One of two commemoratives authorized for the year 2010 the “American Veterans Disabled for Life was first released on February 25th. Public Law 110-277 authorized the mint to produce up to 350,000 coins across all product options. To date the mint has chosen to issue the coin in both Uncirculated and Proof finish with both coins being produced at the West Point Bullion Depository and bearing the “W” mint mark. A surcharge of $10 from the sale of each Silver Dollar is authorized to be paid to the Disabled Veterans' LIFE Memorial Foundation to support the construction of the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial in Washington, D.C., authorized by Congress in 2000.
The design obverse of this coin has drawn some criticism as stark and inartistic. The Central feature of the Obverse design are lower legs and feet of three “Veterans” in battle dress uniform and combat boots, the right most of which appears to be missing his(or her) right leg, and is using a pair of crutches to stand. The words “They Stood Up For Us” appear on a banner that arcs over the upper half of the coin. The Image of the legs end just below the coins center line, and below them in straight lines of text are first the motto “In God We Trust” then the date “2010” and below that the “W” mint mark. Finally, the word Liberty follows the bottom rim in and arc with the designers initial just to the right of the word.
The Reverse design depicts a forget-me-not flower at the base of a wreath wrapped in a ribbon that cradles and supports clusters of oak branches. The Wreath arcs around the words “Take This Moment to Honor Our Disabled Defenders of Freedom” presented in a flowing Italicized font. The inscriptions “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA”, “E PLURIBUS UNUM” and “ONE DOLLAR” are presented in block font around the rim outside the wreath.