Friday, July 22, 2011

Disabled American Veterans Returns to EAA AirVenture with Message of Support and a Salute to Veterans

Oshkosh, WI – Disabled American Veterans (DAV) returns to EAA AirVenture, bringing its message of service and volunteerism in support of our nation’s combat-wounded men and women to world’s greatest aviation celebration from July 25-July 31.

As part of an outreach program to increase public awareness of disabled veterans, the DAV Flight Team will be on hand at EAA AirVenture with two historic, fully restored Navy warplanes. Known as classic warbirds with legacies of power and service in the US Navy, the F-4U Corsair and F-8F Bearcat will be among the many airplanes gathered in honor of the Centennial of Naval Aviation. The Corsair and Bearcat will accompany the DAV Flight Team display -- standing as a reminder of the sacrifices veterans make for freedom and providing information about DAV programs and benefits.

Disabled American Veterans teams up with EAA Warbirds of America on Friday, July 29,  to present a concert by Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band. The concert is part of a daylong Salute to Veterans that will also include a Salute to Veterans Parade dedicated to recognizing veterans for their service.

“The DAV is thrilled to bring our message of volunteerism and support to our nation’s sick and disabled veterans to EAA AirVenture. We believe the men, women and children who will visit this event are the patriotic, military-friendly citizens that have helped make this nation so great,” said DAV National Commander Wallace Tyson. “The DAV is proud to be among this crowd, and meet those who want to know more about our service to veterans.”

Disabled American Veterans, representing more than 1.2 million disabled veterans, is a non-profit organization founded in 1920 and chartered by the U.S. Congress in 1932. It is dedicated to one, single purpose: building better lives for our nation’s disabled veterans and their families.

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