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Disabled American Veterans – Celebrating Victory for 96 Years

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of DAV. The opinions and text are all mine.
While I am proud to support DAV and their mission, I have not been a beneficiary of DAV services.

Disabled American Veterans

We looked upon the clay structures in 104 ° heat, sweat dripping down our faces and checked off a bucket list item before continuing on the journey to our new home. That was just over a year ago. My husband finished his military career and it was time to move on to the next chapter of our lives; a chapter that would mean he’d return to his children and we’d build a life; a really great life. A life that meant our time belonged to us. We’d have to figure out what that meant and just how to handle that.

While he was in the Navy, things weren’t always so easy. I suppose it’s natural to think the military was responsible for some of the hardship. But, while it was in part a factor in the equation of those circumstances, it didn’t encompass the entirety of my husband’s challenges. Uncertainty would creep in, but perseverance made a huge difference. And so did having people in his corner. Veterans can face significant challenges throughout their lives. Sometimes it feels taboo to have the conversation, but thanks to the right help and support, they can also celebrate victories that may have seemed out of reach.

My husband is not the only man I know who lives a victory after military service. My father is a three-tour Vietnam War Veteran who spent almost twenty-nine years of his life dedicated to his country. There are many things he won’t speak of when it comes to Vietnam. Perhaps someday he will, but it’s his story to tell so I standby until he’s ready to tell it. Despite the fact he doesn’t talk about it, I know my dad has been victorious. He came back from a war where so many were ignored and almost disowned by their countrymen. He grew up extremely poor and provided an amazing life to his wife and three children. He isn’t the type to ask for help, but he’s the type to give it. And I know it has been an inspiration to young recruits and recent veterans as they transitioned throughout their careers. It’s been an inspiration to me. It has so much to do with why I live “the gift is in the giving.”

DAV (Disabled American Veterans)

If there is something those of you who have been around awhile know about me, it’s that I am dedicated to giving back to the men and women who have served our nation. I am also dedicated to highlighting organizations that make a difference through their mission and work. They didn’t ask me to tell you this, I just want you to know: with 4 stars (the highest) on Charity Navigator and a 100% endorsement for accountability and transparency, DAV (Disabled American Veterans), is one of those organizations.

For 96 years, DAV’s programs have contributed to millions of stories of strength and victory, such as Jim Sursely, featured in the video below.

Stop by their site and look around. They have some amazing programs and I am in awe of their unwavering dedication. Once you’ve learned more, whether you’re a civilian, active duty or a veteran tell us your story of victory. We can ALL use inspiration, don’t you think?

DAV (Disabled American Veterans) is a non-profit organization that is on a mission to help America’s veterans achieve more victories. To learn more about DAV, visit dav.org.

8 Comments

  • Rachel Hough

    What a wonderful heartfelt post! I too come from a family of veterans and am so proud of their service, even if I don’t know their stories yet.

  • Tiffany

    This is definitely a cause worthy of support in every way. I know that being a Disabled Veteran is not something many want to share or even acknowledge the need for help but being there when they do is so important

  • Sage

    I have so much respect for veterans and their families. Many moons ago, I was in a long term relationship with a soldier. One of the main reasons it didn’t work out was that I didn’t think I could hack it as a military wife. DAV sounds like a wonderful and much needed organization and I wish them every success in their work.
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  • Farrah Less G.

    I have so much respect with our Veterans and to the active one as well. They deserve a comfortable life and better benefits after their term. The sacrifice, sleepless nights and the time away from home can never be replace. I hope we all can come out to help the families big or small help can go far.

  • aaronica @ the crunchy mommy

    Thank you. Thank you for sacrificing your family and your husband for our country. And thank your husband. I’m happy that he’s able to in your arms and raising your babes! Such a beautiful and well written story. Thank you for sharing.

  • Laurie

    I have had multiple family members that have been in the military. Supporting our military and our veterans is of great importance. Thank you for sharing!