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95 YEARS OF SERVICE
We are dedicated to a single purpose:
Empowering veterans to lead high-quality lives with respect and dignity.



Gerald A. Shonk
Chapter #70, Inc.

(Est. 1958)
our 57th years of service
for those who served

1039 North Paul Drive
Inverness, Florida 34450
(352-344-3464)

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 Noon for claim filing and processing.
Call 352 344-3464
or drop by - have some coffee and chat awhile








Join the over 1.3 million of your fellow veterans nationwide who have joined DAV to take advantage of the wide range of membership benefits.

DAV is an organization of veterans helping veterans.

We receive no government funding and look out for our members 100% of the time because we have been in their shoes.

We are proud of our 95+ year history of helping our country’s veterans, proud of our record of fighting for your rights and proud of working alongside so many other non-profits and advocacy organizations to make sure that we fulfill our promises to the men and women who have served.

Most of all, we are proud to serve our country’s veterans as you so steadfastly served us.


  • Who is Eligible?


  • 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.






  • What does DAV do for you?


  • 1) Helps returning veterans transition back to civilian life by linking them with services that address their physical, emotional, and financial needs.

    2) Provides FREE, professional assistance to veterans of all generations in obtaining VA and other government benefits earned through service.
        
    We have Service Officers at the Chapter Hall - call 352-344-3464 or 352-489-5245 for appointment or just come in, on Tuesdays, to set up one.

    3) Fights for veterans’ rights on Capitol Hill.

    4) Links veterans to job training and job assistance programs.

    5) Funds rehabilitation programs for veterans with severe disabilities, such as blindness or amputation.







  • Membership Benefits


  • As a DAV Member, in addition to our programs and FREE services, you are entitled to the 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 (National).





    Robert F. Marx
          


    The Disabled American Veterans organization was formed September 25, 1921, after "The Great World War". Few services were offered to soldiers upon their return from the war. At a Christmas dinner in 1919, hosted by Cincinnati, Ohio Superior Court Judge, Robert F. Marx, himself wounded in the Meuse-Argonne Offensive in November 1918 when a U.S. Army Captain. The idea first surfaced to form the organization to assist wounded soldiers.

    The metal marker shown is a reproduction of the organization's logo, which originated from a painting commissioned for a certificate of service by President Woodrow Wilson and executed by artist Edwin Howland Blashfield (December 5, 1848 - October 12, 1936). The original painting features a wounded veteran holding a rifle, kneeling before Columbia. Columbia, the symbol of freedom, is framed with an American flag and shield behind her. She uses a sword to knight the soldier in honor of service to the nation and in the background along with other soldiers standing at attention. In the other hand she holds above her head the certificate announcing the service and sacrifice of the veteran.




    Completed, the certificate was awarded to every soldier that was killed or wounded in action. In essence it was given to every recipient of the Purple Heart. Across the top of the print are the words, "Columbia Gives To Her Son The Accolades Of The New Chivalry Of Humanity". The print has the artists' signature with the year 1919 in the lower right corner. At the bottom was name and unit written in calligraphy. Below that the artist wrote "SERVED WITH HONOR IN THE WORLD WAR AND WAS WOUNDED IN ACTION". It closes with President Wilson's signature.

          Blashfield did other prints for the war effort including some for the Red Cross.



    In 1921 the newly organized Disabled American Veterans of the World War, now known as the Disabled American Veterans (DAV), requested permission from the artist and President Wilson to use the Columbia Print as their new logo. Permission was granted and the Columbia Print has been the official logo of the DAV ever since.


    Membership in DAV includes access to a wide range of money-saving and life-enhancing benefits for heroes and their families.

    These generous partners (below and on our site) stand by veterans through a variety of programs, products and services.

    For members of Chapter 70, we have "for members ONLY section" - here we have links to audio books, music, and other material that may be of interest to you.





  • BECOME A MEMBER

  • to begin accessing these benefits.
    Contact us at the Chapter Hall to sign on
    LIFE MEMBERSHIP

    The full cost for Life Membership is based on the applicant’s age at the time of initial application.
    See schedule below:

    Age 40 or younger.........Life Amount $250.00

    Age 41 thru 60...............Life Amount $230.00

    Age 61 thru 70...............Life Amount $180.00

    Age 71 thru 79...............Life Amount $140.00

    Over Age 80..................FREE

    a Full Paid Life membership is permanent with not further dues.

    Life Membership may be obtained on the installment basis with a minimum $40.00 down-payment and the balance set up on an interest free quarterly payment plan.

    All dues payments received are applied to becoming a fully paid Life Member.

    ALREADY A MEMBER
    Click on the link above to go to National membership web site
    or stay with us - the links are the same - keep your membership card out - you will need your number


  • Ford

  • DAV members receive savings on Ford and Lincoln vehicles, as well as reimbursements for up to $1000 toward the cost of installed adaptive equipment.


  • Prescription Discount Program

  • Creative Benefits Design offers a no cost, no enrollment, discount prescription drug program for DAV and Auxiliary members and their families.

  • Real Estate Services

  • Connect with real estate agents to buy or sell homes, or qualify for cash rewards of up to $1,000 or more.


  • Legal Services

  • DAV has started our own nationwide network of attorneys who provide DAV members and their families a 10% discount on estate-planning services.


