How to Join

How to Join the DAV

Who is Eligible to Join the DAV?

Any man or woman, who was wounded, gassed, injured or disabled in the line of duty during time of war, while in the service of either the military or naval forces of the United States of America, and who has not been dishonorably discharged or separated from such service, or who may still be in active service in the armed forces of the United States of America is eligible for membership in the Disabled American Veterans. Others who are disabled while serving with any of the armed forces of any nations associated with the United States of America as allies during any of its war periods, who are American citizens and who are honorably discharged, are also eligible.

Please refer to the following chart for the dates of active duty service that are considered during “time of war”:

World War I     04/06/17 – 07/02/21

World War II & Korea     09/16/40 – 01/31/55

Vietnam & Other Engagements     01/31/55 – 10/14/76

Iranian Crisis, Lebanon Crisis, Invasion of Panama & Other Engagements     11/04/79 – 01/31/90

Persian Gulf Crisis and Other Engagements     08/02/90 – Present *

*Until terminated by Presidential Proclamation or Congressional Resolution.

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