Disabled American Veterans Bob Swanson Ch. #39 Ohio

Disabled American Veterans Bob Swanson Ch. #39 Ohio


The winner of our March 2022 raffle giveaway was James Robideau. James served in the Army National Guard from 1981-2012. Retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel, James served two tours of duty in Afghanistan and was part of the mobilization in support of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. James is now keeping busy flying, writing, and spending time with his family. Thank you for your service and sacrifice sir!

Congratulations on taking home a $100 Gift Card provided by Disabled American Veterans Bob Swanson Ch. #39 Ohio, a $25 Gas Card from the Ashtabula County Veterans Service Commission and a $350 value detailing, provided by Flawless Cleaning and Detailing!

Thank you for allowing our office to assist you with your benefits well-check. We look forward to continuing to assist you in the future!
Good morning veterans! Shortly, we will be posting the January Raffle winner's photo. For March, we will be raffling the following items.
$100 gift card provided by Disabled American Veterans Bob Swanson Ch. #39 Ohio, a $25 gas card from the Ashtabula County Veterans Service Commission and as promised, another $350 value detailing of your vehicle provided by Flawless Cleaning and Detailing. We will be drawing the winner for February's raffle during our LIVESTREAMED Board Meeting today at 3:00 PM!

Remember that the only requirement to be put into our raffle is to physically come into the Commission and allow us to conduct a benefits well-check! Good luck and we hope to see you soon!

DAV Meetings are held the SECOND WEDNESDAY of each month @ 6:30 P.M. at American Legion Post 103, 1804 W 19th St., Ashtabula, Ohio 44004. Closed for Winter December - January - February
Mailing Address: PO Box 574, Andover, Oh 44003

More than 90 years ago, a disabled veteran named Robert Marx met with a group of his wartime wounded colleagues in Cincinnati to discuss their shared hardships, successes and ideas. After leaving the meeting, those in attendance spoke with other veterans about the neglect they faced and the need for change. From these humble origins, the DAV was born. Our message of service to disabled veterans ha

Operating as usual


Here's some ground rules for next weekend:
1. Don't wish me a Happy Memorial day. There is nothing happy about brave men and women dying.
2. It's not a holiday. It's a remembrance.
3. If you want to know the true meaning, visit Arlington or your local VA, not freaking Disneyland.
4. Don't tell me how great any one political power is. Tell me about Chesty Puller, George Patton, John Basilone, Dakota Meyer, Kyle Carpenter, Mitchell Paige, Ira Hayes, Chris Kyle and any other heroes too numerous to name. Attend a Bell Ceremony and shed some tears.
5. Don't tell me I don't know what I am talking about. I have carried the burden all too many times for my warriors who now stand their post for God.
6. Say a prayer... and then another.
7. Remember the Fallen for all the Good they did while they were here.
8. Reach out and let a Vet know you're there, we're losing too many in "peace".


Happy Armed Forces Day | "Our Servicemen and women are serving throughout the world as guardians of peace--many of them away from their homes, their friends and their families. They are visible evidence of our determination to meet any threat to the peace with measured strength and high resolve. They are also evidence of a harsh but inescapable truth--that the survival of freedom requires great cost and commitment, and great personal sacrifice." - President John F. Kennedy, 1963

#ArmedForcesDay #Veterans #ArmedForces

Common experiences, struggles bond Vietnam and Afghanistan veterans 05/17/2022

Common experiences, struggles bond Vietnam and Afghanistan veterans

‘Afghanistan is my Vietnam now,’” said Chris, a Marine Corps veteran of Afghanistan. “And that hit me like a ton of bricks. But it also made me feel far more connected to those guys than I had ever felt before.”

Read the full story about the common bonds shared between Vietnam and Afghanistan veterans at the link below.

Common experiences, struggles bond Vietnam and Afghanistan veterans Whether photos of the Civil War dead at Antietam, a shell-shocked soldier in a trench in Europe or Marines raising the flag atop Iwo Jima, the iconic images of every major American conflict have revealed both the horrors of combat and valor on the battl...


On Saturday, May 21, 2022 at 10:30 AM, the American Legion Neal Post 743 will host "Echo Taps Worldwide" at Greenlawn Memory Gardens. The VSC's own, Mr. Guy Korvig will be the guest speaker for this event. Please come out and be wowed by this amazing event!


