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Disabled American Veterans (U.S.)

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[Disabled American Veterans] image by Randy Young, 7 February 2016

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"The Disabled American Veterans, or DAV, is an organization chartered by the United States Congress for disabled military veterans of the United States Armed Forces that helps them and their families through various means. It currently has nearly 1.3 million members. Charity Navigator does not rate the DAV as it is a 501(c)(4) organization. It does rate the Disabled American Veterans Charitable Service Trust. It was established on September 25, 1920. The idea to form the Disabled American Veterans arose at a Christmas party in 1920 hosted by Cincinnati Superior Court Judge Robert Marx, a U.S. Army Captain and War World I veteran who had been injured in the Meuse-Argonne Offensive in November 1918. Although it had been functional for some months by that time, the Disabled American Veterans of the World War (DAVWW) was officially created on September 25, 1921, at its first National Caucus, in Hamilton County Memorial Hall in Cincinnati, Ohio, for WWI veterans. The demands of World War II required the urgent expansion of the organization, which officially changed its name to Disabled American Veterans to recognize the impact of the new war. On Veterans Day, 1966, the DAV moved its headquarters to Cold Spring, Kentucky. The Disabled American Veterans Organization provides service free of charge through a nationwide network of DAV National Service Offices, Transition Service Offices, DAV Hospital Service Coordinator Offices, 52 state-level DAV Departments, DAV VA Voluntary Service Representatives, and more than 1900 local DAV Chapters.

The DAV appeared at a time when the Department of Veteran Affairs did not exist, and it is the most long-lasting veterans advocacy and assistance group in the U.S. and it grew from Cincinnati’s Ohio Mechanics Institute (OMI)—a training school for disabled veterans (today the College of Engineering and Applied science of the University of Cincinnati.

Sources: and, where Robert Marx established the OMI Disabled Soldiers (OMIDS)"

They seem to have two flags:
1. One flag is a horizontal blue flag, with the coat of arms ( featuring the U.S. flag in color, while the rest is of the coat of arms is in white/blue outline, as seen here: (source:
2. The other flag is the letters DAV (, each letter in red, white and blue capitals (respectively) over a yellow horizontal flag, as seen here: (flag on the right) (source: and here: (picture on the right) (source:

For additional information go to DAV (official website):
Esteban Rivera, 6 February 2016

I found photographs online of individual chapter flags for Disabled American Veterans. There seems to be variation allowed in the flags, but all maintain the same basic design elements. All of them feature the DAV seal in full color in the center, with the name of the organization ("Disabled American Veterans"), and the chapter name and location in gold lettering above and below the seal. You can see photographs of the flags at; and
Randy Young, 7 February 2016

DAV Yellow Flag

[Disabled American Veterans] image by Randy Young, 7 February 2016