DISABLED AMERICAN VETERANS

Fulfilling Our Promises To The Men and Women Who Served
California Chapter 66 – Serving Palm Springs And The Coachella Valley
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A Legacy of Service, Hope for the Future

“We had a common experience which bound us together, and we ought to continue through an organization of our own; an organization of us, by us and for us.” ~ Robert S. Marx, DAV Founder

DAV (Disabled American Veterans) is the longest lasting veterans advocacy and assistance group in the country. We’ve watched this country change and grow, and we’ve grown along with it. However, DAV has never wavered in its core mission to fulfill our country’s promises to the men and women who served. We invite everyone, veterans and civilian, men and women, young and old, to join us as we stand up for those veterans who risked it all when they stood up for us, our country, and our ideals.

Fulfilling Our Promises to the Men and Women Who Served

We are dedicated to a single purpose: empowering America’s veterans to lead high-quality lives with respect and dignity. We accomplish this by ensuring that our veterans and their families can access the full range of benefits available to them; fighting for the interests of America’s injured heroes on Capitol Hill; and educating the public about the great sacrifices and needs of veterans transitioning back to civilian life. Specifically, we:
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Provide free, professional assistance to veterans and their families in obtaining benefits and services earned through military service and provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and other agencies of government.
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Provide outreach concerning VA program services to the American people generally, and to disabled veterans and their families specifically.
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Help, whenever possible, represent the interests of disabled veterans, their families, their widowed spouses and their orphans before Congress, the White House and the Judicial Branch, as well as state and local government.
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Extend DAV’s mission of hope within our local communities where veterans and their families live.
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Provide a structure through which disabled veterans can express compassion for their fellow veterans through a variety of volunteer programs.

Recent News

From the COMMANDER – Winter 2021

Hello to all for this winter season. We have come out of our two-month dark time due to heat and are conducting meetings in person following local and state restrictions for such gatherings. The Elected Board held a meeting in August to discuss where we are and how we...

Veterans Day Parade

November 11th, 2021 Downtown Palm Springs This year the Veterans Day Parade will be held in Palm Springs on November 11, 2021 in downtown Palm Springs. The setup and participants meet at approximately 14:00. We participate with local resources and give some of our...

War Horse Creek

War Horse Creek is an immersive transition training program using rescued wild mustangs to assist veterans as they adjust to civilian life. War Horse Creek, an initiative of Living Free Animal Sanctuary, is a program by veterans, for veterans, assisting with the...

Fly Your Flag

October 3 — Fallen Firefighters Memorial Day October 11 — Columbus Day October 11 — National Indigenous Peoples Day October 13 — Navy Birthday November 2 — Election Day November 10 — Marine Corps Birthday November 11 — Veterans Day November 25 — Thanksgiving Day...

From the COMMANDER Spring 2021

Good Spring to all. I sincerely hope and pray that everyone in the chapter and area are safe and maintaining okay. Amid the unprecedented crisis of Covid 19, we are under extremely difficult and challenging times for all our citizens. As we head into the summer it...

Meet Shirrell McCarey

With the passing of our beloved Treasurer Craige W. Osborne, Shirrell McCarey has accepted the position on the elected board this last fall. Previously, she has held the position of SEC, Chapter Commander, Adjutant, and many other chapter and state level DAV...
From the COMMANDER – Winter 2021

From the COMMANDER – Winter 2021

Hello to all for this winter season. We have come out of our two-month dark time due to heat and are conducting meetings in person following local and state restrictions for such gatherings. The Elected Board held a meeting in August to discuss where we are and how we...

Veterans Day Parade

Veterans Day Parade

November 11th, 2021 Downtown Palm Springs This year the Veterans Day Parade will be held in Palm Springs on November 11, 2021 in downtown Palm Springs. The setup and participants meet at approximately 14:00. We participate with local resources and give some of our...

War Horse Creek

War Horse Creek

War Horse Creek is an immersive transition training program using rescued wild mustangs to assist veterans as they adjust to civilian life. War Horse Creek, an initiative of Living Free Animal Sanctuary, is a program by veterans, for veterans, assisting with the...

Fly Your Flag

Fly Your Flag

October 3 — Fallen Firefighters Memorial Day October 11 — Columbus Day October 11 — National Indigenous Peoples Day October 13 — Navy Birthday November 2 — Election Day November 10 — Marine Corps Birthday November 11 — Veterans Day November 25 — Thanksgiving Day...

From the COMMANDER Spring 2021

From the COMMANDER Spring 2021

Good Spring to all. I sincerely hope and pray that everyone in the chapter and area are safe and maintaining okay. Amid the unprecedented crisis of Covid 19, we are under extremely difficult and challenging times for all our citizens. As we head into the summer it...

Meet Shirrell McCarey

Meet Shirrell McCarey

With the passing of our beloved Treasurer Craige W. Osborne, Shirrell McCarey has accepted the position on the elected board this last fall. Previously, she has held the position of SEC, Chapter Commander, Adjutant, and many other chapter and state level DAV...

DAV Events Cancelled for the Year

DAV Events Cancelled for the Year

Covid 19 impacting all activities. Until the Covid 19 crisis is over, we have decided to echo those local positions of the City of Palm Springs - that is to remain closed for events. At this point Chapter 66 will NOT be conducting the annual Forget Me Not Fund Drive...

Charles Sharples and Craige Osborne

Charles Sharples and Craige Osborne

Vietnam War veterans Charles Sharples and Craige Osborne were friends, neighbors and part of the gay community in California’s Coachella Valley. They belonged to the same veterans organizations, volunteered and traveled together. They particularly enjoyed cruises....

From the COMMANDER

From the COMMANDER

It is with immense honor that I have served as your Commander for the past two years. We have had many achievements over the last several years - the “Forget-Me-Not” fund drives, the VillageFest and participation in the Veteran’s Day Parade - to name a few.We have...

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