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Disabled American Veterans Convention - May 24-26

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The statewide annual convention of DAV (Disabled American Veterans) of Arkansas will be held May 24 to May 26 at the Holiday Inn Springdale located at 1500 S 48th Street, Springdale, AR 72762. There are over 11,500 members of DAV in Arkansas and 1.3 Million nationwide. DAV assists veterans free of any charge and provides free transportation to VA hospitals.

Many injured and ill veterans from around the state are expected to attend. The convention includes veterans of World War II, Korea, Vietnam, the Persian Gulf War, Iraq and Afghanistan. Additionally, there will be guest speakers and an election of officers for the coming year.

According to Richard Egan, DAV Department of Arkansas commander, convention business sessions will include adoption of resolutions to be submitted to DAV's national convention, to be held in Reno, Nevada, July 14-17, 2018.

Several of these mandates are expected to concentrate on improvements in the rights and benefits earned by more than 3 million veterans disabled in wartime service to their country. DAV leaders are deeply concerned about this issue because many federal cost-cutting proposals would harm our injured heroes. They are particularly concerned, among several issues, with two important initiatives currently waiting for action. One would help our nation's wounded women veterans get the best care. The other supports the families of wounded veterans to allow them to provide better care for their loved ones.

Election of new DAV state-level officers for the coming year will be held May 26 followed by the convention banquet held May 26 at 6:30 pm.

Nearing 100 years of service, DAV empowers veterans to lead high-quality lives with respect and dignity. It is dedicated to a single purpose: fulfilling our promises to the men and women who served. DAV does this by ensuring that veterans and their families can access the full range of benefits available to them; assisting them with employment; 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. DAV, a nonprofit organization with more than 1 million members, was founded in 1920 and chartered by the U. S. Congress in 1932. Learn more at www.dav.org.

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