A Georgia Town Honors its Veterans through DAV Musical Concert
The Gainesville, Georgia chapter of Disabled American Veterans (DAV) helped support the veterans in their area with a DAV Musical Concert. The concert was a way to raise money for the local disabled veterans and their families.
The chapter of the organization, Gainesville-Hall Chapter 17, is proud to be a part of a much larger organization that aims to improve the quality of life for disabled veterans: men and women who have been injured, gassed, wounded, or disabled in the line of duty and given an honorable discharge, or those are still in service. “We are dedicated to a single purpose; empowering veterans to lead high-quality lives with respect and dignity,” states the chapter’s web page. According to the page, the chapter accomplishes these goals by “ensuring that 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 into civilian life.”
The chapter provides professional assistance pertaining to receiving benefits and services earned through military service to veterans and their families free of charge. The chapter also commits itself to outreach to veterans and their families, representing the needs and interests of veterans and families—including widowed spouses and children—in national, state, and local governments and providing a place for veterans to meet, commune, and help each other through volunteer programs.
The DAV’s reach extends far beyond American veterans. Members include many who have served in America’s armed forces, but members can also include those who became disabled while serving with any of America’s allied nations during any of its war periods, are American citizens and have been honorably discharged.
Marie Lundquist of Gainesville-Hall Chapter 17 discussed more about the musical concert.
“DAV raises money for local disabled veterans or veterans and their families in need from power bills, to rent to gas,” she said. To spread news about the event, she said that the chapter “advertised in the paper and radio and put flyers everywhere.”
“The event was a success no matter what,” she said. “We had sponsors that paid for the event, so everything we collected after that was profit. Everyone seemed to like the event.” Lundquist said that this was the first year for the event. “I am hoping that next time will go more smoothly,” she said. Even so, she had a hard time picking out a favorite moment from the event. “I can’t pick just one because everyone [participating] was fabulous,” she said.
If you’re looking to create an event to help the veterans in your town, Lundquist said to give yourself enough time. “Give yourself six months to plan an event like this,” she said. “We did it in 2 ½ months and it was stressful.”
If you’d like to learn more about DAV and Gainsville’s chapter, visit www.DAV.org