It’s not every day you see a military jet rolling down Grand Avenue, but that was the sight on the evening of June 13 in Wausau. That’s when the mounted aircraft which was once on display at Wausau’s VFW Burns Post 388 on River Drive was moved to Alexander Airport Park. The move was a joint effort between the Burns Post, City of Wausau, U.S. Air Force, and the Air National Guard from Dane County’s Truax Field. The Air National Guard used the move as a training exercise in the removal, recovery, and movement of downed aircraft. Members of the 115th Fighter Wing Crash, Disaster or Disabled Aircraft Recovery Team then returned to the VFW Clubhouse as the Post and Auxiliary finished their monthly meetings for socializing and comradery.
Plover Veterans of Foreign Wars member John “Trapper” Schultz was elected to the office of VFW State Commander at the annual VFW State Convention in Oshkosh on Saturday, June 17. Following the election, he took the oath of office and was escorted to the podium by Wisconsin VFW State Honor Guard Colonel Steve Pepper. He was then installed into the VFW’s highest state office during a formal ceremony conducted by Past VFW State Commander Earl Banks. Schultz hails from Junction City and has been a Life Member Plover VFW Post 10262 since 2005. He earned his VFW eligibility by serving a 25-month tour of duty in the Central Highlands of Vietnam and retired from the U.S. Army Reserve with 28 years of service. Commander Schultz served as Plover VFW Post Commander for five consecutive terms. The post earned “All-State Team White Hat Status,” a distinguished individual and post award for exceeding the standard goals of service to the post and community, all five years. The Plover Post was also a National Outstanding Community Service Post for two of those years. He … Continue reading
At the 2017 state convention of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of Wisconsin in Oshkosh, delegates approved a resolution supporting the use of Medical Cannabis for veterans being treated by the Veterans Administration. Members were informed that studies by the National Academy of Sciences concluded that cannabis or cannabinoids are effective for the treatment of chronic pain in adults, as anti-emetics in the treatment of chemotherapy induced nausea, and for improving Multiple Sclerosis spasticity symptoms. In recent years, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI) have become more widely known by the public and medical community. These problems have sometimes resulted in suicides and over medication of veterans. Veterans of all wars are concerned with these problems. Members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars were prompted by their slogan, “No one does more for veterans,” to join with other major veterans organizations, including the American Legion, AMVETS, and Disabled American Veterans, in supporting the medical use of cannabis.