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DAV celebrates 75th year

July 28, 2014

Disabled American Veterans Chapter 73 receive an award for its 75th year of service. Carl Johnson, adjutant Chapter 73, left, stands with Gary Augustine, executive director of DAV National Service, Larry James, commander Chapter 73, Joe Johnson, DAV national commander, Joe Lenhart, chaplain Chapter 73 & state adjutant. (Photo provided)

A local organization advocating for disabled veterans is celebrating its 75th year, a milestone representing community members’ efforts to continue honoring the individuals who have sacrificed for their country.

Disabled American Veterans Chapter 73 received an award for their 75th year of service at the state convention held in June in Columbus.

“It’s a privilege that we’ve been able to maintain our status as a DAV organization in Auglaize County,” DAV Commander Larry James said. “We were chartered here in Auglaize County 75 years ago, and we’re still going strong.”

James said the DAV  helps veterans receive assistance with disabilities, including covering medical costs, including prescriptions, clinic fees, operations, etc.

“We help these people fill out the applications and then send them to a national service office, and they help process the claims,” James said. “Our goal, really, is to help the younger vets and to make sure that they get all the benefits that they need from serving, especially if they’re disabled.”

For the full story, see the Monday, July 28 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.

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