“To care for him who shall have borne the battle.” President Abraham Lincoln set the goal in caring for America’s military veterans. You can help in a very real way.
Founded in 1925, the nonprofit Disabled American Veterans Billings, Chapter 10, is part of national DAV, which helps military veterans, their spouses and orphans. DAV receives no federal funding. Chapter 10, Billings, operates solely on donations. DAV’s bylaws mandate all monies raised by used to directly support veterans. Chapter 10 has two funds: the general and the vans fund. Our general fund gathers donations which Chapter 10 Leadership uses to support veterans.
The vans fund supports the DAV Veterans Transportation Network (VTN). Military veterans should never forgo medical treatment because they don’t have transportation. DAV VTN began 25 years ago and drives veterans at no cost to the Veterans Administration authorized appointments. In year 2011, Billings-based DAV volunteer drivers safely drove brightly emblazoned DAV vans over 186,000 miles and carried over 4,700 of Montana’s veterans to appointments. This level of effort increases about 10 percent annually.
DAV purchases transport vans through private donations. Each van costs about $15,000. DAV Billings Chapter 10, maintains a separate monetary fund to accumulate monies to purchase vans. Vans which Chapter 10 purchase stay in Billings and serve area veterans. Those businesses, organizations, or individuals who donate at least $1,000 are recognized by having their names displayed on the vans.
Will you help Montana’s military veterans? DAV Billings Chapter 10 stands strong and proud with it s local veterans support programs and its Billings-based DAV VTN bans. Consider donating to: DAV Billings, Chapter 10 General Fund: or DAV Billings Chapter 10 Vans Fund, P.O. Box 20453, Billings, MT 59104-0453. All contributions are tax deductible. For more information on DAV VTN, telephone the Billings DAV VTN coordinator at 406-373-3590. DAV and Montana’s veterans sincerely thank you for your support.
Lindy S. Graves,
DAV Billings, Chapter 10