“For God & Country”
August 30, 2012 Vol. 89, No. 7
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.
2012 Legion Baseball Season Concludes With All Star Weekend
The 87th season of American Legion Baseball in Wisconsin concluded August 19th with the All Star Weekend festivities. In the 41st Annual All Star Game held following the Brewers vs. Philadelphia Phillies game at Miller Park, the South pulled out a 7-5 victory over the North squad. Zach Borkowski of Burlington Post No. 79, who would later be named the game’s Most Valuable Player, got the scoring started with a two run double to left field. Brady Greene of Portage Post No. 47 followed with a RBI ground out to make it 3-0 after an inning and a half. The North would get on the board in the bottom of the third inning when Nick Lamers of Freedom was credited with an RBI on a fielder’s choice, making it 3-1 in favor of the South. Lamers was named the Chairman’s Award Winner. The South then scored four times in the top of the fourth in-
ning, with three of the runs scoring via wild pitches. Jordan Beck of Lomira-Theresa Post No. 347 connected on a sacrifice fly to right making it 7-1 in favor of the South team. The North would get one run back in the bottom of the frame when Tanner Biwer of Northern Door was credited with an RBI ground out making it 7-2. The score stayed that way until the bottom of the eighth when Altoona’s Justin Jinkin’s RBI single to right scored Cort Halbur of Wisconsin Rapids Post No. 9. The North added two runs in the bottom of the ninth inning. Willie Doll of Plover Post No. 543 scored on a throwing error and Mitch LaVelle of Chippewa Falls Post No. 77 tripled to right field scoring Caleb Boushley of Hortonville Post No. 55 to make the final 7-5. The weekend got underway on August 18th with the second class of inductees into the Wisconsin
American Legion Baseball Hall of Fame. The three gentlemen combined have given 117 years of service to American Legion Baseball in Wisconsin. The honorees were: George Husby - George has coached the Sturgeon Bay Legion team for the past 45 years. During that time his teams have won 614 games and made eight state tournament appearances. He was also instrumental in starting the Junior Legion program in 1976. Stan Torstenson – Stan has been involved in American Legion Baseball for 36 years. He started the Genoa City team in 1976, and served as Commissioner from 1992 – 2011. During his tenure Wisconsin saw growth in the number of teams participating in American Legion Baseball. James Coonan – “Cooney” has coached the La Crosse Post No. 52 team the past 36 seasons. During that time he has won 486 games and six state championships.
Department Commander Wayne Jensen throws out the 1st pitch prior to the Milwaukee Brewers game on August 19th at Miller Park.
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Casey Seelow of Madison was named the 2012 Wisconsin American Legion Baseball Player of the Year and received a scholarship and recognition from Brewers outﬁelder Corey Hart and Dept. Commander Wayne Jensen.
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Nick Lamers of Freedom and Zack Borkowski of Janesville received recognition from Department Commander Wayne Jensen following the game. Lamers was the Chairman’s Award winner and Borkowski was named the game’s Most Valuable Player.
