About us

We are the leaders in the Fight for Veteran's Rights.

“Our goal is to bring in a new generation of disabled veterans to continue empowering our mission. As the new Commander for the chapter, I hope to inspire others to be more involved in activities that benefit veterans. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to serve this great organization. I look forward to seeing you at our monthly Chapter meetings!”

Commander Tom Cousino
DAV Portland Chapter #1

History of Portland Chapter #1

DAV was created by veterans of the 1st World War and chartered by Congress in 1932.  Judge Marx, an Ohio Superior Court Judge, also a disabled veteran was crucial in organizing the nation’s disabled veterans in their struggle to navigate the governmental’s myriad of disconnected half-hearted programs and red tape. Here in Portland, Oregon, DAV Chapter #1 has been helping northwest veterans and their families lead better lives since 1929.

More recently, we have been raising funds to purchase vans to transport veterans to their medical appointments, support our National Service Officer program that files and pursues claims on behalf of veterans, develop adaptive recreation programs to help our vets transition back into civilian life.

We are dedicated to a single purpose,

EMPOWERING VETERANS TO LEAD HIGH QUALITY LIVES WITH RESPECT & DIGNITY.

We accomplish this by ensuring that veterans and their families can access the full range of benefits available to them; fighting for the interests of America’s injured heroes on Capitol Hill; and educating the public about the great sacrifices and needs of veterans transitioning back to civilian life.

about the DAV Auxiliary

The Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary is an organization of men, women, and children with a desire to assist disabled veterans and their families across the United States and Puerto Rico.  The organization was founded in 1922 and has grown to over 100,000 members.  These members volunteer at Veteran Administration Medical Centers, Nursing Homes, Schools, Churches, Communities, and also promote Patriotism and reach out to legislators for concerns related to veterans and their families.  

The DAV Auxiliary is founded on the mission of:

“Making a difference in the lives of disabled veterans and their families.”

Veterans' Healing Programs

Our chapter has partnered with various organizations that provide healing opportunities to its members.

Portland ChPT #1 officers

Tom Cousino

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John Doe

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Tom Cousino

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John Doe

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