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DISABLED AMERICAN VETERANS Department of Iowa Volume 10

Winter 2008

Message from the Commander By: James Wagner


If anyone has questions or new ideas contact me. With the Holidays coming let’s all of us look around and make sure all our Veterans are warm and taken care of this Holiday Season. All chapters should make sure no veteran is left out in the cold. Have a Wonderful Holiday Season and Leave No Veteran Behind! Department Commander James Wagner


Irv Stoffel leaned back in his overstuffed green chair and smiled. "Nobody's taking this chair from me," he said. The chair he spoke of is a lift chair, which helps him get in and out of his wheelchair. His new wheelchair also is a gift he's not willing to give up. The electric-powered chair - a

"The most rewarding part is, for me, it's giving back a little bit to the veterans," Wagner said. "The veterans are probably the most important people."


“Involvement” I guess you would call it, is my theme for this year as your Commander. I believe if we are going to advance the agenda of this great organization of the Disabled American Veterans we all need to be “Involved” one way or another. That is why I am doing what I can. Here are a few things I have been “Involved” with, let me hear what you have been doing or how we can improve the DAV. On November 1st and 2nd I went to Burlington and Muscatine, Iowa to talk to the National Guard Troops concerning the benefits and membership to the DAV. I attended the Fall School in Tama Iowa and was very happy to see such a great turnout of DAV members. It shows once again that the DAV cares about veterans. A change has been made to include the Service Officer training normally done at the Fall School as part of the State Convention. This change was made so that money could be saved by the Chapters so they might become “Involved” in other beneficial programs: such as sending representatives to“Veterans Day On The Hill”, the National Convention or Mid-Winter Conference in Washington, DC, to the State Convention or making a donation to the Dept. Transportation or Hospital Programs. Following is a way my Chapter got “Involved”—think outside the box, what can we do as an organization if we all do what we can do and become “Involved”?

Hoveround scooter - was given to him by a local group through the Operation We Care program. Chapter 6 of the Disabled American Veterans of Dubuque runs the Operation We Care program, which aids disabled veterans. The focus of the program is to address the needs of veterans and families of veterans in the tri-states who are not able to find help through another source of funding or charity. "We help all veterans and their families. We go in and do it," said Jim Wagner, senior vice commander of the chapter. From donating electric scooters and wheelchairs, to paying bills, to purchasing Christmas trees or presents, the DAV tries to help in anyway possible. "We've done water bills, gas bills," said Commander Darryl Wiegand. "We try to help veterans as much as we can." Some of that help even comes out of pocket, as funds are limited. While the program has been given grants from the Dubuque Racing Association, those funds are almost exhausted. Wiegand and Wagner said they are hoping July turns money woes around. Dubuque Mayor Roy Buol has proclaimed July as "Operation We Care" month. In honor of the month, Miracle Car Wash will be holding its second annual charity fund drive for the program. "They've been wonderful," Wiegand said. Epic Construction will match 100 percent of the money raised. The fundraiser is something the program needs in order to help veterans like Stoffel. Although Stoffel had received an electric scooter from the Veterans Administration, it was bulky and hard to maneuver through his apartment. His electric-powered chair from Operation We Care, however, has made a world of difference. "This is just great," he said. "You can spin on a dime and it gives nine cents back. This one here is much more convenient." The lift chair he received also was a relief to his wife, Rosemary, who no longer has to strain to help her husband move from chair to chair. With his new equipment from Operation We Care, Irv is able to get around with ease. "Thank God for Darryl and Jim," he said. "They've been treating us like a million dollars." Irv's "thank-you" is enough for Wiegand and Wagner to know they are doing the right thing.

