‘Burning desire to serve and help veterans’ at annual advocacy event
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National Commander Nancy Espinosa (left) sits beside National Adjutant Barry Jesinoski, National Headquarters Executive Director Cody VanBoxel, National Voluntary Services Director John Kleindienst, National Employment Director Ryan Burgos and Auxiliary National Commander AnneMarie Hurley before Espinosa’s congressional testimony at the DAV 2024 Mid-Winter Conference. Following a long history of being “dismissed and misunderstood” as a woman veteran, DAV National Commander Nancy Espinosa ensured she, on behalf of her fellow veterans, would be heard. Sitting before members of the Hous ..read more
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80 years later, D-Day veterans reflect on Operation Overlord
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by DAV Communications
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Mullins June 6, 1944, marked the first time George Mullins was ever in battle. The day before, he boarded a Landing Ship, Tank (LST) to cross the English Channel to France as a replacement soldier with the Army’s 327th Glider Infantry Regiment supporting the 101st Airborne Division for Operation Overlord. Mullins recalled that just before the troops loaded up, then-Maj. Gen. Maxwell Taylor, the commanding general of the 101st, jumped up on a table to make a speech. “And that was, ‘Boys, this is it. At a certain time, we’re going to be on the beaches of Normandy,’” said Mullins. “That’s ho ..read more
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Honoring those who served
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2w ago
Walter “Chip” Mann, commander of Chapter 122 in Townsend, Massachusetts, receives a $3,000 donation from members of the Ashby Fire Department. The fire department hosts an annual car show to benefit local veterans organizations, and this was the third consecutive year the chapter received a donation. The post Honoring those who served appeared first on DAV ..read more
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Delivering the promise
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DAV Department of Wisconsin’s transportation manager and Past National Commander Dick Marbes receives the keys to a new Ford Transit from Lori Counihan, the director of the Schneider National Foundation. The foundation, a part of Schneider National Global Logistics in Green Bay, Wisconsin, granted $70,000 toward the purchase of two vehicles for the DAV Transportation Network. Department National Executive Committee member Daniel Diebold (back row, DAV hat) and Department of Wisconsin’s office manager Deirdre Flynn (front row, third from the left) were also present. The post Delivering the pr ..read more
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Still leading the way
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by DAV Communications
3w ago
Past National Commander Delphine Metcalf-Foster helped distribute Safe At Home Kits to veterans, service members and military families during an event in Solano County, California, in February. The kits were provided by Rebuilding Together Solano County and included masks, hand sanitizer and glow lights. Attendees also received free smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. “This is an awesome event,” said Metcalf-Foster. “It’s good to let people know we are here and what we can do to help.” The post Still leading the way appeared first on DAV ..read more
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VA suspends pension debt collection from veterans after discovery of system error
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by DAV Communications
3w ago
The Department of Veterans Affairs has suspended debt collections related to overpayments of pensions to low-income veterans or their survivors because of accounting errors made over the past 12 years. Between 2011 and 2022, VA officials were unable to reliably verify the self-reported income of these pensioners due to errors in comparison data. As a result, nearly 40,000 low-income veterans and their survivors may have debts that have not yet been established by the VA because of the overpayments. Monthly pensions for the low-income individuals can range from a few hundred dollars ..read more
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All World War II veterans are now eligible for VA health care
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by DAV Communications
1M ago
On Nov. 10, 2023, the Department of Veterans Affairs announced that all World War II veterans are now eligible for no-cost VA health care. Under this expansion, anyone who served between Dec. 7, 1941, and Dec. 31, 1946, will not have to pay inpatient or outpatient copays, enrollment fees or monthly premiums. While veterans will no longer have to pay inpatient or outpatient copays, they may still have to pay modest medication, urgent care or long-term care copayments in some cases, depending on their eligibility and service connection. Veterans who were not approved for VA health care in the p ..read more
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Combat-wounded Army veteran braves life’s storms
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Left: Aurita Maldonado places a finger through the bullet hole in her pack following a firefight in the Afghan countryside. While she remained unharmed, an improvised explosive device attack would later injure her. Right: A pen is used to illustrate the bullet’s path after punching through an iced tea bottle. The evident wetness prompted other soldiers to search for blood. A firefight was nothing new to Aurita Maldonado and her fellow soldiers trekking through the desolate Afghan countryside. What was different on this day in 2008, however, was the bullets punching through her pack. The drippi ..read more
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Army veteran lived in van until DAV chapter helped
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Daniel Diebold at Chenar Vehicle Stopping Point during his deployment to Afghanistan with 2nd Battalion, 17th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, out of Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington. PHOTO COURTESY OF DANIEL DIEBOLD The van that Daniel Diebold was living in when a DAV chapter helped him was still better than what he had just been through. The veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan was four months out of the Army when his life almost ended with a gallon of liquor on a cold beach near Tacoma, Washington. That was the day he said he decid ..read more
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A special way to give back to fellow veterans in need
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Charles Burke of Lexington, Kentucky With more than 4.7 million disabled veterans living in America today, our mission to empower veterans to lead high-quality lives with respect and dignity is essential. Thankfully, many DAV supporters, including Navy veteran Charles Burke, are stepping up to help by making a gift through a charitable gift annuity (CGA) to the DAV Charitable Service Trust. Burke was not yet a DAV member when an article in a Fidelity newsletter about the income and tax benefits of CGAs caught his eye. The article explained how gift annuities help charities. A lo ..read more
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