The Voice of Veterans

Here you will find DAV’s communications, internal and external, from our annual reports to downloadable graphics and posters that speak to the sacrifice and honor of our men and women who served. You’ll also find useful manuals, messages from our top leadership and simple instructions for handling our flag with care and respect.

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2013 DAV Annual Report






Service Department


Voluntary Services





Message from the National Commander

Each of you is crucial in forming the future of the great fellowship we call DAV. And in this cause, we are all equals.

Each has made his or her own sacrifice of blood or health in the cause of America—the great cause of freedom. All of those sacrifices were meaningful, some quite life-changing.

And each of us plays an essential role in realizing our vision. This is why, as I accept the great responsibility you place on my shoulders, I turn around and place my greatest hopes upon yours. Read more…

Joseph W. Johnston, Commander.




Message from the National Adjutant

My heroes have always been veterans. My great-uncles Ralph and Roger Elfert served in the Army and Navy during World War II. My great-uncle Dudley Slay flew combat missions in the Korean War. Uncles Robert and Jimmie Burgess retired from the Navy as master and senior chief petty officers.

At 21, I enlisted in the Navy and intended to make that my career.

But, like many people reading this, the option to continue my service was taken away from me as a result of an injury. I went from having a clear path in life to being forced to reimagine a future that seemed completely displaced from what I wanted. For a time, I felt rudderless and unfulfilled. Read more…

Marc Burgess, Adjutant.



Additional Documents

Leading The Way Brochure

For injured and ill veterans from all eras, the road to recovery presents the challenge of living the rest of their days with permanent disabilities.

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Living With Traumatic Stress: You Are Not Alone

After combat, service members demobilize and put away their weapons, turn in their ammunition and body armor and fold away their camouflage. In returning home, they also need to peel off layers of personal and collective behaviors that have protected them from danger and kept them functional and safe during deployments to theaters of military operation.

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DAV rituals are a tradition of time-honored procedures, which give structure to our chapter meetings and ensure that all orders of business addressed in meetings. Also included here are all of DAV’s ceremonial practices, such as memorial dedications, new member obligations and procedures for the installation of officers.

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Tax Form 990

Trust means transparency. Here you have access to DAV’s IRS Form 990, “Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax,” which discloses DAV finances for the past fiscal year.

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Strategic Plan

The 21st century presents both enormous challenges and breathtaking opportunities for DAV. Our Strategic Plan ensures the continued viability and vitality of DAV into the future. This plan is a blueprint for DAV to remain the greatest veterans’ service organization in the world. America’s heroes deserve nothing less.

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Veterans Day 2012 Poster

Gary Sinese honors our nation’s veterans, male and female, young and old in this inspiring tribute to all of our heroes.

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Veterans Day 2011 Poster

DAV exists because of the combined work of its members and supporters. Remember that spirit with this Veterans Day poster highlighting the bond of honor that unites us.

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Veterans Day 2008 Poster

“From caring comes courage.” Be reminded with this moving recognition of our armed forces’ sacrifice.

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Veterans Day 2007 Poster

Stand up for veterans. They stood up for us. The strength and courage of our servicemen and women stands proud in this Veterans Day poster from 2007.

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Memorial Day 2012 Posters

We will always remember our nation’s fallen heroes. Their spirit lives on through your dedication and support.

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Memorial Day 2010 Posters

Every day, the brave men and women of our military put everything on the line to protect freedom. To remember them is to keep them living in our hearts.

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Memorial Day 2008 Posters

“Their bodies lie here in honored glory…May their souls rest upon the firmament of heaven in God’s eternal embrace.” In fields of honor.

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Membership System User Manual for NSO/TSO

For our National and Transitional Service Officers, this helpful instruction will guide you through the use of DAV’s membership web application.

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Membership System User Manual for Dept. Commanders and Adjutants

Officers are encouraged to use this expanded version of the membership web application user manual, with added instruction for the specific duties of DAV leadership.

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Membership System User Manual for Members

This simple instruction guide provides DAV members with everything the need to make the best use of DAV’s web application. From login to finding a local chapter, it’s all here.

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LVAP User Manual

For users of the Local Veterans Assistance Program, learn to start DAV’s LVAP application, manage the tracking of volunteer hours, submit and print reports.

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Forget Me Nots

The first DAV Forget-Me-Not drive was held in 1926, to raise funds for services and assistance for veterans of the first World War. It is a symbol that commemorates those fallen in war, while promising the hope of renewal. For more than 80 years, this small blue flower of remembrance has been the staple of Chapter-level fundraising to support local disabled veterans.

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Flag Procedure

Nothing evokes such strong emotion as seeing the flag of our nation unfurl. It is a symbol for the love and pride, a poignant reminder that we live in a country that values freedom above all else, upholding democracy and working for peace throughout the world. Download How to Honor and Display the American Flag for the right ways to handle, preserve and fly “Old Glory.”

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DAV National Constitution Bylaws & Regulations

The DAV National Constitution and its Bylaws, defined and affirmed each year at the National Convention, provide the fundamental principles that govern the duties of DAV members and officers, with the regulations of membership that cover election of officers, conventions, committees, dues and more.

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Chapter Constitution and Bylaws Guidelines and Suggestions

These guidelines and suggestions were developed to assist local DAV chapters to draft those documents which govern chapter activities and operations. These are realistic solutions, tested and refined over many years in every type of community to build strong foundations for the future.

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The History of DAV Auxiliary

The DAV Auxiliary Program Manual covers the history of the organization, detailing all programs, and providing a wealth of information for all unit and state officers, and members as well.

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Transfer Form

If you are a DAV member transferring your membership from one chapter to another, please download and complete this form.

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Supply Order Form

Print, fill out and mail this form for supply requests.  Includes guides, brochures, stationary and more.

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