As thousands upon thousands of heroic veterans stream into military and VA hospitals,
urgently needing attention only you and I can give them, the challenge has never
been greater. For some, it’s all about physical rehabilitation from horrific wounds.
For others, it’s also about overcoming combat stress (PTSD), brain injuries, depression,
and deeply felt but unseen pain. Many are simply confused, hurt and adrift in a
governmental bureaucracy and paperwork they never imagined.
Funding these programs in an era tested by the challenges of war, the DAV Charitable
Service Trust looks in new directions as it builds on a proud record of compassion
for America’s disabled heroes.
The Trust’s directors know that demand for assistance will only grow during 2013,
driven by two factors. First, more young veterans will return from the wars in Afghanistan
and Iraq injured and sick, and we must be prepared to help them in whatever ways
are needed. Second, we cannot lose sight of the needs of the veterans of past generations
who also defended our freedom and need us today.
Support of the Trust has steadily grown over the years, and its directors foresee
continued growth in the generosity of those interested in the well-being of America’s
disabled defenders. That will bear fruit in an increase in funds available for programs
that support and care for newly wounded, sick, aging, needy and homeless veterans.
As funding expands so will the Trust’s support of various programs for disabled
veterans and their families.
The Trust continues to seek new ways to make a positive difference
in the lives of disabled veterans and their families through:
- Programs ensuring quality health care for veterans,
- Assistance to veterans suffering Post Traumatic Stress and substance abuse,
- Programs enhancing research and mobility for veterans with amputations and spinal
- Programs benefiting aging disabled veterans,
- Evaluating and addressing the needs of veterans disabled in recent wars and conflicts,
and much more, as needed.
Looking forward, we confront a future that includes a new generation of disabled
veterans from today’s wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, many of whom survived incredible
wounds. For everyone involved in their care, the challenges are enormous. But, we’re
confident in the Trust’s ability to meet the changing, growing needs that all of
our disabled veterans will face. Your partnership makes so much possible in this
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