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.
At the VFW Department Convention in Appleton, Merrill’s Post Commander and Quartermaster were recognized for their hard work by being named to the All-State Team.
It’s hard to imagine that World War I involved 35 countries and involved such tremendous death and destruction.. It lasted five years, from 1914 to 1918. The United States only fought from 1917 to 1918. A year was more than enough time, however, to claim too many lives, including the namesakes of Wausau’s Burns Post (Chartered in 1920). People held tight to the notion that this needed to be the very last war. When the fighting stopped, leaders of several countries signed an Armistice on the 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month. An Armistice is an agreement to stop all fighting. This truce was signed on November 11th, 1918 at 11 A.M. This is important to know because Veterans’ Day was originally called Armistice Day. This day was set aside to reflect and remember the sacrifices men and women made during World War I in order to ensure peace. Almost 20 years later in 1938, Congress voted to make Armistice Day a federal holiday. In 1953, people began calling it Veterans’ Day. This was in thanks and remembrance to the Veterans in their towns. Many people believed that peace was preserved not only by World War I, but … Continue reading
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
Saturday 5/23/15 Annual Memorial Day Parade begins at 10:45am by the Stewart Avenue entrance of Marathon Park in Wausau. Parade travels into the downtown to the VFW Clubhouse on River Drive. Veterans Memorial Service to follow at 11am with opening remarks from the City Representative. Following will be the exercise of the Military Rites and Taps. Please join us as we honor our fallen comrades by coming out and enjoying the parade.
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.