DAV would like to send a very special Happy Mother’s Day to all of the military moms out there. There is no stronger bond than that between a mother and their child. Use the comment sections to give your mom a special shout out today and remind her how much she means to you. #MothersDay #MothersDay2022 #MilitaryMoms

Why Women Veterans Join DAV 04/25/2022

Why Women Veterans Join DAV

We’re spotlighting all of the female members of DAV today for #MembershipMonday. It’s not possible to show all the opportunities DAV has for women veterans in a 3 minute video, but this is a good start! Join the ranks of over 1 million veterans and become a DAV member today: http://dav.la/v7

Why Women Veterans Join DAV How do we show all the different opportunities DAV has for women veterans in 3 minutes? We can't, but this is a good start!https://youtu.be/C_fCC0uw1wU


We are soliciting the community to action this request to submit an email to both, Senator Brown and Portman to impress upon them the importance of this Act and acquire their influence in making this Act law . Whether you are a veteran or not, you can help to influence the passing of the Honoring our PACT Act (https://www.congress.gov/bill/117th-congress/house-bill/3967).


Today, on National Vietnam War Veterans Day, DAV is proud to honor our Vietnam veterans and their families for the sacrifices they made to protect our freedoms. Decades later, many Vietnam veterans are still fighting for the benefits they've earned with the help of DAV. #VietnamWarVeteransDay


Gary Sinise on National Vietnam War Veterans Day

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DAV addresses VA's infrastructure realignment recommendations 03/18/2022

DAV addresses VA's infrastructure realignment recommendations

Click below to view DAV's statement on the VA's infrastructure realignment recommendations.

DAV addresses VA's infrastructure realignment recommendations Earlier this week, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) issued a series of recommendations to the Asset and Infrastructure Review (AIR) Commission aimed at modernizing and realigning the VA health care system as required by the VA MISSION Act of 2018...


DAV would like to wish a very special Happy Birthday to our longtime friend and veteran advocate, Gary Sinise! The relationship between Gary and DAV goes back decades and his continued service to the ill and injured veterans of our nation inspires us!

In this photo, Gary performs with his band The Lieutenant Dan Band at a DAV National Convention.

DAV mourns loss of past executive director 03/17/2022

DAV mourns loss of past executive director

DAV Ch. 39 mourns the loss of Garry Augustine, Lake County native and Life Member of Ch. 42, past DAV National Service and Legislative Headquarters executive director, who died on March 14, 2022, in Washington D.C. He was 71. Read DAV's full statement below.

DAV mourns loss of past executive director DAV mourns the loss of Garry Augustine, past DAV National Service and Legislative Headquarters executive director, who died on March 14, 2022, in Washington D.C. He was 71. A native of Lake County, Ohio, Augustine enlisted in the Army in 1969. He served...


Happy Birthday American Legion, especially our friends at Dewey Howlett Post 103, Ashtabula, Ohio.

Happy Birthday to the American Legion. The work you do for our service members and veterans does not go unnoticed.


DAV Chapter #39 Members:
We have set our meeting dates for the remainder of 2022 as follows:

2nd Wednesday each month at Ashtabula American Legion Dewey Howlett Post #103, 1804 W. 19th St., Ashtabula, Ohio 44004.

April 13, 2022 (Final Officer Nominations for 2022)
May 11, 2022
June 8, 2022
July 13, 2022
August 10, 2022
September 14, 2022
October 12, 2022
November 9, 2022 (tentatively the last meeting of the year.
(Closed for December, January, February for member safety due to weather).

Notable 2022 Dates:
Monday May 30, 2022, muster @ Ashtabula Vets Park @ 1030 AM for Memorial Day Ceremony.
Tuesday June 14, 2022 - Check w/AL for Flag Retirement Ceremony
August 9-14, 2022 - Ashtabula County Fair - Vet's Day at Fair TBA
August 18-20, 2022 - D-Day Conneaut
November 11, 2022 - Veterans Day, Vets Park Ashtabula, muster @ 1030 AM
December 7, 2022 - Pearl Harbor Day Ceremony @ Ashtabula Vets Park - Muster @ 12:30pm

It's now easier to send Disabled American Veterans Bob Swanson Ch. #39 Ohio a message. 03/07/2022

It's now easier to send Disabled American Veterans Bob Swanson Ch. #39 Ohio a message.

