“For God & Country”
January 17, 2013 Vol. 90, No. 1
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.
Oratorical Competition Scheduled Four Chaplains Service Date set for February 16, 2013 at Ripon College – Ripon, Wisconsin
The 74th Wisconsin Regional and Department Oratorical Contests are scheduled February 16, 2013 at Ripon College, Ripon, WI. Regionals will begin at 10 AM. The state finals will begin at 2 PM. The American Legion Oratorical Scholarship Competition is designed for high school students, including home schooled, who are looking for an academic challenge and enjoy public speaking. The contest was developed to increase awareness and appreciation for the Constitution of the United States. Participants develop leadership qualities, the ability to think and speak clearly, and become prepared to accept the duties, responsibilities, rights and privileges of American citizenship.
Students begin at the local Post level and progress through County, District, Regional and State Competitions. Winning orations are based on content and presentation. The subject matter is based on some aspect of the Constitution of the United States with emphasis on the duties and obligations of a citizen. Complete rules and information can be found at www.legion.org. • District winners eliminated at the Regional Competition receive $600 scholarships • 3 Regional winners receive $1,000 scholarships and compete for the State title • 2nd runner up receives an additional $1,000 scholarship • 1st runner up receives an ad-
ditional $1,500 scholarship • Department winner receives an additional $2,000 scholarship and competes at the National American Legion finals in Indianapolis, IN • Ripon College offers a $5,000 scholarship to each of the three Department finalists upon enrollment at Ripon College • National finalists rceive scholarships of: 1st place $18,000; 2nd place - $16,000; 3rd place-$14,000. If you are interested in volunteering to assist as a moderator, judge, host or helper, contact Kim Shanks at Department Headquarters. Kim can be reached at (608) 745-1090 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
2013 Badger Boys State
Important Information About This Years Session
• Session dates June 8-15, 2013 • Location–Ripon College Campus • Sponsorship is $250 per boy The Sponsor Chairperson is the person responsible at the local level to organize your Boys State Program. The Chairperson arranges for sponsorships, maintains contact with schools, and ensures the paperwork is complete and forwarded to the BBS Program Coordinator at Department Headquarters. Please keep in touch with your selections right up to opening Saturday. The initial mailing was sent to the Badger Boys State Sponsor / Chairperson and was mailed in November 2012. It included a Tri-Fold Program Brochure explaining the Program and a 2013 Reservation Card. The Reserva-
tion Card is used for sponsors to “reserve” a slot for as many boys as they intend to sponsor. This card is usually returned to Headquarters along with a check for $250 per boy sponsored by January 31. This is to ensure “Reservations” are available for each boy sponsored. The Badger Boys State Sponsor Chairperson should have already called on schools to inform the appropriate official about the program and how many boys will be sponsored. Upon receiving the white Reservation cards at Department Headquarters, a Registration Card is mailed for each boy selected along with an Alternate Card. The cards are clearly marked to distinguish between them. The
Registration cards are mailed when the reservation is received. Registration by the delegates must be completed online. The Registration Card is each boys commitment to attend. Registration cards are brought to Badger Boys State for registering and contain the medical consent information. To sponsor a boy, or for more information on the Badger Boys State program, contact Sandy Ryce at (608) 745-0341 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit our website at www.badgerboysstate.com. –Russ Hanseter Chr. of Bd. BBS Inc
The Four Chaplains, also sometimes referred to as the “Immortal Chaplains”, were four US Army Chaplains who gave their lives to save other civilian and military personnel during the sinking of the troop ship USAT Dorchester on February 3, 1943, during World War II. They helped other soldiers board lifeboats and gave up their own life jackets when the supply ran out. The chaplains joined arms, said prayers, and sang hymns as they went down with the ship. The four men were relatively new chaplains, who all held the rank of first lieutenant. They included Methodist minister Reverend George L. Fox, Rabbi Alexander D. Goode, Roman Catholic priest Reverend John P. Washington, and Reformed Church of America minister Reverend Clark V. Poling. Their backgrounds, personalities, and faiths were different, although Goode, Poling and Washington had all served as leaders in the Boy Scouts of America. They met at the Army Chaplains School at Harvard University, where they prepared for assignments in the European theater, sailing on board USAT Dorchester to report to their
new assignments. Each year, ceremonies are held to honor the Four Chaplains, who set an example of service and sacrifice for us all. 2nd District – Four Chaplains Dinner and Observance will be held on Saturday, February 2, 2013, at Beaver Dam Post No. 146, located at 300 Beichl Ave, Beaver Dam. Cocktails start at 5:00 PM, Dinner at 6:00 PM, Ceremony to follow. 3rd District Observance – Four Chaplain’s Observance will be held at 2:00 PM on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at Oakwood Village – Prairie Ridge Campus, 5565 Tancho Dr., Madison, in the Tree of Life Chapel. The service will be conducted by Department Chaplain Robert Herried and Assistant Department Chaplain Greg Simonis. 5th District Observance– Four Chaplain’s Ceremony will be held at 2:00 PM on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at the Zablocki VAMC - Matusek Auditorium, 5000 W. National Ave., Milwaukee. The service will be conducted by 5th District Chaplain Ken Leidel and 5th District Commander Ensley Brown.
