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April 21, 2016 • Vol. 93, No. 4 “For God & Country”

Badger &“Wisconsin”

Official Publications of The Wisconsin American Legion Family

The mission of The American Legion, Department of Wisconsin is to provide service to veterans, their families and their communities.

SAL Donates GI Josh Dogs Post Donates to Money Makers

On March 22nd, SAL Detachment Chaplain Brad Catura presented GI Josh Dog kits to the Milwaukee Fisher House. Pictured here are; Waukesha County Auxiliary President Sam Catura; SAL Detachment Chaplain Bradford Catura; Milwaukee Fisher House Manager Jennifer Kiefer; Fisher House Executive Director Curtiss Peck. The GI Josh dog is a stuffed animal wearing a camouflage bandana, meant to comfort the child of a deployed service member. Each dog comes with a book titled “I’ll Be OK.” The program has been strongly supported by Wisconsin Adjutant General Donald Dunbar and others across the state.

While nothing can replace a mother or father in uniform deploying halfway across the world for up to a year, Wisconsin officials are hoping “GI Josh” can soften the pains of separation. Chaplain Catura stated that there was unanimous agreement among the SAL members in Wisconsin to extend the program to children staying at the Milwaukee Fisher House. According to Chaplain Catura, “It is the hope of our members that the GI Josh dogs will provide as much comfort to the children whose parent is being treated at the Zablocki VA Medical Center as they do for children whose parents are deployed.”

UNION GROVE INTERMENT The 1st District American Legion Riders filled in for the Union Grove Post No. 171 Honor Guard on March 10th to provide the honors for two funerals held that day at the SE Wisconsin Veterans Cemetery at Union Grove. The 1st District Riders consider it an honor to help out with these ceremonies whenever needed.

—photo by Shawn DeWitt, Glenwood CitTribune Press Reporter

The Matson-Miller Post No. 330 in Wilson made a $500 donation on Monday, March 7 to the “Money Makers”, one of Glenwood City’s Destination Imagination teams. Pictured in front presenting the check to team members were Auxiliary President Elsie Obermueller and her husband Post No. 330 Commander Bob Obermueller. Pictured in back from left to right are team mem-

bers Elizabeth Dayton, Aubree Logghe, Genna Gretzlock, Colin Strehlo, Jackson Logghe, Ilan Anderson and Elek Anderson. The $500 included $200 raised Bingo Night at the Legion on February 11th, a $200 donation from the Post and a $100 donation from the Auxiliary. The funds will be used to assemble and ship 40 to 50 care boxes to active-duty soldiers serving overseas.

April 2016 cover  
April 2016 cover  

Veterans, their Families and their communities