It's now easier to send Disabled American Veterans Bob Swanson Ch. #39 Ohio a message.

Photos from DAV's post 03/07/2022

Photos from DAV's post


DAV CH. 39 Members reminder: Our 1st Chapter Meeting of 2022 will be Wednesday, March 9, 2022 at AL Post #103 in Ashtabula @ 6:30 PM. Nomination of officers will be conducted. New members welcome. Claims advice available.

Caregiver 03/03/2022


March 3 is #NationalCaregiverAppreciationDay and we would like to extend our deepest thank you to those who care for our wounded, ill or injured veterans. Your selflessness does not go unnoticed, and DAV considers you part of our family. Thank you!

To learn more about what DAV is doing to advocate for veterans and their caregivers, to access resources, and read about caregiver programs in your state, visit www.dav.org/caregiver.

Caregiver DAV recognizes the importance of family caregivers to veterans and has fought to update the VA Mission Act to ensure equal comprehensive caregiver support and services for all veterans. Learn more about the latest legislation for veteran caregivers.


On this day, 77 years ago Marines stormed the beaches of Iwo Jima. The Marines fought for 36 days, sometimes inch by inch, to take the island.

More than twice as many Marines died in combat on Iwo Jima than had been killed in all of World War I. Close to 7,000 Marines and sailors died and 20,000 were wounded. Additionally, twenty-seven Medals of Honor were awarded to Marines and sailors who fought in the battle, many posthumously.


#NationalFreedomDay is observed in the U.S. on Feb. 1 to commemorate President Lincoln signing a resolution that ultimately became the 13th Amendment, outlawing slavery on Feb. 1, 1865. Wreath-laying at the Liberty Bell has long been a tradition to mark National Freedom Day.

Detecting breast cancer earlier 02/01/2022

Detecting breast cancer earlier

The Making Advances in Mammography and Medical Options (MAMMO) for Veterans Act (H.R. 4794, S. 2533) requires the VA to address “geographic disparities” in accessing breast imaging exams. The bill would require the department to carry out a pilot program to extend mammogram services to veterans living in areas where they are limited, such as more rural states. It would also require VA facilities to include 3D breast imaging and study access issues for disabled and paralyzed veterans.

Detecting breast cancer earlier Bipartisan legislation would expand and improve breast cancer screening for women veterans The number of breast cancer diagnoses among middle-aged women veterans enrolled in VA health care increased five times between 2000 and 2015, according to the Dep...

Service-disabled? This program can help your transition to civilian life. 01/26/2022

Service-disabled? This program can help your transition to civilian life.

The Veterans Readiness and Employment Program or VR&E (formerly known as Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment or Chapter 31) is an alternative program to the GI Bill created to assist disabled veterans.

Service-disabled? This program can help your transition to civilian life. The VR&E individual support options cover a much broader spectrum of needs than just education.


Are you a veteran struggling to understand the complicated processes involved with the Dept. of Veterans Affairs? Whatever your questions are, DAV National Service Officers have the answers! Our NSO's are highly trained in the current VA practices, rules, and requirements, and they are determined to help you receive the benefits you've earned through your service.

Visit www.benefitsquestions.org to schedule an appointment with an NSO in your area!


31 years ago today, the U.S. began Operation Desert Storm. DAV salutes all who served and recognizes your continuing fight for recognition and care for the hazards you faced. For claims assistance or for help navigating the VA processes, visit www.benefitsquestions.org to start the conversation with a DAV National Service Officer.

Photos from DAV's post 01/13/2022

Photos from DAV's post


2022 Pantry Dates 🇺🇸🇺🇸

Photos from Ashtabula County Veterans Service Commission's post 01/05/2022

Photos from Ashtabula County Veterans Service Commission's post


Merry Christmas to members of Bob Swanson DAV Ch. 39. And to all of your families as well!


DAV Ch. 39 is dark in winter months (December - February).
Meetings resume Wednesday, 3/9/2022.


