VFW Legislative Conference

Since 1949, VFW’s annual Legislative Conference has provided an opportunity for VFW leaders from each state to personally lobby their respective lawmakers and watch as VFW’s current Commander-in-Chief testifies on Capitol Hill before the House and Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committees on behalf of veterans. Guest speakers are invited to address conference delegates, and since 1964 the VFW’s Congressional Award has been presented annually to one sitting member of the House or Senate for their significant legislative contributions on behalf of those who have worn the uniform. Also at the event, the winners of the Voice of Democracy and Patriot’s Pen scholarship contests are announced. Each national winner reads their winning essay before conference delegates and are presented with their winnings. The 2018 Legislative Conference is scheduled for March 4 – 7, 2018.

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Celebrate the Sandbox

Plover VFW, Saturday, July 8

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Burns Post’s Plane Lands at a New Field

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.

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Brats for Vets

Merrill veterans organizations are working together to provide a clubhouse for all vets. Friday, April 21 4–8 pm Merrill Fairgrounds

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The annual Bob Munro Award for outstanding service to Veterans and Current Service Members will be awarded at our 7th District MidWinter Meeting. Here are the details and link to the Application Form for 2016. Continue reading

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“Trapper John” runs for Junior Vice

Seventh District Commander “Trapper John” Schultz has announced his candidacy for Department Junior Vice Commander. The election will be held at the Department Convention in Wausau on June 6. Schultz is an Army veteran of the Vietnam War. He was named All State Post Commander five times and twice won a National Community Service Award and has served in numerous state and national assignments. He is presently the office manager of the VFW Veterans Service Office in Milwaukee.

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Rathke Elected District Commander

The Seventh District of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Department of Wisconsin, is proud to announce the  election of Michele Rathke of Merrill VFW Post 1638 to be the District Commander for 2015-16. She will assume the office at the end of the Department Convention to be held in Wausau, June 3-6 at the Plaza Hotel. Rathke has twice been awarded the prestigious All-American status as Post Commander. She will be the first female commander of District 7. The Seventh District is comprised of 36 great VFW Posts across Adams, Green Lake, Langlade, Marathon, Marquette, Menominee, Portage, Shawano, Waupaca, Waushara and Wood Counties. The Wisconsin Veterans of Foreign Wars has a rich tradition of serving veterans, military families and their local communities.

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Oldest post in District 7 honors two brothers

When the World War had ended and the soldiers returned to their homes, they found that there was a certain something missing from their daily lives; just what it was or how they were affected was not completely definable. The mind of Comrade Claude R. Roberts, a bugler who had served with Co. G 128th Infantry overseas finally solved the problem by acquainting the rest of the old company with a real soldiers outfit, The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States. Through correspondence with and afterwards membership in the Merwin M. Carlton Post No. 5 of St. Paul, Minnesota, Roberts was made acquainted with the order and soon had 23 members signed up and a Charter granted. The Charter was issued on June 6, 1920, and the Post was mustered in on that date. The boys chose the name Burns Post to honor two Wausau brothers who lost their lives in combat in France. They were James A. Burns who was killed on May 28, 1918, and John E. Burns who died July 23, 1918. These men were … Continue reading

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Seventh District News

7th District meeting to be held on January 25th at Lincoln Lanes Bowling Alley in Merrill, WI. Round table is at 10:00 am with joint VFW and Ladies Auxiliary dinner ($15.00 per person) at 12:00, followed by break out meetings. District 7 Commander “Trapper” John Schultz has announced that he will be running for Department Junior Vice Commander this year.

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Veterans Day 2014

History of Veterans Day.

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