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Notes From Our Membership Chairman By: David R. Thornburg Senior Vice Commander As your “Membership Man” I have been on the road visiting and reaching out to strengthen our chapters and our membership. June 9, I visited Atlantic, Chapter 36. Commander Grandquist was given an updated prospect list of potential members within a ten mile radius of Atlantic. Some asked at this meeting if we could find ways of saving money for the chapters - like bringing Sundays back and eliminate Fridays for conventions. Rework the Fall School to one day event instead of Friday-Saturday like currently. Both great ideas. Department Officers went to the Department DAV Thrift Store in Davenport for a Customer Appreciation Day on June 21st. We provided iced tea, coffee, lemonade, and plenty of cookies free for the customers to show our gratitude for shopping with us. I want to thank the following officers for doing a great job: Commander Wagner, Jr. Vice Commander Wiegand, and Robert Willey from Fighting Back Chapter 6, Dubuque. I was asked by the Commander to represent him July 3rd at the Dedication Ceremony of the Iowa Veterans Cemetery. The cemetery is “state of the art” in every way. I encourage everyone to go visit. Commander Wagner and I went to National Headquarters in Cold Springs, Kentucky to the Commanders’ and Adjutants’ Seminar July 19-22, 2008. It was very educational for the both of us. We learned more about the Volunteer Program, the DAV Transportation Network, and the Grant Program through the Columbia Trust otherwise known as Colorado Trust until this year. August 6, 2008, I went to the Iowa Veterans Council, Legislative Sub-Committee Meeting chaired by Al Flyr. One of our Resolutions was tabled until September 9, 2008 to find clarification. Lyle Dean , Ralph Haney, and I met again on the 9th with the Sub-Committee. We had a letter from George Nicholas on the resolution submitted by Davenport Chapter #2. The resolution 2009-13 was passed and 2009-H was rejected after discussion. The Des Moines Homeless Veterans Stand Down held September 13th was a real success. One evening I had the pleasure of doing night security at the Stand Down. Over 1,000 vets and non-vets received free meals this year. Commander Wagner and I attended the Iowa Veterans Home Volunteer Advisory Committee meeting on September 18th. Upcoming events and the needs of the home, as well as Christmas gifts this year for each of the residents were discussed. They currently spend $15.00 on each of the 702 residents. After discussing the matter, the budget was changed to $25.00 per resident to make Christmas a little better for our veterans. At this time they have $10,500 in this fund so they don’t require our help in this area, but they do need money for other things vitally important to

the residents in the home. I visited Wapello Chapter #1, Ottumwa’s September meeting. I gave Commander Mulcahy a prospect list for potential members and had a nice chat on the needs of the chapter. Again we researched what we could do to make things a little better or easier for membership. They concluded resources are always a concern so just like other chapter visits this was the focus of attention. Knoxville Chapter #15 was my next visit. They had their meeting at the regular scheduled time the 2nd Tuesday of the month, October 8, 2008. I gave the Adjutant a prospect list and membership applications, they reported that I was the first Department Officer since Adjutant Jatho that visited them more than five years ago, they were very appreciative of my visit. Commander Jerry Cain of Michael Houchin Chapter 4 Burlington on November 1-2, invited Commander Wagner, Lynn Thorp and I to Middletown and Muscatine to address the Middletown Reserve. Our purpose was to help take claims and answer any questions about VA benefits. We handed out pamphlets on what the Disabled American Veterans is all about and what we can do for them. DO NOT FORGET ABOUT JANUARY 22, 2009 VETS ON THE HILL WHERE WE WILL TALK TO OUR LEGISLATORS ON OUR 2009 RESOLUTIONS PLEASE PLAN TO ATTEND WITHOUT ALL OF YOU WE WILL HAVE NO VOICE PLEASE BE THERE AROUND 9:00 A.M. Please if you have any questions or need help recruiting do not hesitate to call or e-mail me at or (515) 229-8943.

Prayer In The Changes By: Jerome W. Fitzsimons Dept. Chaplain By now the elections are over and we are celebrating or moaning the results. Soon the new president will be installed into office, local, state and national representatives will take their places and life will continue to move along. I believe we will still see war in the news, from not only that which the United States endeavors against terrorism, but in other countries as well. What will our leaders choose to say and do, we cannot be sure. What we can be sure of is that there is going to be some changes going on, and we hope of the better! We can do something about today and tomorrow. It is in the power of each of our hearts, minds and souls. God says we are to pray for our leaders appointed over us. Even if we did not choose the President Elect, the Congressman of our districts, Mayors, etc, we need to accept that the nation and communities have spoken and lift them all up for the spiritual guidance, wisdom and knowledge they all need. Our Commander in Chief will make choices that will affect whether or not we continue in this war we are fighting against terrorism, engage further in this war or

Winter 2008 with the others we hear about around the world. Great wisdom and guidance are needed here. Pray for our troops as well, alongside the native persons of the countries we are in. You and I as disabled veterans have been on the front lines of Americas defense, and I am very sure there were many who were praying when we were there. It’s our turn now to pull the duty of praying for Gods will in this land and around the world. Christmas is also just around the corner. It is a time of celebration of life, a celebration we can share with those who are not here with us, but serving our country dutifully. Remember them by sending a card or package through the many organizations that can make this Christmas more loving and enjoyable for them. Many homeless are veterans too, but are often forgotten. DAV has said and continues to say: “We don’t leave our wounded behind.” We can show this through how we touch their lives, especially during the holiday season. I wish you all a very Merry Christmas. May we all celebrate this wonderful life and gift of freedom that we cherish.

