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Veteran’s Service     Becky Cline 331 SOC Social Justice and Ethics   Christopher Elg         April 4, 2011

      Introduction Made up exclusively of men and women disabled in our nation’s defense, the Disabled American Veterans is dedicated to one, single purpose: building better lives for all of nation’s disabled veterans and their families. The Disabled American Veterans is an organization for disabled veterans that help them their families through various means. It currently has over 1.2 million members. As of January 2011, Charity Navigator rates the organization four out of four stars for its Organizational Efficiency the balance between the amounts of money spent of maintaining the organization and raising funds, and its Organizational Capacity based on its anticipated sustainable growth.
  The History of DAV In the aftermath of WWI, disabled veterans in the United States found themselves seriously disadvantaged with little governmental support. The idea of the Disabled American Veterans arose at a Christmas party in 1920 hosted by Cincinnati Superior Court Judge Robert S. Marx, a captain who had been injured in the Meuse Argonne Offensive in November 1918. Although it had been functional for some months by that, the Disabled American Veterans of the World War was officially created on September 25, 1920 at its first National Caucus, in Hamilton County Memorial Hall in Cincinnati.
While touring across the U.S. as part of the election campaign of James M. Cox, Judge Marx publicized the new organization, which quickly expanded. It held its first national convention in Detroit on June 27, 1921, at which time Marx was appointed the first national commander. In 1922, a women’s auxiliary organization was founded. The DAVWW continued working through the Great Depression to secure the welfare of disabled veterans, although their efforts were troubled by fund raising challenges and the desire of...

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