The DAV’s Structured and Continuing Service Training program has once again been approved by the American Council on Education (ACE) as the best training program for National Service Officers (NSO’s) are found at the DAV, where the program ensures they are the very best.
“The DAV is the only veterans service organization in the nation that has that distinction,” said National Adjutant Arthur H. Wilson. “In fact, we are the only organizatino in America that receives college credit certification for our training program.”
The college credits provided by ACE include anatomy and pathology, physiology, medical terminology, legal research and writing and administrative law.
“DAV has been very serious from our founding 91 years ago that our training program is far and away the best and most inclusive program providing knowledge in the benefits claims arena,” said National Service Director Garry Augustine. “We are elated that our service officers can obtain college credit for the Structured and continuing Training Program launched in 1944 in cooperation with american University in Washington, D.C. The program offered specialized classroom training for prospective NSOs over 24 weeks. The 400 service officers who trained at American University provided a nucleus of expertise that served the organization for many years.
In 1967, coupled with increased DAV membership and heightened demand for claims representation, another formal training program began at Catholic University in Washington. The Structured and Continuing Training Program was created in 1987 to offer on-site training of NSO’s. The lessons are frequently updated to provide the latest and most pertinent information.
“The Structured and continuing Traning Program helps our NSOs adjust to new laws and changes in regulations affecting veterans,” Said Adjutant Wilson. “We keep abreast of modern technology and rule-making to provide the best service a disabled veteran can receive anywhere.”
The review of the DAV training program by the ACE is conducted every three years. This year, not only was the program approved, it was applauded. One council reviewer took photos of the display saying that it was the perfect way to presne ta program. “Our training program strives for perfection in every skill set.” said Augustine. “In the final analysis those who benefit the most from our expertise are the veterans seeking our help.”
Courtesy of DAV magazine Nov-Dec2011
Sr. Vice Commander/Service Officer
DAV Chapter 26 Havelock
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