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National Association of American Veterans

Serving Our Nation's Service Members and Veterans with Honor and Respect

We support service members severely injured in combat, military caregivers, single-parent service members, and veterans and their families. We provide claims and benefits assistance, respite care assistance, emergency assistance resources, housing and financial aid referrals, legal help and career coaching.

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Why should I support your work?

The National Association of American Veterans, Inc. (NAAV) was established in 2005 to assist the severely wounded warriors, especially single parent service members, military caregivers, disabled veterans and their families by helping them access their benefits, improving communications and coordination for veterans and collaborating among health agencies, medical professional, organizations, educational organization and the general public.

Why does your charity exist?

NAAV exist to help those veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, depression and suicidal tendency, NAAV has sponsored a guided imagery program, “Managing Stress and Anxiety Through Guided Imagery,” by Diane Tusek, a Noted national expert. Guided Imagery is a relaxation technique used to ease stress and anxiety during a stressful or difficult time in someone’s life. Guided Imagery is also recommended for the caregivers of adults with chronic and disabling health conditions. In 2007, NAAV was instrumental in getting support for caregivers of veterans in the final recommendations of the President’s Commission on Care of America’s Returning Wounded Warriors which became Public Law 111-163, The Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act, on May 5, 2010. In 2008, NAAV was successful in getting the Guide to Healthy Caregiving published by the Quick Series Publishing in Florida in support of caregivers of veterans. This booklet was later adopted by the VA Caregiver Support Program in 2011. NAAV founder and chief executive officer serves on the DC VA Caregiver Support Program Advisory Board as the Community Liaison in support of its programs for veterans and their families in the greater Washington, DC Capital area.

What specifically do you do?

NAAV Military Family Program seeks to ease the burden of caregivers, who are unexpectedly thrust into the caregiver role, by providing coaches and trainer to equip them with tools, training, and resources needed to become effective caregivers. NAAV works with leaders in the military and civilian community to build partnerships for the association. Aside from the large metropolitan and urban areas, NAAV has concentrated assistance efforts to rural area and southern communities, with outreach to returning soldiers and veterans in Alabama, Georgia, North and South Carolina, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas. NAAV assist Veterans of the United States armed forces who be eligible for a broad range of benefits, claims and services provided by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Also, NAAV assists veterans and their families with Social Security Disability and SSI Benefits through its partners at Greenberg and Bederman, LLP in Silver Spring, Maryland. Eli Baumwell, Esquire at the firm provides legal assistance in support of NAAV to service members, veterans and their families. NAAV provides job assistance, resources assistance, and suicide prevention

How will this make a difference?

Through respite care for the caregivers we provide a much needed break so these individuals can carry on to support their loved one.  The Emergency Assistance Resource and Referral provides the veteran and their dependents with the guidance and support to connect with agencies that are in place to handle emergency situation that may arise.  Veteran Employment and Training is to assist the veteran that needs job training/placement and a resource for where job postings are updated weekly.  Homeless service members and veterans are a major concern with NAAV. We are committed to educating and helping eligible men, women, and children find and maintain affordable housing.

How is your work different from that of other, similar charities?

NAAV is committed to assisting eligible service members, veterans, and their families experiencing financial hardship. An emergency assistance referral may be provided to help families during their time of need. We provide counseling, real estate/personal financial assistance through one of our partners, as well as housing assistance, and medical care information.

What have you accomplished?

Most recently NAAV’s president and chief executive officer served as advisor to the co-chairs for the President’s Commission on the Care of America’s Returning Wounded Warriors and the Mental Health Task Force for the Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in 2007 in support of our nation’s service members and combat veterans. Since 2005, NAAV has been an active advocate for caregivers of Veterans most in need nationwide.  NAAV’s recommendations for the caregivers of Veterans was accepted by the President’s Commission in their report to President Bush in 2007 and in 2010 Title I of Public Law 111-163, Caregivers of Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act was approved and signed by President Barack Obama.  In 2007, NAAV president and chief executive officer introduced an outline and text for a Guide to Healthy Caregiving which was published 
by Quick Series Publishing in 2008 and later adopted by the VA Caregiver Support Program in 2011 for all caregivers of Veterans nationwide.  This Guide is based on NAAV’s president and chief executive officer’s over twenty years of caregiving experience and work with civilian and military caregivers nationwide.

NAAV is one of the founding partners of the Veterans History Project.  NAAV received a Congressional Award for work in support of Homeless Veterans nationwide in 2015; 2015 honored at the Vice-President’s Home by First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden for outstanding work in support of military caregivers of Veterans nationwide; Received VFW “Commitment to Service Award” in 2016; VA Certificate of Appreciation for commitment and dedication to Veterans and service members as a VA Community Partner in 2016.   In 2017, NAAV serves on two VA Task Forces for the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, namely Suicide Prevention and Veterans Health Administration in Washington, DC to name a few.

How can I be sure you’ll use my money wisely?

NAAV is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit veterans’ service organization since its inception in 2005 and our administrative costs is under 4 percent.  All donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent of federal law.