Personal Giving Stories

‘This is What I Want My Greatest Legacy to Be!’

Orie Frazer,
Guardian Society Member

After 28 years of service, Orie Frazer knew exactly who would assist with her claim for disability benefits: “I chose DAV because it’s known as the leader in veteran advocacy.”

Orie’s personal interests weren’t all that led her to join DAV after retiring, or to remember the organization in her will.

Her concern for injured veterans began after high school when she joined the Air Force in 1978. Immediately, Orie began helping by donating through the Combined Federal Campaign.

“Seeing how hard older veterans from the Vietnam War had to fight to gain benefits they deserved turned my attention to our disabled men and women,” she reports.

“I wanted to do something to improve the lives of my seniors who had served. I wanted them to know at least a 19 year old Airman cared.”

Orie cared, gave and volunteered. And she still gives as a life member of DAV.

Orie began her path of service as Captain of her high school Honor Guard, where she drafted routines based on Marine Corps drill teams she watched in parades. After 11 years in the Air Force, she served four years in the Army National Guard, and 13 years in the Navy. She completed 15 years in the enlisted ranks, and 13 years as a commissioned officer, retiring as a Navy Lt Commander.

She admired how military members took care of their own, a principle she sees at work today as veterans help veterans in the DAV. She sees it and she feels it.

“The nature of entering the service is to willingly risk your life for the ideals of our country, and I believe the country in turn should properly recognize and care for the few who bear the torch for America around the globe,” Orie explains.

“The world knows America can back up what we believe, and that back-up plan is our military forces. Members need to know they will be cared for while serving, and not forgotten after service.”

Orie sees DAV as her means to ensure this promise is met. Explaining why she put DAV in her will, she says, “There’s no greater way to give long after you’re gone than by leaving a gift that will further the efforts of organizations that work for the betterment of those in need.

“My heart for the wounded veteran continues to grow, and this is what I want my greatest legacy to be.”