Remember Pearl Harbor

76st Anniversary - 2017


National's Mission Statement
A Legacy of Service, Hope for the Future

DAV is a nonprofit charity that provides a lifetime of support for veterans of all generations and their families,
helping more than 1 million veterans in positive, life-changing ways each year.

The organization provides more than 700,000 rides for veterans attending medical appointments and assists veterans
with more than 300,000 benefit claims annually.
Locally, from the Lecanto Clinic the van service has transported over 4,000 +- to Gainesville or the Villages.

In 2016 - 2017, DAV helped attain more than $4 billion in new and retroactive benefits to care for veterans, their families and survivors.
No stats for Citrus, since there are no returns on claims filled at the Chapter level.

DAV is also a leader in connecting veterans with meaningful employment, hosting job fairs and providing resources to ensure
they have the opportunity to participate in the American Dream their sacrifices have made possible.

With more than 1,300 chapters and 1.3 million members across the country,
Citrus has two DAV Chapters - Chapter 70 in Inverness, Chapter 158 in Crytal River.
DAV empowers our nation's heroes and their families by helping to provide the resources they need
and ensuring our nation keeps the promises made to them.

The American's Creed
by William Tyler Page - Written 1917
Accepted by the United States House of Representatives on April 3, 1918.

I believe in the United States of America as a government of the people, by the people, for the people;
whose just powers are derived from the consent of the governed, a democracy in a republic, a sovereign Nation of many sovereign States;
a perfect union, one and inseparable; established upon those principles of freedom, equality, justice,
and humanity for which American patriots sacrificed their lives and fortunes.

I therefore believe it is my duty to my country to love it, to support its Constitution,
to obey its laws, to respect its flag, and to defend it against all enemies.


Narration by actor Gary Sinise (CSI: New York)
While made in 2010, it is still the best promo
which tells the over all story of the DAV.


with a link to eligility
Gerald A. Shonk
Chapter #70, Inc.

(Est. July 1958)
59 years of service
for those who served

1039 North Paul Drive
Inverness, Florida 34450
This Chapter and the Auxiliary
welcome and appreciate donations.
a 501(c)(3)

The Chapter office is open on Tuesday mornings
9:00 AM to 11:30 PM for claim filing and processing.
Call 352 344-3464
or drop by - have some coffee and chat awhile

Joe Stephens

From The Commander

Sr. Vice Commander
Ken Bender

Jr. Vice Commander
John McGee

Chuck Vessey

John Seaman

Dewey Drawdy
Sgt. At Arms
Dewey Drawdy

Ray Micheal
Officer of the Day
Ray Micheal


Ken Bender


Berry Harvey
Berry Harvey


Joe Stephens
Joe Stephens

The order in which these names are place as nothing to do with ranking,
all have the same training

Will be in the Hall on Tuesday from 9-noon
Call 352-344-3464 (machine) leave your name and number, we will get back to you
about your appointment - other times maybe arranged.

Receive Those Beneifts You EARNED

Our Veterans Services Officers (VSOs) assists veterans and their dependents with applications for compensation, pensions,
hospitalization and other benefits through an intake process that includes information and referral services.
Our Veterans Services Officers works with our DAV National Service Officers in St. Petersburg and the Department of Veterans Affairs
to ensure that veterans, their dependents and survivors receive their richly deserved earned beneifts.

Services offered by our Veterans Services Officers include the following:
Informs veterans, dependents, and survivors of their eligibility for benefits payable through the Department of Veterans Affairs
Completes forms for benefits payable through the Department of Veterans Affairs
Completes forms and notifies the Department of Veterans Affairs of the death of a veteran
Informs survivors of procedures regarding military benefits
Obtains supporting documents for claims by veterans, their spouses and dependents

In 2017 - these Chapter Servicer Officer have fielded over 600 calls, filed 52 claims (32 FDC) or request.