2013 Membership Goal: 59,760 • January 8th Total: 53,922 – 90.23%
9TH 10TH 11TH 12TH
Dist. 10 88.33%
Dist. 4 87.39%
Dist. 9 86.45%
Dist. 8 85.55%
Dist. 6 85.48%
Dist. 5 83.98%
Dist. 7 83.96%
Dist. 1 83.52%
Dist. 3 86.82%
Dist. 2 83.11%
Dist. 11 82.67%
Dist. 12 82.17%
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 American Legion, Dept. of Wisconsin 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: email@example.com 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 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.
“Wisconsin” American Legion Auxiliary Department of Wisconsin 2930 American Legion Drive P.O. Box 140 • Portage, WI 53901 Bonnie Dorniak, Editor Diana Sirovina, Department President Bonnie Dorniak, Exec. Secretary/Treasurer To change your address: Notify Unit Secretary Unit Secretary: Notify Department Headquarters on a Member Data Form The “Wisconsin” deadline for copy is 4 weeks before publication date.
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THE BADGER LEGIONNAIRE
January 17, 2013
DEPARTMENT COMMANDER First and foremost it is my sad duty to advise you of the passing of Past Department Commander Duane Wayne Jensen W. Neuman Commander (1983-84). On behalf of the Department of Wisconsin we send our condolences to Dorothy, and the Neuman family. Since you’ll be receiving this edition of the Badger Legionnaire on the eve of the Midwinter Conference, I want to share how excited I am at the planned itinerary. As much as possible, you’re getting training you have asked for. I’m especially anxious to attend the Sunday morning symposium to gain advice on how we can help our returning veterans as they assimilate back into society. As a lieutenant with the Milwaukee Police Department, I recall the difficulty some of our returning GIs had adjusting to the civilian life
when they were used to spontaneous life or death situations. On a personal level I recall returning from Vietnam, and going through the police academy where a political insider sergeant tried impressing me with the need for survival skills on the streets of Milwaukee. Needless to say it takes a lot of patience and understanding as these veterans assimilate back into “the real world.” Come and learn how we can help our returning heroes become a valuable part of society. As adjutant at my Post, I know how some people are confused when they receive the Legionnaire Insurance Trust Form that should be provided with your membership renewal cards. Two years ago you received the same form, which was supposed to be good through 2015. The reason for the new form is an upgrade in coverage from $1,000 to $5,000. It also extends your coverage through August 2016. If you have not received a form, and want to up-
grade, see your post adjutant or contact Department Headquarters. As a fellow human being I attempt to learn something new each day. As your Department Commander I have spent almost half a year being humbled by the things (Legion wise) I don’t know. I have been making the customary rounds to the VA medical centers that serve Wisconsin veterans along with Auxiliary President Diana Sirovina, and Adjutant Kurtz. Each facility has its individual flavor by virtue of their individual tasking. One thing in common at each facility is the intense love and pride the volunteers bring to these homes away from home. As I’d listen to these ladies and gentlemen laugh and chit chat, I could sense a feeling of happiness and comfort that is ultimately being conveyed to the veteran(s). From Iron Mountain, to Union Grove, Zablocki and Middleton VA Medical Centers and King; that same care from the heart
is exactly what National Commander Jim Koutz and myself are looking for in Operation Comfort Warrior. All of these facilities are doing phenomenal jobs, but it is you; the volunteer, that is the “tie that binds.” Thank you for your kindness from the heart. Just to advise, your commander went “under the knife” on January 4th for knee replacement, so I’ll be slowed down for a couple weeks. But I anticipate being back on my feet to see you at Midwinter. Please channel any well wishes, and/or prayers towards our fighting comrades across the sea. I’ve got everything I need with Donna playing nursemaid/mother to me. Here’s a twist…“Ms. Daisy” will now be driving her chauffer around. On second thought, maybe I do need your prayers. Stay active and keep the memberships coming.
