Mirroring our national Disabled American Veterans (DAV) mission statement, our local DAV chapter is dedicated to a single purpose: empowering veterans to lead high-quality lives with respect and dignity. We accomplish this by ensuring that veterans and their families can access the full range of benefits earned through their military service; fighting for the interests of America’s injured heroes on Capitol Hill; and striving to ensure Disabled American Veterans are recognized by all for their contributions to our country.
Our local Jim Booe Chapter 86 was chartered in Flagler County in September of 1967 and, until 2015, was located in Flagler Beach, Florida. Due to the changing nature of our organization and the shifting demographics of our veterans, in September of 2015 we moved to our new location at 27 Florida Park Drive, Palm Coast, Florida 32137, where we are more centrally located to serve the almost 600 veterans in our chapter and the estimated 15,000 veterans in Flagler County.
Chapter 86 members meet formally on a monthly basis to network, discuss, and act upon issues of importance to veterans and the organization. Legislation, volunteer efforts and community projects are among the topics discussed and acted upon, as well as upcoming events and activities.
General Membership meetings usually occur on the second Monday of each calendar month and are listed on our website calendar of events.
Services provided by Jim Booe Chapter 86 depend on the immediate needs of the veteran. Some of our most requested services include:
- Providing free, professional assistance to veterans and their families in obtaining benefits and services earned through military service via our DAV “certified” claims service officers;
- Providing free transportation to VA medical care facilities through our transportation network of VA-approved drivers;
- Working closely with the Salvation Army in assisting eligible veterans and their families who are homeless or at-risk of becoming homeless;
- Conducting information seminars to educate veterans and their families on veterans’ benefits and services, and other issues of importance for veterans and their families;
- Demonstrating patriotism through leadership and participation in local, regional and state civic events; and
- Providing a structure through which veterans can express their compassion for their fellow veterans through a variety of volunteer programs.