The Disabled American Veterans (DAV) was chartered by Congress in 1932 as the official voice of the disabled veteran; it is not an agency of the Federal government, nor does it receive government funding. The DAV is a nonprofit association of 1,000,000 wartime disabled veterans, serving 2.5 million disabled veterans and their families. The DAV's national service program is rooted in 68 United States cities where 300 national service officers work to provide counseling, employment services, and assistance in gaining health care, free of charge to all disabled veterans. Many also visit towns and cities throughout the country in service vans. Perhaps its most important function is counseling veterans in completing the paperwork of applying for benefits from the Veterans Administration. All veterans and members of their families are eligible for the DAV's services. However, membership is limited to service-connected disabled veterans only.
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