PEABODY — The local chapter of Disabled American Veterans wants to broaden its visibility in the community, so it has purchased a new sign to hang outside its headquarters at 20 Stevens St.
The old sign was in severe disrepair when it was taken down years ago and not replaced, said Walter Booth, the senior vice commander of DAV Chapter 100, based in Peabody.
The Disabled American Veterans group is dedicated to helping veterans who are injured in service of their country collect the benefits and services they deserve. The local membership lists about 200 members, but that's outdated. Currently, there are only about 20 active members, Booth said.
"Most of our members are in their mid-80s or 90s; it's a much older group," Booth said. "The people on our board are (mostly) a younger group and are trying to rejuvenate our chapter. We're actively looking for new members."
Any disabled veteran can join the local chapter, whether they live in Peabody or not, Booth said.
Interested veterans are invited to contact the chapter at email@example.com or 978-979-1840 or to attend a meeting, scheduled on the third Monday of each month. The next meeting is May 21 at 6:30 p.m. in the Veterans of Foreign Wars building, 20 Stevens St.