DEPARTMENT ADJUTANT As we enter into the New Year the Department staff is excited about a number of improvements and David A. Kurtz changes taking Adjutant place which will help improve our procedures and programs. I’m sure you’ll notice a little addition to this edition of the Badger Legionnaire which we hope will become a regular feature. Editorial Cartoonist David Butler of Montello is a retired minister and member of the Sons of The American Legion Squadron No. 329 in Briggsville. David is a talented artist and we welcome him aboard. The National Executive Committee passed a Resolution at the
2012 Fall meetings in Indianapolis which requires background checks on the various volunteers that work with our American Legion Baseball program. Department staff has worked closely with the leadership of the Wisconsin American Legion Baseball Association to put an efficient system in place that will meet the mandate and help ensure the safety and security of the children and youth we serve through this signature American Legion program. We anticipate that the background check requirement will be extended to all the Legion programs that effect young people in communities across the nation and the Department is ready to do what is necessary to help protect them. Another development is the addition of a new full time staff
member at our Service Office at the VA Regional Headquarters in Milwaukee. Expanded capabilities at The American Legion Service Office means we will be better able to meet our commitment to helping our fellow veterans receive the benefits they earned through their military service. With the increased staffing, the Troop & Family Support program will now be administered by the Service Office. The transfer of administrative responsibility will bring this important Department program “inhouse” where the National Temporary Financial Assistance program is also handled. The Troop & Family Support program is designed to assist post-9/11 combat veterans with emergency needs while the Temporary Financial Assistance program is designed to assist vet-
erans with minor children in the home who face acute emergencies. One of the biggest changes for 2013 is something that many Legionnaires will hardly notice at all. By action of the National and Department Executive Committees, each of our Districts and County Councils have now been chartered. This action means that as a District and County Council they have legal standing and can better serve each individual post and the Legionnaires across Wisconsin. More details on the new structure of our Districts and County Councils is being communicated to all levels of the Department and we are excited about the many ways this new development will strengthen The American Legion as we head toward our 100th Anniversary in 1919.
WDVA SECRETARY As we celebrate the holiday season by closing a successful year and remembering our achievements, we also John A. Scocos look forward to WDVA Secretary the new challenges this new year brings, maintaining our gains and adding to our previous accomplishments. We will continue to honor and serve our great state’s veterans and strive to provide them with the quality care and benefits they have earned through their selfless service. On December 26, 1776, General George Washington took the despairing Continental Army which had suffered a year’s worth of defeats and boosted their morale with a victory at Trenton, New
Jersey. In terrible weather, Washington made a hazardous crossing of the Delaware River north of Trenton and surprised the enemy, defeating them with a much needed victory. That victory rallied his troops to another at Princeton to bring in the new year and set the war on a new course. The Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs also continues to count victories in their mission to help Wisconsin’s veterans and is prepared to do the same next year. This past year, the WDVA has continued to help the state’s veterans through outreach, veterans homes and employment assistance. The WDVA opened a new Veterans Benefits Resource Center in 2012, ensuring veterans who call can speak with staff trained to answer the most frequently asked
questions about the department’s benefits. Since its inception, the VBRC has responded to more than 5,000 inquiries. The department also hosted 16 career and benefits fairs to inform veterans of employment opportunities and the many resources and benefits available to them. In 2012, WDVA’s outreach unit conducted 112 events to provide 12,000 veterans with the information they need to successfully seek and gain employment. We will build on this effort in 2013. In 2013, the WDVA plans to continue its success in providing for our veterans. The Chippewa Veterans Home is the first of many things the department will accomplish this year with the home opening in February. The department will continue to focus on maintaining a high quality of
care, safety and affordability by increasing capacity to serve more veterans and raising staffing levels to provide better care. It is also important to the department to recognize the great accomplishments of Wisconsin’s veterans. One of the ways we did this in 2012 was with the “Year of the Veteran”, a part of which will carry into 2013 with the “Faces of Freedom” event March 2 hosted by First Lady of Wisconsin Tonette Walker to benefit the Wisconsin Veterans Museum Foundation. The event will feature hors d’oeuvres and a cocktail reception, comedy program and dance. As we end the year and begin a new one, let us continue to celebrate our veterans as we always have and remember their sacrifices as we drive ahead into the new year.
