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What is the difference between DAV (Disabled Veterans) and Wounded Warriors?

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The Purple Heart Medal is awarded to service members who receive wonds in combat. Bigstock photo

The Purple Heart Medal is awarded to service members who receive wonds in combat. Bigstock photo

Both are nonprofits whose aim is to help service members who were wounded or became ill while serving. But the Disabled American Veterans is a membership organization while the Wounded Warrior Project raises funds and provides an array of services.

The DAV (www.dav.org) is an organization of veterans who were wounded or left with illness after serving. It’s open to anyone who served in the armed forces “during a period of war or under conditions simulating war” and was wounded, disabled or left with a long-term illness as a result of military service, and was discharged or retired under honorable conditions.

Wilmington Chapter 11 of the DAV is an active chapter whose services including help with transportation to VA facilities, loaning wheelchairs and sickroom equipment, helping file VA claims and providing information to veterans and their families. It has nearly 1,500 members. For more information, call 910-612-9358.

The Wounded Warrior Project (www.woundedwarriorproject.org) raises money to help service members and their families who “incurred a physical or mental injury, illness, or wound, co-incident to their military service on or after September 11, 2001.”

It is supported by a number of organizations and individuals.

WWP operates 22 program offices across the United States and Germany. It currently serves more than 60,000 “warriors” and nearly 9,000 family members, according to a recent press release, and it aims to serve 100,000 injured service members by 2017. It offers a variety of programs and services ranging from medical and mental health support to employment assistance.

The Warrior Ride (www.thewarriorride.org), a Brunswick County-based nonprofit founded by Bob and Debra Racine, is not affiliated with the Wounded Warrior Project. The Warrior Ride creates cycling events with bicycles adapted for use by injured service members and veterans. Co-founder Debra Racine died last year.


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