Disabled American Veterans
On September 25, 1920, the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) was officially established at a national social welfare organization.
Returning home after World War I, many disabled veterans were at a major disadvantage and received little governmental help. Many were blind, deaf, or mentally affected by their service. Some 204,000 American soldiers had been wounded in the war. Across the country, small groups of disabled veterans formed as social clubs or to raise money for those that couldn’t support themselves.