January 17, 2013
THE BADGER LEGIONNAIRE
Camp Sponsorship “The Ultimate Commitment–The Greatest Reward”
C a m p American Legion just finished our most successful season. How did this success happen? Many things made it so but one of the most important elements of Camp’s success in 2012 and throughout our history has been the dedication and hard work of our Camp sponsors. Camp sponsorship is a unique and special commitment made by individual American Legion Posts, Districts or County’s to support Camp in a very particular way. It is an official “hand-shake” agreement by an American Legion group to care for and maintain some camp entity. It can be a cabin, building, boat, recreation area or some type of equipment. It is something tangible here at Camp American Legion that needs periodic service and care. Sponsors believe so strongly in Camp and our mission they cannot just sit back, they have
to be involved. As an example, our cabins have sponsors. The Brillion Post No. 126 sponsors Cabin No. 1, the Dane County Council sponsors Cabin No. 5, the Waupaca County Council sponsors Cabin No. 8 and so on. It is the highest level of dedication and there is nothing more rewarding. Sponsors are special people that want to be and, must be, personally involved in camp. They want to be “active” members of the Camp American Legion team. Camp sponsors have always been the corner stone of camp. Along with the generous support of the Wisconsin Legion Family, they have made it possible for Camp to function for over 87 years. Why do they do it? Why do various American Legion groups become Camp sponsors? I believe it has to do with the fact that Camp’s “Help to Heal” mission touches them on a very deep personal level. It moves them to pack their bags, grab their tools, and come. They cross that line
where words are not enough; it is time for action. We all hear a lot of people talk about camp. Well, Camp sponsors turn their words into ACTION! They don’t just talk-the-talk, they walk-thewalk. They roll up their sleeves and get dirty – AND THEY LOVE IT! And that is the bottom line; they LOVE it! They get involved and make the ultimate commitment. I tell you, they are a special breed of cat. Now after saying all that; can any one, and I mean “any” Legion Family Post, Unit or Squadron, County, District, individual Legion Family member be a sponsor? YOU BET, ABSOLUTELY, YES YOU CAN! Camp American Legion sponsors are ordinary people who do extraordinary service. Any one can do that and I encourage and welcome any individual or group who wants to; to DO IT! If the interest is there, all it takes is a phone call to me at camp (715) 277-2510. Camp Sponsorship has many
positive effects. It brings groups together and makes them stronger. It gives them and their group a “mission”; a stronger reason for being; a common bond. It provides a purpose; goals and objectives. IT MAKES THEM A STRONGER LEGION FAMILY. Being a Camp sponsor is one of the highest levels of involvement and commitment a Legion Family member or group can make to the Wisconsin American Legion. Bell Telephone Post No. 427– I am greatly honored to say a gigantic THANK YOU to Bell Telephone Post No. 427. This post just relinquished their cabin sponsorship. It is a sad day filled with joy! Today, no one really knows how long they have been the sponsors of Cabin No. 9. It could go back over fifty years. On top of their cabin sponsorship they also maintained our camp-wide intercom/phone system; bringing it up every spring, maintaining it and taking it down every fall. They are an incredible group and the perfect example of the joy and
proud legacy of Camp American Legion sponsorship. The cabin sign that hung on Cabin No. 9 will now hang proudly in their Post. (see photo) The Price County Council of American Legion Posts is the new sponsor of Cabin No. 9. I met with members of this group and they are very excited to take the reins from Post No. 427. As they surveyed the cabin, one of the volunteers remarked; “We will become the new sponsor of the cabin; because we are the Wisconsin American Legion and this is Camp American Legion. We should and must be involved”. Legion Family brothers and sisters, that quote says it all about Camp American Legion sponsorship. Thank you all for what you do in support of Camp American Legion. God bless. Kevin Moshea Director Camp American Legion
Camp American Legion Opens May 27
The 2013 Camp season starts May 27 and ends September 8. We are accepting applications. Camp, located in the heart of the Northwoods, is a haven for Wisconsin veterans, active duty service members and their families who could use a little “Help to Heal”. With fully furnished cabins, a restaurant-quality dining facility and recreational facilities and activities, Camp American
Legion is the place for those who could use some time of rest and recuperation on their road back to health. Qualified individuals get a full week stay; free of charge to them and their family. To get more information on Camp and an application go to The American Legion, Department of Wisconsin website – wilegion.org. Once there click on the Camp Ameri-
can Legion logo and go from there. You can also get an application from many other VA and military service member support resources and individuals. For assistance call or write; Camp American Legion 8529 County Road D Lake Tomahawk, WI 54539 (715) 277-2510 e-mail: email@example.com
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Longtime members of the Bell Telephone Post No. 427 of the 4th District in Milwaukee County pose with a sign that previously hung on Cabin No. 9.
