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Disabled American Veterans Essay

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“Serving those who have served” (About Disabled American Veterans 1). This is the mission statement of the DAV, or the Disabled American Veterans. The DAV helps thousands of disabled American veterans in their life after war.
A poll taken in 2009 found out that there are 21,900,000 American veterans. 5,500,000 of the American veterans are disabled (American Veterans By the Number 1). Only 1,200,000 disabled American veterans are members of the DAV (About Disabled American Veterans 1). “Building Better Lives for America's Disabled Veterans” (DAV 1).
The DAV was founded when our country was struggling with the effects of World War I. American veterans that came home from World War I started the DAV in 1920. A lot has changed in the last ninety-one years, but the wounded and sick from the wars still need the DAV's help in life cope with their disabilities (Wars & Scars 1). In 1932 the DAV was deemed the official voice of the nation’s wartime disabled veterans (About Disabled American Veterans 1). The DAV have many missions in helping the veterans. Some mission statements are “Providing a structure through which disabled veterans can express their compassion for their fellow veterans through a variety of volunteer programs” (Mission Statement 1), “Extending DAV's mission of hope into the communities where these veterans and their families live through a network of state-level Departments and local Chapter” (Mission Statement 1), and “Representing the interests of disabled veterans, their families, their widows and spouses, and their orphans before Congress, the White House, and the Judicial Branch, as well as state and local government”(Mission Statement 1). “Providing outreach concerning its program services to the American people generally, and to disabled veterans and their families specifically” (Mission Statement 1) and “Providing free, professional assistance to veterans and their families in obtaining benefits and services earned through military services and provided by the Department of Veteran Affairs and other agencies of government” (Mission Statement 1) are just a few more mission statements. The DAV has a large Board of Directors: Roberto Barrera from Texas as Chairman, Donald L. Samuals from Tennessee as Vice Chairman, Arthur H. Wilson from Kentucky as Secretary, Rodney S. Tucker from North Carolina as Treasurer, Lorren N. Davis from Idaho, Delphine Metcalf-Foster from California, and Jay E. Johnson from Texas all as Directors, and Wallace E. Tyson from North Carolina and Michael E. Dobmeier from North Dakota both as Advisors. On the Executive Committee, Wallace E. Tyson from North Carolina is National Commander, Larry A. Polzin from California is first Junior Vice Commander, Mary J. Bancivenga from New Jersey is second Junior Vice Commander, Joseph W. Johnston from Ohio is third Junior Vice Commander, Ron Voegeli from South Carolina is forth Junior Vice Commander, Michael E. Dobmeier from North Dakota isNational...

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