80 years ago today, at precisely 7:48 a.m., on December 7, 1941, the first of 353 Japanese warplanes – complete with fighters, bombers and torpedo bombers launched from six aircraft carriers – unleashed a sudden attack against American forces at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The attack killed 2,402 Americans and left 18 ships either sunk, damaged or run aground.

Photos from Ashtabula County Veterans Service Commission's post 11/30/2021

Photos from Ashtabula County Veterans Service Commission's post


We, at DAV Ch #39, are proud to help our veteran community.

We would like to express our gratitude to the Disabled American Veterans Bob Swanson Ch. #39 Ohio for donating gift cards to the Commission to be distributed to veterans in need this holiday season. It is organizations like these that make a difference in our veteran community! Thank you Tim for taking the time to stop by and deliver these gifts today. We wish all of the members of the local DAV chapter a Very Merry Christmas!


American Pickers- DAV

Comrades, we recently lost Past National Commander Jim Sursely. He will be missed. Thank you for you service and sacrifices for our country and your contributions to DAV.

DAV continues to think of Jim, his family and friends during this very difficult time.

Seen here on an episode of "American Pickers" on the History Channel, Jim Sursely joined DAV in 1970. He thrived in the camaraderie and wanted to give back.

After becoming a leader in his chapter and at the state level, his fellow veteran leaders, several of whom were past national commanders, groomed him for the big stage. He walked the line and was elected national commander in 2004. Though he had met with presidents and dignitaries, he was most proud of the opportunities he has had to talk with his fellow veterans. He taught them, and his fellow citizens, about the value of accepting events from the past while constantly challenging perceived limitations.

“Nearly All” VA Claims for Gulf War Illness “Improperly Denied” - The War Horse 05/30/2021

“Nearly All” VA Claims for Gulf War Illness “Improperly Denied” - The War Horse

A 2017 GAO report found that VA had denied more than 80% of Gulf War illness claims. Denial rates were three times higher than for all other medical issues related to the war, and the claims process took longer. http://dav.la/2va

“Nearly All” VA Claims for Gulf War Illness “Improperly Denied” - The War Horse A VA official said the department is “working diligently” to gather information and “remains fully committed” to the concerns of Gulf War veterans.

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2019-2020 Officers:
Commander - Roger Lynch
Sr. Vice Commander - Tim Dibble
1st Jr. Vice Commander - Barry Rozman

2nd Jr. Vice Commander - Joseph Keefe, Jr.
Adjutant/Treasurer - Jack Burlingame

Sgt-At Arms Greg Kent

Officer of the Day - Bill Kerutis
Chaplain - George Boh
Chapter Service Officers - Tim Dibble

The Disabled American Veterans Organization provides:
*Disability Transition Assistance Program (DTAP) service provide free assistance to
service members by Disabled American Veterans Transition Service Officers (TSO)
and National Service Officers (NSO) with treatment records, and confer with
Department of Defense and Department of Labor facilitators and other
participants in the discharge process.
*Free copy of the bimonthly DAV Magazine.
*Free response guidance for research and questions involving any type of
disability compensation, medical services from the Veterans Health
Administration, death/burial, insurance, education, the vocational rehabilitation
program or other miscellaneous benefits.
*Free transportation provided by the DAV Transportation Network to VA Medical
Facilities for veterans are able to get to their medical appointments and
*Free completion and mailing of United States Department of Veterans Affairs VA
forms on behalf of the veteran or survivor.
*Free assistance to veterans in reopening and filing completed claims for service-
connected or non-service-connected disabilities.
*Free assistance to veterans/survivors who are filing any type of claim (original or
otherwise) for benefits, compensation and/or pension with the VA.
*Free filing of Notice of Disagreement forms with the VA Regional Office for
*Free assistance to veterans and/or surviving spouses to prepare and file appeals
for claim denial with the VA Regional Office and the United States Court of
Appeals for Veterans Claims board in Washington, D.C.
*Free follow-up on status of claims filed by veterans with the VA Regional Office.
*Free review of VA denials of claim and filing of appropriate responses.
*Assistance during major disasters; i.e., tornadoes, floods, etc.
*Mobile Service Offices staffed by National Service Officers to aid veterans close
to home.




