DAV Volume 64 Number 1 SPRING 2010
FIRST IN WAR - FIRST IN PEACE • OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF THE WISCONSIN DISABLED AMERICAN VETERANS
DAV Recognizes President for Supporting
Veterans Health Care Budget Reform
WASHINGTON, March 3 – Disabled Commander Barrera, accompanied by
American Veterans (DAV) National Com- DAV National Adjutant Arthur H. Wilson
mander Roberto “Bobby” Barrera presented and National Headquarters Executive
a personalized commemorative baseball Director Richard E. Patterson.
bat to President Barack Obama to recog- “President Obama’s continuing support
nize his support for the Veterans Health in the recently proposed $125 billion VA
Care Budget Reform and Transparency budget will provide expanded health care
Act and going to bat for veterans. to a record number of veterans and
“The President’s support of this includes $60.3 billion for discretionary
advance appropriation act truly honors spending, mostly for health care,” said
the service and sacrifice of our nation’s Commander Barrera. “That is nearly $4.2
disabled veterans and their families,” billion more than the fiscal year 2010
said Commander Barrera. “His support appropriated level.” The budget request
for this initiative throughout the 2008 includes advance appropriations recom-
election campaign and as President has mendations of $54.3 billion for medical
improved health care delivery to veter- care programs for fiscal year 2012.
ans by the Department of Veterans “This is one of the greatest victories
Affairs (VA).” for veterans in the history of the DAV ,”
The law, signed Oct. 22, 2009, autho- said Adjutant Wilson. “President Obama
rizes Congress to fund VA health care one never gave up. He worked diligently,
year in advance at the start of each fiscal always keeping the benefits of our veter- President Barack Obama is presented with a Louisville Slugger by DAV National
year. It effectively ends the funding ans in mind, and continues to do so in the Commander Bobby Barrerra during a meeting with the Disabled American Veterans
delays that have plagued the VA and current proposed budget.” delegation in the Oval Office, March 3, 2010.
forced it to ration health care to veterans “We are deeply grateful to President Official White House Photo by Pete Souza
when Congress failed to pass an appro- Obama for his support of our nation’s vet- President Obama discussed a number of the problem. He also talked about his
priations bill on time. erans,” Barrera said. “This commemorative important issues with the DAV delegation, administration’s efforts to address the
The commemorative DAV baseball bat baseball bat is a small token of our appre- particularly the logjam of veterans’ bene- problem of homeless veterans and
was presented to President Obama by ciation for going to bat for veterans.” fits claims and said the VA is working on improved job opportunities for veterans.
Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs Presents
Annual Awards at Department Stakeholder Conference
MADISON – The Wisconsin Depart- April 2nd, presented five WDVA 2009 service to Wisconsin veterans. “Mission: Welcome Home” Supporter of
ment of Veterans Affairs (WDVA), during Annual Veterans Awards recognizing The awards recipients were selected the Year. Smith had volunteered to serve
a Stakeholder Conference held at the Wisconsin veterans and citizens who from among all nominations received in in Iraq and was deployed for 18 months.
Zeitlin Education Center in Madison on advocate for and provide exceptional five categories, for actions and achieve- He received the award for his work to
ments during the period of January 1, 2009 help other service members through the
to December 31, 2009. WDVA selects the Yellow Ribbon program of reintegration,
recipients from nominations submitted by serving as a link between the civilian
individuals (including family members of readiness group and the military. Smith
the nominee), veterans’ service and other was nominated for the award by a couple
organizations, county veterans service from Beaver Dam.
officers and fellow veterans. The Veterans’ Volunteer of the Year
The Veterans Advocate of the Year Award recipient, Christine Jordan, was
Award was presented to Janice Nordin, nominated by a group of veterans of
Veterans Affairs Coordinator in the American Legion Post 95 in Delavan,
Registrar’s Office at the University of Wis. for her efforts in assisting veterans
Wisconsin-Whitewater, who serves as above and beyond her work as the Wal-
the primary veterans’ contact. Nordin worth County Veterans Service Officer.
was nominated for the award by two Jordan was credited with volunteering her
WDVA staff members who noted that time to help answer veterans’ questions,
she has handled veterans’ programs at help them apply for benefits, and helping
UW-Whitewater since 1995, assisting with a “Support the Troops Rally” each
students with paperwork for educational week. She worked with the Post to help a
The Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA) presented the 2009 Annual benefits and other services. Nordin was veteran returned from Iraq get a companion
Veterans Awards at the department Stakeholder Conference in Madison on April selected for the award for her exceptional service dog.
2nd. Seen here (left to right) are: County Veterans Service Officer of the Year Mark efforts in advocating for and providing Of the 72 County Veterans Service
Grams, Veterans’ Volunteer of the Year Christine Jordan; “Iron Mike” Government outstanding service to veterans. Officers (CVSOs) in Wisconsin, the one
Officials award recipient the Honorable James P. Daley of Rock County; WDVA Sec- Brigade Family Readiness Liaison selected as the County Veterans Service
retary Ken Black; “Mission: Welcome Home” Supporter of the Year Michael A. Michael A. Smith of the 4th Brigade 95th Officer of the Year was Mark Grams of
Smith; and Veterans Advocate of the Year Janice Nordin. Division Army Reserves was selected as AWARDS, continued on page 14
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DAV Volume 64 Number 1 SPRING 2010 2
A Message from Our Commander A Message from Our
Holly Hoppe Senior Vice Commander
Greetings to fellow members! It’s that time again to ensure we seek new members.
We all know that membership is the backbone to this veterans’ organization and hav-
John R. Hoeft
ing a strong membership is the key to success. We are a special group of veterans that The Department fiscal year is winding down with the 12th District National Conference
seeks benefits and we continue to protect these at both Legislative at State and National behind us and our Department District meetings upon us. Hope they were successful and
levels. This is accomplished by having strong membership numbers and participation. went well, which I’m sure they did with our outstanding District Commanders in charge.
DAV is out there fighting to protect all Veterans, especially our disabled members. Thank Your Department has been blessed with our core of dedicated District Commanders.
you for your efforts in recruiting new members this year. It’s a challenge but we are always This past year was a quick one with a lot of DAV activities in and out of the state.
successful – we should have another good year in 2010. Keep up the good job. I will dwell more on my SVC travels and activities when I recap in my report at the state
Our Raffle Program will be starting up again for a second year. To be successful Convention in June. There has been a lot of highlights this past year, especially the
we’ll need your assistance; remember funds from this program are essential to our C & A conference in Kentucky, the National Convention in Denver and the Mid-Winter
DAV Transportation Program. I desire to thank the Chapters and individuals who sold conference in D.C., which being my first Mid-Winter, I was very impressed with.
and brought their raffle tickets. I’m sure JA Labelle will have pictures and articles included in this issue, but I
We need to take a few minutes to thank all DAV members, volunteers and their fam- would like to comment on some of the proposed items from Washington. In February,
ilies for all their hard work throughout the year assisting in the myriad of programs a $125 billion budget for the VA in 2011 was proposed. It comprises more than $60
within DAV: raffles, picnics, hospital visits and transportation. Your dedication is so billion for health care and almost $65 billion for disability compensation and pen-
greatly appreciated and we recognize your sacrifices to help others. sions, which overall represents a 7% increase over 2010. The proposed VA budget
With spring here again we need to look toward important legislation activities at included several interesting revelations, such as: expecting a 30% increase in claims –
both the federal and state levels. You just need to pick up a newspaper or read your to more than 1.3 million from the 2009 levels. More than 1.7 billion in Post-9/11 GI
e-mails to see important headlines every day. That means DAV is competing against Bill payments have been issued since the program was implemented in August 2009.
many other interests vying for limited financial resources. We know all too well that, Education claims are expected to grow by 32% from 2009 – increasing from 1.7 mil-
historically, the gains we make today for DAV veterans can be voted away and weak- lion to 2.25 million. Since 2005, 6,000 new mental health professionals have been
ened by competing political forces. We need to continue our effort to retain and obtain added, bringing the total to 19,000. Since July 2007, VA’s suicide prevention hotline
important legislation for our members and our National Commander Roberto has received nearly 225,000 calls and claims to have saved nearly 7,000 lives.
“Bobby” Barrera is leading the way through his recent testimony before the commit- Now on to membership, which is always a factor in our organizations’ survival. As
tees on Veterans’ Affairs U.S. Senate/U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, D.C. of this writing, National informed me that we are at 99.8% of goal, which puts us right
on March 2, 2010. at the top behind Louisiana in Division III. Actually there are only five states that have
We need to ensure our new combat disabled veterans returning from the conflicts in achieved 100% or more. For a national total, that figure is at 97.93%. It’s been rough
Iraq and Afghanistan have the seamless transitions of their benefits and services with the economical times and the amount of deaths; that has taken its toll on our
between the Department of Defense and Veterans Affairs as they leave military service membership. I do commend and thank the District Commanders, Chapter Comman-
and become veterans. ders and the DAV members that helped in reaching our membership goals for this year.
Another major concern is the ever-growing backlog of service-connected disability I look forward to seeing you at the upcoming DAV state Convention in Green Bay
claims within the VA; a recent count is over 1.1 million and that number is continuing this June. Please, lets have every Chapter represented at this important function. Thanks
to grow. The backlog involves all veterans: WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Gulf War and cur- for all of your support this past year as your Department Senior Vice Commander.
rent War on Terrorism veterans. In many cases it takes years for a claim and/or appeal
to be processed through the VA system before a claim award letter is provided to the Yours in comradeship,
veteran. In some cases the veteran has passed away before the claim is adjudicated and John R. Hoeft
therefore the claim is terminated with no benefits! The family has to return award ben- Senior Vice Commander
efits back to the VA, causing undue financial hardship. So you can see how important DAV Department of Wisconsin
it is for DAV members to continue to pay attention to our legislative agenda and we
need to do our part by writing or calling or e-mailing elected representatives in Con-
gress and here in Wisconsin. Let them know we are interested in their voting records,
especially on how they support Disabled Veterans and their families. Remind them we
A Message from Our
are here, and that we vote!
Employment for veterans, especially disabled veterans, has become an important
Junior Vice Commander
part of our organization. We need to seek veteran’s employment in any jobs bills in
Congress and seek information about employment entry hires in the Wisconsin gov-
ernment. Seek out non-competitive appointments, if applicable; ensuring qualified As we all know, time sure flies when you are having fun. It has been a privilege to
disabled veterans are considered for employment first. serve on the Department staff of Commander Holly Hoppe with SVC John Hoeft. The
Looking forward to meeting fellow DAV members at the 12th District meeting and knowledge and mentoring of our DAV Department is a valuable asset and has assisted
State Convention in June in Green Bay, WI, as we all continue working for DAV . me in my JVC position.
I would like to thank everyone at the Chapter, District and state level who has made
Holly Hoppe my year a success while I have been Dept. Jr. Vice Commander. It has been a tremen-
State Commander dous honor and a valuable learning experience.
DAV Department of Wisconsin As wintertime fades and we come into springtime 2010, we are gearing up for a very
active timeframe for our DAV All Districts will be having their upcoming conferences.
I will be attending the following April conferences: District 1, Kenosha; District 2,
Mineral Point; District 4, Ladysmith; District 3, Green Bay. All Chapters in each Dis-
trict should have representation at these meetings. I look forward to representing the
Department at these events.
I would like to thank all of our volunteers – from our van transportation program,
which include our office personnel who answer calls and schedule appointments, to
our drivers who do an incredible job in all weather conditions. This includes all of our
Mobile Service Office Wisconsin Stops VAVS hospital and clinic volunteers. When we work together, our DAV family will
always be a successful veteran’s service organization.
Date Location Address City Time
7/12/10 Vet Center 1404 MacAuley Avenue Rice Lake 0900-1530 Very respectfully,
K. C. Johnson
7/13/10 American Legion Post 93 327 W. Wisconsin Avenue Tomahawk 0900-1530
Junior Vice Commander
7/14/10 WalMart Supercenter 1244 E. Green Bay Street Shawano 0900-1530
DAV Department of Wisconsin
7/15/10 WalMart Supercenter 351 S. Washburn Street Oshkosh 0900-1530
7/16/10 WalMart Supercenter 3711 S. Taylor Drive Sheboygan 0900-1530
8/16/10 WalMart Supercenter 222 W. McCoy Boulevard Tomah 0900-1530 Attention Members
8/17/10 WalMart Supercenter 920 US-12 Baraboo 0900-1530
8/18/10 WalMart Supercenter 2401 US-14 East Richland Center 0900-1530
Please support us with our
8/19/10 Piggly-Wiggly 158 N. Washington Street, #1 Lancaster 0900-1530 Transportation Fundraiser –
8/20/10 Grinnell Hall 631 Bluff Street Beloit 0900-1530 purchase or sell your raffle tickets
3 DAV Volume 64 Number 1 SPRING 2010
A Message from Our Adjutant Greetings from Our Treasurer
Kenneth L. Kuehnl, Jr. Ann Glende
This year’s Convention will offer a chance to meet Greetings,
new friends and reconnect with old ones. We have It is hard to believe that we are nearing the end of the year. As a reminder, we still
changed the hospitality room to Friday night, with have two units who have not paid their mandates for 2009-2010, as well as one unit
entertainment by Garth Notes. Please refer to the Con- who has not submitted their financial report to me. Failure to do so will result in your
vention schedule for proper times for events. This is our unit being placed on hold, as well as bar you from participating at the 2010 State Con-
fun night for the convention – come out and enjoy it; vention. Please get this information to me as soon as possible.
place a bid on an item to help the Auxiliary raise funds, Also, “Take a Chance” tickets have been mailed; if you would like more tickets,
and relax with your friends and family and enjoy some please contact myself or any member of the Finance Committee. We are hoping
good wholesome entertainment. Our National Guest is to make this one of our best years, and can only do that with the support of our
Larry Polzin; Larry is the National 2nd Junior Vice fellow members.
Commander from California. Come and introduce your- We are also seeking donations for the State Convention Auction/Holly Fest Table. If
self to Larry and give him a big Wisconsin welcome. you have items, please give them to a member attending the Convention if you are not
Please refer to davwi.org and this issue of the DAV attending. We have had great support so far from outside vendors, and if you’d like to
News, or contact HQ at 920-406-0620 or davwi.org for take donation letters to vendors in your area, please contact me and I would be happy
Kenneth L. Kuehnl, Jr.
additional information. to send you one.
The new closing date for DAV Day at the Ballpark is June 25, 2010. You and your Please continue to support your area VA Hospitals and Veteran Homes with dona-
family are invited to attend the game at the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers July 18, 2010. tions. There are several wish lists available for items that could aid in the growth and
This is a 1:05 p.m. start. If you want to attend this game along with the picnic (start- rehabilitation of Veterans. We have had a great number of units donate this year, and I
ing 90 minutes prior to the game), the cost is $17.75 per adult or $13.75 for children, know the VAVS Representatives are appreciative of that.
ages 3-10. The other option is to purchase a regular ticket for $6.50 each. The menu is Thank you to a few people and my family for their continuous support throughout
hamburgers, brats, hot dogs, baked beans and potato salad. Yum, this is a great deal, the year. We are working on several changes to the aspect of the organization that will
and you get a chance to visit with other DAV/DAVA members and their families. There only make it grow bigger and better. I always encourage those who have questions or
may be a surprise or two at the ball game and the outstanding pack of DAV baseball concerns to speak to me…I am here to assist and learn different ways, and would
cards. To get this deal, you must call Mary at headquarters at 920-406-0620 by June appreciate those who do have questions, comments or concerns come to me to discuss
25th, 2010. At the writing of this article (March 19) 64 tickets have been sold, which them personally, instead of going to others first.
means that there are 100 tickets left. Don’t delay any longer for your chance to attend I am looking forward to seeing everyone at State Convention, and remember, I’m
this year’s DAV/DAVA Day at the Ballpark. just a phone call or an e-mail away.
The Department will be holding a raffle to raise additional funds for the “new” van
fund. Each new van costs the Department over $25,000 each, so we need your help Thank you and God Bless,
and you may win one of the many money prizes. Tickets are $10.00 each; you will Ann Glende
receive two tickets and are asked to send your money and ticket stubs back to HQ State Treasurer
before the closing date of October 5th 2010, in a self-addressed envelope for your con- Past State Commander
venience. The need is more than you know; our Transportation Program is growing
and assisting veterans to get to their appointments. If you would like additional raffle “I’ve learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone.
tickets, please contact Dick Marbes at HQ, the number is 920-406-0620. People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back.”
The Department of Wisconsin was well represented at the Mid-Winter meeting this – Maya Angelou
February in Washington, D.C. Legislative Director Stoel did a good job putting together
Tuesday’s meeting with the congressional staffs. Dick Marbes, Roger Dorman, Al
Labelle, Steve Leopold, John Hoeft, John Kleindienst and myself, attended this year’s
Lastly, I would like to thank the entire Line for their outstanding work in keeping Greetings from Dept. Historian
our Department up to a high standard this past year; all of us work for making a bet-
ter life for Wisconsin’s disabled veterans and their families. See you all at Convention K. C. Johnson
in Green Bay, June 11-12. 2010 has started off as a very busy year for the DAV throughout the state and espe-
cially in the Green Bay area. The upcoming LZ Lambeau event has kept moving
Regards, toward its final stages. Commander Hoppe, PNC Marbes, Chapter 3 member Mike
Kenneth L. Kuehnl, Jr. Lanahan and myself have attended meetings for this event, representing not only
Adjutant Green Bay DAV but also the Dept. DAV .
This is going to be a big event and we are all aware of the Web site to go to, which
has been updated since our last newsletter. Please stay informed so you do not miss
out on any of the May 20th through May 24th events. If you would like to volunteer
for anything for LZ Lambeau, go to the Web site and click on the “Volunteer” link on
Marci, the Editor, a Big WINNER with the left.
On Thursday, May 20th at 1600 hrs., The Moving Wall opening ceremony begins.
Hill’s Still and DAV Chapter 43! If you have not attended this solemn event before, this will be your best opportunity
It was a balmy 40 degrees in January, as I made my way down to Hill’s Still in Pear- to do so. Chapter 3 member, Mike Lanahan, and myself have volunteered to be a
son to visit my best friend Ronica who was home from San Diego. I think Ronica Walking Guard at The Moving Wall from 1600 to 1800 that evening. I look forward to
would not use the word ‘balmy’; however, she did agree it was a nice day for January! seeing as many WI DAV and DAVA members and their families and friends during
As we were visiting her mom and dad, Milt and Suzie Hill, the owners of Hill’s Still, this four-day welcome home event.
they told me to stick around because it was DAV Chapter 43’s monthly gunless meat I have met and talked to many veterans about the DAV and our mission as a veter-
raffle. Well, I was feeling a little lucky that day and decided to stay. I figured what hus- an’s service organization. Usually the first question I receive from someone is, “What
band would not like steaks being won for a fantastic cause? is the DAV and what does the DAV do?” We all should be able to respond to this
So as we watched the Vikings take on Dallas…yes, I know, I cheered for the question by quoting our mission statement, which is: “Building Better Lives for
Vikings…but they are in our division and even if you are anti-Brett Favre, you still America’s Disabled Veterans and their families.” I would like to give you an example
gotta love to watch him play! of our mission statement. I have personally called our NSO office on behalf of vet-
It turns out, the Vikings were not the only winners that day – I was too! Now, I am erans that needed assistance and our Milwaukee NSO personnel, including National
not sure if this had to do with me taunting the other raffle ticket buyers or the “threats” Service Officer John Kleindienst. He and his staff have done an excellent job assist-
I was giving Sr. Vice Commander Jerry Favell and his wife, DAVA Treasurer/Adjutant, ing these veterans in their claim process. Most of these veterans were not members
Maria, or maybe picking on Treasurer Keith Allen, but I ended up with two rib eyes of the DAV up to this point, and I am extremely proud that our NSOs have recruited
and two T-bones. a high percentage to our DAV family and these new members are located throughout
I would like to say it was an afternoon well spent meeting wonderful people and the entire state.
helping a great cause. If you happen to be in the north woods the third Sunday of the I look forward to seeing all Chapters at our upcoming annual Convention in Green
month, stop in and take part in the raffle held at Hill’s Still. If I am there, I made a new Bay, June 10th through June 12th.
rule: if you win two steaks, I am grabbing one of them – just kidding!
Edelmann Meats are something very coveted around our area! Milt and Suzie Sincerely,
stated they enjoy having the veterans coming in and salute all our troops for all the K. C. Johnson
sacrifices made and the troops who are still fighting to keep this country safe! Department Historian
DAV Volume 64 Number 1 SPRING 2010 4
Zablocki VAMC Transportation
Well, it is almost the end of the year and we are seeing an increase again in our rid-
ership. The need for volunteer drivers is still greatly needed in all areas of Wisconsin.
You do not have to be a DAV member or even a veteran to become a driver. You would
need to have fingerprints, a physical, training, a good driving record and auto insur-
ance (which you are covered by the tort at the VA, but your insurance card is to let us
know you are insurable). This seems like a lot, but the VA needs to make sure all are DAV/DAVA State Convention
fit to transport our veterans. June 10-12, 2010
The new drop-off spot we have is working out great. We have a bit of a problem and Finance and Executive Meeting, June 13, 2010
for those of you who ride the van you may not leave the medical center grounds. If you Radisson Hotel & Convention Center
are going to the library here at the medical center, you must first check in at the desk 2040 Airport Drive
downstairs, as soon as you are done with your appointment check in at the desk. We Green Bay, WI 54313
have been working with clinics here to recognize who is riding our vans, so even if Telephone 920-494-7300 or 800-333-3333
someone has a late appointment they may get into their clinics early. It would be in $89.00 Single/Quad Occupancy
your best interest to check in as soon as you are done with your appointment.
