At Van Products, we’ve been fortunate to serve the very men and women who have served our country and have become handicapped or require a wheelchair from doing so. We are proud to offer them the best service possible, and wanted to spotlight the Disabled Veterans Association (DAV) to remind everyone of the brave way they fought to protect our freedom.
About Disabled American Veterans
Disabled American Veterans (DAV) is a non-profit charity founded in 1920 by disabled veterans who returned from World War I, and is dedicated to supporting disabled veterans and their families. The organization has over 1.2 million members, all of which are veterans of the armed forces who were disabled at war.
DAV’s National Voluntary Service Program
The DAV’s National Voluntary Service Program is a large network of opportunities for veterans and community volunteers perform services for disabled veterans. These include transportation assistance, volunteering at nursing homes and serving at hospitals in aid of disabled veterans.
The National Service Program (NSP) has 88 offices housing 260 National Service Officers, who work to assist veterans in benefit claims from the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs, at no charge. The National Service Officers are themselves disabled veterans, who have been trained in laws particular to veterans.
The DAV National Legislative Program is there to assist disabled veterans with law issues and legislation, and specializes in laws and issues connected to disability compensation, pensions, training programs and employment.
The Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary
The Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary (DAVA) is a similar structure in place to assist family members of disabled or diseased veterans. From its inception in 1922 to 2005 the DAVA was open to women only, but since 2005 this has changed to allow men to join the auxiliary.
The Importance of Serving the Community
It is important to see the way a community comes together to support fellow members of the community, whether meeting a need through knowledge of the law like the NSP, voluntary support at in care taking, or like we are trying to do: provide transportation and mobility options.
The many volunteers and supporters behind this institution who tirelessly work to better the lives of disabled veterans are to be commended. If you are a Veteran and would like to learn more about handicap accessible vans or the DAV, drop us a note!