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THE BADGER LEGIONNAIRE
January 17, 2013
Superior Post Generates Activity Almond Dedicates Memorial to Honor Veterans
During the month of December 2012, members of the Richard I. Bong American Legion Post No. 435 in Superior were very busy embracing and demonstrating the community and holiday spirit. Beginning on Saturday, December 1st, Legionnaires volunteered as “Bell Ringers” for the Salvation Army and spent the entire day at the local Walmart Store. Legion members raised over $1,700, which was one of the largest single-day amounts collected by a volunteer organization in Superior! The following Friday, December 7th, the Bong Post conducted a special “Flag of Honor” ceremony at the Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center remembering and honoring those Americans, both military and civilian, who lost their lives as a result of the Japanese
attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii 71 years ago. Then, on Saturday, December 8th and Sunday, December 9th, the Bong Post Honor Guard was part of the Opening Ceremonies for the 5th Annual “1943 USO Canteen Radio Show” performed at the Douglas County Historical Society History Theatre in Superior. Finally, in the spirit of the holiday season, the entire Superior Legion Family worked with the local Book Club and the Veterans Historical Center in collecting gift donations for the Silver Bay Veterans Home in Silver Bay, Minnesota. This annual worthwhile endeavor makes a huge difference in the lives of our fellow Veterans at the Silver Bay Veterans Home. It was quite a December for members of the Richard I. Bong American Legion Post No. 435. Kudos to all!
By SCOTT STEUCK Portage County Gazette – Reprinted by permission Recognizing a need for a new memorial to veterans buried in the St. Martin’s Catholic Cemetery in the town of Almond, local Legionnaires and Cemetery Association members started a fund drive earlier this year. Their efforts paid off as they installed a new memorial recently. “We knew we wanted to do something in tribute to veterans and the display case on site was becoming difficult to read due to weathering over the years,” said DeLloyd Trebiatowski, of the
Mead-Rath-Gutke American Legion Post No. 339 of Almond. Trebiatowski said 34 veterans are buried in the cemetery, which is located at 7805 County Road BB. They have served in wars beginning with the Civil War until the Gulf Wars, along with veterans who served during peace time. The new memorial includes a large stone monument that has the names of all 34 veterans on it, along with room for the names of 62 veterans who may be buried in the cemetery in the future. It has emblems from all branches of the military on it, and a large
flag pole was installed next to it. The memorial was purchased from Twin Cities Monument of Neenah, which quarried and crafted it entirely in the U.S. The flag pole and excavation work at the memorial were all donated items. An official dedication will take place at 9 AM on Memorial Day in 2013, which falls on May 27. The public is invited to the ceremony, said Trebiatowski. Trebiatowski said that 85 percent of the money needed for the memorial has been collected, and additional donations are welcomed. Donations can be made by calling him at (715) 347-4972.
Legion volunteers from the Richard I. Bong Post No. 435 in Superior demonstrated their holiday spirit in December and worked as “Bell Ringers” for the Salvation Army. Legionnaires braved the cold and stood at the entrance to the local Walmart raising over $1,700 in a single day. Pictured here is the new Veteran’s Memorial at St. Martin’s Cemetery in Almond, WI. The large stone monument was created by Twin Cities Monument of Neenah. The stone used to build the monument was quarried in Alberton, Georgia. All carving and inscriptions were hand-cut in Neenah. A large flag pole was also donated and installed.
The Bong Post Honor Guard is pictured here at the opening ceremonies of the “1943 USO Canteen Radio Show” at the Douglas County History Theatre in Superior. The “Canteen Show” was a reenactment of WWII-era comedy and music featuring Randy Lee & The Northland Youth Music group
On Veterans Day, Department Vice Commander Ron Hessil of Post No. 21 in Kenosha dedicated a brick at the Prairie Springs Park in Pleasant Prairie in honor of John Lucas, who served in the US Army from 1982 to 1989. Pictured with Vice Commander Hessil are Frank and Rita Lucas.