Another point is that the riders must remember that the volunteers working the desk DAV/DAVA Day at King Veterans Home
cannot give you any information on the other riders, due to the privacy act. If they do,
June 27, 2010
they are in violation of the privacy act. They have to sign a statement saying that they
Begins at 10:00 a.m.
will not give out any information on any veteran and if they do, they can be removed
from their positions.
The new spinal cord building is coming along great. It is actually looking like a build-
ing. The tunnel that the patients will be using is completed. They are also working on all
DAV/DAVA Day at Union Grove Veterans Home
the roofs of the medical center, so watch out for those cranes sticking up everywhere. July 10, 2010
We will be picking up new vans in the spring in Kentucky. I would like to thank all Begins at 10:30 a.m.
the DAV/DAVA Chapters and Units for their support, and all the other organizations Union Grove, WI
that donate to our program. Without all of your support, our program could not be as
successful as it is. DAV/DAVA Day at the Ballpark
To Bruce, Blayne and Joe: thank you for all the work you do in our office in Milwaukee. July 18, 2010
It has been a good year and I would like to thank all those volunteer drivers and office Fox Cities Stadium, Appleton, WI
volunteers for their hard work and hope that you all will be with us for another year! Tickets w/Picnic: $17.75/adults $13.75/children (3-10 yrs.)
Again, thank you for your support. Picnic will start at 11:00 a.m. at Stadium
Closing date is March 18, 2010
Patty Davis Tickets w/o Picnic: $6.50 each
Closing date is July 1, 2010
Game starting at 1:05 p.m.
Send money and reservations to HQ
July 31-August 3, 2010
Hyatt Regency Atlanta on Peachtree Street
265 Peachtree Street NE
Atlanta, GA 30303
October 13-16, 2010
Radisson Paper Valley
333 W. College Avenue
Appleton, WI 54912
Telephone 920-733-8000 or 800-333-3333
Wilson Mutual Insurance Co. donates to Oconto Co. DAV 45. At a recent Chapter 45 Thanks
“Gunless” Poultry Shoot, held at Salschieder’s Antique Bar in Oconto Falls, Wilson I would like to thank everyone who helped me make $1,800 for our vets at the
Mutual, along with Senn’s Hometown Insurance Agency of Oconto Falls, made a Union Grove Veterans Home. The weather at the Polar Plunge at Eagle Lake was 5°
sizeable donation to Chapter 45 – all funds destined for veterans assistance. Pictured above, without wind chill! Water was nice and warm??
is Chapter 45 Commander John Boettcher thanking Bob Western, President of Wil-
son Mutual for his dedication to the DAV. In the row behind them are some members Ron Karaway
of Chapter 45 and other area veterans. Bob says he heard of the good work of the
DAV and was proud to help support their mission…“building better lives for Amer-
ica’s disabled veterans.”
DAV Day Union Grove
MONROE COUNTY CHAPTER #27 The Date has been set for July 10, 2010. We will need volunteers to help set up
starting at 6:30 a.m. and serve lunch from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
and AUXILIARY Members will eat free; all others will have a $5.00 charge.
The members are looking forward to this day and are excited to see Chapter
Bob Burrier Connie Burrier members from around the state. Let us give the veterans a good time.
COMMANDER UNIT COMMANDER The address to the Veterans Home:
Curtis Gibeaut Cleo Sullivan 21425 Spring Street (County Hwy. C)
ADJUTANT UNIT ADJUTANT Union Grove, WI 53182
It is west of U.S. Highway 45.
Meetings at the Tomah VFW Hall at 7:00 p.m.
the last Monday of every month except May, July and December Ron Karaway
5 DAV Volume 64 Number 1 SPRING 2010
Wisconsin Board of Veterans Affairs
Elects New Officers
MADISON – The Wisconsin Board of Veterans
Affairs, governing body of the Wisconsin Department of
Veterans Affairs (WDVA), elected new officers during a
meeting on February 19.
Marcia Anderson of Verona, a U.S. Army Reserve
Brigadier General, was elected to serve a one-year term
as Board Chair. Dan Naylor of Waupaca, a Vietnam era
veteran, was elected Vice-Chair, and Jackie Guthrie of
Sun Prairie, an Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) veteran,
was reelected as Board Secretary.
“The Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs
appreciates the exceptional leadership and dedication of
outgoing Chair Marv Freedman,” said WDVA Secretary
Ken Black. “We look forward to working with the new
officers, under the leadership of Board Chair Marcia
Anderson, who has a strong background in military leadership.”
Anderson began service in the U.S. Army Reserve in 1979 and was confirmed for
Brigadier General in April 2007, the fourth highest commissioned rank in the U.S. Pictured, L-R: Steve Armin and Cathy Price of DAV Chapter 39 present a “Plaque of
Army. She assumed command of Regional Support-West, located in Arlington Appreciation” to Kutter Harley’s Lucy Anderson, their Event/Marketing Manager.
Heights, IL, in October 2007. She has commanded at the Brigade, Battalion and Com-
pany levels, as well as holding various senior operations and training positions in Kutter Honored with Plaque
Army Reserve units in New Jersey, Wisconsin and Kansas. She previously served as In times when businesses are taking a “We have always had great support for
the Assistant Division Commander-Operations, Headquarters 95th Division, Okla- hard hit due to the economic conditions, it our annual Forget Me Not fundraiser that
homa City, Oklahoma. She has been awarded three Meritorious Service Medals, the is so great to have a business, like Kutter we do in our communities, but we are
Army Commendation Medal, and the National Defense Service Medal. As a reserve Harley-Davison/Buell in Janesville, help hoping to reach out and network with
component service member, Brigadier General Anderson is employed by the United the many nonprofit organizations who some of our strong community businesses,
States Courts, where she serves as the Clerk of the Bankruptcy Court, Western Dis- have a hard time meeting their needs. as well. As usual, we have more work to
trict of Wisconsin, located in Madison, Wisconsin. This year, Kutter Harley is graciously do. The funds received from our Forget
Naylor is a Vietnam era veteran who served in the U.S. Army as a Military Police paying for the professional printing and Me Not goes out 100%. We have to find
Officer and Correctional Specialist in the 256th Military Police Company and was sending out of monthly meeting notices other revenues to build our general fund.
awarded the Army Commendation Medal. In 1974, he assisted in the establishment of for DAV Chapter 39 based in Jefferson Unlike the Legion and VFW, we do not
Vets House, a service center for Vietnam era veterans in Madison, and helped create County; last year they paid for the operate a bar or other business ventures.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder treatment services in Northern Wisconsin and the monthly mailings of Janesville’s DAV All our time is volunteered and many
Upper Peninsula of Michigan under contract with the Veterans Administration. He has Chapter 6. Without their support, Chap- of our members are very disabled.
been involved over the last 30 years in supporting veterans’ groups and their activities ter 39 simply could not afford it; the cost Therefore, when a business like Kutter
throughout the state. would be too much. Harley-Davidson/Buell of Janesville
Guthrie enlisted in the U.S. Army Reserve in November 1986, transferred to the While some DAV Chapters are dwin- reaches out, even across the county line,
Wisconsin Army National Guard as a Reserve Officer Training Corps cadet in dling in numbers to the point of closing, we are so grateful. We reach back and
August 1990, and was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Wisconsin Army Chapter 39 is growing, going strong and support the veteran activities in their area
National Guard after completing ROTC in December 1991. Her military service reaching out in their area and beyond to – we are all in this together.”
includes: the Inactive Ready Reserve Control Group, a U.S. Army Reserve staff help veterans. Area veterans that have come back and
assignment in Germany, commander of the Wisconsin Army National Guard’s 139th “It takes a community of both citizens need strong and free assistance with their
Mobile Public Affairs Detachment, and public affairs officer for the Wisconsin and businesses that recognize the value of benefit claims can contact DAV Chapter
Army National Guard’s 32nd Infantry Brigade. She was mobilized with the 32nd their hardworking veteran organizations,” 39 at 920-563-2545. We will get you and
Brigade headquarters in June 2005 and served on active duty for 14 months in said Cathy Price, Adjutant for Chapter 39. your family the help you deserve!
Kuwait in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom until August 2006. She currently
holds the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and is assigned as public affairs officer for
Joint Force Headquarters of the Wisconsin National Guard. She is a federal employee
with the Wisconsin National Guard and Department of Military Affairs, serving as
the director of public affairs.
Her military awards and commendations include two Meritorious Service Medals,
the Army Achievement Medal, five Army Reserve Components Achievement
Medals, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal and Service Medals, two
awards of the Armed Forces Reserve Medal with “M” Device, the Wisconsin
Department of Military Affairs Commendation Medal, Wisconsin Emergency Ser-
vice Ribbon and Wisconsin Guard Write Ribbon.
At its first meeting in each year, the Board elects a chairperson, vice chairper-
son, and Board secretary as officers of the Board. Officers can be reelected for
For more information about the Wisconsin Board of Veterans Affairs, see
www.WisVets.com/Board. For information on department programs and services for Wis-
consin veterans, go to www.WisVets.com or call toll-free at 1-800-WIS-VETS (947-8387).
Twin County Chapter 34
Western Racine & Walworth Counties
Meets 1st Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.
Veterans Memorial Building
Commander Sam Swinehart of Dickop-Hornke Chapter 14 in Beloit gives a
588 Milwaukee Avenue, Burlington $1,000.00 check to DSO/HSC Larry W. Hauger. The money is designated for the Wis-
consin Transportation Program. Larry was invited to the Chapter meeting to explain
Phone: (262) 895-3334 for information the possibility of having a DAV van out-stationed in Rock County. A hearty thanks
to Chapter 14.
DAV Volume 64 Number 1 SPRING 2010 6
2010 CONVENTION Disabled American
Disabled American Veterans 2010 STATE CONVENTION
82nd Annual Department Convention Radisson Hotel & Conference Center
Radisson Hotel & Conference Center 2040 Airport Drive • Green Bay, WI 54313 • 1-920-494-7300
Green Bay, WI Hotel Reservations Close May 16, 2010
June 10, 11, 12, 2010
THURSDAY, JUNE 10
12 Noon-3:00 p.m. Registration 3 Clan’s Pre-function Unit Name & No.: __________________________________________________
9:00 a.m. Transportation Committee*
Delegate Name: ___________________________________________________
11:00 a.m. Human Resource Committee* Salon Turtle/Bear
*This Meeting will conclude with a Closed Session for Personnel Issues Phone No.: ________________________________________________________
12:30 p.m. Rehab and Hospital Committee Salon Turtle/Bear
1:30 p.m. Finance Committee* Salon Turtle/Bear
2:45 p.m. Executive Committee Meeting* Salon Turtle/Bear City:_____________________________________ ZIP Code: _______________
*This Meeting will conclude with a Closed Session for Personnel Issues
FRIDAY, JUNE 11 J Delegate J Alternate J State Officer J PDC J Other _________
7:30-8:30 a.m. Registration 3 Clan’s Pre-function INDICATE THE SESSION WHICH YOU WILL BE ATTENDING:
8:30 a.m. Joint Session Salon Turtle/Bear J Friday – Business Sessions (June 11, 2010)
10:30 a.m. Break 3 Clan’s Pre-function
11:00 a.m. 1st Business Session Salon Turtle/Bear J Friday – Evening Hospitality Room (June 11, 2010)
11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Registration 3 Clan’s Pre-function J Saturday – Business Sessions (June 12, 2010)
12 Noon Past Commanders Luncheon Grand Council Ballroom J Saturday – Evening Banquet (June 12, 2010)
1:30 p.m. 2nd Business Session Salon Turtle/Bear
Following Session Trench Rats Rendezvous Salon Turtle/Bear Send Convention Registration Forms and payment to:
5:00 p.m. Memorial Service Iroquois South DAV State Headquarters
6:30 p.m. Live Auction/Hospitality Grand Council North 130 Dauphin Street
SATURDAY, JUNE 12 Green Bay, WI 54301-2110
7:30-9:00 a.m. Registration 3 Clan’s Pre-function
8:30 a.m. 3rd Business Session Salon Turtle/Bear A separate form is needed for each attendee/guest. Make copies as needed.
11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Registration 3 Clan’s Pre-function
12 Noon Commander’s Lunch (by Invitation) Grand Council Ballroom Make All Checks Payable to: DAV, Dept. of Wisconsin
1:00 p.m. 4th Business Session Salon Turtle/Bear Please indicate which payments you are including, and who they are
2:30 p.m. Break 3 Clan’s Pre-function for: J $20.00 Registration Fee ($25.00 after May 28th)
2:45 p.m. Election of Officers for 2010-2011
Adjournment Salon Turtle/Bear
J $25.00 Banquet Fee
5:00 p.m. Cocktail Hour/Cash Bar Grand Council North NO REGISTRATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED AFTER JUNE 4, 2010
5:45 p.m. Banquet Grand Council North AND ABSOLUTELY NO REFUNDS AFTER JUNE 4TH
* ROOMS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE AT ANYTIME * Be sure to indicate your choice of banquet meal:
SUNDAY, JUNE 13 J Oven Roasted Turkey J Baked Salmon J Grilled Sirloin Steak
8:00-12 Noon Finance and Executive Meetings Huron/Ontario
Fishing With the Vets To: Gundel Metz
Subject: Disabled Veteran Hunt
Per our conversation on 10 March, I would
be interested in any contacts/information that
you could provide or forward me in relation to
setting up a disabled veteran deer hunt in 2010.
# Wind Lake, Wisconsin # Here’s a little background:
Every year in Wind Lake, we bring out the disabled vets from Union Grove. I currently work for the U.S. Army Corps of
We take them out for a few hours fishing on the lake or just to enjoy a boat ride. Engineers at Eau Galle Recreation Area in
Then we treat them all to a fantastic barbeque and some door prizes and some the Village of Spring Valley, WI. Our man-
great friendship. aged recreation area consists of 630 acres
We have about 50-75 volunteers that take care of 40+ wheelchairs; getting them which includes several day use areas, a lake
on the pontoon boats, along with their fishing rods and refreshments for the trip and a campground. The Disabled Veteran
around the lake. Once they are back on land, we get them all set around the tables Hunt would be a first for our project and for myself. The idea would be to shut
for some great food and beverages. down our campground during deer hunting season, thus setting up ground blinds in
They are so grateful to be out of the Vets Home for awhile and they really have strategically positioned locations.
a good time. The Vets Home staff does a nice job bringing them all on the buses If you need any more information, please feel free to contact me at any time.
and vans and helping us identify the diet and needs of every Vet that attends. I look forward to hearing back from you and thank you in advance for any
Our 5th annual “Fishing with the Disabled Vets” is set for August 28, 2010. We assistance you could provide me on this matter.
are just a group of veterans and patriotic folks who are paying it forward.
We are VFW members, UAW Vets, Vets of America/MC Riders, Legion Riders, Respectfully,
DAV members, etc. Jeff Grow
Just sharing our story with you! U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
W501 Eau Galle Dam Road
Jeff “Doc” Dentice Spring Valley, WI 54767
7 DAV Volume 64 Number 1 SPRING 2010
John R. Hoeft Kevin (KC) Johnson
Candidate for asks for your support…
Department Commander Greetings:
At this time I would like to inform the entire DAV
It is a privilege to announce my candidacy for Depart- membership of my intentions to seek higher office within
ment Commander. I’m a Life Member of Chapter 17 and the DAV Dept. of WI.
have been the Commander since 2006. I also have served I have served as Dept. Jr. Vice Commander for the last
in other various offices and committees. I have received year under Commander Hoppe. My responsibilities
unanimous endorsements from my Chapter and District, as include Dept. Historian and Youth Committee chairman.
well as other Chapters and Districts throughout the state. I have assisted in legislative matters through our Leg-
I am currently the Department Senior Vice Commander islative Director Clarence Stoel and our Judge Advocate
and would like to seek higher office as the Department Clarence Labelle. This has been an important learning
Commander. Our Department of Wisconsin faces difficult process for myself, through a strong mentoring program.
economic times, yet also is poised to grow in membership I have received knowledge and information that will ben-
and demand for services. We will need sound fiscal efit not only myself, but also our entire DAV family. I
responsibility to meet those challenges and opportunities. have worked to improve our membership throughout the
Our current Department leadership has made some solid Kevin (K.C.) Johnson
state – membership needs to be one of our top priorities
decisions and some tough choices for the good of the as we move forward as a veterans’ service organization.
John R. Hoeft
order. I believe the future task before me is to see these I have attended the DAV National Convention, State Convention and conferences,
decisions through successfully for the long-term future of our Department, the best as well as meetings representing the DAV for the upcoming LZ Lambeau event. My
interest for our members and the ability to carry out our commitment to our mission: number one priority is always our DAV family.
SERVICE TO VETERANS. With your support, I will put my full ability and experi- I have worked with our DAVA in assisting them with membership and we should
ence to work, and together we will succeed in building a better, stronger and more vital have strong teamwork as we look to the future. I am proud to say my mother, Char-
Wisconsin DAV . lotte Johnson, and myself are Life Members of DAVA, Unit 3, Green Bay.
Other Veteran affiliations and background: I have the support of Commander Hoppe and SVC Hoeft, and now I ask for your
U.S. Army Veteran (10/68-5/70) Vietnam – 199th Infantry support in my intentions to seek higher office.
American Legion Post 234 (PUFL-PC) Thank You.
VFW Post 1908 (LM)
Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 437 (LM) Very Respectfully,
Fox Valley Vietnam Veterans Assoc. (LM) Kevin C. Johnson
AmVets Post 7 (LM) Junior Vice Commander
National Sojourners – Milwaukee Chapter (LM) DAV Department of Wisconsin
Redcatcher – Assoc. of the 199th Infantry Brigade
Combat Infantry Badge Association (LM)
Voiture 751, 40 & 8 – Winnebago County
Army and Navy Union, USA – Garrison 1127 Reelect
Kiwanis Club of Omro
Elks USA – Oshkosh
Omro Lodge 168 F & AM
Winnebago Chapter 43 R.A.M.
Beja, Tripoli and Zor Shriners Legislative Director
Winnebagoland, Mascoutin and Appleton Shrine Clubs
Wisconsin Association of Fairs
Omro Athletic Association
Member of First Presbyterian Church – Omro
Retired Banker and Retired Business Owner
Son, John II; Grandsons, John III and James; and Granddaughter, Noelle
*VOTE for JOHN HOEFT at the Department Convention in June* Chapter County
#53 Chapter #42
Please support us with our 1st Thursday at 7:00 p.m.
Transportation Fundraiser – 4th Thursday
at 7:30 p.m. WISCONSIN NATIONAL
purchase or sell your raffle tickets GUARD ARMORY
Community Center 2000 MARY STREET
600 Washington Street
Ray H. Fuller Chapter #17 New London, 54961 MARINETTE,
MEETS 4TH TUESDAY AT 7:00 P.M.
Elk’s Club Commander: ANTHONY SEMRAU
Thomas Severson Commander
175 West Fernau Avenue
Commander: John Hoeft (920) 685-0346 HENRY LESPERANCE
Adjutant: Rosemarie Pitz (920) 235-3713 Chapter of the Year 2008” Adjutant
319 Shorelane Street, Oshkosh, WI 54901-5320
DAV Volume 64 Number 1 SPRING 2010 8
Chapter 19 Endorses Charles Vandenplas
Blayne Pynakker for DAV for 12th District NEC
Junior Vice Commander 2010-12
My name is: Blayne H. Pynakker, Sr. I am pleased to announce my candidacy for the office of 12th District National Com-
Membership Number: 4801912434459 mittee (NEC). I presently serve as the Adjutant of Wisconsin Chapter 53, and Department
Home Address: N2705 Curtis Mill Road VAVS Chairperson for the Department of Wisconsin. With the support of my Chapter and
Fort Atkinson, WI 53538 family, I am asking for your support in my candidacy; and look forward in serving as your
Phone Number: 262-751-1633 (Cell) or next 12th NEC, representing Illinois and Wisconsin. The following information is my
920-397-7089 (Home) resumé with DAV and related veterans committees or associations:
414-384-2000, Ext. 41811 (Work) Disabled American Veterans Department of Wisconsin:
Seeking office of: Jr. Vice Life Member WI #53
Eligible through: Self and Father State Commander
Member of: Unit #19 West Allis, State of Wisconsin Sr. Vice Commander
I have memberships in other Jr. Vice Commander
State departments: No Judge Advocate
I have been a member since: 2009 Fifth District Commander
I have held the following office: Commander Unit #19 Department Inspector
I am now holding the following Membership Chairman
Unit office: Commander Unit #19 State VAVS Chairperson
I have held the following State office: None As State Commander, every chapter in the Department hit 100% goal. I have served on
I am now holding the State office of: N/A the Constitutions and Bylaws Committees; DAV Day at King and Union Grove Commit-
I have held the following offices tee; Human Resources Committee; Publications Committee, Hospital and Rehabilitation
on the National level: None Committee and also Chairperson, Chairman of the Youth Award, Fundraising Committee
I am now holding the National office of: N/A and Audit Committee, Chapter of the Year Committee Chairperson.
