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VFW Post 4174: Help at hand

By Submitted by Pat Whitehall - | Jul 29, 2021

In 1920, World War I veterans created a service for disabled military veterans of the United States Armed Forces. This organization, known as the DAV was founded to assist veterans and their families through various predicaments. Because of the great need for such an undertaking, a federal charter was issued by Congress in 1932 because help for the returning veteran was deemed of great importance.

After defending our freedom, our heroes and their loved ones deserve to get the care they earned. In some instances, there are some very urgent situations which have to be addressed. While info seminars give the help needed to file and receive VA claims, an outreach for homeless veterans and disaster relief grants along with help for those who may have additional hurdles all have become a most important part of the DAV’s program.

Because navigating the resources available can be confusing, no veteran needs to go it alone. From attaining earned benefits to coping with lasting effects of service connected injuries, there are different programs that meet the specific needs. A few examples are a need for a ride, employment resources, healthcare, disabilities, education and financial benefits. There are also advantages such as more access to special discounts and savings on national and regional brands of items.

At Post 4174, the VFW has a monthly meeting every third Tuesday beginning at 6 p.m. Private meetings may also be arranged through the VFW by calling 239-369-5100 and requesting the assistance of our DAV officer.

The ones eligible for DAV membership are those who were not dishonorably discharged and sustained an injury or illness during the time in the military, or someone who has aggravated a previous injury, so long as he or she has served during a period of armed conflict (but does not have to be direct combat).

We hope any veteran requiring the services of the DAV will not hesitate to avail himself or herself of the support the DAV is able to offer. This is just another way for the VFW and its Auxiliary to say Thank You for your service and we would be glad to welcome you!