The local chapter of the Disabled America Veterans is in desperate need of new volunteers. An aging membership and the unfortunate passing of several members last year has left the group with just a handful of participants.
Current members encourage veterans to join the group, where they can help other veterans and participate in ceremonial services.
“We really would like some younger blood to get involved,” said Pickens DAV Chapter #47 Commander Homer Sewell. “It’s a good opportunity to meet other veterans and help those in need.”
You may have seen members of the Disabled American Veterans Honor Guard perform military honors at funerals and special military events, including a gun-salute, flag folding ceremonies, and the playing of Taps.
“That’s what people see us do, but we also help veterans who need help,” Sewell said. “Say, for example, someone is in a wheelchair and they need a ramp built at their house, we can offer help with that.”
Sewell said the veterans group usually has a quorum for their monthly meetings, but barely in most cases.
DAV members can participate in all of their ceremonial activities, or choose not to perform at events and be a resource for other endeavors. According to Sewell, a veteran does not have to be disabled to join the group.
“I thought that, too, but it’s not the case,” he said. “All you have to have is the DD214 form,” which is a certificate of release and discharge from active duty.
You can also be a member of the DAV and be a member of other veterans groups. Sewell is an active member of the American Legion Post #149.
Pickens DAV Chapter #47 meets every third Thursday at 5 p.m. at Veterans Hall, which is located at 339 West Church Street. DAV members meet to network “and discuss issues of importance to veterans and the organization. Legislation, volunteer efforts and community projects are among the topics discussed, as well as upcoming events and activities,” according to the DAV website.
For more information contact DAV Chapter Commander Sewell at 770-402-0917.