I have held the following chairmanships
on the Unit, State, and National levels: Flag Bearer National Level:
Would you accept any office? Yes Employment Committee
Life Member of the Commanders and Adjutant Association
Community Events in the past year: Commanders and Adjutant Association, Audit Committee
• Over 700 hours donated to the DAV Transportation Network
• Over 2,500 miles driven for the DAV Transportation Network National Order of Trench Rats:
• Volunteering for the 2010 Reclaiming our Heritage event Red Eyed Gnawer, Treasurer
• Routine blood/plasma donor Sector Level Red Eyed Gnawer, Treasurer
• Drove in a patriotic fundraising parade for Disabled American Veterans Silver Rodent
Transportation Network on Flag Day Weekend
• Participated in the “Forget Me Not” program by volunteering on two separate Chapter Level:
weekends to raise donations at Pick and Save and at Miller Park Commander – five years
• Coordinated transportation for WWII Veteran to General Mitchell International Sr. Vice Commander
Airport in Milwaukee, WI in order for him to take part on the Freedom Flight Jr. Vice Commander
• Drove van and cooked for the DAV/DAVA Day at Miller Park Fundraising Chairperson
• Sold raffle tickets for the DAV/DAVA Fall Conference fundraiser Legislative Chairperson
• Served lunch to the veterans at the annual 4th of July picnic on the grounds of the Membership Chairperson
Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center in Milwaukee Service Office
• Drove for the Milwaukee Stand Down to bring homeless veterans to the event
Why are you interested in becoming a State Officer?
A Life Member of the Society of the Third Infantry Division, Cold War Veterans Association
In the past year being involved in the DAVA on the unit level, I feel I am ready to
1st CAV Division
take the next step. I have had a lot of exposure to the people who the DAVA serves, as
well as those who are actively involved in the organization, which makes me believe I
12th CAV Division
will make a positive impact to the DAVA in the State of Wisconsin. This is an organi-
8th CAV Division
zation I truly believe in and am eager to give back to our veterans for all they have,
VETS for Freedom
and still are, giving to us.
US ARMY 1st Team
What do you think you can contribute to the DAVA and its growth? The American Legion
I think being a man in a DAVA state elected position will open up doors for other VFW
men to want to join and become involved in this organization. I am a planner who will AMVETS
always follow up on projects and/or requests. An example of this is, last December, I Polish Legion of American Veterans
planned the DAV Transportation appreciation for the drivers. Furthermore, being a Veterans Memorial Committee Clintonville, WI
second generation veteran myself, I come with a true compassion to the DAVA. Lastly, WDVA Legislative and Program Review Committee
I come with a tremendous amount of energy and a “can do” attitude willing to go the DAV Wheelchair Shop at Kings Veterans Home
extra mile. I believe that I have all of the needed qualifications for the position of 12th District
I appreciate you taking the time to consider my application for the position of Jr. NEC. I would be honored and humbled to work for the 12th District, and continue our
Vice in the Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary, State of Wisconsin. excellence of serving in the DAV .
Blayne H. Pynakker, Sr. In Comradeship,
March 23, 2010 Charles Vandenplas
Please support us with our Transportation Fundraiser –
purchase or sell your raffle tickets
9 DAV Volume 64 Number 1 SPRING 2010
2009-2010 Auxiliary Officers
Offer Guidance and Seek your Participation
A Word from State Commander State Junior Vice Commander
Donna Boyes… Patty Johnson
This is extremely important if we want the DAVA to continue to have units and Happy New Year
a state department. I want everyone to start thinking on how we can save our units
and get more members. We are about to lose a couple more units. We need to get What’s happening with our juniors? Juniors that are planning on attending the State
more participation at unit meetings. I know members are busy with their families, but Convention in June are asked to make a poster. It is to be on “someone that has made
I would like you to take a couple hours each month to participate in unit meetings. a difference in your life as a veteran.” It can be a short essay and can include pictures
WE NEED YOUR HELP. of the veterans. These will be judged and awards will be given out.
On January 28, 2010, I visited Unit 3 in Green Bay. I would like to thank them for As of the last count, the State of Wisconsin has 281 Junior members. It is great to
the great food and company. see that many. Let’s see if we can recruit some new ones to our units.
On February 2, 2010, I visited the Tomah VA. I would like to thank Cindy Gluch At our State Convention the juniors will be selling popcorn, so stop by and help
and Peggy for going on the tour with me. It was very enjoyable. them out. The money will all be donated back to the veterans.
I had planned to go to Kenosha on February 10, 2010, but because of the weather See you all at the Convention in June.
the unit meeting was cancelled.
On March 10, 2010, I visited Unit 30 in Kenosha. Past State Commander June Patty Johnson
Marheine went with me. I would like to thank the members present for their company. State Junior Vice Commander
On March 25, 2010, I visited the Milwaukee VA. I would like to thank Patty for all
your work setting up the visit.
On March 26-27, 2010, I attended the 12th District Conference in Rockford, Illi-
nois. We had four Wisconsin members that attended. They were Patty Davis, June DAVA State Adjutant
Marheine, Jane Stoel and myself.
I will be on the LZ Lambeau Motorcycle Ride on May 21, 2010 from La Crosse to
Green Bay. I plan on volunteering to help out any way I can on Saturday, May 22 and Well, another year is coming to a close fast with me serving as your state Adjutant.
Sunday, May 23. I have talked to several of the planners and they need as many vol- I have been your Adjutant for five years now and I am still learning new things as they
unteers as they can get. come along. What I know is that you can always learn, but sometimes if things are
A big thank you goes out to everyone that is helping me get things accomplished. working well, let us work together and explain why we are doing things the way we are.
Well, that’s it for now. I look forward to seeing everyone soon. There also seems to be a lot of animosity among members on how things are done
and so on. Please let’s try to work together on helping our units survive. We all talk
Donna Boyes about the need for new blood. Well, when we get that new blood, let’s listen and not
State Commander pre-judge everyone. If you have something to say to someone, say it to them and not
others. Even if they see that person daily, they may not know what their job is or how
they do it. So again, let’s all get along. We are all here for one purpose. Remember our
State Senior Vice Commander oath to help disabled American veterans and their families.
I know many units are having problems with membership attending meetings, but
Rose Williams frankly, we cannot lose any more units. What I do not understand is if your unit is having
problems, why is your unit not calling the state DAVA office to help? You, as members,
Dear Auxiliary Members, elected and appointed the officers, so that means you have trust in them to serve our
As I write this article, our membership stands at 93.69%. We have 2,235 Life Mem- state and help with membership. My number is 414-232-6670 and you can call me
bers, 175 annual members and 204 junior members for a total of 2,614. Our quota for from 3 p.m. until 8 p.m. and I will help you, or I can give your message to the other
the state is 2,790 members. state officers to help you. Most of the state officers have e-mail; check the roster for
I know we all tried hard to get our membership up, but it is truly hard. We have those e-mails or check out the DAVA state Web site for more information.
lost two units, and will probably lose another two or three shortly. It seems that We also have to work on making our new members welcome. It was suggested that if you
the members are aging and have held the offices in the units for years – and are have a junior member becoming a senior member, take that junior and introduce them to the
just tired. Chapter as a new senior member. Have a special lunch or whatever and not only for the junior
We should all try and get younger members involved. They are our future and member, but any new member. Sounds like fun? You bet! We all need to remember that we
we have to show them what a great organization the DAVA is!! I am still work- are here for the Disabled American Veterans and their families. That new member may have
ing on getting another Auxiliary going. I am very close and hope to have it done the same issues that you and your family had earlier in your life, and we need to help them
before Convention. There are some ladies that are going to join that are raring through their time of need and put them in the right direction for help they may need.
to go and already have a lot of good ideas. I am hoping a few of them will come Your unit should have received all Convention material. Please make sure that the
to Convention. members attending have the proper paperwork with them. Should any member need
Thanks to all of you for trying to get new members and keep our wonderful information on the Convention, call me at 414-232-6670 and I will be happy to assist in
organization growing! Hope to see a lot of you at Convention! any way I can. Our Jr. Vice has lots planned for those in attendance, so bring them along.
Well, that’s all I have to say for now. Hope to see you all at Convention and have a
Sincerely, safe and healthy summer.
State Senior Vice Commander Patty Davis
OCONTO COUNTY Green Bay Chapter #3
CHAPTER #45 Meets 4th Thursday at 7:00 p.m.
- MEETINGS - Chapter #3 Office Building
2nd Wednesday of each month at Senior Center, 130 Dauphin Street
518 Caldwell Avenue, Oconto Falls, 7:00 p.m. Commander: John Honaker
“Where Service Is No. 1 - Veterans Helping Veterans” Adjutant: John Green
8710 Schroeder Road, Oconto Falls, WI 54154 / (920) 848-7787 Website:http://www.davmembersportal.org/chapters/wi/03/default.aspx
DAV Volume 64 Number 1 SPRING 2010 10
2009-2010 Auxiliary Officers
Offer Guidance and Seek your Participation
DAVA State Judge Advocate DAVA Finance Committee Chair
Betty J. Wimmer April 2010
Topic: Protocol Pointers RE: State Convention, June 2010
• Members should address all remarks to and through the Chair, not at other members. It’s that time of the year to think of and plan for the State Convention.
• Members should always address the Commander as Madame Commander. Once again, we are asking for your help to make it a success.
• Members should address the Vice Commander as “Madame Commander” if the We are asking for donations of baskets or items for the following:
Commander is not on the platform, as the Vice Commander is serving as the presid- 1. The Live Auction
ing officer in the Commander’s absence. 2. Bucket Raffles
• Members should address the Vice Commander as “Madame Vice Commander” if the 3. Baked goods and candy (especially chocolate).
Commander is on the platform. 4. Miscellaneous Table
• The address of the Commander is accepted by the presiding officer without vote, as There will also be a silent auction, along with the bucket raffle.
a courtesy to the Commander. Special Note: We still have some cookbooks. There will be a special clearance
• Do not state a motion before it is seconded, or discuss it prior to being seconded. price of $10.00 at the Convention. Orders can be made for pick up and payment at
Always take the negative vote. Convention only.
• Any recommendations or action taken by the Executive Committee is recorded and Also “Take A Chance” tickets were mailed out in March. If you need more, contact
a report is made. me, a Finance Committee Member or Ann and we will get more out to you.
• If action is required by the general membership, then it needs to be brought before Any Unit or Chapter not able to make the Convention, your donation will be
the membership and brought to a vote. greatly appreciated.
• To approve means to ratify. To accept means to receive (such as reports). To adopt is
to take affirmative action on motions. REMEMBER: This goes to help our Veterans!
• In making transitions from one presiding officer to another, state, for example, “The
Vice Commander will assume the Chair.” You never “turn the gavel over” to anyone. Kathy McGowan
REMEMBER…the most important thing to keep in mind is that no one is born a Finance Committee Chair, DAVA
leader. Leadership is something you must commit to for yourself…Give it a try, you W5502 Azalea Drive
might like it! Shawano, WI 54166
Betty J. Wimmer E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
State DAVA Judge Advocate
Child Welfare 2010
DAVA State Chaplain CHAPS (Children with Horses Achieving Productivity and Success) Academy was
Sharon Pieper the chosen place for your Child Welfare donations this year. CHAPS Academy is a
Christian-based nonprofit organization dedicated to the strength, health and well-
THE EXPANSE OF GOD’S LOVE: being of those who live in the Outagamie, Winnebago, Calumet, Brown, Waupaca,
“May you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, Fond du Lac and Shawano counties. Their mission is to serve children and families
how long, how high, and how deep His love really is.” dealing with emotional or behavioral difficulties through the use of equine-assisted
– Ephesians 3:18 NL activities. These activities empower those they serve to achieve ongoing productivity
God’s love is total. It reaches every corner of our experience. It is wide – it covers and success within their home, school, work and community.
the breadth of our own experience, and it reaches out to the whole world. It is long – CHAPS provides the following services: individual and group equine-assisted coun-
it continues the length of our lives. It is high – it rises to the heights of our celebration seling, and individual and group assisted equine assisted growth and learning services.
and elation. It is deep – it reaches to the depths of discouragement, despair, and even The programs offered are: HOPE LIVES, a youth suicide prevention and intervention
death. When you feel shut out or isolated, remember that you can never be lost to program. This is an intensive mental health treatment program for youth and families
God’s love. dealing with severe depression, and SPECIAL GIFTS, an equine-assisted growth and
All Chapter and Auxiliary members are invited to either be part of the annual learning program for children and families dealing with Autism, Aspergers Syndrome
Memorial Service, which will be held on Friday, June 11, at 5 p.m. at our State Con- and ADHD.
vention in Green Bay or attend this meaningful service where we take a few minutes CHAPS “special gifts” program works with children and their families, including
to remember our deceased Chapter and Auxiliary members. siblings, to bring out these special gifts through the use of horse-assisted activities. This
There is a required dress code for both men and women who participate. Males are is done through building self-confidence, developing stronger problem solving skills,
invited and encouraged to be part of this service; dress code would consist of dark increasing social skills and improving communication, verbally and non-verbally.
pants, shoes and tie (not a bow tie), and a long-sleeved white shirt. Ladies’ dress code CHAPS Academy is located at N5367 Mayflower Road in Shiocton. If you have any
is a long white dress (arms must be covered with either the dress or long white gloves), questions, please contact: Sharon Pieper, 2676 Trojan Drive #3, Green Bay, WI 54304
white shoes and white gloves. The ladies will be carrying flowers, the men will not. or phone 920-469-0369.
Please let me know of any Chapter and/or Auxiliary members who could use a All donations are to be sent to: Nancy Lee Birschbach, P.O. Box 72, Mt. Calvary, WI 53057.
card and prayers. Remember that cards and prayers can be for any occasion. Please
send card requests to: Sharon Pieper, 2676 Trojan Drive #3, Green Bay, WI 54304
or e-mail: email@example.com
Keep our troops and their families in your prayers. Remember – The best and most
beautiful things of this world can’t be seen or touched. They must be felt by the heart. William F. Speel No. 18 (Appleton)
Sharon Pieper Meets 2nd Thursday at 7:00 p.m.
Auxiliary State Chaplain
VFW Post 2778
501 N. Richmond Street
SUPPORT THE DAV IN YOUR WILL Commander: Merrill Cornell (920) 734-3474
11 DAV Volume 64 Number 1 SPRING 2010
2009-2010 Auxiliary Officers
Offer Guidance and Seek your Participation
VAVS Representative candidates
Union Grove Veterans Home
Greetings to all of our Auxiliary Members: The Disabled American Veterans
Well, hopefully spring is on its way. At least it is getting lighter earlier and stays
light longer in the evening. I know the members at Union Grove are hoping it will be Auxiliary Russell Leicht Unit #3
getting warmer soon.
It continues to be busy at the home. The members really enjoy the fish fries, Olive proudly endorses Sharon Pieper
Garden, Famous Dave’s and of course, going Walmart shopping. One of the halls
recently went to Regency Mall for shopping and really enjoyed themselves. Members for State Chaplain.
really enjoy sponsored luncheons of lasagna, beef stew and pot roast. Some of the Sharon has been a Life Member of Unit #3 since 1994. She has been active with the
members help with the preparations which they enjoy doing. With the weather getting DAV and DAVA and other veteran organizations for over 17 years.
warmer they look forward to hamburger, hot dog and steak cookouts. Bingo is still the She has served as State Chaplain 2004-2009, State Commander 2003-2004, State
big favorite. Wii bowling has become a favorite with the members. Senior Vice Commander, State Junior Vice Commander, Unit Commander for eight
We are always looking for volunteers to help with the activities, which are planned years and is presently serving as Unit Adjutant/Treasurer; 3rd District Commander;
for the members at all the halls and at Boland Hall, the skilled nursing home. If you can State Finance Committee Chairman; attended all State Conventions and Fall Confer-
volunteer, please contact Andrea Lazzeroni our Volunteer Coordinator at 262-878-6756. ences for past 17 years; five National Conventions and six National Fall Conferences;
All volunteering is appreciated. and served on numerous committees at Convention and Conferences. She has served
Just a note to let you all know that the Polar Plunge, which was held on January 3, 2010 as president of the Past Department Officer’s Club for the past four years and contin-
to benefit the Union Grove Veterans Home, was a huge success. There was a total of 14 very ues to serve in that capacity. She was excited and proud to have won the Member of
BRAVE PLUNGERS, including my husband, Ron Karaway. He was the top plunger for the Year award last year.
the 3rd year in a row, raising $1,800.00. The event raised a total of $5,600.00. WAY TO GO! Sharon is also active in her community, serving as Secretary and Chaplain of the
On July 10th, 2010, the DAV Department of Wisconsin will be having UNION Wisconsin Korean War Veterans Memorial for the past 17 years; Sunday School
GROVE DAY at the Veterans Home. This will be a first at the Union Grove Home. teacher in her church; Lay Leader of her church; Unity Hospice volunteer; weekly
This will give the DAV and DAVA members a chance to see the facility. We hope to volunteer at a local elementary school; cooks meals at the local shelter for the
have volunteers to help make this event a huge success. homeless, and is always willing to help where needed in the Auxiliary, her church
I would like to thank all the Units for their donations and continued support of our and the community.
members at Union Grove Veterans Home. I would like to thank the Department of Sharon is passionate about the position of Chaplain, and will continue to carry out
Wisconsin DAVA for supporting me as the VAVS Rep at Union Grove. the duties of State Chaplain with prayer and dedication.
We are asking your support in again nominating Sharon Pieper as State Chaplain.
Judy Karaway Respectfully submitted,
VAVS Rep at Union Grove Veterans Home Carol Lawrence, Commander
DAVA Russell Leicht Unit #3
Margaret Seip Memorial Service
July 15, 2010 ATTENTION VETERANS!
Margaret June Seip was born June 24, 1916 in Mil- A good credit score is more crucial than ever.
waukee, Wisconsin. She was killed August 30, 1943 in a The following steps can improve your score
UC-78 crash near Big Springs, Texas. She was the only or prevent it from going lower.
Women Airforce Service Pilot killed from Wisconsin. • Know Your Credit Report. View your credit report annually. Check your per-
She graduated from Lawrence College in Appleton, sonal information, as well as the accounts listed, for accuracy. If you discover
Wisconsin in 1938, with a B.S. in English. In the fall of any mistakes, send a written letter to the credit bureau listing the errors.
1940, she received her Private Pilot License. She was
• Keep Balances, Balanced. Balances should be 50% or less than the card limit.
one of the first females to join the Wisconsin Civil Air
30% less will boost your score even higher. Focus on the largest debts first and
Patrol in 1942. She went to Link Trainer School in
eliminate one problem debt at a time. Power Pay to keep your score intact! Pay-
Binghamton, New York in the fall of 1942. She
ing down your cards to zero will not improve your credit score. Paying the card
returned to Milwaukee as an official Link Instructor.
over time shows you know how to use credit wisely.
She taught instrument flying to Army Pilots.
She entered the Women’s Airforce Pilot program • Diversify Your Credit. 10% of your score is determined by what type of credit
March of 1943, class 43W5. She was in the advanced you use. Instead of putting long-term purchases on cards, take out short-term
Margaret Seip loans. This will build positive credit.
phase of training when she was killed, along with her
Photo courtesy Texas
instructor Charles Atwood and classmate Helen Sev- • Managing Credit Over Time. 15% of your score is determined by how long
erson. She was considered a civilian at the time of her you’ve been managing credit. Those who can manage cards wisely by paying on
death. There was no American Flag, no honors. Her Women Airforce Service Pilot time and keeping balances lower than limits can improve their score when they
Wings were posthumously awarded to her parents. start building credit early.
November 23, 1977 the Women Airforce Service Pilots were granted veteran status. • Negotiate When Trouble Is On The Horizon. If you see payments may be a
She was posthumously awarded The Congressional Gold Medal on March 10, 2010. struggle get in touch with your lender and discuss other payment options. Mak-
Sixty-six years after her death and thirty-two years after the Women Airforce ing a late payment could affect your current interest rates and your future rates
Service Pilots were granted veteran status, Margaret will have her long overdue full and approvals.
military honors on July 15, 2010 at 12 Noon graveside at Forest Home Cemetery in To learn more about your credit score and to receive information on home
Milwaukee, Wisconsin. mortgage financing, e-mail or call Carrie DeGreef.
With my experience in VA loan programs and statewide lending authority, I’m
Tammy Schroeder able to provide you the best mortgage product for your situation.
