The "Forget Me Not" fundraising campaign is the best way to deliver monetary donations.  100% of the donations received through the DAV fundraising program stay local and only go to help Veterans, Active Duty members and there families in the Big Country.  

Click below to see when and where our next "Forget Me not" fundraiser will be held. 


Donate your Services

Veterans are always in need of varying services throughout Abilene and the Big Country.  If you have a service you feel a Veteran would benefit from we would like to here from you.  

Some service donations have come to veterans in form of vehicle repair, legal assistance, basic healthcare needs, temporary housing, etc.  

Military Stand Down

The Military Stand Down donation campaign is grassroots, community-based intervention program designed to help the nation’s estimated 107,000 homeless veterans on any given night “combat” life on the streets. Homeless veterans are brought together in a single location for one to three days and are provided access to the community resources needed to begin addressing their individual problems and rebuilding their lives. In the military, Stand Down afforded battle-weary soldiers the opportunity to renew their spirit, health and overall sense of well-being. Today’s Stand Down affords the same opportunity to homeless veterans.

What Happens at a Stand Down?

Hundreds of homeless veterans are provided with a broad range of necessities including food, clothing, medical, legal and mental health assistance, job counseling and referral, and most importantly, companionship and camaraderie. It is a time for the community to connect with the homeless veteran population and address this crisis that affects each and every town, city and state in this country. The hand up -- not a handout -- philosophy of Stand Down is carried out through the work of hundreds of volunteers and organizations throughout the nation.

Why this unique approach?

Many homeless veterans have suffered years of chronic or recurring readjustment issues since ending their military service, issues often inadequately addressed by traditional services to assist veterans. This is due in part to a lack of structured and effective collaboration among agencies, forcing veterans to go from one agency to another in efforts to access the various resources they need.

This lack of efficient support from traditional veteran services has led to homeless veterans’ mistrust of the very government agencies and large institutions created to help them. A Stand Down brings together various agencies and service providers to provide a comprehensive system that encourages and assists homeless veterans to overcome their distrust and feelings of isolation with the knowledge that this event promises to address multiple problems at one time and place. It provides a safe environment in which they can connect with people who have shared experiences and cultivate hope that they can rebuild their lives.

Stand Down Program

Time period:    3-day event (minimum)
Participants:    Homeless veterans and their families/significant others only
Services provided:    Shelter provided throughout event; food; personal care (haircuts, personal care supplies, clothing); picture ID services; health care screening (HIV/AIDS, TB, Hepatitis C, etc.); health care services (actual health care professionals will provide services); eye care; dental care; VA benefits counseling; general benefits counseling (Social Security, Food Stamps, local health and human services); substance abuse counseling/recovery groups; mental health counseling; legal services; employment services (job referrals, employment counseling); housing services (referrals to programs); spiritual services; activities to empower homeless veterans and create a “community” (town meetings, tent leaders, open mike, entertainment, graduation).

See our list of Physical Donations needed below.

Item Donations

In order for us to be successful at helping veterans we need physical donations just as much as monetary donations however; the physical donations can go to veterans much faster in a time of need or natural disaster.  Any donations of these types of items would be greatly appreciated. 
We are always in need of these specific goods below:


All items MUST be Non-alcoholic and Travel Size

  • Tooth brush
  • Tooth Paste
  • Mouth Wash
  • Deodorant
  • Comb or Brush
  • Shaving Cream
  • Disposable Razor
  • Grooming Kit (Toenail Clippers, File, Tweezers, etc)
  • First Aide Kit



  • Canned (Vegetables, Fruits, Chilli's, Stews, CHef-Boy-R-Dee, etc)
  • Fruit Cups/Snacks, Apple Sauce, Pudding
  • Granola Bars, Power Bars, Cereal Bars, Pop Tarts
  • Cheese or peanut butter crackers
  • Ramen Noodles, Any kind of Pasta, Macaroni and Cheese
  • Packaged Nuts (Trail Mixes, etc)
  • Individually packaged (Oatmeal, Chips , Pretzels, Goldfish, etc)
  • Spaghetti Sauces
  • Beef Jerky
  • Vienna sausages (with pull top lids)
  • Canned Tuna
  • Peanut Butter
  • Bags of RIce or Beans
  • M.R.E. (Meal Ready to Eat is an excellent option to provide a complete meal)
  • Boxed Drinks and Juices
  • Bottled Water
  • Plastic Ware (Spoons, Forks, Knives, Plates, Bowls, etc)
  • Gallon-size ziplock bags

General Survival

All items MUST be New or near new condition, NO HOLES, RIPS, or TEARS

  • Long Sleeve Shirt
  • Sweaters
  • Jacket All weather or Extreme cold
  • Thermal Undergarments
  • Rain Poncho (Academy sells the best ones for a low price)
  • Pants
  • Socks (Regular or Thermal)
  • Underwear
  • Blankets (No Electric please, many Veterans have no home)
  • Sleeping bag (Extreme Cold version)
  • Gloves (Extreme Cold)
  •  Bennie Cap
  • Sweing Repair Kit (Travel Size) 

Other Items

Below are a list of items we can accept and put to good use for Veterans we service.

  • Gift Cards - Made out to the Taylor County DAV, we can use them to get the items listed above if you are not sure what to get.
  • Computers or Tablets -100% of Veterans file claims online and we only have a couple of computers to help file claims.  The Computers must be in good working condition and only require a refresh of the operating system.