The Department of Veterans Affairs announced today it is implementing an initiative to expedite compensation claims decisions for Veterans who have waited one year or longer. Effective today, VA claims raters will make provisional decisions on the oldest claims in inventory, which will allow Veterans to begin collecting compensation benefits more quickly, if eligible. Veterans will be able to submit additional evidence for consideration a full year after the provisional rating, before VA issues a final decision. Continue reading
The purpose of the Bob Munro Memorial Veterans Service Award is to honor those among us who go above and beyond ordinary efforts in support of veterans, active duty troops and their families. This year’s winner is Bernie Gauerke, Burns Post 388, Wausau. Gauerke has served the VFW in several capacities at the Post and District levels as well as in other veterans organizations.
As a mark of respect for the victims of the senseless acts of violence perpetrated on April 15, 2013, in Boston Continue reading
VFW reaches out to our friends, families and visitors of the Boston Bombing. Continue reading
Hagel makes decision on new medal issue Continue reading
[WAUSAU] At the Spring Meeting (during a snow storm) of the 7th District, Department of Wisconsin, new officers for 2013-14 were elected. Leaders for the VFW year will be: Commander, John Schultz Sr. Vice Commander, Michele Rathke Jr. Vice Commander, Allen Olkives Quartermaster, Gary Mathees Judge Advocate, Norbert Strasser Chaplain, Bill Knudson Trustee 2, John Southworth Trustee 3, Lyle Hagen
Wisconsin’s Seventh District’s largest and oldest post has installed its first grandmother commander to lead it for 2013-14. Mary Jo Literski is also the first Afghanistan veteran and the first Army officer to take command of the Burns Post. Major Literski serves with the Neenah detachment of the 452nd Combat Support Hospital unit of the Army Reserve. Literski has served as Post Voice of Democracy chairperson, Post Service Officer and has been a member of the Honor Guard of Post #388 since 2005. She is a lifetime citizen of the Wausau area, currently living in Rib Mountain and working at Aspirus Wausau Hospital. Literski says, “I hope to learn from the leaders who have preceded me. It would be wonderful to see more women and current veterans join our veterans community organization. The opportunities to help the community, help veterans and their families and to share in a social community are endless.
Dr. Lorry Fenner, a retired Air Force Colonel who now works for the National Defense University in Washington DC, will be coming to Madison on the 18th of April to give her case supporting the inclusion of women in the combat arms of the military. The purpose of her lecture will be to spark thoughtful, academic discussion on the topic and allow listeners to come to their own conclusions on the matter. Continue reading
We are offering the services of our technicians during the traditional break (our slow time)…. Continue reading