Disabled American Veterans has never wavered in our commitment to serve our nation’s military service-connected disabled veterans, their dependents, and survivors. Our largest endeavor in fulfilling that mission is our National Service Program. In 88 offices throughout the United States and in Puerto Rico, the DAV employs a corps of approximately 260 National Service Officers (NSOs) who represent veterans and their families with claims for benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the Department of Defense, and other government agencies. Veterans need not be DAV members to take advantage of this outstanding assistance, which is provided free of charge.
NSOs function as attorneys-in-fact, assisting veterans and the families in filing claims for VA disability compensation and pension, vocational rehabilitation and employment, education, home loan guaranty, life insurance, death benefits, health care, and much more. They provide free services, such as: information seminars, counseling, and community outreach. NSOs also represent veterans and active duty military personnel before Discharge Review Boards, Boards for Correction of Military Records, Physical Evaluation Boards, and other official panels.
NSOs cannot do this work for you unless you seek them out, and ask for their representation. They also cannot do the work alone. You must provide correct, accurate, and up-to-date information in order for the process to proceed to the next level. You must work with your DAV National Service Officer, and be patient for the outcome.
The hallmark of DAV has always been service. In addition to 1,638 certified Chapter and Department Service Officers located in 1,370 Chapters and 52 Departments, our 304 professional National Service Officers and Transition Service Officers are located in 100 offices throughout the United States and Puerto Rico.
To become a NSO, an extensive 16-month training program is given to each NSO candidate. DAV is the only veterans’ service organization to that has a training program certified for college credit in legal research and writing, administrative law, litigation, introduction to para-legalism, pathophysiology and human anatomy by the American Council on Education.
Here is a list of course objectives:
The following organizations have VSOs nationwide. You do not have to be a member of these organizations to use their services.
|Veterans of Foreign Wars||American Legion||Miltary Order of the Purple Heart|
|Vietnam Veterans of America||Disabled American Veterans||Amvets|
|Paralyzed Veterans of America|
State Veteran Affairs Offices
Every state provides VSOs. They will help with VA claims, and they can help you identify benefits available from your state government, such as reduced propery taxes or educational benefits for dependents. Click on your State below to locate a State VSO near you.
Please notify us if any of these links are broken. We’ll update the state’s changes immediately.