Scott Gelbard: A Short Overview of the DAV (Disabled American Veterans)

A well-established Denver business consultant, Scott Gelbard supports a number of community-focused organizations that provide valuable outreach and health research services. Among other groups, Scott Gelbard contributes to Men for the Cure, Food Bank of the Rockies, and Disabled American Veterans (DAV).

Established more than 90 years ago, the DAV provides essential assistance to disabled veterans in properly submitting benefits claims applications to the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Defense. The non-profit’s approximately 250 National Service Officers (NSOs) serve as attorneys-in-fact to help veterans in a direct way. NSOs are committed to ensuring that disabled veterans receive the compensation, insurance, and health care to which they are entitled.

Another critical aspect of the DAV’s mission involves assisting disabled veterans in overcoming hiring barriers. A January 2012 poll underlined the importance of this service, as it revealed that many firms make no special efforts to recruit disabled veterans despite federal tax credit incentives. The poll did show that hiring of disabled veterans had increased by more than 10 percent from 2010. In addition, more than 95 percent of firms that hired disabled veterans commend the qualities of competency and responsibility that these individuals bring to the work environment.