Disabled American Veterans Chapter 48 Sonoma

Meet The Veterans In Our Community

Both DAV members and non-member veterans were asked:

How has DAV helped you?

What does DAV’s help mean to you?

How has DAV’s help improved your life?

Why are you a DAV member?

What motivates you to volunteer?


DAV Life Member & Volunteer

“I served five years in the U.S. Navy (1st Gulf War era). I became a DAV life member and volunteer for several reasons. Not only was I inspired by other members who were volunteering in the trenches to help others but by DAV’s strong State and National Legislative Department, which takes resolutions adopted by DAV members to Congress and advocates for them to improve laws, regulations, and policies that affect veterans and their families. DAV helped me to get my voice heard (two resolutions that I wrote) so that system-level changes could be made to improve the life of veterans. Veterans motivated to make or improve laws that affect veterans have a platform with DAV.”

Qiana Brown


“The impact Chapter 48 has had on my life is immeasurable. This organization has given me a life purpose and a confidence that is priceless. I truly don’t know where I would be without Chapter 48. Thank you for your support, kindness, and being a light at the end of a very dark tunnel!”

Bill Van Valkenburg

DAV Life Member & Volunteer

“I served in the U.S. Army (regular & reserves) for 26.5 years (1964-1993) with a four-year break in service.

I became a life member after a friend took me to Fort Miley, San Francisco, and helped me sign up for benefits. During the Vietnam War (1968/1969), I was exposed to Agent Orange. DAV’s Service Officers assisted me with the paperwork, which helped me obtain benefits from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for my injuries during service, including hearing loss. After I was awarded VA benefits, I became a life member.”   

Let us know how you have been helped by DAV

Close Menu
Copy link