  • Hertz

  • DAV has teamed up with Hertz to offer savings of 5-15% at over 6,300 worldwide locations, plus free local pickup and return service across the U.S.


  • Dell

  • The Member Purchase Program gives members the Best Price Guarantee, Dell Advantage rewards, Member Exclusive Offers and Electronics and Accessories discounts.


  • HP Member Employee Purchase Program

  • Discounts up to 10%, custom web portal for members, no restocking fee and free return shipping, as well as free next day shipping.


  • Stainmaster Carpets Rewards

  • DAV members, receive 10% off Stainmaster purchases,
    a "Drive away" Vacation Package to participating resorts or extended free financing.


  • Allied Moving Discounts

  • Exclusive discounts from Allied Van Lines for interstate moving services, storage-in-transit, personal property protection coverage plans and moving supplies.


  • Wyndham Hotel Group

  • DAV members receive up to 20% off "Best Available Rate" at participating Days Inn, Howard Johnsons, Ramada, Super 88 and Travelodge locations.


  • Powernet

  • DAV Members are eligible for low cost long distance phone service.


  • QualSight Lasik

  • DAV members receive prices 40-50% off the national average through QualSight’s savings program for LASIK eye surgery.


  • Mortgage Services

  • DAV members can get personal advice, a great mortgage rate, and reduced fees on new home loans and refinancing.


  • Alamo Rental Car

  • DAV members have unlimited mileage and year-round discounts for up to 20% off Alamo Car Rental rates.


  • National Rental Car

  • DAV members get unlimited mileage and year-round discounts for up to 20% off National’s rates in 72 countries across the globe.


  • Apple

  • DAV members qualify for preferred pricing on the latest Apple products.


  • Hickory Farms

  • Hickory Farms offers a 15% discount to DAV Members. DAV receives a 5% commission from the total purchases made, which helps support DAV services and programs.


  • Amigo

  • DAV members receive special pricing with a 25% discount from standard retail, including shipping within the continental United States.


  • North American Moving Discounts

  • Exclusive discounts on professional interstate moving services, storage-in-transit, personal property protection coverage plans and moving supplies.


  • Home Depot and Lowes

  • Both offer a 10% discount on everything you buy - just show your VA card.


    DAV Auxiliary (DAVA)


    The wives, husband, widows, mothers, father, sisters, brother, daughters, sons, grandmothers, grandfather, granddaughters, grandsons, and great granddaughters, great greadsons of any person eligible for Disabled American Veterans membership are eligible for membership in the Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary

    Daughters, sons, granddaughters, grandsons, and great granddaughters, great grandsons of members of the Auxiliary who are not otherwise eligible for membership in the Auxiliary are eligible for membership in either senior or junior status, as applicable. Any person who is eligible for membership in the Disabled American Veterans is also eligible for membership in the Auxiliary.

    The wives, husband, widows, mothers, father, sisters, brother, daughters, sons, grandmothers, grandfather, granddaughters, grandsons, and great granddaughters, great greadsons of any person who was injured or disabled while serving with any of the armed forces of the nations associated with the United States of America are therefore eligible for membership in the Disabled American Veterans and who was honorably discharged and who became an American citizen, are also eligible.

    Gold Star relatives of persons eligible for the Disabled American Veterans membership (wives, husband, widows, mothers, father, sisters, brother, daughters, sons, grandmothers, grandfather, granddaughters, grandsons, and great granddaughters, great greadsons) are eligible for membership in the Auxiliary. The Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary DOES NOT have honorary members.

    Why is Your DAV Auxiliary Membership so Important?

    The Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary (DAVA) was founded in 1922 by women who saw a need for assistance to the families, widows and orphans of disabled veterans, as well as the disabled veterans themselves. Today, in more than 2,000 Units nationwide, the DAV Auxiliary continues, more dedicated than ever before, to serve disabled veterans, with particular emphasis on the families of those veterans. The MANY reasons to join the Auxiliary: terrific volunteer programs, an opportunity to serve disabled veterans and their families directly, a chance to help others in your community, and much, much more. But the most important reason for joining the DAV Auxiliary is quite simple. There’s a pressing need to protect the benefits the disabled veteran in your life has earned for the people you care most about - your family.

    The DAV NEEDS to be strong:

    Your membership strengthens the DAV Auxiliary in its battle to defend your family from the deterioration of the benefits which help buy the groceries and pay the rent or mortgage. Just belonging to the Auxiliary accomplishes so much - long before you attend your first meeting. It also helps protect families of other disabled veterans, many of whom are less fortunate than yours.

    Take a stand against those who want to forget about what war has done to the lives of so many veterans, including the veteran you love. Send a strong and clear message to all national leaders who would ignore the sacrifices that your loved one has made for our country. Keep our nation mindful of the needs of your family and the families of other disabled veterans. That’s why your membership in the DAV is so important, and that’s why you should join the DAV Auxiliary today.

    Types of memberships:

    There are two types of membership in the DAV Auxiliary - annual membership and life membership, both are explained on the application form. Your annual membership will lend strong support in our battle to defend disabled veterans and families like your own. And with a life membership, you’ll seal your commitment to the Auxiliary, your disabled veteran and your family for life.

    To sign up for membership come by the Chapter Hall:

    Membership Fees for Auxiliary Members
    71 - Up $75
    61 - 70 $100
    41 - 60 $125
    40 and below $150




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