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Dav Lifetime Membership Worth It?

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Hi all, I couldn't find an answer to this anywhere, so I'm posting this topic. Sorry if I've repeated some other post.

I'm wondering whether the lifetime membership at the DAV is worth the $250. Do they:

1) Give you better representation

2) Work harder for you

3) Give you any other benefits besides discounts

I'm a 70% SC with IU at 100%. I might want to start working. In that case, I want to be sure that the DAV fights for me to retain my 70% SC.

Thanks,

Scythis

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Being a member makes no difference in how they/any prosecute/defend your claim. I joined yrs ago and wish I hadn't. I consider most VSOrgs as a waste of money, however I found out too late. I feel you are best to do your own claim, as most do absolutely nothing, except maybe submit the forms and the VA will help you fill those out.

I'm a Life member of VVA, VFW and the DAV. I wish I'd saved my money. I used to think the VVA was good, until I attended one of their seminars for VSO's. It was sad.

The management of most VSOrgs are highly paid and basically political positions. Save your money and spend some on the VBM, about $158, postpaid, instead. jmo

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I agree with PR. The DAV I joined was mostly self serving using their income to buy stuff and trips for members who went to meetings.

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unless they are working feverishly behind the scenes, and fighting at higher levels to get vets what they have earned, I just havent seen or heard, or experienced results that make me confident in them. They are quick to tell you how good they are,. , but show you is what I want to see.

save that money for a good printer, ink and paper and postage for delivery confirmation. Study the 38 cfr, listen to opinions on here, study BOARD of APPEALS cases that have been adjudicated in the past, and gather evidence, then do battle. it is a hostile enviorment in sheeps clothing you are against.

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I totally agree with the previous posts! My VSO doesn't return calls or mails going on months despite many efforts. I can understand being busy for a few days helping others or even some personal issue they may be attending to but there really isn't a good reason why it drags on for weeks in my book. Didn't even bother to call to tell me when my claim came back approved or if there was anything wrong with the VA's decision. I don't feel I could recommend them as a VSO. I base this on my experiences of giving them "the benefit of doubt" but they have proven to be unresponsive at best. Wish I could've saved the $$ I spent on a lifetime membership...just sayin'

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