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DAV California Chapter 48 Sonoma

Proudly serving U.S. military Veterans in Sonoma County since 1935

A PROMISE WAS MADE

WE HELP KEEP THE PROMISE

With over 1,200 chapters and more than 1 million members across the country, DAV empowers our nation’s heroes and their families by helping to provide the resources they need and ensuring our nation keeps the promises made to them.

DAV Identity Video. 

How DAV Keeps The Promise Video. 

VOLUNTEER FOR VETERANS

There are thousands of veterans who rely on us now, just as we relied on their service to our country. Our ask of you is simply to do what you are able. You don’t have to be a DAV member or a veteran to volunteer with DAV. You just have to have a willing heart. When you volunteer with DAV, you change lives. Those of the veterans you serve and yours.

DAV VOLUNTEER TRANSPORTATION NETWORK (VTN)

THERE ARE SEVERAL WAYS TO SUPPORT THIS VITAL PROGRAM

Do you have a current driver’s license? 

Do you have one day per week or month available? 

  • VOLUNTEER DRIVER
  • VOLUNTEER TRANSPORTATION COORDINATOR
  • ASSIST WITH OUTREACH
  • PROVIDE FINANCIAL SUPPORT

DAV established the Volunteer Transportation Network (VTN), a free non-medical transportation service, in collaboration with the Veteran Affairs (VA) Healthcare System nationally. The shuttle service helps provide transportation to and from VA-scheduled medical appointments for ambulatory veterans with limited mobility, lack transportation, or cannot drive themselves. The service ensures that veterans have reliable and safe transportation to their medical appointments, helping to improve health outcomes.

Volunteers are crucial to the success of the VTN program and DAV chapter membership, as they help with fundraising, organizing community events, coordinating outreach efforts, and providing non-emergency medical transportation in their community.

Volunteer Transportation Coordinators schedule the rides, and Volunteer Drivers use VA-provided vehicles to transport ambulatory veterans from their homes to VA appointments and back.

A background check and physical will be required at no cost.

Click here to learn how to apply to become a Volunteer for the DAV Volunteer Transportation Network (VTN) in Sonoma County.

2023 DISABLED VETERAN OF THE YEAR

Kim Hubers struggles with the cost of military service every day, but it’s a price mostly hidden from others. No one sees the struggles the Iraq War imposed on the South Dakota Army National Guard veteran.

Those ailments are far-reaching and affect nearly every one of her organ systems. She has arthritis and bursitis throughout her joints, eight screws in her shoulders, crippling back pain, post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury. She also has decreased function in six cranial nerves, including the vagus nerve, which affects digestion, heart rate and the immune system.

However, faced with such constraints, Hubers unfailingly puts others first. She tracks down South Dakota veterans to assist with claims, volunteers her most precious resource—her time—for DAV for countless events, serves as commander for Chapter 1 in Sioux Falls and more.

For her undaunted strength, courage and kindness, Hubers is DAV’s 2023 Disabled American Veteran of the Year…. [click here to read more about her story]

HELP US TO HELP VETERANS

Our services are made possible through the generosity of our donors and volunteers and the dedication of our members. Every dollar donated to DAV California Chapter 48 Sonoma remains local. Our Chapter serves your family, friends, neighbors, and community right here at home. 

Support Disabled Veterans & Their Families

Please support your local DAV. Every Dollar Counts!

DAV is a nonprofit that provides a lifetime of support for veterans of all generations and their families, helping more than 1 million veterans nationally in positive, life-changing ways each year. Annually, the organization provides more than 600,000 rides to veterans attending medical appointments and assists veterans with well over 200,000 benefit claims. In 2018, DAV helped veterans receive more than $20 billion in earned benefits. DAV’s services are offered at no cost to all generations of veterans, their families and survivors. DAV is also a leader in connecting veterans with meaningful employment, hosting job fairs and providing resources to ensure they have the opportunity to participate in the American Dream their sacrifices have made possible.

many ways to give

  • Planned Giving
  • Sponsorships
  • Traditional Giving
  • Electronic Giving
  • Volunteer
  • Vehicle Donation
  • Donate Real Estate
  • One Time Donation
  • Monthly Giving
  • Memorial/Honorary Gifts
  • Stock Gifts
  • Fitness Fundraising
  • Corporate Partnerships
  • Gift In-Kind donations (products, services, experiences) for raffles & auctions.
  • Attend our fundraisers
  • Matching Gifts

Resources

For local, state, and national resources

volunteer

Volunteers are the heart and soul of our organization.

Volunteerism is a cornerstone of DAV’s continuing mission to provide a lifetime of support to veterans and their families. We invite you to become a volunteer. Volunteers are the heart of our work. Their dedication and contribution is most valuable to us. People make the difference and the change. Their time and energy is what makes our work move forward and expand.

Become an Everyday Hero by volunteering!

become a member

“the more veterans could unite, the more powerful their voice would be”

DAV is an organization of veterans helping veterans. Making positive changes often requires connecting, networking and teambuilding, just as it did for our founders. With each new member, we bring more skills and ideas to the table. We make our voice stronger and can help assure that our legacy will continue for future generations who need it. 

What We Do

  • Locally and nationally.
  • Provide free assistance to veterans of all generations in obtaining VA and other benefits.
  • We link Veterans to services & resources.
  • We host recreational programs, which bring veterans together.
  • We fundraise to help local veterans 

Veteran NEWS

  • Chapter 48 News
  • California Veteran News
  • National Veteran News

COLLABORATORS & Sponsors

Chapter 48 collaborates with other local organizations in order to pool our resources so we can better serve our local Veterans.  We depend on the generosity of our donors, sponsors, and members, who graciously give of their time and/or money,  to help serve those who served.

"Alone we can do so little;
together we can do so much."

~Helen Keller

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