For our 20th anniversary, throughout 2017, Xeno Media is implementing Xeno Causes. Each staff member chooses a charity near and dear to them. Xeno Media:
- Makes a cash donation to the charity
- Publicizes the charity through our blog and social media
Our November Xeno Cause is Disabled American Veterans as selected by Mike Acklin.
In their words:
"DAV is a nonprofit charity that provides a lifetime of support for veterans of all generations and their families, helping more than 1 million veterans in positive, life-changing ways each year. The organization provides more than 670,000 rides for veterans attending medical appointments and assists veterans with more than 292,000 benefit claims annually. In 2016, DAV helped attain more than $4 billion in new and retroactive benefits to care for veterans, their families and survivors.
"DAV is also a leader in connecting veterans with meaningful employment, hosting job fairs and providing resources to ensure they have the opportunity to participate in the American Dream their sacrifices have made possible.
"With almost 1,300 chapters and nearly 1.3 million members across the country, DAV empowers our nation’s heroes and their families by helping to provide the resources they need and ensuring our nation keeps the promises made to them."
Why Mike supports Disabled American Veterans.
In 1969, during the Viet Nam conflict, I enlisted in the Marines for four years. I went to Boot Camp in San Diego CA after which I was accepted into the Marine Corp Air Wing. I trained and worked as an air-to-air guided missile control technician. I served in Memphis TN, El Toro CA, on an aircraft carrier in the Mediterranean, and I finished up back in Southern California at El Toro. The four year enlistment worked out well for me.
But not for everyone. There were over 58,000 servicemen killed during the Viet Nam conflict. Of the 304,000 wounded, 75,000 were severely disabled. Many of the survivors are still suffering, physically and psychologically, and many still need help.
DAV is a nonprofit charity that provides a lifetime of support to veterans of all generations. They help to empower veterans and their families to live useful, dignified lives. Learn more about DAV...
I support the Disabled American Veterans because they make a real difference in the lives of deserving people who have made tremendous sacrifices for their country.