How to Join the DAV

Who is Eligible to Join the DAV?

Any man or woman, who was wounded, gassed, injured or disabled in the line of duty during time of war, while in the service of either the military or naval forces of the United States of America, and who has not been dishonorably discharged or separated from such service, or who may still be in active service in the armed forces of the United States of America is eligible for membership in the Disabled American Veterans. Others who are disabled while serving with any of the armed forces of any nations associated with the United States of America as allies during any of its war periods, who are American citizens and who are honorably discharged, are also eligible.

Please refer to the following chart for 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
Panama, & Other Engagements . . . . . . . . . . . . 11/04/79 - 01/31/90
Persian Gulf Crisis and Other Engagements . . . . . 08/02/90 - Present *

*Until terminated by Presidential Proclamation or Congressional Resolution.

Why is Your DAV Membership so Important?

The Disabled American Veterans (DAV) has a mission. Helping eligible veterans receive all the benefits and services they have earned through their sacrifices for their country.

Well over half of all veterans eligible for DAV membership have already joined our ranks. Asked why they joined, members overwhelmingly cite DAV service. Helping disabled veterans and their families is what we do - all we do, and we do it well because you deserve the best.

Veterans like the fact that the DAV is not a government agency and receives no government funding. They know the DAV is on their side. Thatís why more than 200,000 veterans and members of their families seek out professional DAV services every year. These services include help with disability compensation, VA pension, death benefits, VA medical care, Social Security disability benefits, veteransí job programs, and much, much more. You can count on DAV service from DAV National Service Officers (NSOs) in 69 offices nationwide when you need help. DAV NSOs are highly trained, professional experts who have undergone the stiffest training program in veteransí affairs. An all-new, high-tech training program is making sure DAV NSOs will remain the best. DAV NSOs also represent more clients than all other veteransí groups combined at the highest level of appeal within the Department of Veterans Affairs. Whatís more, all services provided by DAV NSOs are free of charge.

With threats to your benefits coming on hot and heavy year after year, you need representation before Congress, the White House, and other government bodies - strong, effective representation. The DAVís legislative specialists in Washington, D.C., are the best in veteransí affairs. But they must be backed up by strength. The strength that comes from numbers. Thatís why your membership in the DAV is so important.

One veteran summed up the feelings of so many DAV members in this way: As one person we canít do very much, but as a group we have power. Disabled veterans know the power of numbers. Thatís where your membership really counts.

Help the DAV in its effort to help you. Sign up for membership today!

To sign up for membership today, print out the MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION, fill it out, enclose your membership payment, and mail it in right away.

(NOTE: Use standard mail only. Do not e-mail your membership application.)

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