Maple Leaf Parade Winners By: Commander Erik Nykkanen Hamre Geisen #8 Decorah, Iowa Hamre Geisen #8, Decorah, Iowa along with other veteran organizations on September 27th had an entry in the Maple Leaf Parade that kicks off the “Oktoberfest, USA” in La Crosse. Gene Meyers provided his “6x6” military truck and trailer. We loaded it with all the Armed Forces flags along with the DAV Colors. DAV members included WW II, Korean, Vietnam veterans and Auxiliary members. We were giving out American Flags on the parade route. At the Judges Stand we were awarded the Mrs. Oktoberfest Award for the Most Educational Entry. There were a total of 156 entries.

Hamre Giesen #8 helped sponsor Thomas Peters as a guide for 2 WWII Veterans on the Freedom Flight to Washington, D.C. on October 8, 2008.

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Voice of Scott County Chapter Two & Auxiliary MEETING PLACE: Hickory Gardens 3311 Hickory Grove Rd. Davenport, Iowa DATE: 2nd Thursday of each month TIME: 7:00 P.M. At our November meeting we considered starting the process of Amending our Chapter Constitution to change the name to Quint City Chapter 2 from Scott County Chapter 2. This better described the area that the Chapter serves. Please voice your thoughts on this matter if you haven’t already. We also considered the purchases of a new van to serve the DVA Bettendorf Medical Clinic. The Van will cost the local Chapter $13,500. We have some of that money available, but would be required to raise the rest. We also can obtain a no interest loan from a local veterans trust to be repaid when we raise the balance of the required matching funds. FUTURE MEETINGS No meeting in December 2008. Next meeting will be January 8th, February 12th with no official meeting in March 2008 when we will have our annual dinner (date and place to be announced). D.A.V. Auxiliary News Our next meeting will coincide with the Chapter meeting noted above. We will discuss projects that are being planned. For more information call Janet Janecek at 563-386-3533 or Beverly Cherryholmes at 563-332-5161. Mark on your calendar the dates noted above for future meetings of the Chapter and Auxiliary. The CHRISTMAS DINNER this year is December 14th at MO Brady’s on Brady Street in Davenport, Iowa. We need a head count by December 10th so that we can purchase Hy-Vee gift cards and make little goody bags for each person attending. Member is allowed to bring his or her spouse. Call 563-391-1760 to leave your name and if your spouse is coming. You can talk to Vera or George who ever answers the phone call. This will constitute the December meeting. The January meeting will be at Hickory Gardens on Monday the 26th.

DECISION MADE By George T. Nickolas By the time you get this newsletter the voters of this country will have made their decision on who will represent them. We can do nothing but support them in their efforts as a united country. But, that does not mean that we can not, from time to time, write them and tell them that we disagree with what they are doing. They have

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DEPARTMENT OF IOWA CONVENTION May 14-16, 2009 Meskwaki Hotel & Casino 1504 305th St, Tama, Iowa 52339

FOR RESERVATIONS CALL: 1 800 728-4263 A block of rooms have been reserved for the DAV DAV & DAVA Department Convention Registration Complete the form below and mail (no later than May 1) with check payable to: DAV Department of Iowa P.O. Box 793 Des Moines, IA 50303 ............................................................................................................. DAV/DAVA Department of Iowa Convention May 14-16, 2009 Name __________________________________________ Phone __________________________ Address__________________________________ City/State __________________Zip ______

$10.00 - Registration (DAV only) .............................. _________ $50.00 – Breakfast, Luncheon, Banquet ................... _________ $25.00 – Banquet only .............................................. _________ Total Amount Paid ...... _________

made promises which we relied upon for our vote. Remember, change is not always good, and we have the right to hold elected officials feet to the fire on their promises. A democratic Republic is just that! The people have a decision to make when they select their candidates, but they also have the power to replace the elected official at the next election. Special interest groups seem to hold more sway than the average citizen has because the special interests provide the money for elected officials to seek re-election. But, in the end it is US that hold the power with our vote. Patrick Henry was right, we did not provide enough control over the Congress in the Constitution. He expressed so many concerns about the document. He was so right in many of his concerns that he raised in 1788. You need to read his comments as I did to understand his concerns and how they have come to pass! Google Library of Congress and then the Federalist Papers. You will also get a reference to Patrick Henry at the Virginia Constitutional Convention in 1788.

