Every year, thousands of VFW and Auxiliary delegates gather to represent the organization’s total membership of nearly 1.7 million at the weeklong convention. While there, our mission is to approve new national priorities to guide our organization as we lobbies Congress on issues important to the nation’s veterans, service members and their families. Convention delegates also elect new leadership, as well as recognize prominent individuals and organizations for their support of veterans and military personnel. Save the date for the 2018 national convention, which will be held in Kansas City, Mo., July 21-25, 2018. The 118th VFW National Convention was held July 22 – July 26, in New Orleans.
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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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
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.