families, helping more than 1 million veterans in positive, life-changing ways each year. Annually, the organization provides more than 600,000 rides to veterans attending medical appointments and assists veterans with well over 200,000 benefit claims. In 2019, DAV helped veterans receive more than $21 billion in earned benefits. DAV’s services are offered at no cost to all generations of veterans, their families and survivors.
DAV is also a leader in connecting veterans with meaningful employment, hosting job fairs and providing resources to ensure they have the opportunity to participate in the American Dream their sacrifices have made possible.
With nearly 1,300 chapters and more than 1 million members across the country, DAV empowers our nation’s heroes and their families by helping to provide the resources they need and ensuring our nation keeps the promises made to them.