MEMO: Commemorative Stamp For DAV 100th Anniversary

In 2020, DAV will celebrate 100 years of dedicated service to our nation’s veterans, their families and survivors. As part of this special occasion, it is our sincere hope that a commemorative stamp will be issued to recognize this significant milestone. Therefore, we are calling upon all DAV and DAVA members and supporters to contact the Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee and request that a stamp be issued to commemorate this important time in DAV’s history.

Unfortunately, there is no availability to send emails, limiting our ability to fully leverage our Commander’s Action Network system. All requests for consideration for a commemorative stamp must be in the form of a letter and mailed through the United States Postal Service. Therefore, we have prepared a sample letter, which also requires the writer to include information on what the DAV has done for them or their family, i.e., assistance with claims or appeals, transportation, disaster relief, hospital visits, provided an outlet for you to help others, etc.

The committee will meet in April 2017 and it is extremely important that we inundate their office with letters of support for a DAV commemorative stamp. The Committee receives thousands of requests each year, so we need our letters to make a memorable impact. Accordingly, we will have space available at our Mid-Winter conference for DAV members to write their letter to the committee.

We also call upon each of you to help us generate letters from our members and supporters across the country. Between now and April, we hope you will find time at your department and chapter meetings to have those members in attendance write a letter and that you will make available paper, envelopes and stamps for them to accomplish this task. It is important that each letter be sent in a separate envelope and that each individual includes a description of why they became a member and what DAV has personally meant to them.

Additionally, we hope that Benefits Protection Team Leaders will send out this message and encourage your grassroots network of followers to send a letter of support for a commemorative stamp. If each of us does our part to generate significant numbers of letters to the committee, I believe we can accomplish our goal.

Attached [below] please find a sample letter along with the address of the committee. Thank you for your support of this important initiative.

 


 

Janet Klug, Chair
Citizens' Stamp Advisory Committee
475 L’Enfant Plaza SW, Room 3300
Washington, DC 20260-3501

Dear Chairwoman Klug:

I have been a member of DAV since XXXX. The services provided by DAV to me have facilitated my ability to live a more productive life. DAV helped me with (my claim, my appeal, with transportation to and from medical visits, with disaster relief assistance during) (which event), and/or other assistance or benefits received as a result of DAV’s mission). Without this help from DAV, my life would not have been as rewarding as it is.

--OR--

I am a family member of a disabled veteran. The services provided by DAV to my spouse/sibling/aunt/uncle, etc. have facilitated his/her ability to live a more productive life. DAV helped him/her with filing a claim for benefits, transportation to and from medical visits, by visiting and providing comfort items when he/she was in the hospital, with disaster relief assistance during) (which event), and/or other assistance or benefits received as a result of DAV’s mission) Without this help from DAV, his/her life would not have been as rewarding as it is.

--OR--

I am a concerned citizen and a supporter of DAV and injured and ill veterans. I have seen the direct services that DAV provides to our nation’s disabled veterans across the country. Whether it is assisting a veteran with filing a disability claim, providing veterans with transportation to and from medical visits, or providing disaster relief assistance to veterans following a hurricane, tornado or flood DAV is always there to help.

(please elaborate fully on how DAV helped you personally or why you support DAV and what the DAV as a whole means to you).

In 2020, DAV (Disabled American Veterans) will celebrate its 100th anniversary. I urge you and the entire committee to consider commemorating this milestone with a stamp honoring all that it does for veterans and their families and survivors, honoring the men and women who served our nation and the men and women who are members of this great organization.

Thank you for your consideration of this important matter and for your anticipated favorable response.