Mar/Apr 2017 – DAV Membership Chairman’s Article

Isn’t it great to be alive! Great to be a member of this great organization the DAV!

Who is the DAV? What is the DAV?
The DAV is a non-profit 501(c)(4) organization dedicated to the service of our nation’s injured heroes, the DAV is here to help you and to ensure that you are not alone on your road to recovery. We help veterans like you transition back to civilian life by linking you with services that address your physical, emotional and financial needs. We were the first to ensure the nation recognizes posttraumatic stress. We developed the primary treatment program the Department of Veterans Affairs uses today, and for more than half a century, we have advocated for veterans with mental health challenges. We provide employment resources to and facilitate career fairs for transitioning military members, veterans and their families. We help homeless veterans by providing food and shelter while connecting them to medical care, benefits counseling and job training. We give emergency grants to ill and injured veterans impacted by natural disasters

WOW! WE ARE THE DAV. VETERANS HELPING VETERANS.

To continue these services, we need everyone we can get to help us continue these programs. We need members to take veterans and families to services, set up volunteers to go to them and help where needed. We cannot continue to be one of the premier Veterans Service Organizations without members. Members give our voice a roar when we go to congress and ask for America to keep their promises. DAV members are the ones telling our fellow Americans of the problems our veterans and their families have, just to live the American Dream they so valiantly fought for and continue to fight for. Veterans must not be left suffer in silence, you can’t look at a veteran and see the problems they face. It is time to step up and let America know the pains of veterans, just to live, to provide for their families, to be a member of society. We need members to help America continue to be the greatest nation in the world.

DAV MEMBERSHIP ELIGIBILITY

Membership is open to anyone wounded, injured or disabled during honorable wartime service. The following provides the dates of active duty service that are considered during “time of war”:

World War I ……………………………………………………………………………………… 04/06/17 – 07/02/21
World War II & Korea ……………………………………………………………………… 09/16/40 – 01/31/55
Vietnam & Other Engagements ……………………………………………………… 01/31/55 – 10/14/76
Iranian Crisis, Lebanon Crisis, Invasion of Grenada, Invasion of
Panama and other engagements ……………………………………………………. 11/04/79 – 01/31/90
Persian Gulf Crisis and Subsequent Engagements……….. 08/02/90 – until terminated by Presidential Proclamation or Congressional Resolution

Included in these dates are the changes adopted by the delegates to the 1990 and 1991 National Conventions. They reflect the military engagements that U.S. Forces have been involved in since Vietnam. The requirement “during time of war” is also met if it is determined that the applicant’s wound, injury or disability, was incurred at any time (1) as a direct result of armed conflict, or (2) while engaged in extra-hazardous service under conditions simulating war, or (3) while the United States was engaged in any war.  A disability incurred or aggravated during service between September 16, 1940, and December 7, 1941, is included in the term “under conditions simulating war.”  Documentation of disability and/or military service is required with applications of those serving under conditions simulating war. It starts with a single step!

YOU HAVE TO ASK!

ASK your family members, your friends, your neighbors, your coworkers.

Start a conversation and

ASK “ARE YOU A VETERAN?”, tell them about the DAV and

ASK “WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE A MEMBER OF ONE OF THE PREMIERE VETERANS SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS in the world?”

ASK “WOULD YOU LIKE TO HELP OTHER VETERANS?” hand them a membership form and

ASK “WOULD YOU LIKE TO COME TO OUR NEXT MEETING OF THE DAV?”

Goals are great, but it isn’t really about the goals, it is

THE DAV IS HELPING VETERANS LIKE YOURSELF!

REMEMBER, I ASK EACH OF YOU TO SIGN UP 2 NEW MEMBERS BY DEPARTMENT CONVENTION.  I WILL, I PROMISE!

Robert Squyres, Membership Chairman/Sr. Vice Commander
Disabled American Veterans – Department of Texas