What’s your New Year’s resolution? To lose a few pounds? To Quit smoking? These are admirable goals. Here’s some other ideas: read the scriptures, work on developing a closer relationship with God; attend worship services on a regular basis. Did you know that Faith and Reverence are two of the Ten Ideals of the Sons of The American Legion? Do you identify with any religious organization? The Sons of The American Legion is not only a patriotic organization, but a spiritual one. You will notice I did not say a religious organization. The SAL encourages religious faith, but does not ascribe to any particular religion. Members are encouraged to understand their own religious beliefs and to practice them, to include belonging to a church or synagogue, etc. In 1988, Congress unanimously declared February 3rd as Four Chaplains’ Day to honor the dignity, courage and faith
of four chaplains of the U.S. Army. On Feb. 3, 1943, the United States Army Transport Dorchester – a converted luxury liner – was crossing the North Atlantic, transporting more than 900 troops to an American base in Greenland. Aboard the ship were four chaplains of different faiths: Reverend George Fox (Methodist), Jewish Rabbi Alexander Goode, Reverend Clark Poling (Dutch Reformed) and Father John Washington (Roman Catholic). Around 00:55 AM, a German U-boat fired a torpedo that struck the Dorchester’s starboard side below the water line and near the engine room. The explosion instantly killed 100 men and knocked out power and radio communication with the Dorchester’s three escort ships. Within 20 minutes the transport sank and more than 670 men died. As soldiers rushed to the lifeboats, the four chaplains spread out, comforting the wounded and directing others to safety. One survivor,
Private William Bednar, later said, “I could hear men crying, pleading, praying. I could also hear the chaplains’ preaching courage. Their voices were the only thing that kept me going.” Another survivor, John Ladd, watched the chaplains’ distribute life jackets, and when they ran out, they removed theirs and gave them to four young men. “It was the finest thing I have seen, or hope to see, this side of heaven,” he recalled. As the Dorchester sank, the chaplains were seen linked arm in arm, praying. Now that you know their story, look for ceremonies to honor the Four Chaplains in your squadron/post and/or county on or around February 3rd. Some places commemorate these brave men of faith on the Sunday closest to February 3rd. If you can’t find one, I’d be glad to help you start one. Sean Patchin, Sr Detachment Chaplain
January 17, 2013
THE BADGER LEGIONNAIRE
U.S. Small Business Administration Supports Snowflake Ski Jump 2013 Veterans’ Entrepreneurship in Wisconsin
When Rhett Roeth, a disabled Navy veteran based in Madison, wanted to move his glass vial distribution business out of his basement, he sought advice from the U.S. Small Business Administration and its resource partners. At the UW-Madison SBDC (Small Business Development Center), he worked with a (now retired) counselor who helped him determine his next steps. “Jack had such a well-rounded knowledge base,” Roeth said. “If I had a question that he didn’t have the answer to himself, he knew where to go to find the answer.” Ultimately the firm, Discount Vials, received an SBA-guaranteed 7(A) loan which enabled it to move into a warehouse, buy in bulk, and make its prices among the most competitive in the industry. The company now has five employees. Roeth is in good company. Nearly one in 10 small businesses—2.4 million--around the country are veteran-owned, with more than 65,000 in Wisconsin alone. Nationally, they employ nearly 6 million people and generate more than $1 trillion in revenues. In the private sector, vets are 45 percent more likely to be self-employed than non-veterans. SBA Wisconsin is here to help the state’s veteran entrepreneurs and businesses through access to
capital, counseling, and assistance with obtaining federal contracts. Last year, 97 veteran-owned Wisconsin businesses received a total of $36 million in SBA-guaranteed loans, including $1.9 million through the Patriot Express program detailed below. Activity has accelerated in the new fiscal year with $6 million being loaned to veterans in October alone.
While all SBA loan programs are open to veterans, there are special opportunities for them as well. Patriot Express is the most popular veterans’ SBA loan guarantee program. Veterans, active duty military members, reservists, National Guard members, spouses, and widows/widowers are all eligible. The maximum loan is $500,000 with the SBA guaranteeing up to 85 percent depending on loan size. Patriot Express has a quick loan approval process and requires the bank to be flexible about the type of collateral it accepts. For loans under $350,000, SBA will not require collateral if
the bank does not. With regard to counseling and training, Wisconsin’s 18 SCORE locations, 16 SBDC programs, and eight Women’s Business Centers throughout the state provide workshops and business planning services. Online, the SBA’s Small Business Training Network is a virtual campus with free online courses, workshops, podcasts, and business readiness assessments. These can be found at www.sba.gov/training. Nationally, programs such as Operation Boots to Business are designed for transitioning service members; V-Wise for women vets; and Endure and Grow for reservists. The SBA also provides vetspecific contracting opportunities. The Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) program has a federal government-wide goal of awarding at least three percent of prime and subcontracting dollars to such businesses each year. Just as Rhett Roeth learned, the SBA can make the difference for your business’ success. For more specifics on veterans’ programs, go to www.sba.gov/vets. SBA Wisconsin can be found online at www.sba.gov/wi. Wisconsin’s SBA Veteran Representative is Frank Demarest at email@example.com or (414) 297-1099.
Wisconsin Program Helps Veterans and Their Families Communicate Better On The Telephone Last May Walt Matzek, a 70+ year old Veteran from Prescott, WI, heard about the Telecommunications Equipment Purchase Program (TEPP), decided to apply, and has never looked back since. TEPP is a program that is available to all Wisconsin residents who experience difficulty communicating on a regular telephone. It provides vouchers which in turn are redeemed for specially engineered phones that both amplify and clarify sound while providing a variety of special features. The vast majority of applicants receive their equipment free of charge. Walt dedicates much of his spare time to serving fellow Veterans on a variety of issues and decided that telling his comrades about the TEPP program would be a worthwhile endeavor. “My experience with approximately 30 applicants is that this is an invaluable program which more veterans need to take advantage of. Many tell me it’s given them a new lease on life because they can now communicate more effectively on the phone. The program is for real, it’s very easy to access and in a sense – we’ve paid for it already”, noted Matzek.
