Disabled American Veterans (DAV) (Special Interest Group Profiles)
MEMBERS: 1.1 million
ADDRESS: PO Box 14301 Cincinnati, OH 45250
PHONE: (606) 441-7300
FAX: (606) 442-2088
NATIONAL COMMANDER: Andrew A. Kistler
WHAT IS ITS MISSION?
According to the organization, the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) is "made up exclusively of men and women disabled in our nation's defense." Further, the DAV "is dedicated to one, single purpose: building better lives for all our nation's disabled veterans and their families." Soldiers who return from war often bear its scars for the rest of their lives. For example, many DAV members lost an arm or a leg while serving in the Korean War, some suffer the lingering effects of exposure to the herbicide Agent Orange used in Vietnam, and some were deafened by explosions in World War II.
"Treaties are signed and the battles of nations end," says the DAV Web site, "but the personal battles of those disabled in war only begin when the guns fall silent. These men and women must struggle to regain health, reshape lives shattered by disability, learn new trades or professions, and...
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