Disabled American Veterans



It may come as a surprise that the DAV has been around since before bingo was invented.  In fact the DAV was created by veterans of the 1st World War and chartered by Congress in 1932.  Judge Marx, an Ohio Superior Court Judge, also a disabled veteran was crucial in organizing the nation’s disabled veterans in their struggle to navigate the governmental’s myriad of disconnected half-hearted programs and red tape. Here in Portland, Oregon, DAV Chapter #1 has been helping northwest veterans and their families lead better lives since 1929.  So much has happened since those early days and we encourage you to point your browser to

http://www.dav.org/about/History.aspx to learn much more about the rich history of DAV. DAV is a non-profit 501(c)(4).

Jumping forward some 80 years DAV Bingo has been operated by Chapter #1 for more than 15 years.  Many of our customers have told us how proud they are as DAV Bingo proceeds help our vets in so many ways.  Through bingo we raise funds to purchase vans to transport any veteran to their medical appointments, support our National Service Officer program that files and pursues claims on behalf of veterans, develop adaptive recreation and other therapeutic programs to help our returning vets transition back into civilian life.

Here are just a few of the programs we support:

DAV Van Transportation takes veterans to and from VA Hospitals and clinics. The DAV donates vans where needed in order for DAV and Axillary volunteers drive the veterans where they need to go.

DAV Winter Sports Clinic which coaches the most severely disabled in winter sports like skiing, snowboarding, sledge hockey and much more.  www.va.gov/opa/speceven/wsc/index.asp

Project Healing Waters is dedicated to the physical and emotional rehabilitation of disabled veterans through fly fishing and fly tying education and outings. www.projecthealingwaters.org

Team River Runner which brings health and healing through the form of whitewater recreation to veterans. This past summer we sponsored a Deschutes rafting trip helping more than 30 blind veterans to realize that being disabled have to mean inability it just means doing things differently. www.teamriverrunner.org