MARATHON COUNTY, Wis. (WAOW) – A replica of the Vietnam Wall Memorial is standing tall in Marathon County this week.
MADISON, WI — Stevens Point Democratic State Representative Katrina Shankland has been recognized as a Legislator of the Year by both the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Wisconsin State Fire Chief’s Association. Shankland says that she always strives to include area veterans in choices she makes in Madison. “I have legislation that I’m trying to pass right now that would help disabled veterans get greater access to mentored hunting,” said Shankland. “As well as just keeping in contact with members of the Plover VFW, for example, hearing from them on issues that are important to them and working toward that.” Shankland shares the honor from the Fire Chief’s Association with Republican Representative Amy Loudenbeck from Clinton. Together, they’ve worked on bills to give EMTs greater power to address medical problems and help patients get the right level of care. “I do think it’s important to reach across the isle to advance health care access, especially for people in rural areas and people who have less access to emergency and non-emergency care alike. I thought it was a really important … Continue reading
Plover VFW, Saturday, July 8
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.
Merrill veterans organizations are working together to provide a clubhouse for all vets. Friday, April 21 4–8 pm Merrill Fairgrounds
Military Veterans Expo to be held Wednesday, March 22 at NTC Wausau Campus. Veterans and their families can explore and engage with community organizations that can help provide information about benefits and health resources while assisting with the transition between military and civilian life. Network with fellow veterans and military members. Connect with area support groups. Hear from a local veteran who was held captive and a panel of military members who will share their experiences. Talk to area employers that hire veterans. Visit resource Fair Burns Post and Auxiliary were there.
VFW Burns Post and Auxiliary 388 of Wausau are proud partners of the USA Vietnam War Commemoration. A special event will be held to thank and honor our Vietnam Veterans and their families in a dignified and special manner. All veterans who served in the Armed Services, from November 1, 1955 to May 15, 1975—and their families—will be honored. The first event will be held on Saturday, July 23 at 10 a.m. at the VFW Club at 388 River Drive in Wausau. Veterans and their families are encouraged to attend. There will be presentations on Agent Orange, PTSD and related subjects. A Vietnam era veteran lapel pin will be distributed to the veterans in attendance.
The Warrior Hike “Walk Off the War” program is a outdoor therapy program for veterans transitioning from military service by hiking our country’s National Scenic trails. Recently Afghanistan vets Michael Maziarka and Miles Vining rested at the Burns Post clubhouse and were treated to a pot luck dinner before they returned to their 1,100 mile journey on the Ice Age Trail. They will complete their hike August 15 at Sturgeon Bay.