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DAV has served the forgotten warriors of this nation for 93 years. The backbone of our service is representing veterans of all conflicts to obtain benefits from the VA they are entitled to as part of the covenant for their military service. The DAV in 2013 represented over 5,000 veterans and dependents in Massachusetts. The results of this representation amounted to $105,144, 548.00 in benefits. All of our services are free.

Timeline Photos88 years ago today in our nation's capital, thousands of veterans, many disabled, were protesting for their benefits when police and active duty military descend upon them.In 1924, Congress had rewarded WWI veterans with certificates redeemable in 1945 for $1,000. By 1932, many of these former servicemen were in dire straights due to the Depression. They asked Congress to redeem their bonuses early. When they refused, "The Bonus Army" marched on Washington to demand recognition and aid. This unarmed vigil was conducted with respect and decorum.On July 28 1932, Washington police began to clear the demonstrators. Two men were killed as tear gas and bayonets assailed the Bonus Marchers. President Hoover ordered an army regiment into the city, under the leadership of Gen. Douglas MacArthur. The army, complete with infantry, cavalry, and tanks, rolled in and burned their shanty settlements, forcing the Bonus Army to flee.In the end, the Bonus Army was denied their request, but in 1936, Congress passed a bill that helped these veterans get their pay early. President Roosevelt would veto the bill, but his veto was overridden by Congress. ...
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