Memorial Service Coordinator
Junior Vice Commander, Lakeland Chapter 31 Carrie DeGreef
Detroit Lakes, MN
DAV Volume 64 Number 1 SPRING 2010 12
2009-2010 Auxiliary Officers
Offer Guidance and Seek your Participation
Wisconsin 2010 CONVENTION
2010 STATE CONVENTION Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary
Radisson Hotel & Conference Center 75th Annual Department Convention
2040 Airport Drive • Green Bay, WI 54313 • 1-920-494-7300 Radisson Hotel & Conference Center
Hotel Reservations Close May 16, 2010 Green Bay, WI
June 10, 11, 12, 2010
Convention Registration THURSDAY, JUNE 10
Unit Name & No.: __________________________________________________ 10:00 a.m. Auxiliary Audit Chairman’s Board Room
10:00 a.m. Auxiliary Sales Great Lakes Complex
Delegate Name: ___________________________________________________ 12 Noon-3:00 p.m. Registration 3 Clan’s Pre-function
Phone No.: ________________________________________________________ TBA Line Officers Meeting TBA
1:00 p.m. Standing Rules Great Lakes Complex
Street: ____________________________________________________________ 1:45 p.m. Finance Committee Great Lakes Complex
City:_____________________________________ ZIP Code: _______________ 2:30 p.m. SEC Committee Great Lakes Complex
FRIDAY, JUNE 11
J Delegate J Alternate J State Officer J PDC/PSC J Guest 7:00-8:30 a.m. Registration 3 Clan’s Pre-function
INDICATE THE SESSION WHICH YOU WILL BE ATTENDING: 7:00 a.m. Auxiliary Sales Great Lakes Complex
8:30 a.m. Joint Session Salon Turtle/Bear
J Friday – Business Sessions (June 11, 2010)
10:30 a.m. Break 3 Clan’s Pre-function
J Friday – Evening Hospitality Room (June 11, 2010) 11:00 a.m. 1st Business Session Great Lakes Complex
J Saturday – Business Sessions (June 12, 2010) 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Registration 3 Clan’s Pre-function
12 Noon Past Dept. Officers Luncheon Tuscarora/Oneida
J Saturday – Evening Banquet (June 12, 2010)
1:15 p.m. 2nd Business Session Great Lakes Complex
1:30 p.m. Nominating Committee Chairman’s Board Room
Send Convention Registration Forms and payment to:
3:30 p.m. Practice for Memorial Grand Council North
DAV State Headquarters
5:00 p.m. Memorial Service Grand Council North
130 Dauphin Street
6:30 p.m. Auction and Hospitality Grand Council North
Green Bay, WI 54301-2110
SATURDAY, JUNE 12
A separate form is needed for each attendee/guest. Make copies as needed. 7:30-9:00 a.m. Registration 3 Clan’s Pre-function
8:30 a.m. 3rd Business Session Great Lakes Complex
Make All Checks Payable to: DAV, Dept. of Wisconsin 12 Noon Past State Commanders Luncheon Tuscarora/Oneida
12 Noon Junior Luncheon Board Room
Please indicate which payments you are including, and who they are
1:15 p.m. 4th Business Session Great Lakes Complex
for: J $20.00 Registration Fee ($25.00 after May 28th) TBA Elections Great Lakes Complex
J $25.00 Banquet Fee TBA Closing of Convention Great Lakes Complex
NO REGISTRATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED AFTER JUNE 4, 2010 TBA Post SEC Meeting Great Lakes Complex
AND ABSOLUTELY NO REFUNDS AFTER JUNE 4TH TBA Post Finance Meeting Great Lakes Complex
5:00-5:45 p.m. Cocktail Hour/Cash Bar Grand Council North
Be sure to indicate your choice of banquet meal: 5:45 p.m. Banquet Grand Council North
J Oven Roasted Turkey J Baked Salmon J Grilled Sirloin Steak * ROOMS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE AT ANYTIME *
Highly Maneuverable Vehicle
I would like to take this
opportunity to support the DAV
Short Turn Radius
(Battery & Charger included) I realize the predicament that some of our disabled veterans face,
and I would like to offer financial assistance to help them get to a
Original cost was $2,200 VA hospital through DAV’s Transportation Program:
Asking price is $1,000
I will gladly contribute:
[ ] $50 [ ] $25 [ ] $15 [ ] other
to husband’s death
DAV Department of Wisconsin
Phone: 130 Dauphin St.
920-499-8059 Green Bay, WI 54301-2100
13 DAV Volume 64 Number 1 SPRING 2010
World War II Veteran Clayton N. Chipman Receives
Wisconsin Board of Veterans Affairs Veteran Lifetime Achievement Award
MADISON – In a ceremony during the Chipman took advantage of the G.I.
January 15, 2010 meeting of the Wisconsin Bill and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in
Board of Veterans Affairs at the Wisconsin Elementary Education at UW-Milwaukee
Veterans Home in Union Grove, Clayton and subsequently a Master’s Degree
N. Chipman of Brookfield, Wisconsin was in Educational Administration from
presented the Veteran Lifetime Achieve- UW-Madison to launch and sustain a
ment Award for December 2009. Due to nearly 32 year career in public education
inclement weather in December, the teaching fifth and sixth graders for over a
Board meeting had been rescheduled for dozen years, and he was an elementary
January 14-15, 2010. school principal for 18 years. During his
Chipman was born in Milwaukee in time at UW-Milwaukee he served as
1926. He enlisted in the United States assistant baseball coach at West Allis
Marine Corps on February 27, 1944, took Central High School and after his retire-
basic training at the San Diego Recruit ment, he was a member of a group of
Depot in California, and advanced coaching volunteers who assisted semi-pro
infantry training at Camp Pendleton, CA. and small college football teams in the
He deployed to the South Pacific The- Milwaukee area. He is a life member of
ater on the USS Ranger in May 1944, to the Milwaukee Area Retired Teachers
Maui, Hawaii where he joined the 4th Association, a member of the Wisconsin
Marine Division and participated in Retired Educators Association, and a
Clayton Chipman receiving award from Board members.
amphibious landing training as a Brown- member of the Milwaukee Public Schools
ing Automatic Rifle (BAR) specialist in Administrators/Supervisors Council. He coordinates the distribution of 4,200 The Veteran Lifetime Achievement
both the Hawaiian and Marianas Islands; Recognizing the need to remember flags for the Marine Corps League at the Award recognizes living veterans who
and on D-Day morning of February 19, Purple Heart recipients who died in Holy Cross Cemetery in Milwaukee each have compiled a record of exemplary
1945, he went ashore at Iwo Jima. After action and to give solace to their families, Memorial Day, organizes an annual service as a military service member, a
nine days of intense combat, he was he formed a local committee to raise breakfast for the coordinated activities of veteran, and a citizen during the veter-
wounded in action, becoming one of the funds for a special Purple Heart Memorial the Marquette Naval ROTC Instructor an’s lifetime. Chipman is the twelfth
seventy-five percent casualties sustained Monument and assisted in its permanent Staff, the Inspector Instructor Staff of the recipient of the Veteran Lifetime
by the Division and he was evacuated to placement at the Milwaukee County War Milwaukee Marine Reserve Unit, and the Achievement Award.
Schofield Barracks in Honolulu for treat- Memorial, adjacent to the Fitch Plaza. In members of the Marine Corps League The Board, through a subcommittee
ment and recovery. After two and one-half partnership with another Iwo Jima veteran, Badger Detachment. He is a member of consisting of three board members,
months, he was reassigned to Saipan as a he planned and raised funds for the cre- the Board of Deacons, serves as Sunday appointed by the Board Chair, selects the
Military Policeman and participated for ation of a “Walk of Honor” at Veterans School Superintendent, and is a past recipients. Nominations are accepted
over six months in island-to-island search Park in West Allis, a Memorial for West church council member at Calvary from any Wisconsin resident, and the
and destroy operations against residual Allis service members who lost their Memorial Church in Wauwatosa. Board especially encourages submissions
enemy combatants. In early 1946, he lives in the wars since WWI. He serves He is a Life Member of the Military from Wisconsin veterans, veterans’ service
returned stateside aboard the USS Breck- on several committees that present Order of the Purple Heart, the Veterans of organizations, county veterans service
enridge, along with 6,000 other service awards to veterans and citizens who have Foreign Wars, the Marine Corps League officers and other veterans groups.
members. He was honorably discharged provided civic and/or patriotic service to and serves as the Milwaukee Chapter’s There are up to six annual awards.
with the rank of Corporal at Great Lakes Milwaukee area municipalities. Public Relations Director, the Marine 4th Nominations may be submitted at any
Naval Training Center, Illinois on April 5, Chipman is the past President of the Division Association and has served as its time during the year, but no later than
1946. His military decorations include Milwaukee Chapter of the Marine 4th National President, Vice President and the 15th of the month preceding the
the Purple Heart, American Campaign Division Association, Chair of the Marine Executive Secretary. He is a member of month of a Board meeting at which the
Medal, Asiatic Pacific Service Medal, Corps League Brookfield Middle School AMVETS and the Marine Corps League presentation is to be made. For more
National Defense Medal, Presidential Patriotic Essay Contest, and is the past Funeral Honors Rifle Team, which has information about the award, to
Unit Citation, Navy Unit Commendation, long-time Chair of the Marine Corps participated in nearly 1,200 Milwaukee include previous recipients, go to
Sharpshooter Medal and from the Com- League Memorial Day Committee, which Area military funerals; and he annually www.WisVets.com/BoardAward or
monwealth of the Northern Marianas conducts an annual service at Wisconsin attends the Iwo Jima Veterans Survivors call WDVA toll-free at 1-800-WIS-
Islands, the Marianas Service Medal. Memorial Park Cemetery in Brookfield. National Reunion. VETS (947-8387).
AWARDS, continued from page 1 National World War II Memorial in Treatment Court in 2009. Judge Daley, a several topics of interest to veterans,
Dodge County, who was nominated for Washington, D.C. One of Grams’ fellow veteran himself, stated he accepted the including the Veterans Trust Fund and
the award by Dodge County Sheriff Todd CVSOs was quoted as saying, “Mark is award on behalf of a team of many part- Mortgage Loan Repayment Fund solvency,
Nehls, a Colonel in the Wisconsin an excellent role model for his efforts in ner organizations whose efforts brought claims processing at the department’s
National Guard and veteran of Operation community outreach. He represents the forth a program to help veterans and Regional Office in Milwaukee, admissions
Enduring Freedom. Nehls noted that work of CVSOs well.” communities by addressing and resolv- and census at the Wisconsin Veterans
Grams assists veterans not only in Dodge The “Iron Mike” Government Offi- ing the offender veteran’s underlying Homes at King and Union Grove, and
County but throughout the state, through cials’ Service to Veterans Award was pre- issues. During a (defendant) veteran’s increasing public support of the Wisconsin
his involvement with veterans’ organiza- sented by WDVA to the Honorable time in court, Judge Daley actively fol- Veterans Museum by establishing a mem-
tions and through his advocacy of the James P. Daley, Presiding Judge of Rock lows his or her progress of treatment and bership program.
Stars & Stripes Honor Flights programs County, for his advocacy and efforts to assigns a veteran mentor to the case to WDVA Secretary Ken Black facilitated
to bring World War II veterans to visit the establish Wisconsin’s first Veterans provide support. the discussions, attended by representa-
Judge Daley was nominated for the tives of legislative offices, veterans’
award by Wisconsin State Public Defender service organizations, county veterans
Grant/Crawford Nicholas Chiarkas, who said, “Judge
Daley’s efforts to create our state’s first
service offices, community groups and
higher learning institutions.
veterans treatment court will make a last- “We’re here today, as we look at the
Chapter #40 ing impact on the lives of our veterans best ways to move forward into the future,
and their families. We are hopeful that to share ideas on veterans’ issues and pro-
Meetings at 7:00 p.m.
Judge Daley’s court for veterans will grams,” Black said. “Through dialogue,
3rd Tuesday of each month at Senior Center serve as the model for developing similar we are all looking at ways to best serve
15 E. CHERRY STREET courts around Wisconsin. It was indeed our veterans.”
an honor to nominate Judge Daley for For more information about the Wis-
LANCASTER, WI 53813 this award.” consin Department of Veterans Affairs see
Auxiliary meets at the same time and place The department Stakeholder Conference www.WisVets.com or call WDVA toll-
also included participants’ discussions on free at 1-800-WIS-VETS (947-8387).
DAV Volume 64 Number 1 SPRING 2010 14
Chapter 39 Visits Union Grove
Members of DAV Chapter 39 made a went toward the chapel construction.
trip to Union Grove Veterans Home on Deputy Commandant Patrick
Monday, January 11, 2010 to give a $300 Shaughnessy took the members on a
donation towards a large fish aquarium tour where they were able to see where
that is going to be built for the veterans residents can do crafts, a beautiful café
who reside there. where they can enjoy coffee and a new
In the exact area where the aquarium is bar to enjoy the football games and
going to be constructed, “Gary” (a vet- socialize with each other.
eran in a wheelchair) was already The Union Grove facility has been
hopefully anticipating the aquarium, open for veterans only a few years. They
with reminders of his fishing days. are very appreciative of any support
The aquarium is sure to delight many given to them by which they are able to
veterans, and their contributions to the increase their quality of life. Chapter 39
annual Forget Me Not fundraisers are help- has taken clothes and household items to
ing to pay for it. Last year, a $500 donation the facility, as well as mobility scooters
Pictured, L-R: DAV Chapter 39 members Willie Armstrong, Cathy Price, Al Olson,
Patrick Shaughnessy (Union Grove Veterans Home Deputy Commandant) and
and wheelchairs. for driving purposes.
The care offered at Union Grove is If you would like information on Union
comparable to the care offered to veterans Grove, contact Patrick Shaughnessy at
at the King Home; however, Union Grove 262-878-6724 or write to him at 21425
does have the advantage of being closer Spring Street, Union Grove, WI 53182.
Please support us with our
Transportation Fundraiser –
purchase or sell your raffle tickets
Union Grove’s Chapel.
15 DAV Volume 64 Number 1 SPRING 2010
PNC Marbes Returns to Walter Reed
On March 4, 2010, Past National Com- advances. Each limb is individually
mander (PNC) Dick Marbes returned to designed to meet the specific needs of the
Walter Reed Army Medical Center for a recovering patient.
visit. PNC Marbes had been a patient in At MATC, an integrated team helps the
1958. Accompanying Marbes on the visit recovering patient reach the highest level of
was Judge Advocate (JA) Al Labelle. activities attainable with various therapies
Before entering the Medical Center (occupational, physical and recreational)
grounds, Marbes and Labelle drove and with emotional support from family,
around the complex. On the backside, staff and peer visitors.
Marbes found the gate that he and other At the beginning of the MATC tour,
recuperating patients snuck out at night to Marbes and Labelle met Robert Nilsson,
visit Benny’s Blue Mirror Saloon. a Vietnam veteran who was in the
Authorities knew about these transgres- Marines. Nilsson is a Senior Advisor with
sions, but looked the other way. Turner Construction. Originally from
Marbes remembered the craziness that Brooklyn, he now lives in Maryland.
occurred at Benny’s such as the midnight At first, Nilsson came out to Walter
sword fights. Crutches were used as swords. Reed to greet returning veterans. He is
Upon entering Walter Reed, Marbes SFC Steven Waldron with Past National Commander Dick Marbes at Walter Reed now part of the integrated team, teaching
and Labelle had trouble finding their Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. PNC Marbes was a patient at Walter Reed business skills to patient, helping them to
reserved parking spot. After a few false in 1958. He wanted to see it once more before it closes in September 2011. reintegrate back into society and to build
starts, they found a spot temporarily Benalla gives visitor tours in the hospital but still had a bandage on his lower neck their confidence.
marked with the name “Mabers” and fig- area and oversees the pain management covering the tracheotomy area. Later in the MATC tour, Marbes and
ured it was close enough. of the returning wounded. Both Benalla The last patient visited had his family Labelle met one recovering patient who
In front of Heaton Pavilion or the and SFC Waldron are affiliated with in the room. Mother, father, brother and recognized the DAV emblems they were
main hospital, they were greeted by AMEDD or Army Medical Department. sister were all present. They were wearing. He was from Springfield, Mis-
Sergeant First Class (SFC) Steven Wal- Marbes and Labelle were allowed one extremely grateful for the visit. souri and was appreciative of the efforts
dron, the Non-Commissioned Officer in hour to visit with the recently returned At Walter Reed, when a wounded sol- DAV has done on behalf of veterans.
Charge. SFC Waldron is affiliated with wounded in the hospital area. Benalla dier returns, they are greeted not only by He was a double leg amputee and was
wearing prosthetics that were one foot in
length. When recovering patients first
begin physical activity, a short prosthetic
gives patients better balance than a nor-
mal length prosthetic does. The shorter
length makes them sure-footed. Eventually
with practice and confidence, the pros-
thetics are lengthened.
Unfortunately, Walter Reed Army Med-
ical Center will close in September 2011.
This is part of a Base Realignment and Clo-
sure announcement made on May 13, 2005.
A new Walter Reed National Military Med-
ical Center will open in November 2011 on
the grounds of the National Naval Medical
Center in Bethesda, Maryland.
Most of the equipment and much of the
staff will transfer to Bethesda at that time.
Judge Advocate Al Labelle with SFC Steven Waldron near the artillery piece located Artillery piece at Walter Reed Army A smaller contingent will transfer to Fort
in front of the Heaton Pavilion at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. JA Labelle Medical Center pointing to Georgia Belvoir in Virginia. The purpose of the
accompanied PNC Marbes on his tour of Walter Reed. Avenue in Washington, D.C. shutdown and transfer is to make all
military medical facilities into joint
the Executive Office at Walter Reed and would select the patients. She requested medical personnel, but also by direct operations staffed by Army, Navy and Air
arranged the visit. visits be limited to 10 minutes. family members who go through their Force personnel.
Inside Heaton Pavilion, SFC Waldron During the hour, they visited five rehabilitation with them. Regardless, this tour of Walter Reed
introduced PNC Marbes and JA Labelle patients. Most had returned within the past After the hour was up, Marbes and makes one realize that returning wounded
to Rosa Benalla, a VIP Ambassador. 10 days from Afghanistan or Iraq. They Labelle met Roger Lemacks, Administra- soldiers and their families are being given
were from Miami, FL; Cincinnati, OH; tor of Amputee Services in the Medical the best and most innovative care possible.
Honolulu, HI; Boston, MA; and McCook, Advanced Training Center or MATC.
NE. All were in relatively good spirits. Lemacks gave Marbes and Labelle a tour
Invariably, PNC Marbes would start by of MATC.
thanking them for their service. The remain- MATC is a 31,000 square foot outpa-
der of the conversation would include details tient facility that opened in October 2007.
as to what happened and ended with details The purpose of MATC is to return patients
of their personal life. Each appeared to be to their highest level of activity possible.
appreciative of the visit. To achieve that goal, MATC uses
All had severe injuries to their limbs. Sports Medicine with state-of-the-art
One had a severely crushed rib cage, result- equipment like a running track, climbing
ing in a condition called “Flail Chest.” ropes, treadmills, elliptical trainers and
Flail Chest has free floating ribs, not climbing or rappelling walls.
attached to the rib cage, which causes Unique to MATC is the Solo-Step sys-
paradoxical breathing. When the patient tem. With Solo-Step, the patient is placed
takes a deep breath, the ribs instead of in a harness connected to a ceiling track
expanding like they normally do, contract and the patient is able to walk around a
and press against the lungs. 240-foot track without fearing of falling. Parking spot reserved by SFC Steven
This is extremely painful for the patient. MATC has Simulation Rooms to help a Waldron for Past National Commander
Hallway in the Heaton Pavilion at Walter The only solution is to sedate the patient, patient relearn how to drive a car or steer Dick Marbes at Walter Reed Army Med-
Reed Army Medical Center containing perform a tracheotomy, and place the a boat. Patients can take a virtual run ical Center. By the looks of the spelling
all the state flags in the order of admit- patient on a ventilator until the ribs heal through the woods on a treadmill. of his name, apparently PNC Marbes’
tance into the Union. and reattach. This patient had recovered, Lemacks showed the latest in prosthetic fame has not spread to Walter Reed.
DAV Volume 64 Number 1 SPRING 2010 16
2010 DAV Mid-Winter Conference
The Disabled American Veterans (DAV) 2010 Advance Appropriations. Absent, due to illness, was Eyang Nyambi (Rep. Moore).
Mid-Winter Conference was held February 28-March 3, The Staff of the National Legislative Office discussed Discussion with Staff included:
2010 at the Marriott Crystal Gateway in Arlington, Vir- the latest budget proposal and pending legislation in the
ginia. The Conference was sponsored by the DAV State 111th Congress. The Stand Up For Veterans initiative Claims Backlog with Veterans Benefit
Commanders & Adjutants (C&A) Association. was lauded as an important key to the approval of Administration (VBA)
Representing DAV Department of Wisconsin were: Advance Appropriations. • VBA needs to transition from cumbersome paper-based
John Hoeft, Senior Vice Commander; Al Labelle, Judge The success of the first-ever virtual march on Wash- system to Informational Technology (IT).
Advocate; Clarence Stoel, Legislative Director; Roger ington will result in virtual town hall meetings with • Standardize physical examinations are needed to
Dorman, Immediate Past Commander; Ken Kuehnl, Members of Congress and VA Officials. The importance reduce redundancies and delays.
Adjutant; Dick Marbes, Treasurer; Stephen Leopold, of DAV’s grassroots in getting Congress to pass DAV • Assign interim ratings when sufficient evidence exists.
Legal Advisor; and John Kliendienst, National Service priorities into law was stressed. • Quality, not quantity.
Office (NSO) Supervisor. Treasurer Marbes is also a
Past National Commander. March 1, 2010 2011 VA Budget
Workshops were held on Service, Inspector General’s • Applaud Administration’s proposed VA Budget for 2011.
February 28, 2010 issues, Membership, Voluntary Services and Communi- • Future Concerns – proposed funding for construction
The C&A Business Session opened the Conference in cations. The Service Workshop gave a comprehensive projects, biomedical research and IT, though increased,
the morning with Welcoming Remarks. Among those wel- overview of veterans health care benefits and discussed may not be sufficient to meet future demands.
coming the attendees were Roberto “Bobby” Berrera, changes to VA’s Special Adaptive Housing Program. • Administration’s proposed VA Budget for 2012, thank-
DAV National Commander; Arthur Wilson, National The theme of the Inspector General (IG) Workshop fully has adequate Advance Appropriations, but it may
Adjutant; and Kay Egan, Auxiliary National Commander. was “Protecting and preserving the integrity and good contain an unrealistic increase in collections.