The telephones offered are rich in features that enable those with a hearing loss to communicate over the phone. These features include hearing aid compatibility, amplified volume, enriched tone controls, extra large numbered keypads, loud ringer volume choices, caller ID capability, and unique speed-dialing features. Both cordless and corded models are available. The TEPP program is funded by the Universal Service Fund (USF) – a fifty cent to one dollar surcharge that has appeared on the phone bills of all Wisconsin residents for decades. Mr. Matzek further commented, “One of the concepts I try to relate to Vets about this program is not to think of it as a giveaway but rather as “getting something back for your taxes.” Dr. Nancy Puetz, a certified Audiologist from Wausau provided further insight into the hearing needs of the Veteran community. “Basically, what we are faced with is a large, aging population that has experienced prolonged exposure to loud sounds in their military service and/or industrial careers. An acoustically refined and amplified phone would definitely benefit those who experience mild
to moderate hearing loss and even those who currently employ hearing aids.” Vets who apply for the TEPP program can expect to receive their equipment in approximately 6-8 weeks. Under the “Hard Of Hearing” disability category there is no co-payment for the phones. No additional charges will ever appear on the individuals’ phone bill and the equipment becomes their property. In several years time, TEPP participants may reapply in order to receive technologically advanced equipment to deal with additional needs. In closing, Matzek noted, “We utilize the capabilities of ElderCom, a service organization that handles all aspects of application entry, product shipment, and service follow through. So far, this arrangement has worked out extremely well and it’s made my Veteran-service related work much easier.” If you would like to apply for the program, refer other Veterans with hearing needs, or inquire about organizing a TEPP Workshop at your local American Legion Post, please contact Paul Klocko at (715) 241-6940 or email him at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Are you interested in Extreme Sports? If so, we have something for you – and it’s not far away! During the first weekend in February there will be Ski Jumping in Southwestern Wisconsin and veterans will be admitted FREE for the sixth straight year! Now that winter has finally arrived, be sure you don’t miss this fun event! The 90th Annual Snowflake Ski Tournament will be held on February 1st and 2nd at the Snowflake Ski Club near Westby, 25 miles southeast of LaCrosse. There will be over twenty jumpers from across the US, and up to a dozen in a field of foreign jumpers. All jumps will be on a “118 meter hill,” which meets the same engineering specifications that are used in Olympic competition. The competition on Friday will begin at 7 PM Friday evening. Jumping at night with lighting provides an exciting and unique atmosphere! Saturday’s competition will begin at noon. Results of both competitions will be used to determine winners. In addition to the normal jumping for points seen during the Olympics, there will be a crowd pleasing “Standing Long Jump” where jumpers who are brave enough try to have the longest jump of the day without falling. This is normally where new hill records are set! The jumper’s style, an important part of the score, does not count for these jumps. The Snowflake Queen and her court “pass the hat” among spectators to build up a pot of money for the daring jumper who wins. Standing Long Jumps will take place on Friday and Saturday after the end of regular competition. There will be lots of other activities going on, including a large fireworks display on Friday night followed by live music and a dance lasting until after midnight. On Saturday, there will be live music and a dance after the competition lasting until 7 PM. A small cover charge applies to both dances. There will be opportunities for children to sled on smaller hills and dig in a large snow pile for over $100 in quarters. On Saturday, there will also be free horse drawn sleigh rides and helicopter rides for a reasonable fee. Introduced last year, the helicopter was very popular with the crowd. An
excellent food stand will provide refreshments both days, and there will be rendezvousers camping out on the site and selling pelts and caps. The Snowflake Ski Club is proud to admit all veterans and their spouses at no charge upon display of a DD Form 214 or your American Legion membership card. If you are serving on active duty, are an active member of the National Guard or Reserves, or are a retiree of any of these components, you and your spouse and children will be admitted free. Just present an ID card at the gate. Normal admission is $20 per person for the weekend. Westby is a small town of 2,000 with a rich Norwegian tradition –which explains the ski jumping tournament. It has a fine Scandinavian gift shop, a creamery with a wide variety of cheeses and cheese curds, some antique stores, and wonderful bed and breakfasts nearby. There are many excellent restaurants and motels in the area. Westby is also located in a large Amish area, and many Amish farmers sell such items as furniture, quilts, honey and maple syrup on their farms or in local shops. Dress warmly - this is an outdoor winter event! There will be bonfires and other interesting activities for the entire family. This is in a very scenic part of Wisconsin known as the Coulee Region. In addition to everything going on at the tournament and the surrounding area, there is lots to do and see in the historic nearby Mississippi River city of LaCrosse. Be sure to bring your camera and a noise maker like a cow bell or horn. The crowd traditionally recognizes the really good jumps with noise! There is plenty of free parking, and if you arrive early enough you may be able to find a spot to watch the jumping from your car. Come for the weekend or just for the day. This is something you won’t see anywhere else in the area, and something you will never forget! This is a great winter festival for the entire family - check out the club’s web site for pictures, a map, admission fees and an exciting YouTube video: www.snowflakeskiclub.com.
