The U.S. Concealed Carry Association is proud and honored to partner with an organization that acts as a voice for 1 million disabled veterans. In only nine days, we helped DAV (Disabled American Veterans) raise $50,000 to support its fundraising campaign during Military Appreciation Month.
You can join us in giving back to those who defended our freedom by visiting this page to make a one-time or monthly donation or by donating to DAV when you purchase USCCA merchandise from our online store. By making a gift to DAV, you are empowering veterans to lead high-quality lives with respect and dignity.
Following World War I, more than 200,000 wounded American veterans returned to a country ill-equipped to help them transition back to civilian life. A small group of these veterans gathered at the Sinton Hotel in Cincinnati, Ohio, on Christmas Day in 1919. Under the direction of decorated WWI veteran Judge Robert S. Marx, the group subsequently founded the DAVWW (Disabled American Veterans of the World War) to serve as a voice for thousands of injured and disabled veterans.
Marx had been severely wounded in action by a German shell on Nov. 10, 1918, during the Meuse-Argonne offensive. “[A] shell struck almost in our midst,” Marx recalled. “I did not hear it coming, and I seemed to be hit before I knew it or heard the noise. I only knew that I was hit in the head.” The shell killed three and wounded four, including Marx. He hovered between life and death at the field hospital, and doctors performed surgery to save his life. The following day, the Allies and Germans signed an armistice. Marx survived his wounds and was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, Verdun Medal and Purple Heart.
“We had a common experience which bound us together,” Marx stated of his fellow disabled veterans. “And we ought to continue through an organization of our own — an organization of us, by us and for us.”
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Two decades after being established, the organization changed its name to DAV (Disabled American Veterans) to encompass veterans of all wars.
DAV has since worked to ensure disabled veterans can access the health care, disability, employment, education and financial benefits they earned in service. These veterans often face great hardship in their transition from military to civilian life. This difficulty is only increased for those who have suffered significant illness or injury during their service.