2013 Membership Goal: 59,760 • August 7th Total: 26,782 – 44.82%
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Dist. 7 39.72%
Dist. 9 44.59%
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Dist. 2 38.54%
Dist. 6 34.55%
PAGE 2 “Badger Legionnaire” & “Wisconsin” The Badger Legionnaire & Wisconsin are the official publications of The Wisconsin American Legion Family and are published ten times annually, once every five weeks, by The Wisconsin American Legion, 2930 American Legion Drive P.O. Box 388, Portage, WI 53901. Periodicals Postage Paid at Portage, WI and additional mailing offices. USPS ID Number 010-135 ISSN: 2154-2627 Post Master: Send address changes to Badger Legionnaire and Wisconsin, P.O. Box 388, Portage, WI 53901
“Badger Legionnaire” The American Legion, Department of Wisconsin 2930 American Legion Drive P.O. Box 388 • Portage, WI 53901 Phone: (608) 745-1090 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org David A. Kurtz, Executive Editor 2012-2013 Communications Committee Harold Rihn, Chairman Bob Wipf, Vice-Chairman Ron Hessil, DEC Liaison Bernard Olson, Member Phil Ingwell, Member Vern Pitt, Member Mike Herkowski, Member James Lee, Member Kendel Feilen, Consultant Loretta Shellman, Auxiliary Liaison Kathy Wollmer, Auxiliary Liaison Bonnie Dorniak, Auxiliary Liaison 2012-13 Department Ofﬁcers Commander Wayne Jensen Vice Commanders Ken Rynes Chuck Roloff Ron Hessil Randy Lenser Adjutant David A. Kurtz Chaplain Robert Herried Assistant Chaplain Greg Simonis Sergeant-at Arms Todd Braun Charles Roessler Service Officer James Fialkowski NECman David L. Gough Alternate NECman Steve Krueger District Commanders 1st – Dave Brisk 2nd – Robert Shappell 3rd – Rich Ruland 4th – Claire Goodfellow 5th – Pete Goosens 6th – Barb Belmont 7th – John Thurk 8th – Dan Rindt 9th – Dale Oatman 10th – Larry Wyrcza 11th – Frank Kostka 12th – Bob Buhr Change of Address & Other Information: Subscribers: To report any upcoming changes of address, please ask your Post Adjutant to fill out a Membership Data Form and forward it to Wisconsin American Legion Headquarters. The change of address form that will be completed by the Post Adjutant should not be confused with the change of address card filled out at the Post Office. Department financial statements are available to Legionnaires in good standing upon written request through their District Commanders.
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DEPARTMENT COMMANDER As I commence this message I do so with a heavy heart due to the loss of a dedicated Ladies Auxiliary member, Mrs. Wayne Jensen Jean Cooney of Commander Unit No. 537, wife of PDC Chuck Cooney. For those who never had the pleasure of meeting her, she was Commander Chuck’s “Rock of Gibraltar.” I mention this because we have to remember the importance of the Legion Family, and never take for granted our ladies and sons as we carry on the Legion business. Wherever I’ve gone in my travels I’ve recognized the importance of these folks, whether they are cooking or tirelessly cleaning up after us, stuffing thousands of convention bags or supporting other activities. These folks are the icing on the cake. I am so thankful for my “social secretary”
who constantly reminds me of things I might otherwise forget. Without Donna constantly supporting me I wouldn’t be writing this article today. Now on to more joyful news; On September 10th and 11th the Department will partner with WPS Health Insurance, the National Guard and other sponsors to conduct the first “Salute to Wisconsin Warriors” celebrity golf fundraising event at Cherokee Country Club in Madison, the home course of PGA Tour professional Steve Stricker. What better way to meet our commitment to aiding the troops as they return home? Three American Legion programs will be receiving the proceeds from this exciting event; Camp American Legion, our Troop & Family Support Fund and the Veterans Employment Initiative. All of the proceeds will be applied to these American Legion programs. If you are interested in golfing, sponsoring or being a gallery participant contact Department head-
quarters at (608) 745-1090 or e-mail Sandy Ryce at firstname.lastname@example.org. Among those committed to attend are current and former Green Bay Packers Jarrett Bush, Ahman Green, Mark Tauscher and Chris Jacke, as well as University of Wisconsin basketball coach Bo Ryan, UW hockey Coach Mike Eaves and former UW hockey star Adam Burish. Kudos to Mr. Don Hawkins and family, as well as Appleton Post No. 38 volunteers, for a supurb 2012 Class AAA Wisconsin American Legion Baseball tournament. Aside from some much needed rain the tournament went off without a hitch. Your Commander was deeply impressed with the spirit of competition and sportsmanship. The manicured field is indicative of the love, dedication and high standards we maintain for our Americanism and Children & Youth programs throughout the state. This year Membership training was conducted at several geographical
locations throughout the state at the request of you Legionnaires. As a result the 2013 Membership cards were distributed more rapidly with hopes of earlier renewals. We also conducted a Leadership seminar for Department Vice Commanders and District Commanders. Thanks to Adjutant Kurtz and Outreach Coordinator Steve Dykes we enjoyed a comprehensive, concise and meaningful program. My compliments to the District Vice Commanders who stepped up at the 11th hour to support those District Commanders unable to attend. In the long run both you and the Department will reap the benefit of your sacrifice. Donna and I appreciate the invitations we have received and look forward to visiting Legion Family members around the state. To request a visit for an event, please submit the form available on-line at www.wilegion.org or in the Administrative Manual. “God speed and fair winds.”
