DAV to launch month-long volunteer challenge encouraging veterans, public to ‘pay it forward’
This coming March, DAV will host the Forward March campaign—a volunteer initiative aimed at encouraging all those who have received DAV’s assistance or who have benefited from veterans sacrifices to “pay it forward” by giving one hour of service through DAV’s Local Veterans Assistance Program (LVAP).
“Through this initiative, the options for volunteers to provide direct assistance to veterans and their families are virtually limitless … any task that helps improve a veteran’s life.” —John Kleindienst, National Voluntary Services Director
“We know a lot of veterans we’ve helped want to give back, but they might not know how,” said National Voluntary Services Director John Kleindienst. “Through this initiative, the options for volunteers to provide direct assistance to veterans and their families are virtually limitless. You can perform yard work, help run errands, set up a computer system, clean out the gutters, shovel snow from a sidewalk, assist with cooking or cleaning— any task that helps improve a veteran’s life.”
Forward March will encourage people to support veterans through the program and encourage others to participate through their social networks. Participating volunteers will receive incentive awards for their participation. All Forward March volunteers will receive a thank you gift from DAV upon the submission of their LVAP form.
“One of our goals with the Forward March campaign is to make it easier than ever to get involved and volunteer, linking volunteers to LVAP opportunities and inspiring individuals to create their own opportunities based on the unique needs of the veterans in their communities,” said DAV National Headquarters Executive Director Barry Jesinoski. For Forward March participants, reporting volunteer hours is key to ensuring service work does not go unnoticed and that volunteers get the credit they deserve.
“One hour is very manageable for most people and when we all give a little, it pays off big for veterans,” said DAV National Commander Dave Riley. “If you have ever received assistance from DAV or recognize the freedom and prosperity we enjoy through the sacrifices of those who’ve served, now is the time to help—now is the time to Forward March.”
Learn More Online
To submit your LVAP Information Forms (Form 21) and LVAP Report Forms (Form 60), visit www.dav.org/forwardmarch.
You may also email them to VAVS@dav.org, fax them to 8594422088, or mail them to:
DAV National Headquarters, 3725 Alexandria Pike, Cold Spring, KY 41076 ATTN: VS Service.