The keynote speaker was Eric Shinseki, Secretary of name of our organization.” It talked about fundraising, S. 1963 The Caregiver and Veterans Omnibus
Veterans Affairs (VA), who is a Lifetime Member of use of income, financial reporting requirements, IRS Health Service Act of 2009
DAV Chapter 5 in Hawaii. VA Secretary Shinseki spoke Form 990-N, disciplinary actions and amending Consti- • Contains Family Caregiver Provisions.
about the approval of Advance Appropriations, transi- tution & Bylaws. Recently retired IG Bob Gushee was • Improves/Expands Health Care Services for
tioning VA into the 21st Century, the 9/11 GI Bill, the honored during the Workshop. Woman Veterans.
Claims Backlog and Homeless Veterans. The Membership Workshop discussed technology as • Improves Mental Health Care.
His address was blunt, straightforward and did not the key to the future. • Reaches Out to Rural Veterans.
gloss over problems. Currently, VA is running pilot pro- A guest at the Voluntary Services Workshop was • Removes Barriers to Emergency Care at Non-VA Facilities.
grams in Pittsburgh, PA; Little Rock, AR; Providence, Laura Blaun, Director of VA Voluntary Services Office. • Authorizes Construction Projects.
RI; and Baltimore, MD to eliminate the problems. Early Director Blaun discussed why people volunteer and what • Passed by Senate and sent to House VA Committee.
results are encouraging. An update will be given at the it takes to recruit and retain volunteers. Jesse Brown • House VA Committee needs to correlate S. 1963 with
National Convention. Memorial Youth Scholarship and Local Veterans Assis- similar Bills passed in the House.
Adjutant Wilson discussed well-intentioned plans tance Programs were cited. • Urged Staff to expedite process for a final vote on S. 1963.
gone awry. Events need to raise money for disabled The Communications Workshop concluded the busy
veterans, not subsidize the participants. day. Social Media, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube were Eliminate Offsets for Retired Veterans
State Treasurer Dick Marbes spoke about the filing of the discussed as the new methods of communication. and for Surviving Spouses
Departments’ Annual Financial Report. He requested an • Retirement Pay is based on length of service to
easier and more uniform method for the Department filing. March 2, 2010 our nation.
The afternoon sessions were a Benefits Protection Team At 11 a.m., the Department’s delegates met with the • Disability Compensation is based on a service-
Meeting and Legislative Workshop. National Legislative Congressional Staff of the Wisconsin Legislators in the connected injury.
Director Joe Violante opened the afternoon session by Capitol, Room H144. The ornate room was designed in • For some retired veterans, their Retirement Pay is deducted
introducing Rep. Chet Edwards of Texas, Chairman of the 1853 and completed in 1859. It is currently used by the by the amount of their Disability Compensation.
Appropriation Sub-committee on Military Construction, House Committee on Appropriations. • H.R. 303, H.R. 333 and H.R. 811 eliminate this
Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies. In attendance were: Arman Belding (Rep. Baldwin); inequity or offset.
Rep. Edwards thanked DAV for its help in crafting Christine Lindstrom (Sen. Feingold); Kevin Brady (Rep. • Urged Staff to support these Bills.
legislation that has proved helpful with veterans’ issues. Kagan); Erin Gluck (Rep. Kind); Chloe Cabot (Sen. • Survivors are not entitled to Retirement Pay.
He cited record increases in VA Budgets; increases in Kohl); Anne Georges (Rep. Obey); Kevin James (Rep. • If veteran purchases an annuity, called Survivor Bene-
travel mileage, Priority 8 enrollment and homeless Petri); Rob Cooper (Rep. Ryan); and Joshua Ledden fit Plan (SBP), survivor will receive this annuity upon
grants. DAV was the main impetus in the approval of (Rep. Sensenbrenner). CONFERENCE, continued on page 18
Sign over Capitol Room H144, where the Veterans’
presentation was made.
Capitol on the morning of Tuesday, March 2, 2010 before the DAV Wisconsin Delegation presentation on Interior of Capitol Room H144 where Veterans’
Veterans’ issues. presentation was made.
17 DAV Volume 64 Number 1 SPRING 2010
CONFERENCE, continued from page 17 The Legislative Staffers were given handouts on these Conference on Gulf War Illnesses.
veteran’s death. topics and the DAV Legislative Goals for 2010. Staff was Hardie is a Lifetime DAV Member and a recipient of
• Veterans purchase SBP through monthly deductions attentive during the presentation. Rep. Moore’s Staffer, Disabled American Veterans Department Distinguished
from their Retirement Pay. SBP is an annuity, not a Eyang Nyambi, was given the handouts at a later date. Service Award, DAV’s highest annual state award.
gratuitous benefit. Next, the Department’s delegates went to Cannon The day ended with the National Commander’s Reception.
• If a veteran’s cause of death is from a service-connected House Office Building Room 345 for the Joint House
injury or if a veteran is unable to accumulate an inheri- and Senate VA Committee Hearing. An overflow crowd March 3, 2010
tance, after a period of time due to total disability, the of DAV members heard National Commander Roberto Morning meetings of the DAV Board of Directors and
survivor is eligible for VA’s Dependency and Indemnity “Bobby” Berrera successfully present DAV’s 2010 Leg- DAV National Executive Committee ended the 2010
Compensation (DIC). islative Program to the Committees. Commander Mid-Winter Conference.
• If a veteran’s cause of death is not from a service- Berrera received a standing ovation for his presentation. Overall, the Workshops were informative. The Leg-
connected injury or if a veteran is not totally disabled Upon conclusion, some Department delegates went to islative Presentations were well-received by staff and the
for the required time, the DIC amount received by the the Capitol Grille to celebrate the day’s events. Capitol VA Committees. Festive meals at restaurants such as
survivor is deducted from SBP. Grille is a Washington hotspot for movers and shakers. Marvin’s, Legal Seafood, Metro 29 Diner and King
• H.R. 775 and S. 535 eliminate this inequity or offsets They were joined by former Wisconsin Department Street Blues made the experience enjoyable.
for survivors. of Veterans Affairs (WDVA) official, Anthony Hardie. For more specifics, read the upcoming DAV Magazine
• Urged Staff to support these Bills. A Gulf War veteran, he was in Washington to attend a or go to the Department’s Facebook page.
Opening Session at Mid-Winter
Audience listening to the Welcoming Remarks of DAV National Commander
Roberto “Bobby” Barrera at the opening session.
National Adjutant Arthur Wilson
addressing the attendees at the
National Commander Roberto “Bobby”
Berrera and National Adjutant Arthur DAV Head Table awaiting commencement of the Joint House and Senate VA Com-
Wilson conversing before the 2010 DAV mittees Hearing. Pictured, R-L: Kay Egan, Auxiliary National Commander; Michael
Emblems of the Commanders and Legislative presentation to the joint Walsh, Voluntary Services Director; Arthur Wilson, National Adjutant; Roberto
Adjutants Association, who sponsor the House and Senate VA Committee hear- “Bobby” Berrara, National Commander; David Gorman, Executive Director of
Mid-Winter Conference and the DAV ing in Room 345 of the Cannon House Washington Headquarters; Joe Violante, National Legislative Director; and Randy
altar as seen during the opening session. Office Building. Reese, National Service Director.
Past National Commanders Dick Marbes and Rob Reynolds of Virginia awaiting National Adjutant Arthur Wilson greeting Sen. Daniel Akaka of Hawaii, Chairman of the
National Commander Berrera’s testimony in Cannon House Office Building Room 345. Senate VA Committee. Standing in center is National Legislative Director Joe Violante.
DAV Volume 64 Number 1 SPRING 2010 18
Part of the overflow crowd in Cannon House Office Building Room 345 listening
Rep. Robert Filner of California, Sen. Daniel Akaka of Hawaii, Chairman attentively to Commander Berrera’s testimony to the Joint House and Senate
Chairman of the House VA Committee. of the Senate VA Committee. VA Committees.
Dining Around Washington
Celebrating at the Capitol Grille, clockwise from left: State Treasurer Dick Marbes,
Upon adjournment of the joint House and Senate VA Committees hearing, the Wis- Distinguished DAV Lifetime Member Anthony Hardie, State Adjutant Ken Huehnl,
consin delegation went to the Capitol Grille to celebrate National Commander Judge Advocate Al Labelle, Past Department Commander Roger Dorman and NSO
Berrera’s successful testimony. State Supervisor John Kleindienst.
Part of the Wisconsin Delegation to the 2010 Mid-Winter at Marvin’s, an eatery
at the corner of 14th and U in Washington, the night before the opening session.
Pictured, L-R: Judge Advocate Al Labelle, State Adjutant Ken Kuehnl, Legislative Legislative Director Clarence Stoel and Senior Vice Commander John Hoeft enjoy-
Director Clarence Stoel and State Treasurer Dick Marbes. ing lunch at King Street Blues on the first day of the 2010 Mid-Winter Conference.
State Legislative Director Clarence Stoel
happily buying a round for the Wis-
State Treasurer and Past National Commander Dick Marbes and Judge Advocate Al consin delegation at the National
Metro 29 Diner sign in Arlington, Virginia. Labelle enjoying a frugal meal at the Metro 29 Diner in Arlington, Virginia. Commander’s Reception.
19 DAV Volume 64 Number 1 SPRING 2010
The History of Honor Flight
The inaugural Honor Flight took place were in their 80s and of 2005, Earl Locally, another 300 veterans completed
in May of 2005. Six small planes flew out lacked the physical addressed about the journey during that year.
of Springfield, Ohio taking 12 World War and mental where- 150 members of the
II veterans on a visit to the memorial in withal to complete a aero club during a Word Spread and HonorAir
Washington, D.C. In August of 2005, an trip on their own. safety meeting, outlin- Arrived…Right On Time
ever-expanding waiting list of veterans Families and ing a volunteer program The mission and ideals of the program
led our transition to commercial airline friends also to fly veterans to their began to spread across America. Other
carriers with the goal of accommodating lacked the memorial. There were two cities and states became aware of our efforts
as many veterans as possible. Partnering resources and major stipulations to his and we fostered working relationships with
with HonorAir in Hendersonville, North time to complete request. The first was that the dedicated community leaders in several
Carolina, we formed the “Honor Flight the three- to veterans pay nothing. The entire air- states. Jeff Miller in Hendersonville, North
Network.” Today, we continue working four-day trip to the nation’s capital. craft rental ($600 to $1,200 for the day) Carolina led the expansion into areas not
aggressively to expand our programs to would have to be paid solely by the pilots. serviced by direct commercial flights to the
other cities across the nation. The Spark of an Idea The second was that the pilots personally Washington, D.C. area. He accomplished
Earl could tell that the majority of the escort the veterans around D.C. for the what was thought to be impossible, orga-
How a Dream Became a Reality veterans had given up all hope of ever vis- entire day. nizing and obtaining funding to fly an entire
The Honor Flight Network program iting the memorial that was specifically After Earl spoke, 11 pilots who had commercial jet filled with local area veter-
was conceived by Earl Morse, a physician created to honor their services as well as never met his patients stepped up to vol- ans to visit the monument.
assistant and Retired Air Force Captain. the services of their fellow comrades who unteer. And Honor Flight was born. This was the beginning of Henderson
Earl wanted to honor the veterans he had paid the ultimate sacrifice. That’s County’s HonorAir. On September 23rd
had taken care of for the past 27 years. when Earl decided that there had to be a The Dream Takes Flight and again on the 24th the US Airways-
After retiring from the Air Force in way to get these heroes to D.C. to see Soon other dedicated volunteers joined, chartered jet was filled with World War II
1998, Earl was hired by the Department their memorial. a board was formed, funds were raised and veterans and their guardians. Jeff repeated
of Veterans Affairs to work in a small In addition to being a physician assis- that first flight took to the air in May of his success on November 4th of 2006. In
clinic in Springfield, Ohio. In May of tant, Earl was also a private pilot and a 2005. Six small planes flew 12 very happy less than three months, HonorAir had
2004, the World War II Memorial was member of one of our nation’s largest and veterans out to Manassas, Virginia, just flown over 300 World War II veterans to
finally completed and dedicated in best aero clubs located at Wright-Patterson outside of Washington, D.C. Vans then D.C.! Jeff quickly shared his expertise
Washington, D.C. and quickly became Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio. And transported the pilots and veterans into with others, who started HonorAir pro-
the topic of discussion among his World things started coming together. D.C. and to the World War II Memorial. grams in several other areas of the
War II veteran patients. In December of 2004, Earl asked one of The responses from both the veterans and country. By the end of 2006, 891 World
Earl repeatedly asked these veterans if his World War II veteran patients if it would the pilots were overwhelming. It was an War II veterans across America realized
they would ever travel out to visit THEIR be all right if Earl personally flew him out experience that will remain with them for their dream of visiting their memorial.
memorial. Most felt that eventually, to D.C., free of charge, to visit his memor- the rest of their lives. Soon other flights We are proud to say that: 1) all of our
somehow, they would make it to D.C., ial. Mr. Loy broke down and cried. He told were planned and made. So many veterans heroes had a safe and memorable trip and;
perhaps with a family member or friend. Earl that at his age he would probably wanted to participate that commercial air- 2) we were able to raise sufficient funds so
As summer turned to fall and then never get to see his memorial otherwise, craft were used to accommodate forty that every veteran flew absolutely free.
winter, these same veterans returned to and graciously accepted the offer. veterans at a time, including many in
the clinic for their follow-up visits. Earl Earl posed the same question to a sec- wheelchairs. By the end of the first year, The First to Charter,
asked if they accomplished their dream ond World War II veteran a week later. He Honor Flight had transported 137 World the First to Finish…
of visiting the World War II Memorial. too cried and enthusiastically accepted War II veterans to their memorial. 24 September 2007, Honor Air out of
By now, for most of the veterans he the trip. It didn’t take long for Earl to real- In 2006, commercial flights were exclu- Hendersonville, NC and Henderson
asked, reality had settled in; it was clear ize that there were many veterans who sively used due to the number of veterans County, NC were the first city and the
to most that it simply wasn’t financially would have the same reaction. So he on the waiting list and adverse weather first county in the nation to fly 100% of
or physically possible for them to make started asking for help from other pilots conditions which prohibited small aircraft their WWII veterans to their memorials.
the journey. Most of these senior heroes to make these dreams a reality. In January from participating on a regular schedule. HONOR FLIGHT, cont. on next page
Honor Flight Network in Wisconsin
Never Forgotten Honor Flight
Old Glory Honor Flight
Greater Fox Valley
Freedom Honor Flight
La Crosse, WI
Badger Honor Flight
Stars and Stripes Honor Flight
DAV Volume 64 Number 1 SPRING 2010 20
Up, Up and Away… heroes, and the prediction that we are los-
Southwest and Pace Airlines partner ing approximately 1,000 of them daily, The Case for Never Forgotten Honor Flight
with the Honor Flight Network to provide we are committed to do all within our World War II ended more than 60 years ago. America traditionally has not built
free tickets, idle aircraft and other avenues power to make their dream a reality. Our memorials to wars. We have built many battle monuments and statues honoring spe-
to support our veterans in visiting their current focus will remain on World War II cific warriors and even honored specific branches of the armed services, but until
memorials. During an economic recession, veterans and those veterans from any war the Vietnam Memorial Wall was constructed, we didn’t build monuments to con-
these two giants in the airline industry who have a terminal illness. However, our flicts. Vietnam changed that, for whatever reason. Finally, in May of 2004, the World
stepped up in a big way to give very gen- vision goes beyond World War II. War II Memorial was dedicated to the memory of those who fought in that conflict.
erous contributions that will allow us The problem is that most of the veterans to whom the Memorial is dedicated
many more options in doing it smarter, Honoring All Our Veterans consider themselves too old to travel and see it, and of the 16 million men and
faster, and more economically to meet the In the future, Honor Flight Network women who served in the war, only about 3 million are still alive. Depending on
ever increasing number of requests and will also pay tribute to America’s other which figures you use, they are dying at a rate of 1,100 to 1,700 a day.
applications from veterans who would heroes who served during the Korean and Never Forgotten Honor Flight has a very simple mission: We want to fly as many
like to have this opportunity. In May, Vietnam Wars, followed by veterans of of those survivors as are able to Washington to experience “their” Memorial and a
Southwest stepped up by donating thou- more current wars. They, too, have given few other sights and sounds of the nation’s capital, at no cost to our Veterans. Our
sands of free tickets, and was therefore so much and it’s time we show them that statement to these members of the Greatest Generation is: You have paid enough.
named the official commercial carrier fol- their efforts are not forgotten. Honor We want to share with you the Memorial our country has constructed to honor
lowed by the announcement mid-July by Flight Network has learned a lot over your service.
Pace Airlines, a charter service, coming these last four years and one point that All veterans are accompanied by Guardians. These are volunteers who have
on board as the first charter to commit to stands out is that our veteran heroes attended a special training session to help them learn how to make sure our Vet-
our new Flex Flight Program, a program aren’t asking for recognition. It is our erans are well attended to during their one-day trip to Washington. The Guardians
that will allow us to use idle aircraft to position that they deserve it. Our program pay their own way – about $500. Our Veterans are fed well, receive deluxe motor-
transport our veterans. It is because of is just a small token of our appreciation coach transport around the Washington area, and have the chance to mingle with
these passionate, service oriented airlines, for those that gave so much. other Veterans visiting the Memorials. Upon their return home they will be greeted
the Honor Flight Network undoubtedly Please help us continue to make with a hero’s welcome.
has more flexibility, more opportunity and their dream of visiting THEIR memor- The cost of arranging one flight from Central Wisconsin to Washington, D.C.
serve more veterans on our “anxiously ial, a reality. is approximately $100,000, depending on size of aircraft, price of fuel and many
waiting list” than would have been possi- other variables. The cost for each traveler is about $500. Our goal is to launch two
ble given the economy and the decrease in HONOR FLIGHT NETWORK flights each year, for as long as we have World War II Veterans to honor. After
charitable contributions. – our way of saying that, Korean War veterans will begin to take their place in line. Their Memorial
to all our veterans – one more was also built decades after the end of the “forgotten war” so many of them have
The Future of Honor Flight… TOUR with HONOR. also not had the chance to see their Memorial.
Help Us Meet Our Goal Consider The Following: For the debt our nation owes these men and women, we feel our efforts are
The future looks bright for our coun- In our first year, 2005, HFN safely entirely appropriate. We would appreciate your support in any form, as we con-
try’s World War II veterans. In February transported 137 veterans to see THEIR tinue the Never Forgotten Honor Flight project.
of 2006, Earl and Jeff combined efforts memorials, at no cost to the veterans.
and co-founded Honor Flight Network. In our second year, 2006, HFN safely
The leaders of various flying programs, transported 891 veterans to see THEIR
and others interested in starting similar memorials, at no cost to the veterans. Fact Sheet
projects in their own regions, attended a In our third year, 2007, HFN safely trans- • Never Forgotten Honor Flight’s mission is to organize and fly groups of veterans
summit in Washington, D.C. with over ported over 5,000 veterans to see THEIR (at no cost to the veteran) to Washington, D.C. to visit their war memorials.
100 people in attendance. Now a network memorials, at no cost to the veterans. • Never Forgotten Honor Flight is based in Wausau, Wisconsin and is the fifth
of participating programs is in place to In our fourth year, 2008, HFN safely Wisconsin-based affiliate of the national Honor Flight Network.
assist our senior heroes. Resources are transported 11,137 veterans to see THEIR • Our first flight is planned for the early part of the second quarter of 2010.
pooled, experience is shared and alliances memorials, at no cost to the veterans. • Veterans are selected on a first-come, first-served basis with priority given to
are formed throughout America to get And in 2009, HFN safely transported WWII veterans and any veteran with a terminal illness.
World War II veterans to their precious 17,832 veterans to see THEIR memori- • Never Forgotten Honor Flight serves north central and northwestern Wisconsin.
memorial safely. als, at no cost to the veterans! • Veterans can request an application (and assistance with submitting the application)
Honor Flight Network has established With the continued support of grateful at their veterans’ organizations or by calling 715-573-8519 or on our Web site,
an aggressive goal for 2009 – we want to Americans, by the end of the 2009 flying www.neverforgottenhonorflight.org
transport 25,000 veterans from across the season in November, HFN transported • Flight day includes a departure ceremony, breakfast, the flight to and from
United States to the World War II Memo- more than 35,996 veterans of World War Washington, D.C., deluxe tour bus service to and from the memorials, lunch,
rial. The program presently has 71 hubs II, Korea and Vietnam to see the memori- dinner and a welcome home ceremony.
in 30 states. By the end of 2009, Honor als built to honor their suffering and sac- • Since 2005, the Honor Flight Network and its affiliates have safely transported
Flight Network hopes to have a hub in all rifice to keep this great nation free and a more than 17,000 veterans through similar “Honor Flights”.
50 states. Due to the senior age of our world leader. • To assist disabled veterans, oxygen and wheelchairs are provided. Each veteran
must provide a medical release from their private physician.
• Never Forgotten Honor Flight provides trained volunteer ‘guardians’ to accompany
Sponsorship Levels the veterans on the aircraft and while visiting the memorials.
$500 Sponsors one Veteran • Each guardian pays his or her own way and is required to attend a training session.
$1,000 Team – sponsors 2 Veterans Guardian Applications are available on our Web site, www.neverforgotten
$2,500 Patrol – sponsors 5 Veterans honorflight.org
$5,000 Squad – sponsors 10 Veterans • Spouses of Never Forgotten Honor Flight veterans are not allowed to serve
$10,000 Platoon – sponsors 20 Veterans as guardians.
