A Generous Spirit and a Lasting Legacy Help Female Veterans

Giving goodies to a soldier before she gets on bus

One year ago, Vivian Luther Schafer left her legacy in the capable hands of the NSDAR. She created a $3 million gift in her will that was specifically designated to help indigent women, a wish that we are stewarding through programs to help homeless female veterans.

Thanks to Mrs. Schafer's altruism, generous spirit and vision, the DAR is now able to help these women—who have served our nation but have since fallen on difficult circumstances—to recover their dignity.

In the inaugural year of the Vivian's Outreach to Women program, DAR awarded the 2019 grants to two organizations committed to serving homeless women veterans: Final Salute, Inc., in Alexandria, Virginia, and Vetshouse, Inc., in Virginia Beach, Virginia. These two organizations were selected to receive the DAR Vivian's Outreach Award of $40,000 each.

The launch of Vivian's Outreach to Women (our "VOW" to fulfill her wishes) and the two recipients of the first grants were celebrated during National Defense Night during the 128th Continental Congress on June 29, 2019. Mrs. Shafer's great-great niece, Amanda Leon-Kim, and her husband, Ryan Kim, were in the audience to witness the presentation of these inaugural awards. How proud they were! It was a thrilling night, and we know that Mrs. Schafer would have been pleased to see her philanthropic goals fulfilled that evening.

Mrs. Schafer's vision now directly supports how DAR can help homeless female veterans across America. Her legacy will improve the lives of selfless women who deserve our support—all by virtue of a simple sentence in her will.

You, too, can leave a lasting legacy for the next generation through the stewardship of NSDAR.

When you include NSDAR in your estate plans, you not only join the ranks of the Founders Club (which is composed of dedicated members and friends committed to preserving the dream of our Founders), but you also cement your legacy to the support of our critically important mission areas. Your estate gift to our National Society will evidence your values of patriotism and purpose—and make a meaningful difference to the future of our Society and our nation.

To learn more about including NSDAR in your future plans, contact the Office of Development at giftplanning@dar.org or (800) 449-1776.

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