NEWSLETTER
MARCH 2020
COMMANDER'S CORNER
Michael Hert, DAV Wisconsin Commander

Coronavirus - "This Too Shall Pass"

One of the famous sayings that has given us perspective is the phrase “This Too Shall Pass”. This phrase gives comfort because we realize nothing in life is idle and that eventually we move and turn a corner. Today, it can be easy to become overwhelmed as the 24/7 TV media coverage regarding the COVID-19 health situation continues. Going through the grocery stores there are long lines -- plus many items have not been restocked. There are continuing updates regarding closures or cancellations. It can be very easy to have our emotions seduced and that fear and anxiety are given the opportunity to run rampant within us.

I would encourage all, to take it day by day and we will come out for the better. Our Government and Scientific community are totally immersed in combatting COVID-19. As a community and on a personal level, we all recognize the necessary steps we need to take for a healthy environment whether that’s limiting public gatherings or engaging proper hand washing techniques. I have to admit one of the silver linings of this situation is the World community is collaboratively engaged on the issue while in Washington D.C., it’s not about “D’s” and “R’s” but about taking care of the American people. While our public engagement is reduced use this as an opportunity to connect with our household families, read a book, watch a movie and count life’s blessings.

As Veterans who have experienced the military lifestyle, we understand the importance of flexibility. As the old saying goes “All battle plans change after first contact”. Realize as we gather information regarding COVID-19, please be flexible regarding our mission. From a National, Department and Chapter level, we will ensure to pass along the latest information and guidance. Lastly don’t forget “This Too Shall Pass.”
DAV NATIONAL STATEMENT - CORONAVIRUS
A message from DAV National Adjutant Marc Burgess. See Video.
 
2020 NATIONAL CONVENTION - CORONAVIRUS
DAV issues update on National Convention.  Learn More.
 
DISTRICT MEETINGS - CORONAVIRUS
District meetings have been postponed to possibly be rescheduled as virtual meetings. Learn More.
CENTER FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION
CDC: Cancel gatherings of more than ten people for organizations that serve high risk populations. Learn More.
BENEFITS - CORONAVIRUS
National Service Office is closed to public, but open for business. Learn More.
TRANSPORTATION - CORONAVIRUS
DAV Vans continue to serve veterans during pandemic. Learn More.
 
ADVOCACY
Support H.R. 5610 and S. 3444 to add four Agent Orange Presumptives. Take Action.
 
EMPLOYMENT - CORONAVIRUS
DAV Job Fair COVID-19 Update. Learn More.
 
MEMBERSHIP
Membership Report for March - Stay Safe! Learn More.
 
WOMEN VETERANS
Women roles in the military are expanding.  Learn More.
 
LOCAL VETERANS ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
March LVAP Report - Stay Safely at Home. Learn More.
 
DAV AUXILIARY - CORONAVIRUS
Message from DAV WI Auxiliary Adjutant Patty Davis. Learn More.
 
MILWAUKEE VA MEDICAL CENTER - CORONAVIRUS
Policies for Coronavirus at Milwaukee VA. Learn More.
MADISON VA MEDICAL CENTER - CORONAVIRUS
Policies for Coronavirus at Madison VA. Learn More.
 
TOMAH VA MEDICAL CENTER - CORONAVIRUS
Policies for Coronavirus at Tomah VA. Learn More.
 
STATE VETERANS HOME - CORONAVIRUS
Policies for Coronavirus at State Veterans Homes. Learn More.
 
STATE VETERANS HOME AT KING - CORONAVIRUS
Volunteer Policy at Veterans Home at King. Learn More.
 
DAV WISCONSIN HEADQUARTERS - CORONAVIRUS
Meetings at DAV State Headquarters are suspended. Learn More.
 
FROM THE DAV DEPARTMENT ADJUTANT
LARRY HILL
DAV Members COVID-19 (Coronavirus) is impacting our operations. All District Meetings for March have now been cancelled and will be rescheduled in April and early May. I will be coordinating with the Department Executive Committee (DEC) affected District Executives for the dates of the meeting and they will be published by our Office Managers once they become known. The dates will also be posted on the Department’s website and Facebook page.  

Speaking of COVID-19, make sure you are familiar with all the public guidance concerning this virus and the safety measures you should be taking to avoid contracting the virus. Every member of this organization is important and we want you and your families to be safe.

We’ve recently published the DEC Handbook, which is designed to assist the DEC members in their duties. It also provides information on our Department operations and can used be as an informational resource. Each DEC member will be responsible for Handbook maintenance and update as new information is published by the Department. I do encourage feedback and will consider all comments that lead to improvement. 

Department Convention is June 12 and 13. By then school will be out and doesn’t become an issue for attendance. Chapter Service Officer (CSO) training will be afternoon of June 10 and morning of June 11 if necessary. Chapters need to submit their designated attendees to our National Service Office (NSO) in Milwaukee and to State Headquarters. This information is needed so the NSO can determine level of training. In the afternoon of June 11, we will hold our Department committee meetings which are open to all members. Commander’s reception will be Thursday evening, June 10. The DAV Auxiliary will have their fundraiser with food and entertainment on Friday evening, June 11. Let’s all support them with this endeavor. The convention banquet will be Saturday evening, June 12. Our National guest is 1st Junior Vice Commander Andy Marshal. This year we are celebrating DAV’s 100 th Anniversary. It is a “Century of Service to Veterans.” What a great milestone. Come one and come all to help us CELEBRATE!
Wisconsin DAV Headquarters
1253 Scheuring Road Suite A
De Pere, WI 54115
Phone: 920.338.8620
Fax: 920.338.8621
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