CAMP DIRECTOR August has been an exciting month here at Camp American Legion with our special “Wounded Warrior Week” Kevin Moshea for Iraq - AfghanCamp Director istan veterans and their families kicking off the month. It’s refreshing to see all the young children here enjoying the facility. Just this morning in the dining hall I watched as a little guy around 8 years old entered for breakfast wearing his big, fluffy SpongeBob Square Pants slippers. They are at least three times bigger than his actual feet. I can’t help but think; “Oh my! Look at Camp Ameri-
can Legion now”. I thought of the classic line from the Wizard of Oz “I’ve got a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore”. Looking around the Camp this week I see fifteen other children, two infants, strollers, high chairs, etc. What a new perspective and feeling we have at camp this week. See the photo of the Wounded Warriors on page 4 of this issue of the Badger Legionnaire. By the time you read this article the 2012 camp season will be approaching an end. This season, like many other past years has been a roller coaster ride of achievements, challenges and emotions. Camp’s “HELP TO HEAL” Mission has played out in many unique ways. There have been times when work-
ing to assist our Military Brothers and Sisters has not been easy. Some days it is down right hard and a test of personal will and resilience. Often we have had to go through the pain to make it to the joy. The camp experience has been a mix of happiness and sadness; of good times with bad; of laughter and tears but in the end it all leads back to LOVE. The 2012 season proved once again how “real” life is and how “real” all of our campers and each of us are. I sometimes think there is a perception that camp is a surreal place in a magical land. While we might wish that was the case, if it were we would not have or need a HELP TO HEAL mission. Working with veterans in need and their families can push us
WDVA SECRETARY I am extremely proud to be the first-ever cabinet level appointed Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of VetJohn A. Scocos erans Affairs and WDVA Secretary look forward to another challenging and rewarding year for the veterans in Wisconsin. The first thing I did when Governor Walker appointed me as the Secretary of the WDVA back in August 2011 was evaluate the overall status and condition of the department, the homes, our employees, and of course our Wisconsin veterans and their families. Based off my findings, I created a new VISION for the department which we have used throughout all our efforts to move the WDVA forward. Below, I lay out my new VISION as well as highlight my three main priorities and one or two of the major successes within each applicable category that we as an agency, as veterans, and as a state have accomplished in less than a year.
Veterans and their families come first Increase job opportunities for veterans and their families Solvency of the agency Initiating new relationships with stakeholders Outreach that meets the needs of veterans in the 21st Century New strategies for achieving success in our goals
WDVA 3 Main Priorities in FY12: Connecting veterans and their families with employment opportunities, providing outreach that meets the needs of veterans in the 21st century, and ensuring that the WDVA is fiscally responsible and remains solvent as an agency. Accomplishments for Priority Number 1: Employment Opportunities • Partnered with DWD in the planning, coordinating and executing of 16 Veterans-Specific Career and Benefits Fairs throughout Wisconsin in 2012 • Partnered with DWD, DMA, ESGR, The American Legion, Merendino Cemetery Care, and numerous Wisconsin businesses and
corporations in hosting 4 Business Symposiums aimed at educating employers on the benefits of hiring veterans; over 100 employees from over 60 employers have attended these symposiums so far. Accomplishments for Priority Number 2: Outreach for the 21st Century • Launched the Veterans Benefits Resource Center in March 2012; to date the VBRC has received over 3500 inquiries by phone, chat, email, mail and walk-in, with a monthly average of 93% or higher for successful resolution of inquiries and cases. • Created the WDVA Outreach Team which consists of 4 team members and 1 supervisor; the Outreach Team coordinates, attends, and operates as many veterans events throughout Wisconsin as possible in order to network with veterans regarding the programs, services, and benefits that Wisconsin has to offer them. Accomplishments for Priority Number 3:
to expand our limits and through all the ups and downs the 2012 camp season has proved to be immensely rewarding for all of us. That little boy in his floppy slippers reminds us all that little things can mean a lot. Every now and then we need “Sponge Bob” because Sponge Bob is that counter-balance to real life. Sponge Bob can keep us from taking life too seriously. I once again thank the entire Wisconsin American Legion Family for your time, talent and financial commitment to Camp American Legion. Thank you for your support and helping those who have served to heal. You all made the 2012 camp season a success. You are all Sponge Bobs!
