Personal Giving Stories


Sharing a Life Insurance Policy, Remembering Her Husband

donor-leffler.jpg When Gladys Leffler moved into her retirement high-rise she noticed that the flag outside was torn. She had always known how important the flag was to her deceased husband Ralph, a World War II Navy veteran, and her son who served in the Army for 20 years. Both men had flown a U.S. flag at their homes every day of their lives. Gladys did the only thing she knew to do—she called the DAV and ordered a new flag for the retirement community. When she saw that new flag waving, she knew she had done the right thing.

Gladys is no stranger to DAV programs and services. Her husband Ralph joined the DAV in the 1980s. Since he suffered a disability from World War II, he felt that joining the DAV would enable him to help other veterans in the same position. Gladys joined the DAV Auxiliary a few years later. She also wanted to help veterans any way she could.

Earlier this year Gladys thought of a life insurance policy and had the company send her a change of beneficiary form. She named the DAV as a percentage beneficiary, along with her grandchildren. The gift will be in memory of Ralph. It is Gladys’ way of honoring the service he was so proud of, and taking care of her family at the same time.