A Veteran A veteran is someone who, at one point in his life wrote a blank check made payable to 'The United States of America ' for an amount of 'up to and including my life.' That is Honor, and there are way too many people in this country who no longer understand it.

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Leroy Bone Scholarship Winners This year the Department is proud to announce four $300 winners, they are: Brady Hill – Carroll, IA – attending Central College in Pella, IA Emma Kulig – Coal Valley, Il – attending Saint Louis University in St. Louis, MO Tyler Crouse – Hedrick, IA – attending Central College in Pella, IA Rebekah Corkrean – Lake City, IA – attending Iowa Central in Ft. Dodge, IA You will note pictures and comments by the recipients in this issue of the News. You will also find the new Leroy Bone Scholarship Application for 2009 available for application now.

Dear Members of the DAV: As I was standing in line at the Central College bookstore today, my mom called me and told me that I was awarded the Leroy Bone Memorial Scholarship. I would like to thank you very Brady Hill much for this money awarded to me to help fund my college education. Your generous contribution will help me pay for my books for the semester. I moved into a dorm in Pella, Iowa on August 13th to attend Central College. I am joining my two brothers there. Not only are all of us full time students; but also, we are all defensive lineman for the football team. I’m having a great time already being part of the Central Dutch Football family. Classes start tomorrow and I am looking forward to that as well. Thank you again for choosing me for the recipient of the Leroy Bone Memorial Scholarhip. Sincerely, Brady Hill GO DUTCH! Mr. Jatho, Thank you so much for the Leroy Bone Memorial Scholarship. I just want to say how sorry I am that I did not send you my picture sooner. Unfortunately, I received your congratulatory letter at school and did not have access to a picture until I came home this past Emma Kulig week for fall break. I plan to use your scholarship towards funding my education as I pursue a degree in biology. My long time goal is to go on to medical school after completion of my undergraduate studies. Thank you again. Sincerely, Emma Kulig

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Dear Sir or Madam: I would like to express my gratitude for being selected to receive the Leroy Bone Memorial Scholarship. I am attending Central College in Pella, with classes starting tomorrow on the Tyler P. Crouse 26th. I feel that Central will turn out to be a wonderful choice in which to further my education, but like with most private colleges, the costs are enormous. Your generous gift will help with these costs. If possible, would you also thank the Bone family for this gift, and for all the sacrifices that I know Mr. Bone and his family have made, along with all other Veterans, for making it even possible for me attend the college of my choice, and to pursue my chosen field. Thank you. Sincerely, Tyler P. Crouse

A perfect Christmas present for an eligible friend and don’t forget the $40.00 discount if paid in full. Call 515-975-7338 if you have any questions. DAV Membership Eligibility Membership is open to anyone wounded, injured or disabled during honorable wartime service. Please refer to the following chart for the dates of active duty service that are considered during “time of war”: World War I 04-06-17 - 07-02-21 World War II & Korea 09-16-40 - 01-31-55 Vietnam & Other Engagements 01-31-55 - 10-14-76 Iranian Crisis, Lebanon Crisis Invasion of Grenada, Invasion of Panama and other engagements 11-04-79 - 01-31-90 Persian Gulf Crisis and Subsequent Engagements 08-02-90 - through present*

Dear Adjutant Jatho: Thank you so much for selecting me as a recipient of the Leroy Bone Memorial Scholarship. It will definitely help me to further my education. My family has been strong supporters of the DAV for many years.

A Perfect Christmas Present

Rebekah Corkrean

Thank you, once again, for the financial assistance. Sincerely, Rebekah Corkrean

Included in these dates are the recent changes adopted by the delegates to the 1990 and 1991 National Convention. They now reflect the military engagements that U.S. Forces have been involved in since Vietnam. In addition, there are circumstances under which veterans, who served at other times, can meet the requirements, “during time of war” or “wartime service.” This occurs when review of official military/VA records shows that the applicant’s wound, injury or disability was incurred: 1) as a direct result of armed conflict, or 2) while engaged in extra-hazardous service under conditions simulating war. Documentation must accompany all applications for those serving under conditions simulating war.