Remaining Fiscally Responsible and Solvent as an Agency • Relocated the WDVA Central Office staff from 30 W. Mifflin to 201 W. Washington saving the state $446,000.00 each biennium. • In FY11 the Wisconsin veterans Home at King was operating with a deficit of 5 million dollars; under new leadership and management we were able to get King out of the “red” and operating above the break-even point in less than one year. As most of you know, Governor Walker has declared 2012 to be The Year of the Veteran in Wisconsin and I would like to personally thank him and his administration as well as all departments that have contributed to the many veterans-specific initiatives launched so far this year, all our veterans organizations, support groups, and of course veterans and their family members for all your encouragement, support, and efforts in ensuring that Wisconsin remains the nation’s leader in regards to veterans programs, benefits and services.
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Union Grove Veterans Cemetery to Receive New Monument
In October 2011, a group of four veterans met to discuss the idea of erecting a life-size “Battlefield Cross” statue in the Wisconsin Veterans Cemetery at Union Grove. Often used in memorial services held in military camps, the placement of a rifle bayonet-down in the ground, with the soldier’s boots at its base and helmet and dog tags hung from the top symbolizes the fallen soldier. A powerful and striking image, it has become the memorial of choice for many monuments. What started as a simple gesture to the fallen became a major undertaking, however, when a site visit confirmed that a lifesized monument would look lost in the vast stretches of the 105 acre cemetery. And with the interest generated in the initial meeting and fundraising effort, it was decided that a larger-than-life monument was necessary.
In late 2011 Battle Cross, Ltd. was formed with the sole purpose to raise the funds necessary to purchase and install a Battlefield Cross monument at Union Grove. The resulting sixty-six inch tall battlefield cross set upon a fortyfour inch base was slated to cost nearly $30,000. Generous contributions from businesses and individuals throughout southeastern Wisconsin and beyond poured in and in just over half a year the entire project was funded. With the dream now made reality, the Southeastern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery at Union Grove will host an unveiling of the new monument on Saturday, September 29th, 2012 at 11:00 AM. The public is invited and welcome to attend. The Battlefield Cross statue, currently being cast at a local foundry, is set for installation near
the entrance, another reminder that, in the words set for inscription on the statue’s base, “All gave some; some gave all.”
is already gearing up for the 2012 Holiday Season. Our goal for 2012 is to ship a whopping 2500 boxes by mid November 2012. If you’re cleaning up around the house, we are looking for unused Christmas cards to placed in the boxes. (Military personnel can send these cards home to family and friends). You can be a part of “Trees From Home “ by fundraising, crafting or boxing too. Many helping hands can achieve our goals and touch the lives of those serving overseas. Contact us through American Legion headquarters at (608) 745-1090 or by e-mail at TreesFromHomeinc@yahoo.com
cently participated in the Old Glory Honor Flight for WWII Veterans, flying from Oshkosh to Washington DC, to visit the WWII Memorial with 79 other Wisconsin WWII Veterans
Win Free Legionwear Fashion Apparel Legionnaires across the state can receive the latest Legion news and win free Legionwear simply by using the Online Subscription Sign-up for the Badger Legionnaire. Simply go to our website at: www.wilegion.org. Click the “Members” pull down menu on the Home page and select “Online Subscription Signup.” Fill out the online subscription form and you will receive e-mail alerts, Adjutant’s Notes, messages from the Department Commander, and, of course the Badger Legionnaire at your email address. Each month, two e-subscription
members will be randomly drawn to receive free items of Legionwear fashion apparel. Making the switch to the e-subscription service will also help the Department to save printing and postage costs! Money saved will helped strengthen our much-needed Veteran’s and youth programs. Be a Winner! Go on-line and visit: www.wilegion.org. Click the “Members” pull down menu on the Home page and select “Online Subscription Sign-up.” Enjoy the latest Legion news, save money and show your pride by wearing some new Legionwear fashion apparel!
