“The DAV is very appreciative of Georgia Power–particularly because it was the first company to be a local presenting sponsor of the DAV 5K. Georgia Power’s military and veteran support inspired DAVs in other states to ask their local utilities for assistance.”

Leon Booker — Retired Navy operations specialist and chairman for Disabled American Veterans’ DAV 5K in Atlanta, Ga.

A nonprofit charity since 1920, DAV (Disabled American Veterans) provides support to veterans of all generations and their families–helping more than 1 million veterans in positive, life-saving ways each year. Georgia Power proudly supports this organization that provides veterans with resources to ensure they have the opportunity to participate in the American dream that their sacrifices have made possible.

With more than 1.3 million members nationwide, including more than 21,800 in Georgia, the DAV assists veterans and their families in numerous ways, all free of charge. The non-profit organization provides veterans with rides to attend medical appointments, assists with their benefit claims, and connects them with meaningful employment by hosting job fairs.

One of the DAV’s annual events that help support these programs for veterans is the DAV 5K – Run to Honor Veterans series, which is held in seven cities across the United States, including Atlanta. The DAV has grown this series from one event to seven since 2013, and all are held around Veterans Day.

According to Leon, retired Navy operations specialist and chairman for Disabled American Veterans’ DAV 5K in Atlanta, “The race is a great opportunity for veterans to see what can be done if we come together as an organization, and for the community to come out to support and thank our veterans for their service.”

Leon sought out Georgia Power as an initial presenting sponsor because Southern Company - Georgia Power’s parent company - has been rated a top military employer by the U.S. Department of Defense and GI Jobs magazine for years.

“We wanted Georgia Power to be involved with DAV because we knew it was a military and veteran-friendly company,” he said.

In addition to Georgia Power’s financial support, the company’s Military Veterans in Power – one of the company’s employee resource groups – also serves as volunteers on race day and planning, as well as with the DAV’s annual golf tournament.

Through DAV in Georgia, more than 12,600 veterans have received free rides to and from their Veterans Affairs (VA) medical appointments and assistance has been provided for more than 10,000 new and retroactive benefit claims before the VA.