DAV empowers veterans to lead high-quality lives with respect and dignity.
We provide free, professional assistance to veterans and their families in obtaining VA and other government benefits earned through service. We offer free rides to veterans who need help getting to and from VA medical appointments. We fight for the rights of wounded, injured and ill veterans on Capitol Hill in Washington DC and at the Capitol in Madison.
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DAV is dedicated to a single purpose: empowering american disabled veterans to lead high-quality lives with respect and dignity.
Each year DAV helps more than 200,000 veterans and their families obtain needed benefits through 100 offices throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. Our Wisconsin office, located in Milwaukee, helps roughly 12,000 veterans annually. Additionally, we reach out to veterans in rural areas with a Mobile Service Office.
Annually, we provide over 700,000 free rides to veterans seeking transportation to their scheduled VA medical appointments nationwide. In Wisconsin DAV gives more than 40,000 free rides to veterans each year.
Every February, we go to Washington to meet with our Congressional elected officials to see that the promises made to men and women who served are fulfilled. Each June in Madison, we present our Legislative Program to the Governor’s Office and key state legislators and agencies.
With more than 1 million members nationwide and approximately 15,000 members in Wisconsin, we have been serving our nation’s injured and ill veterans for more than 99 years. DAV is a nonprofit organization, founded in 1920 and chartered by the U.S. Congress in 1932. DAV in Wisconsin was incorporated in 1938.