vEtErAn s E rv i C E s Here’s one of the many Thank You’s we received; Trees From Home, what can I say? WOW, what an expression of love and kindness. I am brought to tears as I think of the joy your small, yet beautiful gift has brought to my Soldiers. (kind of embarrassing being the Battalion Commander & weeping about a tree) but your thoughtfulness and love filled box moved my troops, Please except my warmest thanks and wishes for a very Merry Christmas. (Name redacted for security)
State Assembly Honors Crivitz Legionnaire
Donald R. Boehmke of the Netzel-Zenz Post No. 413 of Crivitz was recently presented a “Citation by the Assembly”. The citation read in part, “Donald’s leadership and dedication is in keeping with the finest traditions of military service and reflects great credit upon him, his unit, and the United States Army. Representative Jeff Mursau, on behalf of the Wisconsin State Assembly, hereby commends and honors Donald Robert Boehmke for his bravery and commitment in saving our country.” The citation was also signed by Assembly Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald and Speaker Pro Tempore Bill Kramer. Boehmke served from March 1943 to March 1946, and re-
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Trees From Home Sends “Thank You” to Legion
T r e e s From Home would like to thank the Wi s c o n s i n American Legion for your help in 2011 sending an amazing 2,130 Christmas care packages. All including a hand-crafted 12 inch Christmas Tree. Many hands and hearts have touched these boxes before they ever left the US. It’s always nice to think about Christmas and Trees From Home
from all branches of the Armed Forces. Boehmke was born and raised in Crivitz and is celebrating his 88th birthday this month. Both Donald and his son Bryon are members of Post No. 413.
At EdgEwood CollEgE, we work with student veterans and their families to ensure a smooth transition and successful educational experience. We accept Veterans Administration educational benefits available to veterans and their families, including the revised Post-9/11GI Bill. • Choose from more than 40 undergraduate majors • Accelerated programs designed for working adults • Master’s degree programs available For more information visit www.edgewood.edu, or contact Matthew Schroeder, Veterans Services Coordinator at 608-663-4266, or e-mail Veterans@edgewood.edu.
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Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Secretary Cathy Stepp has a special message for active military members and U.S. veterans: We want to help you work and play in Wisconsin’s outdoors. “On behalf of our DNR staff, we want to thank our military service members who have fought for our freedoms and way of life. To show our appreciation we are offering a way for vets to get started in an outdoors career and to enjoy some of Wisconsin’s most precious traditions,” Stepp says. As of July 2012, veterans may qualify for a one-time fee waiver for an occupational or professional license. To find out if a veteran qualifies for the fee waiver program or to find a complete list of eligible Wisconsin licenses they should contact the WI Department of Veterans Affairs. Veteran’s eligibility related
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questions should be directed to the Veteran’s Benefit Resource Center at 800-947-8387. To find which DNR license fees are waived for qualifying veterans, contact DNR Customer Service at 608-264-8985. Disabled veteran and former Prisoner of War fee waivers Wisconsin law also extends many privileges for hunting, fishing and trapping – including a free small game hunting license -- to active members of the U.S. Armed Forces, Wisconsin National Guard or Reserves who are Wisconsin residents. Different sections of Wisconsin statutes authorize these privileges, each with their own qualifications. Free passes to Wisconsin state parks and forests Certain Disabled Veterans and former Prisoners of War who
are Wisconsin residents are eligible to receive waivers of vehicle admission and trail pass fees through your County Veterans Service Office. To apply for this fee waiver; • Download and complete the Disabled Veteran Free State Park/ Forest/Trail Pass Application that is found on the DNR website and take it to your County Veteran Service Officer to certify. The application must be signed and stamped by the CVSO. • Mail the certified application to: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Bureau of Parks and Recreation, 101 S Webster St PO Box 7921, Madison WI 53707. The Bureau of Parks and Recreation will mail you an identification card to be presented each time you visit a state park, forest or recreation area. The park, forest or recreation area will then issue a courtesy pass for
