The DAV’s Homeless Veterans Initiative

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The DAV’s Homeless Veterans Initiative

A recent finance graduate at the University of Florida’s Warrington College of Business Administration, Christopher Dabney is knowledgeable about areas such as financial management and real estate investment. Dedicated to supporting his community, former United States Marine Christopher Dabney regularly donates to the Disabled American Veterans Organization.

Since its founding, the Disabled American Veterans Organization (DAV) has been providing veterans of all generations with lifetime support. Covering everything from rides to medical appointments to benefit claim assistance, the organization maintains several programs, including the Homeless Veterans Initiative.

Through the financial support of DAV’s Charitable Service Trust and Columbia Trust, the Homeless Veteran Initiative helps homeless veterans. The initiative not only promotes increased development of housing for homeless veterans, it also provides a variety of services that help homeless veterans return to self-sufficiency and productivity.

It is the DAV’s hope to eventually work with all levels of government to provide additional support to homeless veterans. Through such partnerships the organization’s goal is to develop more programs in cities around the United States. Any individuals who require assistance from the Homeless Veterans Initiative should contact the DAV.


Scholarships for DAV Volunteers

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Disabled American Veterans Organization

After serving his country as a US Marine, Afghanistan war veteran Christopher Dabney, is transitioning into civilian life by obtaining a BSBA in finance. One of the ways Christopher Dabney stays connected with his military comrades is by donating monthly to the Disabled American Veterans Organization (DAV).

DAV has close to 1.3 million members and 1,300 chapters throughout the United States. It provides support for veterans as well as their families. Each year, the organization helps over 1 million veterans in meaningful, life-changing ways.

DAV recognizes the vital role volunteerism plays in the organization. To this end, the Jesse Brown Memorial Youth Scholarship Program provides scholarships to young volunteers who have devoted their time to serving veterans. Those who qualify are volunteers 21 years old and younger who have volunteered at least 100 hours at a VA medical facility.

Every year, an outstanding applicant is given the highest scholarship award amount of $20,000 to help support his or her higher education. There are also additional scholarships awarded in the amounts of $15,000, $10,000, $7,500, and $5,000.

Heavener School – Top-Ranking Public Undergraduate Business School

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Heavener School

Christopher Dabney served four years in the US Marine Corps and saw action in Afghanistan. Recently, Christopher Dabney completed a bachelor of science in business administration/finance from the Heavener School, Warrington College of Business at the University of Florida.

The Heavener School was included in Bloomberg Businessweek’s 2016 Best Undergraduate Business School ranking as one of the top 25 public business schools in the country. It ranked 24th among the top undergraduate public business schools and 58th overall all. The Heavener School was only one of two schools in Florida to rank in the top 60 overall. It also was Florida’s only public undergraduate business program to appear in the top ranks.

The three key areas that helped the school achieve its rank were internships, employer score, and starting salary.

To produce the ranking, Bloomberg Businessweek conducted a survey involving more than 27,000 recent graduates and more than 1,000 recruiters.

Bread of the Mighty Food Bank’s Annual Empty Bowls Event

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Empty Bowls Event

Christopher Dabney, a senior finance major at the University of Florida, is a decorated former infantry team leader with the United States Marine Corps. Dedicated to helping others, Christopher Dabney regularly donates to charitable organizations that support veterans and has volunteered with such community groups as Bread of the Mighty Food Bank.

Since 1987, Bread of the Mighty Food Bank has been collecting, sorting, and distributing food and basic essentials to charitable organizations throughout North Central Florida. The organization has established a number of initiatives and programs over the years, along with several events like the Empty Bowls event. An annual event, Empty Bowls raises funds to support Bread of the Mighty Food Bank and promote awareness of hunger problems in the local community. The concept originated from a high school teacher’s attempt to get his students involved in supporting a food drive and has since been adopted by several other food banks.

The Bread of the Mighty Empty Bowls Event has since grown beyond the original idea of simply providing a meal and allowing guests to keep the bowl they were served. While this concept is generally maintained, the event now brings in numerous agencies, business, schools, and faith organizations that support Bread of the Mighty. Each year, the event features keynote speakers, and some years it has a basket auction. All guests receive a bowl handcrafted by local students to take home at the end of the night.

Essential Spearfishing Equipment

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Spearfishing Equipment

A former infantry team leader for the United States Marine Corps, Christopher Dabney is a senior finance major at the University of Florida’s Warrington College of Business Administration. In his free time, Christopher Dabney enjoys staying active through a variety of sports, including spearfishing.

