The Disabled Veteran Empowerment Network Mission Statement

DVEN’s mission is to identify veteran organizations that are providing genuine support to the veteran community and provide monetary support to those programs.

Sadly, many people have created sham organizations that collect funds but never provide any meaningful support. The Federal Trade Commission and state governments work hard to identify these organizations but it’s a challenge. We have posted a list of sham organizations in the right sidebar along with a list of organizations that genuinely support our veteran community.


To make a meaningful difference in the lives of our Nation’s disabled veteran community by providing information and resources to increase their safety and independence and to enable them to have the best possible quality of life.

Thank you for helping us support America’s disabled veteran community.

Warm regards,

Robert Hess

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US Army (R)
Disabled American Veterans (DAV)
Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW)
American Legion



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Federal Trade Commission Lists Fraudulent Veteran Charities

The Federal Trade Commission has identified the following veteran charities as fraudulent:*

  • American Disabled Veterans Foundation
  • Act of Valor
  • Donate that Car, LLC
  • Donate Your Car
  • Foundation for American Veterans, Inc.
  • Healing American Heroes, Inc.
  • Healing Heroes Network
  • Help the Vets, Inc.
  • Medal of Honor
  • Military Families of America
  • National Vietnam Veterans Foundation
  • Saving our Soldiers
  • Vehicles for Veterans, LLC
  • Veterans Emergency Blood Bank
  • Veterans Fighting Breast Cancer
  • Veterans of America
  • Vets Fighting Breast Cancer
  • VietNow National Headquarters, Inc.

*Source: Federal Trade Commission Date: July 18, 2018

Veteran Charities We Support

We have carefully screened the following veteran organizations using the GuideStar* database. We know our donations to these organizations will directly benefit veterans and their families.

We thank you in advance for your vehicle donation. Our material improvement program for donated vehicles assures that our donors receive the highest possible donation tax deduction and that we can make the largest possible donation to these charities.

  • American Legion
  • Disabled American Veterans (DAV)
  • Fisher House Foundation
  • Gary Sinise Foundation
  • Hire Heroes
  • Homes for Our Troops
  • Operation Home Front
  • Stop Soldier Suicide
  • Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW)
  • Veterans Moving Forward
  • USO

*GuideStar is the world’s largest database of non-profit charities.