the day. When using state trails requiring a trail pass, carry the identification card with you. Discounted fishing license A discounted Resident Disabled Veterans Fishing License is available to veterans who are receiving veteran’s disability compensation for a disability of 70 percent or more for a service related disability; or are receiving service related disability benefits as individually unemployable. Acceptable evidence to receive this license includes: • Veteran’s disability award letter showing benefits are being paid for a disability of 70 percent or more; • letter from the Veterans Administration that indicates the veteran is receiving benefits for a disability of 70 percent or more; • completed Disabled Veteran free state park application signed
by a County Veteran Service Officer; or • Wisconsin State Park and Forest Disabled Veteran or Former POW ID Card issued by the DNR. Disabled veteran recreation card Issued to any Veteran that has a 50 percent disability from the military and has their VA benefits letter. This permit entitles the veteran to a fishing license, state trail pass, small game license and park admission sticker for $7. Search the DNR website, www.dnr.wi.gov to find an agent near you. FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Bill Cosh, DNR spokesperson, 608-267-2773 or Penny Kanable, DNR Customer Service, 608-264-8985
American Legion Riders 3rd ANNUAL FALL RIDE FUNDRAISER FOR CAMP AMERICAN LEGION
Wounded Warrior’s Week at Camp American Legion
September 15, 12:00 noon **** Pig Roast and Corn Boil ****
Camp American Legion hosted “Wounded Warriors Week” July 30th through August 5th. Ten families with a total of 18 children were on site at the Camp for the week along with other veterans of all eras.
American Legion Riders ‐ LETS RIDE ‐ to Camp American Legion to help our ill, injured and disabled veterans who need a hand on the road back to health. All funds raised should be brought to camp on the above date for a special presentation event. Riders can also stay at camp the nights of the ride; September 13, 14, & 15. A donation of $30.00/bed/night is requested. A continental breakfast is included with an overnight stay. Single riders must be Legion members and one member of a group must be a Legion family member. If you would like to stay at the camp call Director Kevin Moshea at (715) 277‐2510 to make a reservation. *This ride is held in conjunction with the Tomahawk Fall Ride for MDA*
The Dustin Lenzo family visited Camp during Wounded Warrior Week. Dustin served in the US Army from 2003 through 2011 with 3 combat tours in Iraq. He is pictured here with his wife Kristi and their children; Taylor 10, Dustin Jr. 7, Aiyanna 3 and Kameson 7 months.
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Million Veteran Program: Partnering with Veterans to Revolutionize Health Care Zablocki VAMC in Milwaukee is one of 50 VAMCs selected across the nation to serve as an enrollment site for the Million Veteran Program (MVP), a research program that will help us better understand how genes affect Veterans’ health and illness. The ultimate goal of the program is to transform health care. The Million Veteran Program (MVP): A Partnership with Veterans is a national, voluntary research program conducted by the Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of Research & Development. MVP aims to enroll as many as one million Veterans over the next five to seven years. Participants will be asked to complete a one-time study visit (approx. 20 minutes in length) to provide a blood sample for genetic analysis. Participation also includes filling out health surveys, allowing ongoing access to medical records and agreeing to future contact. This research program will establish one of the largest databases of genes and health history. The results of MVP may lead to new ways of preventing and treating common illness. Dr. Jeff Whittle of the Medical College of Wisconsin is coordinating the local effort. Dr. Whittle has worked with many
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VA Research Assistant Mary Ziebel and Dr. Jeff Whittle are pictured here with one of the “Million veterans”, Army veteran Michael Smith of the Alonzo Cudworth Post No. 23 of Milwaukee.
