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May 31, 2018 • Vol. 95, No. 5

Badger “For God & Country”


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.

Badger Boys State Featured Counselor

Chad Plenge Badger Boys State, Public Relations Every year, American Legion members see the impact Badger Boys State has on nearly 900 boys from across the state. Many alumni finish Badger Boys State and go on to make a difference in their communities, build successful careers, run for political office, and serve in the military or other public services. Alumni often credit Badger Boys State as a key component of their development. Charles Workinger, a 2005 Boys Stater and former Badger Boys State counselor, is one of those alumni. “I will always have a job that is consequential and Badger Boys State planted that seed. In 2010, I graduated with a Bachelorʼs degree and I completed a Masters in Music Performance from the University of North Texas in 2012. After school, I did freelance work and also worked for Indiana public radio. There I used Google Analytics to track online streaming and promote corporate development. Inter-

estingly, the radio station had a large population following in Germany. I will never be satisfied where I am not making the world a better place. This is one reason my wife and I joined the United States Marine Corps after talking with a recruiter. I became a member of the Marine Corps band at Quantico, Virginia. This spring I plan to audition for the Marine Corpsʼ premier bands. The premier bands play at important events, including events for the President. It would be a prestigious opportunity. Music in the military has a long and storied history. I am able to carry those transitions forward every day. The Marine Corps allows me to serve my country and live a meaningful life.” The Badger Boys State program is only possible because of the generous donations from American Legion posts, community civic organizations, and individuals who sponsor each citizen. The cost for sponsoring a boy for the weeklong program is $300.

Six Quick Q and A's regarding the New Sales Tax Law… On Tuesday, April 3, 2018, Assembly Bill 402, Sales Tax Exemption for Veteran’s Organizations, was signed into law. What does that mean to you and your Post? Here are six quick questions and answers which help explain it.


What is the effect date of the new Sales Tax Exemption for Veteran Service Organizations?

The new law takes effect beginning on July 1, 2018


How does this law affect our local Post?


Are there any exceptions to number 2?


Is the construction of a new building tax exempt under this new law?

Anything you purchase for the Post is now tax exempt. (With a few exceptions)

Food, alcohol and other drinks and items used to prepare the same for resale are not exempt.

As long as the construction contract is signed after July 1, 2018.


Are building materials tax exempt?


What must be done to receive the tax exemption?

Yes, after July 1st, 2018.

You and the seller must fill out Department of Revenue Form S-211. This form is available on the Department of Revenue website and at Department Headquarters. DORForms /s-211f.pdf

May 2018 cover  

Serving veterans, their families and their communities.

May 2018 cover  

Serving veterans, their families and their communities.