It's National Volunteer Week: help a veteran

Julia LeDoux
April 09, 2019 - 3:22 pm
Disabled American Veterans volunteers

Disabled American Veterans

Looking for a tangible way to help veterans, but aren’t sure where to turn to connect to those in need of assistance?

As the nation marks National Volunteer Week from now through April 13, Disabled American Veterans is asking people to serve the veterans in their community through 

“We’re seeking out people to donate their most valuable commodity, their time,” said John Kleindienst, DAV’s national voluntary services director.

The website connects veterans and volunteers nationwide in a few simple clicks by creating a database that matches available opportunities wherever you live, Kleindienst said. Tasks range from running errands to helping with work around the house, home maintenance, and caregiver respite.

Disabled American Veterans volunteers
Disabled American Veterans

Kleindienst volunteers with the program himself. He recently spent less than 5 minutes helping a Korean War veteran.

“All he needed was that light bulb on his porch changed,” he said.  “The veteran was just ecstatic.”

The veteran’s outdoor light bulb had been out for months because he couldn’t climb a ladder, Kleindienst said.

Students who are looking for service hours for college admissions can earn them by volunteering.

“This is something that is year-round,” he said. “It’s very rewarding.”

Kleindienst said DAV operates the most prolific veteran volunteer program in the country. Volunteer drivers logged more than 18.5 million miles last year transporting veterans to medical appointments.

DAV is a nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring that veterans and their families can access the full range of benefits that are available to them. Chartered in 1930, DAV has more than 1 million members.

You can access the Volunteer for Veterans database here.

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