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November 14, 2013

Music to their ears

Garth Brooks’ guitar benefits DAV

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CLAREMORE —

The mission of the DAV is dedicated to empowering veterans to lead high-quality lives while maintaining dignity and respect. Veterans and their families have full access to the large range of benefits available to them. The DAV also fights for the interests of injured heroes on Capitol Hill and educates the public on the great sacrifices made.  
Veterans transitioning back into civilian life has become more of a challenge. 
“Soldiers today are not as open about their needs. Their issues remain hidden because they try too hard to be normal,” Masters said. “Suicide among veterans is at a critical level across the United States; one is too many.
Masters also noted veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) rarely ask for help until it begins to affect those around them and even then they may just isolate themselves. 
DAV Chapter 44 also provides transportation and support to veteran services within their district.  
Additional services include survivor’s benefits, link to job training, providing food/shelter/medical resources to homeless veterans and emergency grants to ill and injured veterans.  
“We are honored that Garth Brooks saw a need and responded with such kindness. He is one remarkable man. We have added him to our list of heroes,” Masters said.

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