Our Mission: Fulfilling our promises to the men and women who served.
September 2019 Newsletter
Chapter Commander Tom Wendel
Greetings! Welcome to Chapter 10's September Newsletter. I truly hope that you enjoy our information-packed monthly newsletter.

Thank you to our thirty volunteers from our recent Information Seminar, which made an impact to nearly 100 veteran and their families in northern Virginia. As we look ahead for the rest of 2019-2020, we want it to be a year of making a difference in the lives of the men and women who served. We will be asking for your help in the upcoming months to assist us in our mission. I hope you will consider being a volunteer for our events or be a Volunteer Driver at the Washington DC VAMC and remember, "Helping one person might not change the world, but it could change the world for one person." --Anonymous. To learn more about our volunteer opportunities, Click Here!

 We will clean the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial on Saturday, September 14th and meet on Saturday, September 21st . We hope to see you there.
News You Need to Know
VA recognizes September as Suicide Prevention Month
In observance of Suicide Prevention Month, we encourage veterans, community leaders, co-workers, families and friends to #BeThere — to help prevent suicide — by being present, supportive and strong for those who may be going through a difficult time.

Suicide is preventable, and special training is not needed to prevent suicide. Everyone can play a role by learning to recognize warning signs, showing compassion to veterans in need and offering support. To learn more about VA's #Be There, Click Here!
Proposed legislation to provide TSA Pre-Check for disabled veterans
DAV strongly supports bipartisan legislation that would provide severely disabled veterans free TSA PreCheck. The Veterans Expedited TSA Screening (VETS) Safe Travel Act would help make air travel easier and less stressful for those who are eligible. To learn more, Click Here!
Fighting for Survivors and Dependents
DAV is fighting for changes to the Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) benefit for veterans’ eligible survivors, encouraging lawmakers to update the current “10-year” rule. The current DIC benefit arbitrarily requires the veteran to have had a totally disabling service connected condition for 10 years before their death, if their death isn’t deemed service-connected by the VA. To learn more, Click Here!
Upcoming Events
Veterans' Wood Carving Workshop September 7th
The Northern Virginia Carvers would like to offer free wood carving lessons to Veterans and their family members (12 years old and above) on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019 at Colvin Run Mill, 10017 Colvin Run Rd, Great Falls, VA 22066 (Fairfax County Park), from 11:30 am to 3:30 pm. Tools and safety equipment are provided for lessons. Be sure to make reservations, Click Here!
American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial Cleaning September 14
On Saturday, September 14th, Chapter 10 will be providing volunteers to clean the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial in Washington DC. Come out and join us from 7 am to 8:30 am. The Memorial is located at 150 Washington Ave, SW, Washington DC, 20024. However, there are no bathrooms on location, plan accordingly. We need 10-15 volunteers, so please register, Click Here!
DAV Virtual and Live Career Fairs in September
DAV is committed to ensuring that the men and women who stood up for America have the tools, resources and opportunities they need to competitively enter the job market and secure meaningful employment. Check out the upcoming Virtual and Live Careers Fairs with our partner, Recruit Military. Click the links below.

Chapter 10 Meeting on Saturday September 21
On Saturday September 21, 2019, at 10 am, Chapter 10 will be meeting at American Legion Post #177, 3939 Oak St, Fairfax, VA. Service Officers will be available after the meeting. If you are not able to make the meeting and need immediate assistance, please contact the DAV National Service Office in Roanoke or Washington DC, Click Here!
DAV Department of Virginia Fall Conference
The DAV Department of Virginia Fall Conference will be held at the Delta by Marriott in Chesapeake from October 17-20. The tentative agenda is not yet available but for more information on the hotel reservations and other events scheduled at the fall conference, Click Here!
Legisaltive Alerts
DAV Commanders Action Network Legislative Alerts
Help protect the earned benefits of ill and injured veterans and their families by becoming an advocate with DAV's Commanders Action Network (CAN). You will receive alerts and updates on key legislative issues directly impacting and affecting the veteran community, and through DAV CAN you can share your views and directly voice your concerns with lawmakers on Capitol Hill. To become a member of the DAV CAN, Click Here! See the most recent DAV CAN Legisaltive Alerts below and click the link to take action.
DAV Updates
Thank You to our Volunteers on August 10th
On August 10th, 15 volunteers from Chapter 10 cleaned the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial from 7 am to 8:30 am. Thank you for dedicating your Saturday morning in our effort to give back to the men and women who served. Also a huge thanks to the National Park Service and Ranger James Pierce.
Rev. John Hoffmann
May you and your families be blessed daily. As your Chaplain, I am available if you are in need of prayer or just need to talk. Please give me a call or send me an email. If you become homebound or hospitalized, please let me know. To send me an email, Click Here! My phone number is 703-508-0200.

DAV Podcast
The DAV Podcast sheds light on important topics and challenges facing America’s veterans while also sharing the stories of veterans who have been impacted by DAV (Disabled American Veterans) through its mission of fulfilling our promises to the men and women that served. To learn more about the DAV Podcasts and where to follow, Click Here!
Chapter 10 Adjutant Shane Liermann
Now that we are in September, don't forget to log your LVAP Hours for August 2019, Click Here! Whenever you volunteer to assist an ill or injured veteran in our community, please report those as Local Veterans Assistance Program (LVAP) Hours. If you have questions about the LVAP program or what qualifies, please let me know.

Please consider taking the time to discover the family that is DAV Chapter 10 and assist us in our mission. Again, w e will clean the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial on Saturday, September 14th and meet on Saturday, September 21st .