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Legionnaire Honored by National Guard Wisconsin Adjutant General, MG Donald Dunbar recently decorated Legionnaire Jeffrey Unger of the Olson-Grinde Post No. 348 in DeForest with the Meritorious Service Medal. Held as Wisconsin’s second highest decoration behind the Distinguished Service Medal, it is awarded for meritorious service and achievements that contribute significantly to the accomplishment of the mission of the Wisconsin Department of Military Affairs and the Wisconsin National Guard. Unger, a VA service connected disabled veteran, serves as the State of Wisconsin’s Transition Assistance Advisor (a federal contractor) assisting National Guard service members and Wisconsin veterans and families gain access to veteran’s benefits, programs and services. He was
instrumental in assisting the Wisconsin American Legion Foundation with the 1st Annual Salute
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Commander Jensen Leads the “Pack ”
The Wisconsin Veterans Home at Union Grove was visited on November 29th by both Department Commander Wayne Jensen and Cub Scout Pack No. 385 of Bristol. The Cub Scouts are led by Den Mother Kimberly Allen and are based Bristol Grade School. Pictured here is MG Donald Dunbar with Legionnaire Jeff Unger
Boys also come from Providence Catholic School and Brighton Elementary. All local boys are welcome to join. Pictured here are the scouts who visited Union Grove along with Commander Jensen. The scouts are third graders that are currently working toward their Bear badge.
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Wounded Veteran Receives Support
Tickfer - Erickson American Legion Post No. 17 of Arcadia held a benefit at the Holmen American Legion Post in Holmen, WI on December 1, 2012 and donated $1000.00 to Marine Cpl. Gauge Griffin. Corporal Griffin was severely wounded in combat in Afghanistan, losing his left leg below the knee, in January of 2011. He has had to undergo extensive surgeries
and a long hospitalization and rehabilitation for that and other injuries. Cpl. Griffin is a member of Post No. 354 in Ettrick, WI. Pictured right to left are Arcadia Post Commander Dr. Todd Fetsch (Vietnam Era) and Legionnaire Russell Severson (WWII–Iwo Jima) presenting the check to Cpl. Gauge Griffin.
Pictured (L-R) Tom Winker, Steve Oelhafen, Dan Gasser and Steve Hubing.
“A Gem Like No Other – Wisconsin Veteran’s Home at King”
The Wisconsin Department of Veteran Affairs and the Home at King cordially invite you to relish a piece history where bonds of patriotism meet over 125 years of Caring for Americas Heroes’. All branches of the armed forces are represented here. Each branch has their own esprit de corps, but all are united as veterans of this great country in a community with camaraderie born out of shared military experience. The consideration and respect
veterans show for each other is apparent and reflected in our mission as we strive to meet the unique needs of Veterans by providing compassionate, comprehensive care, built on the foundation of integrity, honor and respect. Spanning across 320 acres of the richest, picturesque scenery, the Wisconsin Veteran’s Home at King is a gem like no other. Exquisitely nestled between the bluest of blue spring-fed lakes, embraced by lush green rolling
hills, the sights and sounds of this magical setting will take your breath away. This unsurpassed beauty is not commonly home to a long term care facility, but how appropriate a setting providing peace and tranquility for those who bore the battle. Come see for yourself what the Wisconsin Veteran’s Home at King has to offer, and how we are serving those who selflessly served for all of us
The “Friends of Camp American Legion” (FOCAL) are based in Belgium WI. FOCAL has once again showed their amazing dedication and support of Camp American Legion. Through their Annual Poker Run Fundraiser they have donated to Camp a new 4-seat golf cart. The rear seat of the cart folds back to form a
flat-bed which is great for hauling cargo. In addition, FOCAL has also donated a large rolling tool chest completely stocked with tools as well as an industrial gas-powered leaf blower. All the donations have a value in excess of $6,000. A big “Thank you” to all the Friends of Camp American Legion!
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