Legionnaires over the years on “MyHealtheVet” and other programs. Currently, the Medical College of Wisconsin is partnering with the Department and 12 local posts in the Fox River Valley region to provide computers for veterans to use. By participating in MVP, Veterans will help contribute to the knowledge base that may result in developing personalized treatments for military-related illnesses, such as post-traumatic stress disorder, as well as more
common illnesses like diabetes and heart disease. Results from MVP will help improve health care for Veterans and all Americans. MVP has extensive safeguards in place to keep Veterans personal information secure and confidential. Participation will not affect access to health care or benefits. Visit the website of the Million Veteran Program at www.research.va.gov/mvp to learn more. For more information or to participate, call toll-free 866-441-6075.
Wisconsin Legionnaire’s Olympic debut ends in quarterfinals
Darlington Post No. 214 Legionnaire Michael McPhail narrowly missed a shot at earning a medal in his Olympic debut at the 2012 London Games finishing ninth overall in the Men’s 50-Meter Prone Rifle competition held at the Royal Artillery Barracks in southeast London on Friday, Aug. 3. McPhail, 30, a Staff Sergeant in the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit (USAMU), shot a 595 in the qualifying round to finish in a nine-way tie for fourth-place. He was sitting third in qualifications until he scored a nine on his 57th shot of the round. With a 10 on that shot, he probably would have advanced to the finals. Battling changing winds and differing lighting conditions during the 75-minute round, McPhail put 55 of his 60 qualifying shots in the 10-point ring and 39 of those in the bulls-eye. (The 10-point ring is roughly the size of a person’s cornea and the bulls-eye is the size of a pupil.) He had one perfect 100 string (set of 10 shots), and five strings where he scored a 99 during the round “I think the wind was a huge factor,” McPhail said, “I didn’t point a nine all day and I’m down five points. My gun didn’t shoot a nine. The wind pushed me out. It was subtle. I tell you what, shooting a 599 or 600 today, that’s pretty hard
champion or Olympic champion you have to get the bounce and it didn’t bounce in my favor today.” McPhail was the top American finisher in the event after Sgt. 1st Class Eric Uptagrafft, who works with McPhail as an USAMU shooting instructor at Fort Benning, GA.
Warrior’s Salute Michael McPhail
to do. As a fan of the sport, I’m thoroughly impressed.” The nine fourth-place shooters faced off in a five-shot shoot-out to decide the remaining five berths in the finals. In the shoot-off, the target ring gets divided into tenths with the best score possible on a single shot being 10.9. Each shot is scored to the first decimal. McPhail not only put all five shots inside the 10-ring in the shoot-out, he averaged 10.26 points per shot for a total score of 51.3. Unfortunately, that score left him just 3/10ths of a point out of the finals. “I’m not disappointed with how I shot,” McPhail told www. usashooting.org. “Of the 65 shots that I had, there’s maybe only one that I’d want to shoot again. Shooting’s no different than any other sport. If you want to be Super Bowl
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seminar will be followed by a silent auction and cocktail hour, open to all guests, leading up to the dinner and program honoring the 23 Wisconsin Purple Heart recipients. On the morning of September 11th, guests will enjoy 18 holes at the golf course. The Monday night dinner, featuring David Feherty, is now included with each golf reservation. The cost is $500 per person or $1,900 per foursome. To register, please contact Sandy Ryce at Department Headquarters at (608) 745-1090 ext. 227 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about A Salute To Wisconsin’s Warriors visit www.wisconsinswarriors.org or check out their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/wisconsinswarriors.
The annual meeting and dinner of the Past Commanders Club will be held on Saturday, November 3rd, 2012 at the Sparta American Legion Post No.100, located at 1116 Angelo Rd, Sparta, WI 54656. The meeting will be at 3:00 pm and the dinner at 5:00 pm. Spouses and/or guests are also welcome. If you are interested in attending, please fill out the names of those planning to attend and mail, along with $20.00 per person to the address below. The buffet style menu will consist of Roast Turkey and dressing, Sirloin Tips and Noodles, potatoes, vegetable, salad, rolls, dessert and coffee.
