The Mission of DOVE: Matching Kidney Donors with Veterans in Need

There are approximately 1,600 Veterans awaiting a life-saving kidney transplant at either a VA Center or Military Hospital in the U.S. ( There are countless more Veterans awaiting transplant at non-VA medical centers. The average wait for kidney from a deceased donor can be 3-5 years.

DOVE’s goal is to find, educate, screen and support prospective living donors and then match those donors to a Veteran awaiting transplant.

We promote living kidney donation through nationwide campaigns and outreach events with the aim to create a living donor registry of prospective donors.

We also provide individualized support to any eligible Veteran who is actively listed for a kidney transplant at any US Transplant Center in creating an outreach campaign within their networks and community.