Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Veterans Day: Donate to DAV Disabled American Veterans

The first Veteran's Day was actually called Armistice Day as proclaimed by President Woodrow Wilson in 1919.  In 1954 Congress officially changed the name from Armistice Day (it is still called Armistice day in other English speaking locations) to Veterans Day and the rest is history.  This means it is time to thank a veteran, perhaps by a donation to DAV.org (Disabled American Veterans).

Image borrowed from http://www.dav.org/

The big player in the disabled veteran charity space is the Wounded Warrior Project, a post 9/11 organization that started with the delivery of a few backpacks in 2003 and is now a $150 million dollar per year charity.  WWP is the Nike of veteran's charities, but according to charitynavigator.org it gets a 3 out of 4 star rating because it only delivers 57.9% of its money to the charitable programs. This means that for every dollar you give WWP, they only delivery 58 cents, mostly because they spend $35 million a year in fundraising and pay their CEO a lucrative $330k per year.  DAV on the other hand delivers 94 cents on the dollar to the veteran programs it has run since 1920, but cannot match the 50% year over year growth that WWP has seen in the past few years (from their aggressive fundraising).  Either program is probably a good place for your Veterans Day donation, but my money is going to DAV.  I'd like to think that most of my money is going directly to the dude who needs it.

If you are a veteran, we thank you for your service.


  1. Fisher House is another good disabled veterans charity. According to charitynavigator.org they deliver 94.7 cents on the dollar to their program to help families of wounded soldiers.

  2. First, happy Veteran's Day to all.

    I share your mixed feelings about WWP - I "get" what they're trying to do, and $0.58 on the dollar still equals a crap ton of $$ for wounded veterans despite the colossal overhead... but then there's that overhead thing. To me, WWP is basically the Komen foundation of veteran's charities. For better and for worse.

    On a car-related note, DAV donates shuttles to the Dept of Veteran's Affairs that are used to bring less advantaged (financially or physically, usually both) veterans from home to their local VA treatment center / VA hospital for appointments. All of the drivers are volunteers, usually retired folks both military and civilian alike just doing their part. To me, those people are the real unsung heroes. Without them, many less advantaged veterans would be basically trapped in their home, unable to receive care ever since the Gov't de-funded their veteran's transportation program back in the day.

    For you military/federal/postal personnel out there, CFC code 11322 is the DAV Charitable Service Trust if you'd like to make a donation that way.

    Thank you DT for raising awareness for this very worthy charity. Now, back to nit picking and pedantry.

  3. Speaking of nit picking and pedantry:

    "When I was a boy, and when Dwayne Hoover was a boy, all the people of all the nations which had fought in the First World War were silent during the eleventh minute of the eleventh hour of Armistice Day, which was the eleventh day of the eleventh month.
    It was during that minute in nineteen hundred and eighteen, that millions upon millions of human beings stopped butchering one another. I have talked to old men who were on battlefields during that minute. They have told me in one way or another that the sudden silence was the Voice of God. So we still have among us some men who can remember when God spoke clearly to mankind.
    Armistice Day has become Veterans' Day. Armistice Day was sacred. Veterans' Day is not.
    So I will throw Veterans' Day over my shoulder. Armistice Day I will keep. I don't want to throw away any sacred things."

    -Kurt Vonnegut.

    I tend to agree, even as a Vet. We took the cheap route and co-opted a sacred remembrance day and added "veterans" to it.

    So for me, today is and always will be Armistice Day.

    And I concur strongly on the WWP. Many of my wounded war bretheren despise WWP. Good on you for pormoting DAV.

    Fisher House is another good one.

  4. It`s Remembrance Day up here in Canada. Especially poignant this year as one of the ceremonial guards at the National War Memorial in Ottawa was gunned down a few short weeks ago.

    My late father served in WW2, so I dedicate my thoughts today to him.

    Lest we forget.


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