Shoppers can find Disabled American Veterans thrift stores in six communities in Virginia, including Gloucester, Williamsburg, Denbigh, Chesapeake and Hampton, as of September, 2015. D.A.V. also has two thrift store locations in Virginia Beach.
Money earned at the D.A.V. thrift stores supports local Disabled American Veteran chapters, Veteran's Administration hospitals and other veteran services. The Disabled American Veterans Department of Virginia owns and operates all D.A.V. thrift stores in the area. People can donate clothing, furniture, jewelry, kitchenware, home decor items and books. The thrift stores sanitize all upholstered furniture, mattress and box springs as required by Virginia law. Employees systematically reduce prices until items sell, and the stores do not sell items without price tags.
The Disabled American Veterans organization empowers veterans to live high-quality lives. The organization assists veterans with accessing Department of Veteran Affairs benefits, lobbies for veterans' rights in Washington D.C. and educates the public about veterans' needs while transitioning back to civilian life. Lobbyists also represent veterans' widows' and orphans' interests in front of the Judicial Branch, White House, Congress and state and local governments. Veterans can perform volunteer service through D.A.V. programs and can use the D.A.V.'s website to find local chapters, join the organization, make donations, learn about events and read the organization's press releases.