I (We) will attend _________________________________
Unable to attend this year___________________________
Please include your check for $20.00 per person payable to the Past Commanders Club to Ronald Kaun, Adjutant, at 7901 S. Scepter Dr., Unit #4, Franklin, WI 53132-2244. If interested, a group of rooms has been reserved at the Country Inn Suites, 737 Avon Rd, Sparta 54656. Deadline for room reservations is Oct.19, 2012. Reservations are for Saturday, Nov. 3rd only and when making reservations you need to tell them it is for the PAST COMMANDERS CLUB and give them your name and credit card number. The price per room will be $89.00 plus tax. There is a complimentary hot breakfast in the morning and also an indoor pool. The number for reservations is 608-269-3110.
12th District Forms Legion Riders Chapter
On August 11, 2012, Legion Riders formed a new Chapter and elected officers at American Legion Post No. 278 in Balsam Lake. Pictured left to right are; 12th District Chapter President Steve Dubois, Secretary Lau-
rel Dubois, Vice President Matt Kingsbury and Treasurer Kathy Kingsbury. For information regarding membership in the 12th District Legion Riders contact Steve Dubois at email@example.com or call 715-825-3916
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THE BADGER LEGIONNAIRE
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Swifty’s S.W.A.T. encouraging everyone Team will be patrolto receive a “Lucky SWIFT Y’S S.W. A .T TEAM ling for membership 13” Pin. During the fast and furious on 2013 Membership the Wisconsin Delta! year Commander Jim National ComKoutz will award his mander Jim Koutz National Commander and Department Commander Wayne pin to any Legionnaire who recruits a Jensen have launched the 2013 Memcombination of 13 new members, rebership Campaign and are presenting instatements and transferring members members in Wisconsin with a host of into The American Legion. At least incentives and awards to recognize inthree of the 13 must be transfers from dividual Legionnaires for their recruitthe Department Holding Post No. 2930. ing and retention efforts. There’s also an opportunity to join The traditional “I Got One” pins are the “Badger Big Ten” team. Sign up available for everyone who recruits at ten new members and be a part of least one new member this year. this exclusive group of Legionnaires. Commander Jensen is also urging all You’ll receive a pin and a patch to wear Legionnaires to join “Swifty’s S.W.A.T. with pride. Team.” The National American Legion is also Commander Jensen has identified the encouraging recruitment with the Silfirst step in growing our membership ver Brigade and Gold Brigade awards is to Recruit and Retain all members for Legionnaires who recruit 25 and 50 of the Legion Family, which is why he new members respectively. would like everyone to “Start Patrolling Commander Jensen wants to recognize for Membership” and “Join Swifty’s every Legionnaire who does their part S.W.A.T. Team.” Simply find 5 new to maintain our membership strength members for our Legion Family and and build our organization. earn a special pin that only members of Contact Outreach Coordinator, Steve “Swifty’s S.W.A.T. Team” will receive. Dykes at (608) 745-1090 to get on National Commander Jim Koutz is board.
Claude and Elaine Rex of Horicon, Grand Prize winners of the 2012 Convention Sweepstakes, picked up their “big check” from Department Commander Wayne Jensen at Headquarters in Portage. Watch for your chance to win in the 2013 Midwinter Sweepstakes to be held at the Ho-Chunk Hotel, Casino and Convention Center in Baraboo.
At The Fair with Governor Walker
Final 100% Post Commanders for 2012
Department Vice Commander Chuck Roloff caught up with Governor Scott Walker and Auxiliary President Diana Sirovina at the Wisconsin State Fair on Sunday, August 12th.
EUGENE RICH AND DON POCERNICH Post 86, Washburn
TOM RORTVEDT Post 271, Poynette
Cobb Post Promotes Americanism
Plate Umpire Polkas Between Pitches
Department Vice Commander Randy Lenser of Chaseburg Post No. 202, a long time Legion Baseball Umpire, worked home plate during the All-Star Game and entertained the crowd with some lively dance moves. The South beat the North by a ﬁnal score of 7-5.
The Fingerson-Rule Post No. 463 of Cobb in Iowa County provides free copies of the U.S. Constitution and the Declaration of Independence to the public. Pictured holding a copy of the documents are Librarian Karen Fisher and Post No. 463 Commander David Schmit. Providing these important founding documents is one way Cobb Post No. 463 works to support and defend the Constitution and promote Americanism.