Our Mission

We are dedicated to a single purpose: empowering veterans to lead high-quality lives with respect and dignity.We accomplish this by making sure veterans and their families can access the full range of benefits available to them; fighting for the interests of America’s injured heroes on Capitol Hill; and educating the public about the great sacrifices and needs of veterans transitioning back to civilian life.

This mission is carried forward by:

  • Providing free, professional assistance to veterans and their families obtaining benefits and services earned through military sevice and provided by Department of Veterans Affairs and other agencies of government;
  • Providing outreach concerning its program services to the American people generally, and to disabled veterans and their families specifically;
  • Representing the interests of disabled veterans, their families, their widowed spouses and their orphans before Congress, the White House and the Judicial Branch, as well as state and local government;
  • Extending DAV’s mission of hope into the communities where these veterans and their families live through a network of state-level Departments and local Chapters; and
  • Providing a structure through which disabled veterans can express their compassion for their fellow veterans through a variety of volunteer programs.



Services to Veterans and Their Families

*Founded in 1920, the DAV is totally funded by dues and contributions, receiving no federal funding. With National Headquarters offices in Cincinnati and Legislative Headquarters in Washington D.C. and the Department of Oklahoma’s Headquarters in Oklahoma City, the DAV focuses strictly on serving veterans and their families.  A nonpolitical organization, it has no political action committees (PACS) and endorses no political candidates.


To help you and your family get all the benefits you’ve earned, the DAV maintains a corps of approximately 270 National Service Officers (NSOs) in 72 offices across the United States and in Puerto Rico.



There’s never any charge for the assistance these veterans’ benefits experts provide to you and your family.

DAV Service Officers are all service-connected disabled veterans themselves, so they understand where you are coming from.  They are all accredited through the Department of Veterans Affairs.

DAV Service Officers offer counseling on VA compensation, health care, pension, employment rights, education and more.

They help you assemble evidence to support benefit claims, building cases on your behalf and preparing claim forms and briefs.

The DAV extends disaster relief to disabled veterans affected by natural disasters like earthquakes or floods.


The DAV National Magazine and Oklahoma’s DAV News, chapter meetings, and other functions keep members up-to-date on issues affecting their rights.

The Department’s Transportation Network transports sick and disabled veterans to VA medical facilities for treatment in Oklahoma.

DAV Volunteers in Oklahoma donate hours to veterans at all VA hospitals and many non-VA facilities throughout the state.

Through a variety of local programs the DAV reaches into their communities, seeking new ways to help disabled veterans and their families.

Who is Eligible to Join the DAV?

Any man or woman, who was wounded, gassed, injured or disabled in the line of duty during time of war, while in the service of either the military or naval forces of the United States of America, and who has not been dishonorably discharged or separated from such service, or who may still be in active service in the armed forces of the United States of America is eligible for membership in the Disabled American Veterans.  Others who are disabled while serving with any of the armed forces of any nations associated with the United States of America as allies during any of its war periods, who are American citizens and who are honorably discharged, are also eligible.

How Does Your DAV Membership Benefit You?

As a DAV Member, in addition to DAV programs and services, members are entitled to a Member Benefits Package, which gives you access to a variety of important programs, products, and services.  Also included with your membership is a FREE subscription to DAV Magazine.


What is the DAV’s Due Structure?

Life membership is permanent.  Life membership dues are as follows and may be paid in interest-free installments following a minimum $40.00 down payment.

Age and Amount

80 or older FREE

71 – 79 $140.00

61 – 70 $180.00

41 – 60 $230.00

40 or younger $250.00



Help the DAV in its effort to help you.  Sign up for membership today!  To sign up for membership – Fill out an Online Membership ApplicationOr print out the Membership Application, fill it out, enclose your membership payment, and mail it in right away to:

Disabled American Veterans

Attn: Membership Department

PO BOX 145550

Cincinnati, OH 45250

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