"Freedom Isn´t Free"
the price is still being paid

Chapter Constitution and By-laws

Meeting Schedule

Meetings are held on the second Tuesday of every month
(except July and August) at 2:00 p.m.
That's 1400 for those in the CORP

Next Meeting is schedule for 13 February 2018

COME AT 1 PM for a small lunch before the meeting


Minutes of Janaury 2018

Minutes of December 2017

Minutes of November 2017

Minutes of October 2017

Minutes of September 2017 - CANCELLED do to IRMA

Minutes of July - August 2017
We have no meetings these months
so there are NO MINUTES

Minutes of June 2017

Minutes of May 2017

Minutes of April 2017

Minutes of March 2017

Minutes of February 2017

Minutes of Janaury 2017

After the March meeting the minutes for 2016 were moved to the PAST MINUTES folder below


The Chapter has been around since 1958,
But we only have
Minutes for the years
2000 - 2016 and in some cases just parts of them


DAV Year in Review 2016 - 2017


Our video this month is also our way of saying
'Thank you to those who served on this aircraft'.

Links to copies of DAV National and the Department of Florida,
plus the Chapter News Letter


Did you miss your copy of the DAV Magazine?
we will have them HERE

Who is Eligible to join the DAV

Featuring the Voice of Mr. Sam Elliott
run time: 4 minutes 48 seconds


With all the noise about the VA and its problem,
you should read the report for the I.G. Office,
we have the September 2, 2015 report

Click image to view

The Lending of Courage - American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial
The Book

Dedicated to both the living and the deceased

American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial
American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial

The Video

US Coast Guard
National Museum of the US Coast Guard

US Air Force
National Museum of the US Air Force

US Coast Guard
National Museum of the US Army
Under Construction

US Marine Museum
National Museum of the Marine Corps

National Museum of the U.S. Navy
National Museum of the U.S. Navy

Here you will find information that will help you to stay financially safe

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Things may have charged since some have serviced of our nation

Salute Rules

All of us want to "stay young" as we grow older.
These 7 steps can help you live better and longer and more things that help

Aging Well

Enroll in the VA Health Care System

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) operates the largest health care system in the country, with over 1,200 sites of care nationwide.
When you become enrolled in the VA health care system, it's for a lifetime.
You are instantly and automatically entitled to receive care at any VA location without ever having to register for VA health care benefits again.
Enroll at:

After you enroll, you can immediately start receiving your health care at a VA facility, or at a later date - the choice is yours.
Enrolling in the VA health care system is quick and easy - just complete an online Application for Health Benefits online at:
Need help enrolling?
Contact the VA toll free at 1-877-222-VETS (8387).

Click on cover to read it

As VSOs we suggest you sign up to My HealtheVet via (Premium Account - cost you nothing)
PLEASE ALLOW us at the DAV to file ALL your paper work.
All our services are FREE

veterans-mesothelioma banner

Veterans and armed services personnel are among the highest risk group for developing mesothelioma or another asbestos cancer.
You may have a claim - read more!!

U.S. Navy and Coast Guard ships in Vietnam
U.S. Navy and Coast Guard ships in Vietnam

If you were ever on a ship anywhere near Vietnam 1961 - 1975
you may have a claim to file - check the list!!

2017 Veterans Appreciation Commemorative Pins

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Interment with shipmates on the USS Arizona (BB-39)
How appropriate, after all the the tourists have gone.

Links to Veterans´ Websites

Department of Veteran´s Affairs:

Disabled American Veterans:

Citrus County Veterans Coalition:

Rolling Thunder, Inc Florida Chapter 7

National Veterans Legal Services Program


Do Business with A Fellow Veteran

Own, Manage or run a store,
we have a place for you to list it
just let us know.

Employ Florida Veterans

We can think of no finer way to honor those who have served our country than by hiring a hero.
Veterans or family members may apply for available positions online at


For Chapter members ONLY

aBook Selections and Movies Selections

A selection of on air radio stations or forms of music you may like

till we build an entry code program - everyone may use these

* Home
* Minutes * Van Service *

* Projects * Calendar *

* Lest We Forget *

The above links will take you to those sites

Join the Chapter 70 eMail list:

give us your name and eMail address.
Once a month we will email you an updated link.

Face Book Image - our Facebook page

of the CHAPTER

Your Business card - SHOULD - be here!
We will 'post' your business card - with a link to your site
at the bottom of the Chapter's index (home) web site.
click HERE for rates

Milestone Partners      

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