1804 W 19th St
Ashtabula, OH

General information

In the aftermath of World War I, disabled veterans in the United States found themselves seriously disadvantaged, with little governmental support. The idea to form the Disabled American Veterans arose at a Christmas party in 1920 hosted by Cincinnati Superior Court Judge Robert Marx, a captain 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, 1920, at its first National Caucus, in Hamilton County Memorial Hall in Cincinnati. While touring across the U.S. as part of the election campaign of James M. Cox, Judge Marx publicized the new organization, which quickly expanded. It held its first national convention in Detroit on June 27, 1921, at which time Marx was appointed the first national commander. In 1922, a women's auxiliary organization was founded. The DAVWW continued working through the Great Depression to secure the welfare of disabled veterans, although their efforts were troubled by fundraising challenges and the desire of the public to put the World War behind them. In the midst of these troubled years, DAVWW was issued a federal charter by Congress, on June 17, 1932. 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. In 1944, the DAV began offering a National Service Officer Training Program at American University in Washington, the first step of education that completed with a two-year mentorship program. The DAV expanded its efforts in a new way in 1945, when it first began distributing and then manufacturing "IdentoTags", miniature license plates which could be attached to a keyring with instructions that lost keys should be mailed to the DAVWW, who would return them to the owners. The program proved long-lasting and highly successful, both in bringing in donations and employing veterans in manufacture. By 1952, 350 people were employed in the endeavor, which brought in over $2 million a year in donations. Meanwhile, the number of disabled veterans had been increased by the still-ongoing Korean War. The DAV suffered a decline in the later 1950s and into the 1960s, with diminishing leadership and funds, but it rallied around the veterans of the Vietnam War and also focused heavily on working for prisoners of war and missing in action. Vietnam veterans soon filled the diminished ranks of the National Service Officers. On Veterans Day, 1966, the DAV moved its headquarters to Cold Spring, Kentucky. The following year, the IdentoTag program was discontinued in favor of providing address labels, with a request for donation, when changes in license plate practices made continuing the IdentoTag program impracticable. The DAV underwent substantial change in 1993 when the governance of the organization led to a watershed election that turned over the administration to new hands and the National Service Program was overhauled.

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4536 Main Ave
Ashtabula, 44004

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Ashtabula Downtown Development Association Ashtabula Downtown Development Association
Main Ave.
Ashtabula, 44004

Our mission is to lead, assist, and support activities that enhance the quality of life in the downtown Ashtabula community.

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Ashtabula, 44004

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Greater Ashtabula Chamber of Commerce Greater Ashtabula Chamber of Commerce
4536 Main Ave
Ashtabula, 44004

Our Mission: To advocate for business by engaging our members and connecting communities to improve Ashtabula County

St. Peter's Episcopal Church St. Peter's Episcopal Church
4901 Main Ave
Ashtabula, 44004

Bringing Hope to the Hopeless Feeding the Body and Spirit Making God Available to All To know God and make Him known. ALL are welcome here.

Ashtabula County District Library Ashtabula County District Library
4335 Park Avenue
Ashtabula, 44004

ACDL gives you access to more than 1 billion books (not all of them located here). Plus magazines, newspapers, movies and music, help with your research questions, programs for all ages, technology training, etc. Complete details at www.acdl.info

Ashtabula County Family YMCA Ashtabula County Family YMCA
263 W Prospect Rd
Ashtabula, 44004

We're for youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility.

CMRO Region 13 CMRO Region 13
P.O. Box 1563
Ashtabula, 44005

CMRO Region 13 Inc. organization is a non-profit entity formed to promote and protect the interests of Ohio motorcyclists.

LEADERship Ashtabula County, Inc. LEADERship Ashtabula County, Inc.
3315 N Ridge Rd E
Ashtabula, 44004

We are a network of individuals working individually and collectively strengthening community.

ACMC Foundation ACMC Foundation
2420 Lake Avenue
Ashtabula, 44004

The ACMC Foundation is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization established to raise, receive and administer charitable gifts in support of Ashtabula County Medical Center.

United Way of Ashtabula County United Way of Ashtabula County
3705 State Road Ste 203
Ashtabula, 44004


Heartbeat of Ashtabula County Heartbeat of Ashtabula County
2801 C Court
Ashtabula, 44004

We provide individual and group support to all who have suffered bereavement due to su***de loss. Call for info! In crisis? Call 911 or 800-273-TALK 24/7!