DAV of Minnesota, Department
Minnesota’s Voice for Disabled Veterans and Their Families
The DAV was established out of need, and we are dedicated to a single purpose; fulfilling our promises to the men and women who served. Troops in World War I carried home grim reminders of war, but returned to a broken support system. Frustrated young Veterans took matters into their own hands and started local self-help groups that soon merged to officially become the Disabled American Veterans in 1920.
Nationally, DAV provides legislative support, programming and oversight for state Departments. At the state level, DAV of Minnesota was established in 1925 and is one of the only Veterans Service Organizations in the state experiencing regular growth. We are proud to be a member-run organization that’s 19,000 strong, with 32 engaged Chapters around the state.
Prioritizing Veterans and Their Families
We are committed to bettering the lives of Veterans and their families. Our priorities include:
- Free, professional assistance to Veterans and their families in obtaining earned benefits that are provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and other agencies of government
- Outreach about DAV of Minnesota’s services to both the overall American public and more specifically, disabled Veterans and their families
- Representation of the interests of disabled Veterans, their families, including widowed spouses and orphans, before all levels of government (local, state and federal), the Judicial Branch and the White House
- Communication of DAV’s mission through the Department of Minnesota and its 32 local chapters
- A variety of volunteer programs that offer disabled Veterans the opportunity to support fellow Veterans
This vast network of services – free of charge to all Veterans and members of their families – is supported by membership dues and charitable contributions from the American public. DAV of Minnesota is a non-profit organization and receives no federal funds to support our Veterans.