$20,000 Company – sponsors 40 Veterans • Never Forgotten Honor Flight receives no government funding and depends on
$80,000 Flight – underwrites an entire flight tax-deductible donations, which can be mailed to Never Forgotten Honor Flight,
Inc., P.O. Box 5056, Wausau, WI, 54402-5056 or through our Web site,
Donations can be mailed to:
Never Forgotten Honor Flight
• Donations of any amount are welcome. Donors can ‘Sponsor a Vet’ with a $500
P.O. Box 5056
donation, which covers the day’s cost for one veteran.
Wausau, WI 54402-5056
• Companies interested in sponsorship may contact any board member.
Or log on to our Web site at: neverforgottenhonorflight.org • Individuals and groups interested in the many volunteer opportunities that
and click on ‘donate.’ exist, can learn more by calling 715-573-8519 or visiting our Web site,
Please support us with our Transportation Fundraiser – purchase or sell your raffle tickets
21 DAV Volume 64 Number 1 SPRING 2010
“Vets Roll” for WWII Veterans
Mark Finnegan of Finnegan RV Sales,
takes time out of his busy schedule to
personally meet with WWII veterans
wanting to participate in his newly created
project called, “Vets Roll.”
“Vets Roll” is Mark’s dream for honor-
ing WWII veterans. He feels they have
never received the respect and gratitude
that each and every person owes them.
His dream is to provide 128 WWII veter-
ans safe ground transportation to visit their
WWII Memorial and other sites around
Washington, D.C. Other great surprises are Pictured is Mark Finnegan shaking hands
planned for celebrating these veterans. with WWII veteran Laverne Borchardt,
The tour will start Monday, May 17- DAV Chapter 39. Mark visited Laverne
hoping to get him to apply for “Vets Roll.”
May 20, 2010.
Eight donated motor homes and two can register online at VetsRoll.org or you Camp American Legion
charter buses will transport the veterans.
Their entire trip, including transportation
can contact Cathy Price at 920-563-2545.
You may also call Mark Finnegan directly
Opens May 24th
and hotel rooms, are completely FREE. at 608-207-8319 or 800-383-2267. The 2010 camp season starts May 24th and ends September 10th. We are accepting
Donations from corporations and the Presently about 10 WWII veterans applications now through August 15th.
general public are paying for their trip. from the Fort Atkinson/Whitewater area For any veteran who may not know of us, Camp American Legion is a rest and reha-
Space is limited and with this program are signed up. This is open ONLY to Wis- bilitation facility for ill, injured and disabled Wisconsin military veterans. It is a very
being ONLY weeks away, there is room consin and northern Illinois veterans. special place located on Big Carr Lake in the beautiful north woods of Wisconsin.
for only 50 more veterans at this time. Volunteers, EMTs and medical staff We have 19 cabins, a main lodge with dining room and a physical therapy facility
Departure will be at 5:30 a.m. on Mon- are still needed for this trip, too. with professional staff. We have pontoon boats for fishing and lake cruises, plus other
day, May 17. A pre-trip meeting will be Because the veterans wanting to participate daily activities. Veterans who qualify get a free seven-day stay. You can get more
held the week before, but applications has grown beyond first planned, donations are information on the Camp and application forms by going to The American Legion of
need to be filed soon. greatly appreciated. Maybe you can sponsor a Wisconsin Web site at wilegion.org. Once there, click “Programs,” then “Veteran
If you have access to a computer, you WWII veteran for this wonderful trip. Affairs and Rehabilitation” and finally “Camp American Legion.”
You can also get application forms from any VA facility or County Veterans
Service Officer. If you are an honorably discharged Wisconsin veteran with a
physician-documented illness, injury or disability, we want you here at Camp. We
Jobs for Vets look forward to serving you.
There have been a total of 66 vets hired at the Department of Workforce
Development during the last 11 months, and 55 of them are rated at 30% or more. Kevin Moshea, Director
We anticipate the numbers to increase, due to anticipated vacancies and DWD’s Camp American Legion
efforts to utilize the Veterans Non Competitive Appointment program. Lake Tomahawk, WI 54539-9753
In a separate program, DWD and other agencies are also hiring veterans with dis- 715-277-2510
abilities through the Department of Vocational Rehabilitation in which DVR pays firstname.lastname@example.org
the wages for 6-12 months, with the anticipation that some of these veterans may
be hired permanently in the future.
I would ask that any disabled veteran interested in being considered for these
programs, to go to the nearest Job Center LVER or DVOP in their area. Helpline for Post-9/11 GI Bill Now
Any questions, give me a call at 608-266-3110.
Open 5 Days a Week
Daniel J. Schmitz, Director CHARLESTON, West Virginia (WKOW) – Veterans of the wars in Iraq and
Veterans Employment & Training Service Afghanistan can now get their questions answered about the new Post-9/11 GI Bill
U.S. Department of Labor over the phone five days a week.
Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki says that GI Bill helpline employees
have been working to process a backlog in education claims since December. Shin-
seki says since those claims are being processed more efficiently, more workers are
Re: LRB 3490/4 being moved to the helpline.
The toll-free helpline at 1-888-GI-BILL-1 or 1-888-442-4551 will be staffed
Dear Representative/Senator _______________________: Monday through Friday.
The new GI Bill was designed to be the most comprehensive benefit for veterans
I am writing to strongly encourage you to co-sponsor LRB 3490/4: The Wiscon- since World War II.
sin GI Bill Enhancement Act, as introduced by Representative Steve Hilgenberg.
Provisions of the 2009-2011 biennial budget requires an offset against the Wis-
consin GI Bill’s 128-credit limit for any semester in which federal Post 9/11 GI Bill
benefits are utilized at state universities and technical schools. This legislation will
reduce that offset by 50% – thus allowing a possible 64 additional credits under the
Wisconsin Timber Rattlers
Wisconsin GI Bill program to Wisconsin veterans. DAV/DAVA Day at the Ballpark
The federal Post-9/11 GI Bill will be bringing in millions of new federal dollars
to cover the tuition and fee costs of eligible veterans. Those very same veterans
Fox Cities Stadium
should not be penalized by entirely eliminating their Wisconsin GI Bill entitlement. July 18, 2010 at 1:05 p.m.
Also, the current law encourages Wisconsin veterans to take their federal
benefits/dollars to out-of-state schools, because they do not suffer a Wisconsin GI I have 164 tickets available that include a picnic along the first baseline. The cost
Bill offset in those circumstances. We want to encourage veterans to return to Wis- is $17.75/adult per person, $13.75/children (ages 3-10), which would include a
consin for their education, which would make it more likely that they will remain lunch and the cost of your ticket.
in the state for employment purposes. If you would like to participate in this, I would need your count of people attend-
The County Veterans Service Officers Association of Wisconsin strongly endorses ing no later than June 25, 2010. If you only choose to attend the game, the cost of
LRB 3490/4 as the proper vehicle to partially restore Wisconsin GI Bill benefits to the ticket is $6.50 apiece. This information must be sent to headquarters two weeks
our current generation of veterans who have served this country during the Global prior to the game.
War on Terrorism. If you have any further questions, please let me know. Please note the closing
date to get the picnic and tickets has changed to June 25, 2010.
(Your Name) Kenneth L. Kuehnl
DAV Volume 64 Number 1 SPRING 2010 22
An Opportunity for You to Volunteer at the EAA AirVenture Show
July 26 – August 1
The DAV Aviation Public Outreach MEDIA is very important to us – so When working the air show, please 3. Wear comfortable shoes – the ramp
Program is looking for a few good people please provide us with local media in consider these recommendations: area is always a hard surface.
to help us at the upcoming air show. It is your area that are supportive of veter- 1. Bring your sunglasses and a hat, 4. Plan to arrive early and beat the
an opportunity to meet the crew of the ans. We want to get them on board with preferably a DAV hat. congestive air show traffic.
B-25 and learn more about the history of our program and we have special infor- 2. Wear comfortable clothing – DAV 5. Most important – Have fun and enjoy
this World War II Bomber. mation to share with them. shirts are great, but dress accordingly. the day!
This is also an opportunity to reach out
to your community and fellow veterans.
We need DAV Volunteers who can inter-
act with the public and communicate with
veterans about their earned benefits and
attract new members for the DAV and
B-25 medium bomber
Our mission is to inform the public
about the DAV This is accomplished by
distributing information to everyone at
the show. The distribution includes yel-
low DAV bags stuffed with autograph
pieces, B-25 stickers, flag decals and
much more. At the booth, we will also be
collecting address label cards and need
people to motivate the public to complete
those cards. We also have unique B-25
pins to distribute for a $10.00 donation.
Gary Sinise has made a recording to
encourage the public to get a pin.
Due to traffic concerns, it is best to
arrive before the gates are open and plan
to stay as long as you can. Working in
shifts is not recommended. A briefing
will be conducted each morning which
will explain the logistics and our goals for
This exciting opportunity is limited to
only five volunteers per day. They need to
be aggressive and ready to answer ques-
tions about the DAV and the VA services.
The volunteers can be from your chapter
or the auxiliary.
Drinks and sunscreen will be provided
for the volunteers at the show. Most air
shows do not allow coolers and back-
packs to be brought inside the show
grounds. Please check the air show Web
site for more details.
Parking passes may be available. How-
ever, the sections reserved for handicapped
parking lots are usually best. If there is an
admittance fee, AirSupport will serve as
your liaison and provide passes for up to
five volunteers per day.
The DAV has special B-25 pins that
we distribute for a $10.00 donation. The
air show will play PSA’s recording by
Gary Sinise, which will encourage the
spectators to come by the display to pur-
chase these pins.
In addition, we will have the announcer
make announcements about the opportu-
nity to sign our special poster. Our goal is
to collect as many signatures from veter-
ans and then donate the poster to the
show. We need your help with this!
Contact phone numbers are Marvona
Welsh at 585-748-2428 or Lynn May at
585-309-9100. They will work with you
regarding the logistics at the air show. Please
direct all the communications with them
and not the air show personnel.
23 DAV Volume 64 Number 1 SPRING 2010
Secretary’s Vision for the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs
By Secretary Ken Black unprecedented numbers and we must ensure they are E. We must determine if operational realignment
part of any mission. In short, we must re-evaluate our is appropriate.
As I have been participat- goals and adapt the mission of the Department to meet F. We must initiate any new or revised program based
ing in veterans’ organization these new goals. on specific goals and be prepared to alter the
conferences early this year, This will not be an easy undertaking. The Board must course if the goals are not being met.
I’ve had the opportunity to process complex information, assess the Department’s 3. We must secure the resource base to accomplish the
share my goals from the per- resources and respond to the stakeholders who represent mission each and every year.
spective of the Wisconsin the thousands of Wisconsin veterans we serve. The G. Once programs have been determined, we need to
Department of Veterans Department staff must assist the Board, provide a “boots project the costs for the next five years at a minimum.
Affairs, as we move forward on the ground” response once a course of action has H. We must then determine what resources can be
in partnership with our been chosen, and monitor the chosen course. The used to minimize reliance on other entities.
stakeholders. The WDVA stakeholders must provide the building blocks of these I. Once we know what resources are necessary from
will host a Veterans’ Stake- actions: the places where help is most needed, the vol- outside the Department, we must use teamwork to
holder Conference on unteers to assist with legislation and implementation, secure the necessary resources.
April 2, 2010, at depart- and feedback on whether the chosen actions are 4. Every mission requires review and adjustment: it
ment headquarters, in the Richard H. Zeitlin Education accomplishing the goals. is essential that the mission and specific goals be
Center. See www.WisVets.com. Please see below my During my 20+ years of service, I developed, planned evaluated on an annual basis.
vision for the department. and accomplished many missions. Most of those mis- J Re-examine our demographic base and ensure our
I am honored and humbled to be named Secretary of sions required careful planning. As we chart the mission programs remain vital for our constituents.
the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs. My we must undertake, I would offer my experience, and I K. Review the operational efficiency of our programs.
intent is to provide the leadership necessary to ensure would offer the following outline as a starting point. L. Seek stakeholder input for enhancing, expanding
the debt we owe our veterans continues to be paid. The or eliminating programs.
mission we perform for our fellow service members and 1. Define our mission(s) No worthwhile goal is easy. The best things in life are
their families is essential and we, as a team, must be A. We must examine our demographic base and often the hardest to achieve. But I want the best for our
ever vigilant in our efforts to promote integrity, effi- determine their needs. veterans and I know each and every one of you does too.
ciency and humanity as we accomplish the goals set B. We must assess our resources: what we have and Every man and woman who has served our country
forth by the Board. what we might be able to obtain. knows how to pull together to accomplish a mission. I
Those goals have changed as the nature of our society C. We must determine what goals need to be our first stand ready to assist the Board in these tasks, as I am
and the nature of military service has changed. Our priority and what resources we must devote to sure the stakeholders and Department staff do, and look
largest population of veterans, those who served in those priorities. forward to a bright future for Wisconsin veterans.
World War II, the Korean Conflict and the Vietnam War, 2. After ascertaining what our mission is, we must It is a difficult time for the veterans’ community. My
has matured and has far different needs. Our youngest review and refine our delivery system intent is to stay focused on supporting veterans and I will
veterans face many challenges as they attempt to reinte- D. We must review all existing programs and create, be out and around the veterans’ community to reconnect
grate from their tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. Our revise or eliminate as necessary to successfully and ensure we are all working towards our common goal
National Guard and the Reserves have been mobilized in accomplish the mission. – taking care of our veterans.
Welcoming Home Our Veterans of the Vietnam War
By Secretary Ken Black by anti-communist nations, offer them a warm welcome home that many never
including the United States. The received. Named for the Landing Zones that service
On March 29, 2010, our state observed for the first time United States’ involvement was members were often deployed to, the event is called “LZ
a day to honor those who served during the Vietnam War. 10 years, from troop deploy- Lambeau.” The Wisconsin Department of Veterans
Last summer, Governor Jim Doyle signed into law ments that began in 1965 until Affairs is partnering with Wisconsin Public Television
2009 Wisconsin Act 36, designating March 29th of each the capture of Saigon by the and the Wisconsin Historical Society to present a week-
year to be recognized as “Vietnam Veterans Day” in Wis- North Vietnamese army on April end of activities, including: the presence of The Moving
consin. The day is set aside to acknowledge the 1,239 30, 1975, which marked the end Wall; an exhibit of artifacts and photographs from the
Wisconsin Armed Forces members who are listed on the of the Vietnam War about 35 Vietnam War, courtesy of the Wisconsin Veterans Muse-
Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C., and to years ago. um; and a special event inside Lambeau Field on Saturday
express pride and gratitude to the veterans of that war. On March 27th, there was a night, May 22nd, featuring music, speakers and a pre-
There were over 165,000 service members from Wis- Vietnam Veterans Day Celebration view of the forthcoming Wisconsin Vietnam War Stories
consin who served during the Vietnam War. in Eau Claire, just two days before documentary from Wisconsin Public Television.
The war began on September 26, 1959 as the Cold War the officially designated Vietnam Veterans Day in Wisconsin. Vietnam veterans and the public are encouraged to
military conflict called the “Second Indochina War.” It was Also of note, planning is underway for a very special attend this once-in-a-lifetime tribute. You can find out
a 16-year conflict between communist North Vietnam, event to take place from May 21-23 at Lambeau Field in more about the LZ Lambeau event at LZLambeau.org
which was supported by communist allies, and the Green Bay. There will be a huge celebration to honor and or on the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs Web
government of South Vietnam, which was supported thank Wisconsin’s Vietnam Veterans, and to formally site at www.WisVets.com
Milwaukee Chapter #44
BARRON COUNTY No. 52
Meetings: 2nd Monday at 7:00 p.m.
MEETINGS: 1ST THURSDAY AT 7:00 P.M. Vets Center
ELK’S LODGE – 5555 W. GOOD HOPE ROAD, MILWAUKEE, WI 1404 MacAuley Avenue, Rice Lake
COMMANDER – MICHAEL LANG
ADJUTANT – STANLEY KOGUTKIEWICZ
Serving all veterans in the greater Milwaukee area
Benjamin Anderson (715) 637-4199
DAV Volume 64 Number 1 SPRING 2010 24
Team Wisconsin Comes Together to Serve State’s Newest Veterans
As the approximately 3,200 Wiscon- had they not deployed, Hallquist said, and
sin Army National Guard Soldiers who if they have been released due to down-
deployed with the 32nd Infantry Brigade sizing at their job, they have a right to
Combat Team return from Iraq this know their seniority status with the
month, one mission remains – and a company to determine if their release
team of state agencies are working to would have occurred had they not
give Soldiers the tools they need to com- deployed. These rights are spelled out
plete that mission. under the federal Uniformed Services
To ensure success on this front, the Employment and Reemployment Rights
Wisconsin Service Member Support Act, or USERRA.
Division joined forces with the state Hallquist cautioned Soldiers that they
Department of Workforce Develop- have certain responsibilities, such as pro-
ment and the state Department of Vet- viding their employers with adequate
erans Affairs, along with several other notice of their upcoming deployment and
agencies, to help returning Soldiers returning to work within 90 days follow-
and Airmen understand what rights and ing the end of that deployment. If the
benefits they have earned as veterans – Soldier believes he or she has been treated
in particular, education, employment unfairly by their employer, they are
and health care, and the opportunity to obliged to contact their chain of com-
file service-related Veterans Adminis- mand, and then contact ESGR along with
tration disability claims before leaving the U.S. Department of Labor Veterans
active duty. Employment and Training Service
This collaboration is a natural out- (VETS). If the complaint has merit and
growth for the SMSD, created in 2009 as ESGR gets involved, “then it’s the U.S.
required by Congress to combine the government versus your employer,” Hal-
Badger Yellow Ribbon program, Wiscon- lquist said. “You can guess who will win
sin National Guard Family Program that one.”
Office and the Joint Family Support Ken Grant, a representative from the
Assistance Program (JFSAP). Run by the state Department of Workforce Develop-
Wisconsin National Guard, the SMSD ment, spoke to Soldiers about various
offers help previously available through a workshops offered to help those without
variety of programs through one office to jobs reenter the workforce. “In these
families and employers of service mem- tough economic times, we want to make
bers from all components, both active sure you’re the best prepared job appli-
duty and reserve. cant,” Grant said. “We’ll also do all that
According to Jeffrey Unger, the transition we can to help you get the right job skills.
assistance advisor for Wisconsin’s We want you to be the best prepared and
Department of Military Affairs, many the best qualified.”
benefits veterans have earned go unused. Ray Perez, from the state Department
Beginning Thursday (Jan. 14), he mod- of Veterans Affairs, outlined federal and
erated “Wisconsin Day” – a detailed state veterans’ benefits available to
presentation to veterans back in the state returning Soldiers. Some of these include
less than 24 hours from a deployment to the Wisconsin G.I. Bill, veteran educa-
Iraq, acquainting them with their benefits. tion grants, assistance to needy vets, Pictured is the return of the Wisconsin Army National Guard’s 32nd Infantry
These briefings are considered crucial for retraining grants, veteran homes and Brigade Combat Team from an eight-month deployment to Iraq. About 115 soldiers
returning service members. cemeteries, and the “Mission: Welcome from Troop A, 105th Cavalry landed at Volk Field on January 5, 2010. Wisconsin
“We want to make sure we introduce Home” program. Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Ken Black (in the black coat) was there to
veterans to the core programs and ser- “Listen up, guys – you’re duly enti- greet the returning service members, Wisconsin’s newest veterans.
vices that are basically life-altering,” tled,” he said. “You’re eligible for these Photos courtesy of Wisconsin Army National Guard 1st Sgt. Vaughn R. Larson
Unger said. benefits, but more importantly, you’ve Jean Bardeen, a military Family caused by repeated exposure to horrify-
Wisconsin National Guard Soldiers earned them.” Assistance Center representative, spoke ing events accompanied by adrenaline,
and Airmen returning from overseas Rebecca Boehlke spoke about Mili- about Wisconsin’s Service Member he said.
deployments have been briefed on such tary OneSource, which provides a vast Support Division. “In a combat zone that can happen on a
benefits in the past, during their demobi- array of services to veterans and non- “If you take nothing else away from daily basis,” Brandt said. “The brain is not
lization as well as periodic “reintegration” veteran service members alike. These today, know that we are the portal for all built to handle that amount of adrenaline.”
sessions in the year following the end of run the gamut from free counseling ses- the agencies here today,” she said. As a result, those with PTSD release
their active duty tour. The idea for this sions for family issues, programs for Bob Curry, founder of DryHootch.org, adrenaline inappropriately. This can mean
type of presentation, Unger explained, weight loss and stress relief, financial a support group for veterans dealing with reduced problem-solving ability, as well
was modeled after a similar effort last counseling, and free tax preparation with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, also as anger-management issues. PTSD also
summer at Fort McCoy for the 81st a professional service through Military spoke to Soldiers Thursday. can result in high cholesterol, diabetes,
Heavy Brigade Combat Team of the OneSource. “I have a lot of brothers and sisters who obesity, cardiovascular disease, irritable
Washington Army National Guard. “Don’t go to H&R Block and bill want to thank you,” he said. “Your gener- bowel and psoriasis. Early treatment is
Thursday was the test run for Wisconsin Military OneSource,” Boehlke quipped. ation gave us our honor back.” crucial, he said, as delaying treatment
Day, which was scheduled for several 1st Lt. James Khile, the rear detach- Capt. Mike Brandt, the state behavioral translates into lengthier treatment.
days during the 32nd Infantry Brigade ment chaplain for the 32nd Brigade, health officer for the Veterans Health “Every one of you have changed from
Combat Team’s demobilization. spoke to Soldiers about enrichment Administration, spoke compellingly the war zone – not everyone in a nega-
“Reports from unit commanders [are] programs offered by the Wisconsin about Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder – tive way,” Brandt said. “Many of you
that this is the way to go,” he said. Department of Military Affairs and what it is, and what it is not. have resiliency.
