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E-News

  https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#inbox/162f7d988534ef11 The link above will take to actual stories with photos and other links. April 2018 e-News   APRIL 2018 WVM James Megellas Gallery at King Opens With an expansive remodel complete, the Wisconsin Veterans Museum celebrated the grand re-opening of the James Megellas Gallery on April 20. The interactive museum (take virtual tour here), which covers the rich history of military members from Wisconsin, is housed at the Wisconsin Veterans Home at King in its Marden Center. The museum includes stories and artifacts from Veterans who served in United States-involved conflicts from the Civil War until today. A ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of the museum at King brought dozens of members from the community and members at the home…. Volunteering for Veterans April is National Volunteer Month, a time for us to recognize the incredible work volunteers perform across the nation. Across the WDVA’s three Veterans homes, almost 600 volunteers combined to put in more than 43,000 hours within the last year! Thank you to those volunteers who help care for our nation’s heroes every day. … Continue reading

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April VFW Dispatch

April VFW Dispatch Time is Running Out for Student Vets The VFW’s Help A Hero scholarship application period will end soon! Student veterans interested in scholarships for the 2018 fall semester can apply through April 30 here. VFW Announces Top National Teachers The VFW has proudly announced the selection of Emily Cowan Ezell, Sara Gibson and Michael Rauenhorst as the top three winners of its annual Teacher of the Year award. See how they’re making a difference for today’s youth. VFW Statement on VA Secretary Change Last month, President Trump announced that Navy Rear Adm. (Dr.) Ronny Jackson would be nominated to become the next VA Secretary. Read Commander Harman’s full statement. VFW Helps Combat Medic Earn His Degree Being awarded a VFW’s “Sport Clips Help A Hero Scholarship” made it possible for Afghanistan veteran Matthew Carbonelli to finish his doctorate degree. Read about his plan to help veterans. VFW Teams Up With Vet Tix The VFW is teaming up with Veteran Tickets Foundation (Vet Tix) to increase awareness of the opportunities both organizations offer. Learn more about Vet Tix … Continue reading

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119th VFW National Convention

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.

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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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2018 SPRING SWEEPSTAKES

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Moving Wall comes to Marathon County

MARATHON COUNTY, Wis. (WAOW) – A replica of the Vietnam Wall Memorial is standing tall in Marathon County this week.    

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Shankland Legislator of the Year

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

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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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