Volunteering with Disabled American Veterans

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Disabled American Veterans
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A former analyst intern at the Marine International Petroleum Company Inc., Christopher Dabney recently completed his bachelor’s education at the University of Florida’s Warrington College of Business. Prior to starting school, Christopher Dabney spent four years serving with the USMC and he now donates every month to Disabled American Veterans.

To help it provide its wide range of opportunities, Disabled American Veterans (DAV) relies heavily on volunteers. There are three main ways volunteers can support DAV: helping at a local VA hospital, driving veterans to appointments, or helping veterans with basic tasks. Van volunteers ensure that veterans have access to VA hospitals and important treatment regardless of whether they live in a rural or urban area. Meanwhile, hospital volunteers handle such tasks as escorting patients and participating in recreational programs, and veteran assistance volunteers run errands for veterans, do yard work, or fill various other needs.

With all the help its volunteers offer, DAV is sure to show them its appreciation. Exemplary volunteer service earns volunteers recognition through DAV’s Volunteer Recognition Program, but the organization also goes beyond that. In an effort to promote youth involvement, the organization offers the Jesse Brown Memorial Youth Scholarship program. This program grants student volunteers up to $20,000 to fund their higher education, along with an expense-paid trip to DAV National Convention where they receive the award. For non-student volunteers, the organization awards the George H. Seal Memorial Trophy to honor above-and-beyond service.