Mike Hallquist, a representative with administered by the chaplain program. “What most people come back with is “The only barrier between you and
the Employer Support of the Guard and There are programs for marriage enrich- not PTSD, but resiliency,” Brandt said. “A mental health is you,” he continued. “You
Reserve (ESGR) spoke to 32nd Brigade ment (Prevention and Relationship war zone is a prime place to build will get information on where to get help.
Soldiers about job security in an uncer- Enhancement Program, or PREP), single resiliency – opening your mind, doing Don’t put it off.”
tain economy. enrichment (Premarital Interpersonal what is necessary for the mission and the Following the briefings, Soldiers
“Your employer cannot discriminate Choices and Knowledge, or PICK) and Soldiers around you. And that will serve enjoyed a lunch served by American
against you because you served your family enrichment. These weekend you well in civilian life.” Legion volunteers and visited information
country,” he explained. Soldiers have a events are not counseling, but work- PTSD, he explained, is first a physical booths for veteran service organizations,
right to return to the same or similar job shops to strengthen relationships and phenomenon, a chemical reaction in the county veteran service officers and other
at the pay rate they would have received make wise relationship choices. brain that affects how one feels. It is veteran agencies.
25 DAV Volume 64 Number 1 SPRING 2010
Special Extra Earnings
for Military Service DAV transportation
Since 1957, if you had military service earnings for active duty (including
active duty for training), you paid Social Security taxes on those earnings. Since
1988, inactive duty service in the Armed Forces reserves (such as weekend drills)
has also been covered by Social Security.
Under certain circumstances, special extra earnings for your military service
from 1957 through 2001 can be credited to your record for Social Security pur-
Appleton DAV Transportation Program
poses. These extra earnings credits may help you qualify for Social Security or We’re asked from time to time, “How’s everything going with the Appleton
increase the amount of your Social Security benefit. Transportation Program?” We are proud to say under the direction of Dick Marbes
Special extra earnings credits are granted for periods of active duty or active duty and Patty Davis, we are doing great. We now have a full slate of volunteer drivers and
for training. Special extra earnings credits are not granted for inactive duty training. office workers and, I am proud to say, each one is dedicated to see that our veterans
If your active military service occurred get the transportation they need.
• From 1957 through 1967, we will add the extra credits to your record when you We are happy to report that one day Paul Birschbach from the MOPH stopped in
apply for Social Security benefits. and dropped off a very generous check and Bill Remter from the VFW was instru-
• From 1968 through 2001, you do not need to do anything to receive these extra mental in obtaining a $5,000.00 private donation. The van is available first-come,
credits. The credits were automatically added to your record. first-served for all veterans; it is so nice to have the support of other organizations.
• After 2001, there are no special extra earnings credits for military service. Also, Wm. F. Speel of DAV Chapter 18-Appleton donated a new laptop and printer for
How You Get Credit For Special Extra Earnings Appleton DAV Transportation will be holding its first Brat Fry on Sunday, May 23,
The information that follows applies only to active duty military service earn- from 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. at Festival Foods on Northland Avenue in Appleton. Those
ings from 1957 through 2001. Here’s how the special extra earnings are credited of you that live close enough, we hope to see you there to support this worthy cause.
on your record:
Service in 1957 Through 1977 Thanks for your support,
You are credited with $300 in additional earnings for each calendar quarter in Sharon Cornell
which you received active duty basic pay. Office Manager
Service in 1978 through 2001
For every $300 in active duty basic pay, you are credited with an additional
$100 in earnings up to a maximum of $1,200 a year. If you enlisted after Sep-
tember 7, 1980, and didn’t complete at least 24 months of active duty or your full
Madison Happenings from Larry…
tour, you may not be able to receive the additional earnings. Check with Social There are a multitude of projects going on at the Madison VA hospital. This is
Security for details. making problems of parking more difficult. Roads are blocked and parking places
have been eliminated. Large construction equipment is moving around.
Madison still has a large volume of outpatient appointments. The workload at the
office has, sad to say, taken a drop due to the move from the first floor to the ground
Veterans Hospital Earns Magnet® floor. Still kind of working out of boxes.
Hopefully this will improve in the near future. Since spring is coming, Conventions,
Recognition for Nursing Excellence conference and other meaningful meetings will start taking place. Hope to see you all
The William S. Middleton Memorial and innovations in professional nursing there after a long winter.
Veterans Hospital of Madison, Wisconsin practice. Applicants undergo a rigorous
has achieved Magnet® recognition for evaluation that includes extensive docu- Larry W. Hauger
excellence in nursing services by the mentation of outcomes and facility staff DSO/HSC
American Nurses Credentialing Center’s interviews. Research shows there are Madison VA Hospital
Magnet® Recognition Program. clear benefits to health care organizations
“We are honored to receive Magnet® that achieve Magnet® status and to the
recognition,” said Becky Kordahl, Nurse communities they serve:
Executive. “This is tangible evidence that our • Health care consumers have more confi-
organization is achieving excellent outcomes dence in the overall quality of a hospital.
on behalf of the Veterans we serve. Abraham • Facilities achieving Magnet® status con-
Lincoln made a promise that our nation sistently outperform other facilities in
would provide care for those who have recruiting and retaining nurses.
served, and our hospital and clinics are ful- • Magnet® status becomes an attractive
filling that promise in an exemplary manner.” force that extends to the entire facility
Magnet® recognition is bestowed upon for recruiting higher caliber staff.
health care organizations that provide Veterans Hospital’s Magnet® status is
quality patient care, nursing excellence valid for four years.
William S. Middleton Memorial
VETERANS HEALTH ADMINISTRATION
Great Lakes Health Care System
2500 Overlook Terrace, Madison, WI 53705-2286
Veteran’s Health Research Study on Pain
The Department of Veterans Affairs is conducting a study aimed at under- On Friday, April 10th, 2010, Monroe County DAV Chapter's Commander Bob Bur-
standing brain function of pain in Gulf War veterans with muscle and joint pain rier and Treasurer Curtis Gibeaut, Sr. presented Oakdale Electric Co-Op General
and rheumatoid arthritis. manager Bruce Ardett with a Certificate of Appreciation for their Donation to the WI
We are asking for patients, as well as healthy volunteers, to participate in a two-day DAV Transportation Fund.
study conducted at the VA Medical Center and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
We will be assessing your responses to painful heat stimuli on two separate
occasions and while undergoing a functional brain imaging scan.
You will receive $150.00 for your time and effort. Attention Members
If you wish to participate, please leave your name, phone number and mention Please support us with our
“Veteran’s Health Study on Pain” at:
Transportation Fundraiser –
WE NEED YOUR HELP! purchase or sell your raffle tickets
DAV Volume 64 Number 1 SPRING 2010 26
Department of Veterans Affairs Releases Proposed Budget for FY 2011
White House Seeks $125 Billion for Veterans’ in 2011
Homelessness, Claims Increases and Access – Priorities for VA Budget
Washington, D.C. – February 08, 2010 – To expand Eliminating Homelessness are increasingly using VA for their health care.
health care to a record-number of Veterans, reduce the The budget proposal includes $4.2 billion in 2011 to Shinseki said the expansion of health care pro-
number of homeless Veterans and process a dramatically reduce and help prevent homelessness among Veterans. grams for women Veterans will lead to higher quality
increased number of new disability compensation claims, That breaks down into $3.4 billion for core medical ser- care, increased coordination of care, enhanced privacy
the White House has announced a proposed $125 billion vices and $799 million for specific homeless programs and dignity, and a greater sense of security among
budget next year for the Department of Veterans Affairs. and expanded medical care, which includes $294 million women patients.
“Our budget proposal provides the resources necessary for expanded homeless initiatives. This increased invest- Among the initiatives for women in 2011 budget
to continue our aggressive pursuit of President Obama’s ment for expanded homeless services in consistent with proposal are expanded health care services in Vet Cen-
two over-arching goals for Veterans,” said Secretary of the VA secretary’s established goal of ultimately elimi- ters, increased training for health care providers to
Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki. “First, the requested nating homelessness among Veterans. advance their knowledge and understanding of
budget will help transform VA into a 21st century organiza- On a typical night, about 131,000 Veterans are home- women’s health issues, and implementing a peer call
tion. And second, it will ensure that we approach Veterans’ less. They represent every war and generation, from the center and social networking site for women combat
care as a lifetime initiative, from the day they take their “Greatest Generation” to the latest generation of Veter- Veterans. This call center will be open 24 hours a day,
oaths until the day they are laid to rest.” ans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. To date, VA 7 days a week.
The $125 billion budget request, which has to be operates the largest system of homeless treatment and
approved by Congress, includes $60.3 billion for discre- assistance programs in the nation. Delivering World-Class Health Care
tionary spending (mostly health care) and $64.7 billion During 2011, VA expects to treat 6.1 million patients,
in mandatory funding (mostly for disability compensa- Targeting Mental Health, Preventing Suicides who will account for more than 800,000 hospitalizations
tion and pensions). “The 2011 budget proposal continues the depart- and 83 million outpatient visits.
“VA’s 2011 budget request covers many areas but ment’s keen focus on improving the quality, access and The total includes 439,000 Veterans who served in
focuses on three central issues that are of critical value of mental health care provided to Veterans,” Iraq and Afghanistan, for whom $2.6 billion is included
importance to our Veterans – easier access to benefits Shinseki said. in the budget proposal. That’s an increase of $597 mil-
and services, faster disability-claims decisions, and The spending request seeks $5.2 billion for mental lion – or 30 percent – from the current budget.
ending the downward spiral that result in Veterans’ health, an increase of $410 million (or 8.5 percent) over The proposed budget for health care includes:
homelessness,” Shinseki said. current spending, enabling expansion of inpatient, resi- $6.8 billion for long-term care, an increase of $859
dential and outpatient mental health services, with million (or 14 percent) over 2010. This amount includes
Reducing Claims Backlog emphasis on making mental health services part of pri- $1.5 billion for non-institutional long-term care;
The president’s budget proposal includes an increase mary care and specialty care. Expanding access to VA health care system for more
of $460 million and more than 4,000 additional claims The secretary noted that one-fifth of the patients seen than 99,000 Veterans who were previously denied care
processors for Veterans benefits. This is a 27 percent last year in VA’s health care facilities had a mental health because of their incomes;
funding increase over the 2010 level. diagnosis, and that the department has added more than $590 million for medical and prosthetic research; and
The 1,014,000 claims received in 2009 were a 75 per- 6,000 new mental health professionals since 2005, Continuing development of a “virtual lifetime electronic
cent increase over the 579,000 received in 2000. Shinseki bringing to 19,000 the number of employees dedicated record,” a digital health record that will accompany Veterans
said the Department expects a 30 percent increase in to mental health care. throughout their lives.
claims – to 1,319,000 – in 2011 from 2009 levels. The budget request will enable the department to con- VA is requesting $54.3 billion in advanced appropria-
One reason for the increase is VA’s expansion of the tinue expanding its programs for post-traumatic stress tions for 2012 for health care, an increase of $2.8 billion
number of Agent Orange-related illnesses that automati- disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI), along over the 2011 enacted amount. Planned initiatives in
cally qualify for disability benefits. Veterans exposed to with the diagnosis and treatment of depression, substance 2012 include better leveraging acquisitions and con-
the Agent Orange herbicides during the Vietnam War are abuse and other mental health problems. Shinseki called tracting, enhancing the use of referral agreements,
likely to file additional claims that will have a substan- PTSD treatment “central to VA’s mission.” strengthening VA’s relationship with the Defense Depart-
tial impact upon the processing system for benefits, the The proposed spending will continue VA’s suicide ment, and expanding the use of medical technology.
secretary said. prevention program. Since July 2007, the department’s
“We project significantly increased claims inventories suicide prevention hotline has received nearly 225,000 Preserving National Shrines
in the near term while we make fundamental improve- calls from Veterans, active-duty personnel and family “VA remains steadfastly committed to providing
ments to the way we process disability compensation members. The hotline is credited with saving the lives access to a dignified and respectful burial for Veterans
claims,” Shinseki said. of nearly 7,000 people. choosing to be buried in a VA national cemetery,” Shin-
Long-term reduction of the inventory will come from seki said. “This promise requires that we maintain
additional manpower, improved business practices, plus Reaching Rural Veterans national cemeteries as shrines dedicated to the memory
an infusion of $145 million in the proposed budget for For 2011, VA is seeking $250 million to strengthen of those who served this nation in uniform.”
development of a paperless claims processing system, access to health care for 3.2 million Veterans enrolled in The requested $251 million from cemetery operations
which plays a significant role in the transformation of VA. VA’s medical system who live in rural areas. Rural out- and maintenance will support more than 114,000 inter-
reach includes expanded use of home-based primary ments in 2011, a 3.8 percent increase over 2010. In 2011,
Automating the GI Bill care and mental health. the department will maintain 8,441 acres with 3.1 mil-
The budget proposal includes $44 million to complete by A key portion of rural outreach – which shows lion gravesites. The budget request includes $37 million
December 2010 as automated system for processing appli- promise for use with Veterans across the country – is to clean and realign an estimated 668,000 headstones
cations for the new Post-9/11 GI Bill. VA also plans to start VA’s innovative “telehealth” program; it links patients and repair 100,000 sunken graves.
development next year of electronic systems to process and health care providers by telephones and includes
claims from other VA-administered educational programs. telephone-based data transmission, enabling daily moni- Building for the Future
The Post-9/11 GI Bill authorizes the most extensive toring of patients with chronic problems. $1.15 billion requested for major construction for
educational assistance opportunity since the passage of The budget provides an increase of $42 million from 2011 includes funding for medical facilities in New
the original GI Bill in 1944. Over $1.7 billion in regular VA’s home telehealth program. The effort already cares Orleans, LA; Denver, CO; Palo Alto, CA; Alameda, CA;
Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits payments have been issued for 35,000 patients and is the largest program of its kind and Omaha, NE. Also budgeted for 2011 are major
since the implementation of the program on August 1, in the world. expansions and improvement to the national cemeteries
2009. In 2011, VA expects the number of all education in Indiantown Gap, PA; Los Angeles, CA; and Tahoma,
claims to grow by 32 percent over 2009, going from 1.7 Serving Women Veterans WA, and new burial access policies that will provide a
million to 2.25 million. The 2011 budget provides $217.6 million to meet the burial option to an additional 500,000 Veterans and
“To meet this increasing workload and process educa- gender-specific health care needs of women Veterans, an enhance service in urban areas.
tion claims in a timely manner, VA has established a increase of $18.6 million (or 9.4 percent) over the 2010 A requested budget of $468 million for minor con-
comprehensive strategy to develop industry-standard level. Enhanced primary care for women Veterans struction in 2011 would fund a wide variety of
technologies to modernize the delivery of these impor- remains one of the Department’s top priorities. The num- improvement at VA facilities.
tant educational benefits,” Shinseki said. ber of women Veterans is growing rapidly and women For more go to http://www4.va.gov/ubdget/products.asp
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Shinseki Announces Winners of Innovation Competition
for Improving Claims Processing
VA to Implement Employees’ Ideas to Transform Services
WASHINGTON – The Department of Additional winners are the St. Louis put them into action, all with a simple by their treating physicians.
Veterans Affairs selected 10 winners in Records Management Center, San Diego mission: cut those backlogs, slash those • Togus VA Regional Office: Align
a competition that solicited ideas from VA Regional Office (two winning wait times, deliver your benefits sooner,” employee performance standards with
VA employees and co-located Veterans entries), VA Central Office/St. Paul Pen- said Obama. Department of Veterans Affairs’ goals.
service organizations to improve claims sion Management Center, and Phoenix • St. Louis Records Management Cen-
processing and provide greater trans- VA Regional Office. These ideas are Veterans Benefits Administration ter: Provide regional off ices with
parency to Veterans. identified for future implementation. Innovation Competition Winners digital images of claims-related
“I commend the innovative employees More than 3,000 ideas from VA • Milwaukee VA Regional Office: records held in VA’s centralized storage
who submitted these creative ideas,” said employees and co-located Veterans ser- Streamline the administrative process facility in St. Louis.
Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. vice organizations were submitted to for documenting actions to obtain evi- • San Diego VA Regional Office: Develop
Shinseki. “The men and women of VA the competition. The finalists were dence for disability claims. a computer application to calculate enti-
and the veterans service organizations selected by Admiral Patrick W. Dunne, • Philadelphia/Wilmington VA Regional tlement to additional benefits payable to
who understand the challenges in our former VA Under Secretary for Bene- Office: Simplify the evaluation process Veterans with the most serious injuries.
claims processing systems have stepped fits; Craig Newmark, the founder of for Veterans claiming pension benefits San Diego VA Regional Office: Update
up to deliver tangible results for our Craigslist and a well-known technology with aid and attendance. VA’s computer systems to facilitate
Nation’s Veterans.” visionary; Dr. Peter Levin, Senior Advisor • Atlanta VA Regional Office: Estab- communication between VA employees
The Innovation Initiative winners are to the Secretary and Chief Technology lish an expedited claims process for and Veterans.
the Milwaukee VA Regional Office, Officer; and Garry Augustine, Deputy Veterans who claim an increase in • VA Central Office/St. Paul Pension
Philadelphia/Wilmington VA Regional National Service Director for Disabled their service-connected disability Management Center: Implement
Office, Atlanta VA Regional Office, Pitts- American Veterans. based on worsening symptoms. rules-based processing for VA pension
burgh VA Regional Office and Togus VA President Obama announced the inno- • Pittsburgh VA Regional Office: Lessen programs and other benefits.
Regional Office. Development of plans vation competition while speaking to the the need for VA medical examinations • Phoenix VA Regional Office: Make it easier
for implementation of these proposals Veterans of Foreign Wars in August. by providing Veterans with standardized for Veterans to establish service connection
will begin immediately. “We’re going to fund the best ideas and medical questionnaires to be completed for specific medical conditions.
VA Reaching Out to Students and Schools to Speed Benefit Payments
“Shared Responsibilities” Among Schools, Students and VA
WASHINGTON (Jan. 20, 2010) – In a working together will students be better VA also released a “Hip Pocket” guide awarded a temporary contract to assist
coordinated effort to speed up the pro- served,” said VA’s Acting Under Secretary and checklist, with helpful tips to assist with education claims processing.
cessing of Post 9/11 GI Bill education for Benefits Mike Walcoff. “We are mak- Veterans in the application process. The Veterans, service members, reservists,
benefits this spring, the Department of ing a concerted effort to reach out to guide and checklist can be found on col- and members of the National Guard who
Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today everyone to provide the timely benefits lege campuses and VA’s GI Bill Web site, served on active duty since September 11,
that it has been reaching out to student that those who served our nation deserve.” www.gibill.va.gov 2001 are potentially eligible for the new
Veterans, service members, university Walcoff said there are “shared respon- VA is working to provide timely pay- Post-9/11 GI Bill. It provides payments
officials and other partners to meet its sibilities” between VA, universities and ments to all eligible Veterans to ensure for tuition and fees, as well as a housing
commitment to an aggressive processing the students to ensure the success of pro- that students are spared the financial allowance and stipend for books and sup-
goal by Feb. 1, 2010. Feb. 1 is the first cessing the education benefits on time.” hardships which some faced during the plies for many participants.
date spring payments are due and presently VA has sent letters to university presi- fall 2009 term. Under the new GI Bill, some members
VA has processed over 72,000 of the dents and school certifying officials, state To help address the high volume of of the armed forces may transfer benefits
approximately 103,000 spring enroll- Veterans affairs directors, and notified claims received for the new Post-9/11 GI to a spouse or dependent children.
ments received. Since inception of the Veteran service organizations, congres- Bill, VA hired 530 employees, bringing Information about the Post-9/11 GI
historic new program last year, VA has sional members and other education the total number of education claims Bill, as well as VA’s other educational
paid over $1.3 billion in benefits to more stakeholders highlighting VA’s emphasis processors to 1,200. Employees have benefit programs, is available at VA’s
than 170,000 students. on the importance of timely submission been working mandatory overtime since Web site, www.gibill.va.gov or by calling
“Only by VA and all of our partners of school enrollment information. August 2009. Additionally, the department 1-888-GIBILL-1 (or 1-888-442-4551).
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VA HeAltH CAre
VA Recognizes 9 “Presumptive” diseases,
Expands Gulf War Syndrome Presumption
At same time, VA denies presumptive connection to depleted uranium exposure
By Anthony Hardie for chronic, ill-defined or undiagnosed The nonmalignant diseases or condi- Service,” March 18, 2010:
91outcomes Publisher/Editor multi-symptom illness, which has often tions VA denied presumption related to http://frwebgate3.access.gpo.gov/
been termed “Gulf War Syndrome” or DU exposure included: Renal (kidney) cgi-bin/PDFgate.cgi?