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Iowa Scholarship Program Applications for the 2009 Leroy Bone Memorial Scholarship competition are available now from Department Headquarters. The Scholarship Program is designed to assist the children of service-connected disabled veterans or the direct descendant of a service-connected veteran whose parents cannot afford to provide a college education. To compete for a DAV Scholarship, an applicant must: 1. Be 26 years of age, or younger, 2. Have a parent or be a direct descendant of a service-connected disabled veteran suffering from disease or injury recognized by the Department of Veterans Affairs or military as having been incurred or aggravated by military service which terminated with an honorable discharge, or who is in receipt of military disability retirement pay; or, have a parent who is deceased and was rated as a service-connected disabled veteran at time of death, and 3. Be a senior in a public, parochial or independent school; GED recipient, or a freshman, sophomore or junior in good standing at an accredited college/university in the United States and taking undergraduate studies leading to a bachelor’s degree. Applications are available from the Department of Iowa Headquarters. They must be postmarked no later than May 1, 2009. Students who wish to apply should download a copy of the application from the or write to the Disabled American Veterans, P.O. Box 793, Des Moines, Iowa, 50303; Attention: Scholarship.

Disabled American Veterans Leroy Bone Memorial Scholarship Application This application form must be filled out in full and mailed or delivered by the applicant with transcripts to:

Name ______________________________________________________________________________ (Middle)

Home Address _____________________________________________________________________________ (City)

Home Phone Number

Social Security #


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) ________-_____________


Date of Birth ______/_______/_______ (Month) (Day) (Year)

College Address (If Applicable) ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ (Street)



Grade Point Average ___________________ Other test scores _________________________

Personal Data



SAT and/or ACT Composite Scores ___________ Rank in class _______ Out of __________

P.O. Box 793 Des Moines, Iowa 50303


High School(s) Attended ________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ (Street)

Disabled American Veterans Scholarship Committee


Scholarship Information


Parent’s or Guardian’s Name ____________________________________________________ Name of Institution you are planning to attend or are attending ___________________________________________ Address of Institution __________________________________________________________ (Street) (City) (State/Zip) Date School Term Begins _______/_____/____ Major Field of Study ___________________ (Month) (Day) (Year) Name of Service Connected Veteran you are related to _______________________________ Relationship __________________________________________________________________

Honors and Awards ____________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ ͗ If Applicant has previously filed a High School Transcript, indicate by marking block. No High School Transcript Required. ͗ If Applicant was previously in Junior year of college, indicate by marking block. No High School Transcript Required.

Character and Leadership High School activities (career clubs, drama, student government, athletics, social fraternities or sororities, etc.),

Indicate years: Fr. So. Jr. Sr. Activity Position ____________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ College or University activities (career clubs, drama, student government, athletics, social fraternities or sororities, etc.),

Indicate years Fr. So. Jr. Sr. Activity Position ____________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________

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Community activities (church, scouting, 4H, FFA, service clubs, etc.).

Work Experience

Indicate years: Fr. So. Jr. Sr. Activity Position ____________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ HIGH SCHOOL TRANSCRIPT MUST BE ATTACHED TO THIS APPLICATION. (1st semester senior year.) College or University(ties) attended ______________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ (City)

Employer Position Held Years ____________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________


Course of Study _______________________ Degree Sought __________________________

Your e-mail address___________________________________

Expected Date of Completion ________/______/______ GPA _________________________ (Day) (Month) (Year) Honors and Awards ___________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ Test Scores (if applicable) for Postgraduate Programs _______________________________ COLLEGE OR UNIVERSITY TRANSCRIPTS MUST BE ATTACHED.

Rock Creek State Park, near the Iowa Veterans Home in Marshalltown, is the location of this beautiful handicapped accessible fishing and picnic area. Thanks to the collaborative help and effort of many groups the veterans will have an excellent fishing area located near the sea wall of the lake for an enriching outdoor activity. The Rock Creek Lake Alliance initiated the project and supplied some funds. The DNR supplied materials and labor. Then veteran groups to include the DAV, VFW, Iowa PVA, and the Kossuth County VFW Post 2541 stepped in to support the project.

_______________________________________ Signed this ____day of _________, 20____ Signature of Applicant

-IMPORTANTPersonal Letter Write a one-page letter expressing education and occupational interests and goals, along with a description of other personal interests and any extra-ordinary factors which should be considered by the Scholarship Committee. You may use the back of this sheet. THE LETTER MUST BE TYPEWRITTEN and returned with this application.

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