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Disabled American Veterans Day

09/25/2021

WHEREAS, Disabled American Veterans (DAV) was founded by World War I veterans on September 25, 1920, and was chartered by an Act of Congress on June 17, 1932; and

WHEREAS, in 2020, DAV celebrated 100 years of serving veterans of the Armed Forces, their families and survivors, and communities; and

WHEREAS, DAV is dedicated to a single purpose of empowering veterans to lead high-quality lives with dignity and respect; and

WHEREAS, DAV ensures veterans and their families have access to the full range of benefits available to them, fights for the interests of America’s injured heroes, and educates the public about the needs of veterans transitioning back to civilian life; and

WHEREAS, DAV provides free, professional assistance to veterans and their families in obtaining benefits and services provided by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs and other agencies; and

WHEREAS, DAV engages in outreach about its programs and services to the American people specifically disabled veterans and their families; and

WHEREAS, DAV represents the interests of disabled veterans, their families, their widowed spouses and their orphans before the federal, state, and local levels of government; and

WHEREAS, DAV has fought tirelessly for equal access to critical Veterans Affairs (VA) benefits and services for disabled veterans of all generations, resulting in legislation to expand eligibility to those injured prior to September 11, 2001, as part of the VA Mission Act; and

WHEREAS, DAV co-presents the National Disabled American Veterans Winter Sports Clinic and the National Disabled American Veterans TEE Tournament; and

WHEREAS, DAV has organized the nationwide DAV Transportation Network, providing free transportation for veterans to VA medical appointments; and

WHEREAS, DAV operates an active Charitable Service Trust, funding the needs of local providers, assisting at-risk local veterans; and

WHEREAS, DAV has built an active volunteer corps, offering thousands of hours of service to our veterans and communities; and

WHEREAS, DAV offers veterans, transitioning military members, and spouses access to employers through its nationwide job fair program; and

WHEREAS, DAV provides emergency assistance to veterans in need through the DAV Disaster Relief Program; and

WHEREAS, DAV operates the Jesse Brown Memorial Youth Scholarship program to contribute to the lives of young Americans; and

WHEREAS, Virginia DAV and its 38 chapters across Virginia, is a significant partner to the Virginia Joint Leadership Council of Veterans Service Organizations, advising the Governor on matters of concern to the veterans community; and

WHEREAS, the Commonwealth of Virginia is proud to honor the members of the Disabled American Veterans;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize September 25, 2021, as DISABLED AMERICAN VETERANS DAY in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.