Disabled American Veterans
Chapter #1 Fort Smith

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Chapter #1, Fort Smith​
We are a non-profit organization dedicated to a single purpose: empowering veterans to lead high-quality lives with respect and dignity. We accomplish this by ensuring that 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.There's never any charge for the assistance these veterans benefits experts provide 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.
-By providing free, professional assistance to veterans and their families in obtaining benefits and services earned through military service and provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and other agencies of government;  
-By 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  
-By providing a structure through which disabled veterans can express their compassion for their fellow veterans through a variety of volunteer programs.

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 Dues Structure?

Life membership is permanent.  Life membership dues are as follows and may be paid in interest-free installments to fit your budget 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 with Chapter 1 and the Chapter will pay the initial $40 membership payment!

To sign up for membership - Download and fill out a membership application, print out the membership application enclose your membership payment, and mail it in right away to:
Disabled American Veterans 
Attn: Membership Department 
PO BOX 11136
Fort Smith, AR 72917


The value of DAV membership.
DAV is one of the largest veterans service organizations in the U.S. with more than 1 million members - all of whom play an integral role in building better lives for our nation's heroes. Learn more about who is eligible for DAV membership, the perks, and how to become a member.

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