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The DAV Podcast sheds light on important topics and challenges facing America’s veterans while also sharing the stories of veterans whom have been impacted by DAV (Disabled American Veterans) through its mission of fulfilling our promises to the men and women that served.

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9/11: Honoring Those We Lost

In our bonus podcast episode, we talk with Marine veteran and DAV member, John Bernard. John's son, Josh Bernard, was killed in Afghanistan on August 14, 2009--exactly 12 years prior to the US evacuation from the country. John gave his recollections of 9/11 and thoughts on what Josh's service means in the great context of the war and the current situation in Afghanistan. 

Sep 13, 2021
20 Years of Remembrance

In Episode 18 of the DAV Podcast, we reflect back on September 11 20 years later and what the day meant to so many, including many of those that served.

Sep 09, 2021
The Minority Veteran Experience

In the latest episode of the DAV Podcast, we take a deeper look at the minority veteran experience by talking with the Executive Director of the Minority Veterans of America, Lindsay Church, and Danica Gonzalves, the Program Director for the Veterans Consortium Discharge Upgrade Program.

Sep 02, 2021
When Disaster Strikes

DAV helps over 1 million veterans and their families every year and part of that help includes a disaster relief fund. In Episode 16 of the DAV Podcast we take a closer look at how the program works and the veterans it helps.

Aug 26, 2021
DAV’s Charitable Service Trust

The DAV Charitable Service Trust was formed in 1986 to advance programs and services that cater to our nation’s veterans as well as their caregivers and families. By supporting the work of the charitable organizations that offer these services, the Trust plays an essential role in ensuring that America fulfills its promises to those that served. In Episode 15 of the DAV Podcast we take a deeper look at its impact.

May 05, 2021
Suicide by Lethal Means

Suicide prevention is one of the most pressing issues facing the veteran community today. In light of the ongoing pandemic and the social isolation so many are facing, it’s more critical than ever that we’re continuing to have the difficult conversations and look for ways to address the motivating factors of suicide. We take a deeper look at this very important topic in the latest DAV Podcast.

Feb 08, 2021
COVID-19 Impact on Veteran Employment

So many Americans have struggled with employment during the COVID-19 pandemic and veterans have definitely been impacted heavily. In Episode 13 of the DAV Podcast we discuss a new entrepreneurship program available for veterans and their families and learn about DAV’s virtual job fairs and more.

Jan 14, 2021
Ending Sexual Harassment at the VA

White Ribbon VA is a national call to action that's aim is to eliminate sexual harassment, sexual assault, and domestic violence in VA health care settings and to promote a positive change in the culture that would allow actions from the pledge to become the norm. In Episode 12 of the DAV Podcast we take a deeper look at this topic and more.

Dec 03, 2020
Getting to Know Robert Marx

As DAV turns 100, we take a look back at where it began with an in-depth look at the life of our founder, World War I veteran and Judge Robert S. Marx in Episode 11 of the DAV Podcast.

Sep 18, 2020
Navigating Through a Changing Economy

Our nation’s economy and employment rates have been turned upside down as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. In Episode 10 of the DAV Podcast we look at how this has impacted America’s veterans and share some helpful information for those that have served.

Sep 02, 2020
Alternative Therapies for Veterans

In Episode 9 of the DAV Podcast we explore some alternative therapies veterans are using to help tackle some of the health issues they are facing. 

Jun 01, 2020
Women Veterans: The Journey Ahead

In Episode 8 of the DAV Podcast we look at the fastest-growing subpopulation of the military and veteran communities, women veterans. We spotlight how the expanding role of women in our armed forces is necessitating changes to an array of VA policies and programs. Plus, we talked to Staff Sergeant Jessica Smiley, one of the first enlisted female National Guard soldiers to earn the coveted Army Ranger tab.

Apr 20, 2020
Talking Toxic Exposure

In Episode 7 of the DAV Podcast we tackle some toxic exposure topics and tips on filing claims related to toxic exposures. Plus we take a deeper look at Mefloquine, a drug widely prescribed to U.S. Service Members, and the drug’s growing list of long-term effects.

Mar 03, 2020
Breaking Down the Barriers

In Episode 6 of the DAV Podcast we look at the growing population of LGBT veterans and talk with Lindsay Church the CEO of  Minority Veterans of America and Dr. Michael Kauth, Director of the LGBT Health Program for the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Dec 18, 2019
Missing In Action

In Episode 5 of the DAV Podcast we talk about those that served that are Missing in Action and hear from people that have been directly impacted. Plus, we look at how many are honoring these brave heroes and working hard to bring them home.

Nov 22, 2019
Twenty Too Many

Every single day in the United States, twenty veterans die by suicide. It is becoming a growing concern in the veteran community and its impacting people across America. In Episode 4 of the DAV Podcast we discuss the epidemic and hear firsthand from those impacted directly by it and look at some of the resources available for help.

Sep 12, 2019
Miracles on the Mountainside

In this episode of the DAV Podcast we take you mountainside to Snowmass, Colorado, the home of the DAV and VA co-hosted National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic. Here veterans with TBIs, spinal cord injuries, visual impairments, amputations and other severe disabilities are challenged to overcome perceived limitations.

Jun 20, 2019
Medal of Honor

In Episode 2 of the DAV Podcast we relive the Battle of Iwo Jima through the eyes of Marines veteran and Medal of Honor recipient Woody Williams, a lifetime DAV member. Also a mother and son shared how attending Camp Corral has made a major impact on their military family. Plus we’ll learn about some of the ways DAV is helping to connect veterans with meaningful employment.

May 14, 2019
Alive Day

In the pilot episode of the DAV Podcast Jim Sursley, a triple-amputee combat Vietnam veteran, discusses his 50th Alive Day anniversary and post-war service, actor Gary Sinise talks about his work to help veterans and his new book Grateful American: A Journey from Self to Service, and we go inside DAV's Transportation Network.

Mar 06, 2019