The U.S. Department of Veterans “Gulf War Illness.” disease, Respiratory disease, Neurologic WAISdocID=94462419609+0+2+0&
Affairs announced that a proposed rule That announcement was confirmed by disease, and Reproductive and develop- WAISaction=retrieve
will make nine rare endemic infectious today’s release of the proposed rule mental effects. • Federal Register announcement of VA
diseases presumptive for veterans with change in the Federal Register. According to VA, “This determination denial of DU claims: “Determinations
service in the Persian Gulf theater of To date, the list of unexplained pre- does not in any way preclude VA from Concerning Illnesses Discussed in the
operations between August 2, 1990 and a sumptive conditions has included: granting service connection for any dis- Institute of Medicine Report on Gulf War
future date not yet determined. Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syn- ease, including those specifically discussed and Health: Updated Literature Review
In the related press release and an drome, Irritable Bowel Syndrome. in this notice, nor does it change any of Depleted Uranium,” March 9, 2010:
official notice of rule change in the VA Chief of Staff John Gingrich, the existing rights or procedures.” http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/
Federal Register, VA also announced that Obama Administration’s highest ranking The VA based its DU denial decision on FR-2010-03-09/pdf/2010-4882.pdf
the theater is considered to include Gulf War veteran, announced in late an Institute of Medicine (IOM) review of • VBA Training Letter 10-01, “Adjudicating
service in Afghanistan. February that these three presumptive scientific studies that concluded that at Claims Based on Service in the Gulf War
conditions were only “examples” of ill- this time, there is “Inadequate/Insufficient and Southwest Asia”, February 4, 2010:
Nine Infectious Diseases defined or chronic multi-symptom illness, Evidence to Determine Whether an Asso- http://sites.google.com/
The nine infectious diseases approved and that VA would be open to reviewing ciation Exists.” a/91outcomes.com/docs/home/
by VA for presumption for veterans with previously denied claims if requested by This category means that the [scientific] TL10-01.pdf?attredirects=0&d=1
Persian Gulf War theater exposure, the veteran. evidence is of insufficient quantity, qual- –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
including Afghanistan, include: Unfortunate news headlines read that ity, or consistency to permit a conclusion Proposed 3.317 Rule Language
• Brucellosis, VA would reopen Gulf War veterans’ regarding the existence of an association The Federal Register announces an intention
• Campylobacter jejuni, claims. While partially accurate, the vet- between exposure to uranium and a spe- to Revise § 3.317 to read as follows:
• Coxiella burnetii (Q fever), eran must request that the claim be cific health outcome in humans. § 3.317 Compensation for certain disabilities
• Malaria, reopened. Gingrich noted in his public IOM concluded that there is inade- occurring in Persian Gulf veterans.
(a) Compensation for disability due to undiag-
• Mycobacterium tuberculosis, announcement that VA does not have the quate/insufficient evidence to determine
nosed illness and medically unexplained
• Nontyphoid Salmonella, legal authority to proactively reopen vet- whether an association exists between chronic multisymptom illnesses.
• Shigella, erans claims. exposure to uranium and each health out- (1) Except as provided in paragraph (a)(7) of
• Visceral leishmaniasis, and A VA training letter issued a few weeks come described in the report because this section, VA will pay compensation in
• West Nile virus. earlier to VA claims and medical examin- well-conducted studies showed equivocal accordance with chapter 11 of title 38, United
ers directed a much broader approach to results, the magnitude or frequency of States Code, to a Persian Gulf veteran who
According to VA: approving disability claims based on the health outcome may be so low that it exhibits objective indications of a qualifying
For non-presumptive conditions, a multi-symptom illness, and that the three cannot be reliably detected given the chronic disability, provided that such disability:
Veteran is required to provide medical previous conditions were merely “exam- sizes of the study populations, and the (i) Became manifest either during active mili-
evidence that can be used to establish an ples” of undiagnosed illness. available studies had limitations that tary, naval, or air service in the Southwest Asia
actual connection between military ser- The training letter calls for Undiag- prevented the IOM from reaching clear theater of operations, or to a degree of 10 percent
or more not later than December 31, 2011; and
vice and a specific disease. With the nosed Illness claims to be held until the conclusions about health outcomes.
(ii) By history, physical examination, and lab-
proposed rule, a Veteran will only have to new rule becomes final. Gulf War veteran advocates have been oratory tests cannot be attributed to any
show service in Southwest Asia or critical for many years of the lack of sci- known clinical diagnosis.
Afghanistan, and a current diagnosis of Depleted Uranium (DU) entific studies related to inhaled or (2)(i) For purposes of this section, a qualifying
one of the nine diseases. The latest VA announcement on Gulf ingested depleted uranium particulate chronic disability means a chronic disability
Comments on the proposed rule will be War veterans claims comes a week after a matter, almost certainly a common source resulting from any of the following (or any
accepted over the next 60 days. A final March 9, 2010 Federal Register of exposure for veterans of the 1991 Per- combination of the following):
regulation will be published after consid- announcement in which VA denied pre- sian Gulf War and the 2003 U.S. invasion (A) An undiagnosed illness;
eration of all comments received. sumption for a list of diseases that may of Iraq who were at any time in or near (B) The following medically unexplained
The 1998 Persian Gulf War Veterans have been related to exposure to depleted military vehicles, buildings, and equip- chronic multisymptom
Act requires the Secretary to review uranium (DU) in the Persian Gulf theater ment that have been hit at any time in the illnesses that are defined by a cluster of signs
NAS reports that study scientific infor- of operations. past with DU rounds and have not been
(1) Chronic fatigue syndrome;
mation and possible associations According to VA, “The selected health fully cleaned up. (2) Fibromyalgia;
between illnesses and exposure to toxic outcomes were ten types of cancer and DU is mildly radioactive and is a heavy (3) Irritable bowel syndrome; or
agents by Veterans who served in the several non-malignant diseases or condi- metal, that, like lead and mercury, is highly (4) Any other illness that the Secretary deter-
Persian Gulf War. tions. With the exception of prostatic toxic when inhaled or ingested. Its long- mines meets the criteria in paragraph (a)(2)(ii)
According to VA: The [IOM] commit- and testicular cancers, the health out- term effects remain a subject of debate. of this section for a medically unexplained
tee selected nine infectious diseases that: comes were selected by the IOM The DU decision by VA, based on chronic multisymptom illness.
(1) Are prevalent in Southwest Asia, because there are plausible mechanisms “Inadequate/Insufficient Evidence to (ii) For purposes of this section, the term
(2) Have been diagnosed among U.S. of action (for example, lung cancer and Determine Whether an Association medically unexplained chronic multisymp-
troops serving there, and respiratory disease were selected Exists” nearly 20 years after the end of tom illness means a diagnosed illness without
(3) Are known to cause long-term because inhaled insoluble uranium the 1991 Persian Gulf War, will likely conclusive pathophysiology or etiology that is
characterized by overlapping symptoms and
adverse health effects. oxides lodge in the lung). only serve to continue that debate.
signs and has features such as fatigue, pain,
The types of cancer VA denied pre- disability out of proportion to physical findings,
Undiagnosed Illness sumption related to DU exposure were: Additional information: and inconsistent demonstration of laboratory
Revision and Expansion Lung cancer, Leukemia Lymphoma, • Federal Register announcement of VA abnormalities. Chronic multisymptom illnesses
Today’s announcement comes three Bone cancer, Renal (kidney) cancer, approval for nine infectious diseases, of partially understood etiology and patho-
weeks after VA announced that it would Bladder cancer, Brain and other central and new rules for consideration of undi- physiology will not be considered medically
be open to reviewing the claims of Gulf nervous system cancers, Stomach cancer, agnosed illnesses: “Presumptions of unexplained.
War veterans who have submitted claims Prostatic cancer, and Testicular cancer. Service Connection for Persian Gulf GULF WAR, continued on page 30
29 DAV Volume 64 Number 1 SPRING 2010
GULF WAR, continued from page 29 (ii) If there is affirmative evidence that the dis- the rule are: • Endocarditis.
(3) For purposes of this section, ‘‘objective ability was caused by a supervening condition • Arthritis. • Osteomyelitis.
indications of chronic disability’’ include both or event that occurred between the veteran’s • Cardiovascular, nervous, and respiratory • post-Q-fever chronic fatigue syndrome.
‘‘signs,’’ in the medical sense of objective evi- most recent departure from active duty in the system infections. • Vascular infection.
dence perceptible to an examining physician, Southwest Asia theater of operations and the • Chronic meningitis and meningoencephalitis. • Demyelinating polyneuropathy.
and other, non-medical indicators that are onset of the disability; or • Deafness. • Guillain-Barre syndrome.
capable of independent verification. (iii) If there is affirmative evidence that the dis- • Demyelinating meningovascular syndromes. • Hematologic manifestations (particularly
(4) For purposes of this section, disabilities ability is the result of the veteran’s own willful • Episcleritis. anemia after falciparum malaria and splenic
that have existed for 6 months or more and misconduct or the abuse of alcohol or drugs. For the eight other infectious diseases listed, rupture after vivax malaria).
disabilities that exhibit intermittent episodes (b) Signs or symptoms of undiagnosed illness the long-term health effects presumed to be • Immune-complex glomerulonephritis.
of improvement and worsening over a 6-month and medically unexplained chronic multisymp- connected, as proposed in the rule, are: • Neurologic disease, neuropsychiatric dis-
period will be considered chronic. The 6-month tom illnesses. For the purposes of paragraph • Fatigue, inattention, amnesia, and depression. ease, or both.
period of chronicity will be measured from the (a)(1) of this section, signs or symptoms which • Guillain-Barre syndrome. • Ophthalmologic manifestations, particularly
earliest date on which the pertinent evidence may be manifestations of undiagnosed illness • Hepatic abnormalities, including granulo- retinal hemorrhage and scarring.
establishes that the signs or symptoms of the or medically unexplained chronic multisymp- matous hepatitis. • Plasmodium falciparum.
disability first became manifest. tom illness include, but are not limited to: • Multifocal choroiditis. • Plasmodium malariae.
(5) A qualifying chronic disability referred to (1) Fatigue. • Myelitis-radiculoneuritis. • Plasmodium ovale.
in this section shall be rated using evaluation (2) Signs or symptoms involving skin. • Nummular keratitis. • Plasmodium vivax.
criteria from part 4 of this chapter for a dis- (3) Headache. • Papilledema. • Renal disease, especially nephrotic syndrome.
ease or injury in which the functions affected, (4) Muscle pain. • Optic neuritis. • Active tuberculosis.
anatomical localization, or symptomatology (5) Joint pain. • Orchioepididymitis and infections of the • Long-term adverse health outcomes due to
are similar. (6) Neurologic signs or symptoms. genitourinary system. irreversible tissue damage from severe forms
(6) A qualifying chronic disability referred to (7) Neuropsychological signs or symptoms. • Sensorineural hearing loss. of pulmonary and extrapulmonary tubercu-
in this section shall be considered service (8) Signs or symptoms involving the respi- • Spondylitis. losis and active tuberculosis.
connected for purposes of all laws of the ratory system (upper or lower). • Uveitis. • Reactive Arthritis if manifest within 3
United States. (9) Sleep disturbances. • Guillain-Barre syndrome if manifest within months of the infection.
(7) Compensation shall not be paid under this (10) Gastrointestinal signs or symptoms. 2 months of the infection. • Hemolytic-uremic syndrome if manifest
section for a chronic disability: (11) Cardiovascular signs or symptoms. • Reactive Arthritis if manifest within 3 within 1 month of the infection.
(i) If there is affirmative evidence that the dis- (12) Abnormal weight loss. months of the infection. • Reactive Arthritis if manifest within 3
ability was not incurred during active military, (13) Menstrual disorders. • Uveitis if manifest within 1 month of the months of the infection.
naval, or air service in the Southwest Asia the- For Brucellosis, the long-term health out- infection. • Delayed presentation of the acute clinical
ater of operations; or comes presumed to be connected proposed in • Chronic hepatitis. syndrome.
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Petzel Sworn in to Head Veterans Health Care System
WASHINGTON – Dr. Robert A. Petzel VA’s 21 geographic health care networks More than 8 million Veterans are medicine and hospice programs. Backed by
has taken the oath of office as the Under covering eight medical centers and 42 enrolled in VA’s health care system, a world-class electronic health records sys-
Secretary for Health within the Depart- community based outpatient clinics serv- which is growing in the wake of its eligi- tem, care is delivered in settings as diverse
ment of Veterans Affairs (VA), stepping ing Veterans in Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, bility expansion. This year, VA expects to as telehealth monitoring of vital signs from
up to lead the nation’s largest integrated North Dakota, South Dakota, western treat nearly 6 million patients during 78 a rural Veteran’s home to a network of 134
health care system. Illinois and western Wisconsin. million outpatient visits and 906,000 VA community living centers for nursing
“Dr. Petzel brings to this position a During his decades of service to Veterans inpatient admissions. home care for Veterans in their later years.
strong leadership background in caring for in VA, he has served on numerous advisory The Veterans Health Administration, Enhanced programs for today’s genera-
Veterans as a longtime health system man- committees that guided development of the 262,000-employee component of VA tion of combat Veterans include “seamless
ager in VA,” said Secretary of Veterans new and improved health care programs. that Petzel now heads, is comprised of transition” initiatives to ensure continuity
Affairs Eric K. Shinseki. “His commit- Board certified in internal medicine, Petzel 153 hospitals nationwide, more than 800 of care from the battlefield to hometown,
ment to outstanding medical quality and also has served previously as chief of staff geographically separate outpatient clinics special screenings for traumatic brain
access for Veterans will be critical to lead- for the Minneapolis VA Medical Center. or mobile clinics, and 232 readjustment injury, and an enhanced array of mental
ing VA in its 21st century transformation.” He graduated from Northwestern Uni- counseling Vet Centers. health services to meet Veterans’ needs as
Petzel had been Acting Principal versity Medical School in 1969 and has VA offers a comprehensive spectrum of they return to civilian life as well as spe-
Deputy Under Secretary for Health since served on the faculty of the University of care for Veterans from preventive services cial attention to the needs of women and
May 2009. Previously, he directed one of Minnesota Medical School. and primary care to high-tech subspecialty rural Veterans.
“Innovation Initiative” Underway for Health Records Improvements
Shinseki Asks VA Employees to Submit Creative Ideas
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Secretary of ways to improve the care we deliver.” The Innovation Initiative will allow originated in innovations from our health
Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki From now until Feb. 28, Veterans employees to enter health information care workforce. This new competition
launched the “Veterans Health IT Inno- Health Administration (VHA) and technology ideas in a variety of categories, offers employees the opportunity to make
vation Initiative,” an employee-based Office of Information & Technology such as engaging Veterans in their care, VA even more open and effective.”
Health Information Technology (HIT) (OI&T) government and contract helping medical providers, increasing In September 2009, Shinseki announced
competition to spur VA’s transformation employees can submit their innovative transparency, and improving workflow. a similar competition for the Veterans
into a 21st Century organization that is ideas, comment on ideas, and vote on A series of screening panels will Benefits Administration (VBA), encour-
Veteran-centric, results-oriented and ideas. One hundred of the ideas will be review the suggestions. Assistant Secre- aging employees to submit ideas on
forward-looking. selected and employees will be invited to tary Baker and Dr. Gerald Cross, VA’s everything from speeding the processing
“This competition is rooted in the sim- submit full proposals. Acting Deputy Under Secretary for times for disability claims to improving
ple belief that the people who work on the ”We’re looking to bring innovation Health, will select the top 25 ideas. transparency. The winning ideas for the
front lines of VA know best how to back to our Health IT systems,” said “VA’s health IT system has always VBA innovation competition will be
improve health care and quality, access, Roger Baker, VA’s Assistant Secretary for been a collaboration among its commu- announced in February. The final selec-
and transparency in service to our Information and Technology. “This initia- nity of health care users and a dedicated tions will receive full funding for project
Nation’s Veterans,” said Secretary Shinseki. tive will tap into the incredible talent IT staff,” said Cross. “Many components development and execution at the
“At VA, we always want to look for new across VHA and OI&T.” of our electronic health records system Regional Offices submitting the idea.
Clarification of Effects of Health Insurance Reform Legislation on Veterans
A number of DAV members and others required to buy private coverage in children of Vietnam and Korean War vet- employees of the Army and Air Force
have asked how the new health insurance addition to their government-provided erans with spina bifida, but that problem Exchange Service and others) constitutes
reform law (Public Law 111-148, approved health services, as the DAV had insisted is being addressed now by the Veterans minimal essential health care coverage as
on March 23, 2010) would affect our to Congress and the Administration. Committees in Congress with a technical required by the health reform law.
nation’s veterans. As many of you know, in Furthermore, under the new law but correction. S. 3162, as passed by the Sen- H.R. 4894 would amend the health
general the new law requires most U.S. cit- outside VA and the Department of ate, would amend the reform law to guaran- reform law to ensure nothing in that law
izens and legal residents to obtain private Defense (DOD), veterans and their family tee that VA’s spina bifida program for these could be construed to diminish the
health insurance coverage by 2014 or they dependents, the same as all other children would be considered minimum authority of the Secretary of Veterans
(or their employers) will face financial Americans, may gain the option to buy a essential coverage. Otherwise, we believe Affairs or the Secretary of Defense over
penalties through the U.S. Tax Code. private plan through state-run insurance veterans who rely on VA health care and the VA and DoD health care programs,
Under this new law, we interpret that all exchanges, beginning in 2014. Based on their family members who rely on respectively. This bill would also directly
veterans enrolled in Department of Veter- income limits, they may also be eligible CHAMPVA will be unaffected by the amend the reform law to ensure that
ans Affairs (VA) health care and their for financial assistance in purchasing new health reform law. enrollment in DoD or VA health care is
dependents and survivors under CHAMPVA, insurance coverage. Nonetheless, in an overabundance of considered minimum essential coverage.
and all military families, military retirees With all the misinformation that has caution due to ambiguous language, leg- DAV will remain vigilant to protect the
and dependents enrolled in military appeared in the media and on the Internet, islation has been introduced to clarify the VA health care system upon which so many
health care, TRICARE, and TRICARE we can understand why some veterans intent of the law, as follows: service-connected disabled veterans rely.
for Life, are deemed to have the minimum and their families have become concerned H.R. 4887, already passed by the House We will also continue to monitor the imple-
essential coverage that satisfies the indi- about what they think might happen to and pending in the Senate (S. 3148), mentation of the health insurance reform
vidual requirement for health insurance them under the new law. One specific and would provide that coverage under TRI- law to ensure that it will not adversely
coverage. As such, we believe these vet- unintended problem surfaced that con- CARE and DoD’s Non-appropriated impact our nation’s wartime disabled veter-
erans and military families are not cerns a few hundred severely disabled Fund Health Benefits Program (for DoD ans, their families or dependents.
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WISCONSIN DAV NEWS
2010 DAV Mid-Winter Conference
February 28 - March 3, 2010 • Arlington, VA
National Commander Roberto “Bobby”
Berrera testifying at the Joint House and
Senate VA Committee Hearing. Com- DAV Wisconsin delegation at 2010 Mid-Winter Conference. Sitting, L-R: State Adju-
mander Berrera presented DAV’s 2010 tant Ken Kuehnl, Legislative Director Clarence Stoel and National Service Office
Legislative Program to the committees. Supervisor for Wisconsin, John Kleindienst. Standing, L-R: Senior Vice Comman- State Treasurer and Past National Com-
der John Hoeft, Judge Advocate Al Labelle, Past Department Commander Roger mander (PNC) Dick Marbes discussing the
2010 DAV Mid-Conference Dorman, Legal Advisor Stephen Leopold and State Treasurer Dick Marbes. Marbes filing of Departments’ Annual Financial
continues on pages 17-19. is also a Past National Commander. Reports during the opening session.
Wisconsin delegation awaiting National Commander Berrera’s testimony in Cannon
Standing ovation for National Commander Roberto “Bobby” Berrera at the conclusion House Office Building Room 345. Pictured, R-L: State Legislative Director Clarence
of his testimony to the Joint House and Senate VA Committees. Pictured, L-R: Joe Stoel, National Service Office State Supervisor John Kleindienst, Senior Vice Com-
Violante, National Legislative Director; David Gorman, Executive Director of Wash- mander John Hoeft, State Adjutant Ken Kuehnl and Past Department Commander
ington Headquarters; Commander Berrera; and Arthur Wilson, National Adjutant. Roger Dorman.
‘Going to Bat for Veterans”
Award Presented to Representative Dave Obey
Washington, D.C. (News Release) – ensure that sufficient funds are included.
Disabled American Veterans National “This legislation will help every dis-
Commander Roberto “Bobby” Barrera abled veteran and every future disabled
today presented a special “Going to Bat veteran,” said Commander Barrera. “This
for Veterans” award to Rep. David Obey important legislation was passed because
in recognition of his leadership and so many in Congress saw the need to put
support for legislation that will ensure an end to chronic lapses in budgets that
sufficient, timely and predictable fund- had persisted for decades. They stood up
ing for veterans health care. for veterans together, and veterans and
“Without Rep. Obey’s support of their families are going to benefit.”
this vital legislation, the Department Commander Barrera expressed DAV’s
of Veterans Affairs would continue to DAV National Commander Roberto gratitude to Representatives and Sena-
cut services, ration care, be unable to “Bobby” Barrera presenting Congress- tors who played leading roles in getting
hire sufficient staff and put off needed man Obey with the “Going to Bat for the legislation approved.
construction and repairs to its medical Veterans” award. The 1.2 million-member Disabled
facilities, all because of inadequate veterans health care services. The American Veterans, a nonprofit organi-
funds and budget delays,” said National advanced funding will give the Depart- zation founded in 1920 and chartered by
Commander Barrera. ment of Veterans Affairs up to a full year the U.S. Congress in 1932, represents
The Veterans Health Care Budget to plan for the most effective and effi- this nation’s disabled veterans. It is dedi-
Reform and Transparency Act authorizes cient way of delivering medical care. cated to a single purpose: building better
Congress to approve veterans medical Additionally, this would require the Gov- lives for our nation’s disabled veterans
care funding one year in advance to ernment Accountability Office to review and their families. More information is
better meet the anticipated demand for the budget development process to available at www.dav.org
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