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May 7, 2015 • Vol. 92, 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.

WDVA Grant Supports Camp American Legion

On April 10th The American Legion, Department of Wisconsin received a $50,000 monetary grant in support of Camp American Legion to support its’ “Help to Heal” mission. Camp American Legion has been in operation since 1925 and is open to Wisconsin veterans free of charge with a physician’s referral. The American Legion in Wisconsin has worked hard to establish services at Camp to serve the needs of veterans of all ages and war eras. Most recently we have focused on meeting the needs of veterans who have returned from Iraq and Afghanistan.

Post Improvement Grants Available From Home Depot

Improvement projects at American Legion posts and necessary home repairs for veterans in need are eligible to receive grants from the Home Depot Foundation. The Home Depot Foundation, which has provided more than $81 million in grants for building projects that benefit veterans over the last three years, is dedicating $1 million for American Legion projects, working through Team Depot, an army of some 350,000 employees and volunteers throughout the country. Legionnaires are encouraged to contact their local Home Depot stores and ask for the Team Depot captains who can assist with grant applications. There are two options for accessing funds through the Home Depot Foundation. Please be sure to only apply for one grant at a time. These are competitive processes. Please understand that funding is not guaranteed. For consideration, application must come from a post that is in good

standing with The American Legion.

1. Community Impact Grants Provides up to $5,000 in Home Depot gift cards for a project to be completed by American Legion volunteers. Team Depot volunteers are not involved in these projects, but these grants are a great option for engaging your Legionnaires and community. What Projects Might Qualify · Construction of a ramp at a veteran’s home · Critical home repair for a veteran · Beautification of an American Legion Post What Project Would NOT Qualify · Projects that do not benefit a veteran or veteran’s organization · Projects without enough volunteers to complete · Projects applied for by anyone other than a 501c3 or 501c19 in good standing with the IRS

How do you get started? Gather your paperwork – You’ll need your 501c19 letter or most recent Form 990 and a copy of your general liability insurance. Visit www.homedepotfoundation. org/page/grants to learn more about Community Impact Grants and apply online. Be patient – It is a competitive grant process and all paperwork will be thoroughly reviewed prior to approval. 2. Team Depot Grants Funds volunteer projects that utilize Team Depot, the Home Depot’s associate-led volunteer force, and volunteers from your American Legion Post. What Projects Might Qualify · Painting and/or landscaping · Installing new ceiling tiles · Replacing ceiling fans · Replacing flooring in a room or two (continued on page 3)

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Veterans, Legion, scholarships

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