Unlike regular fishing, spearfishing is a much more interactive experience that brings spearfishers up close and personal to they fish they are trying to catch. There are several essential items that spearfishers need, including the following:

Wetsuit. Spearfishing involves being in the water, so a wetsuit is essential for keeping spearfishers warm. Wearing a wetsuit also protects against certain dangers found in the ocean, such as jellyfish, spiny fish, and abrasive reefs.

Speargun or polespear. Most spearfishers fire their spears rather than throwing them. There are two types of trigger mechanisms that fishers can choose from: pneumatic and rubber band systems. As a simpler option, spearfishers may prefer using a polespear rather than a speargun.

Weight belt. Staying underwater can be difficult given the buoyancy of both the body and many wetsuits, so a weight belt is often needed to neutralize any natural buoyancy. Weight belts are also a great place for tying a fish stringer to hold the catch.

Origins of the University of Florida’s Rugby Program

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University of Florida, Rugby Program

United States Marine Corps veteran Christopher Dabney is a senior at the University of Florida in Gainesville. Christopher Dabney also plays rugby with the U.F. Men’s Rugby Club.

The University of Florida’s rugby program was established in 1969. The team was initially part of the intramural sports department, founded by a pair of Australian students who were bored with the school’s cricket team.

Rugby caught on quickly thanks to notices in the “Alligator” and participation from fraternities on campus. Within a couple of months, 20 or 30 men were ready to play real games.

A couple of New Zealanders had similar ideas at the University of Georgia in Athens. They brought their new team down to play against the Gators, but were horrified when they arrived and found hundreds of cars parked on the field. The cars, which belonged to football spectators, were moved, but the people stayed to watch the rugby game. These spectators loved it, and a new University of Florida tradition was born.

Important Safety Tips for Skiers and Snowboarders

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Safety Tips

Christopher Dabney, a former infantry rifleman and team leader in the United States Marine Corps, has spent time as an analyst intern and credit analyst intern with the Marine International Petroleum Company, Inc., and Ameris Bank, respectively. Beyond his activities as an analyst, Christopher Dabney enjoys playing rugby and skiing.

There are a number of practices and behaviors that skiers and snowboarders can use to minimize the risk of injury or collision with other riders. Many accidents on the trail can be avoided simply by respecting the right-of-way of other riders. Skiers and snowboarders further down the mountain always have the right-of-way, and it is the responsibility of oncoming riders to maintain a safe distance.

Despite having the right-of-way, riders progressing down the mountain should never stop in the middle of a trail or in any place where they jeopardize the safety of other riders. It is each individual’s duty to maintain control of speed and direction, but riders cannot always plan for another person suddenly appearing in the middle of the field. Similarly, when merging onto a new trail or when first beginning a descent, riders should take stock of their surroundings and the activities of any nearby riders.

Finally, riders should look out for one another whenever they can safely do so. For example, if another rider’s ski pole or snowboard is falling down the mountain, riders should attempt to stop the runaway piece of equipment. This is not only helpful but can also prevent the equipment from hurting someone further down the hill. Riders should only make such an attempt with their own devices rather than with their body.

Basic Hand Signals for Motorcyclists

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Hand Signals for Motorcyclists

Christopher Dabney spent four years with the United States Marine Corps as an infantry rifleman and team leader. Christopher Dabney enjoys leading an active lifestyle, which includes playing rugby and riding his Yamaha R6 motorcycle.

One of the first steps individuals must take after purchasing a motorcycle is to learn the appropriate hand signals. These signals are especially important when riding in a large group, a common practice among motorcyclists. The start engines signal is always the first gesture riders make before beginning a ride. To signal this action, riders must simply raise one of their arms straight up in the air and make a repetitive, circular motion with the index finger.

As a ride progresses, motorcyclists need to make further signals, particularly for turning, braking, and notifying others in the group of obstacles or hazards in the road. A left turn is signaled by extending one’s left arm horizontally over the road, while a right turn is signaled by extending the left arm and bending at the elbow, creating a 90 degree angle.

Riders can extend the left arm down toward the road at a 45 degree angle and move the hand in a brief up-and-down motion, similar to the motion of petting a dog, to indicate decreased speed. A full stop is also signaled by creating a downward, 45 degree angle, though riders should keep their hand still with the palm facing backward in the direction of trailing riders. Finally, to signal hazards in the road, individuals can use the left arm to point down at the road in the direction of the obstacle. If the hazard is to the right of riders, individuals can either signal with the right arm or hold their hand over their helmet.