NEWSLETTER
AUGUST 2021
COMMANDER'S CORNER
Matthew Kampainen, DAV WI Commander

We want you to succeed!

DAV National Convention is now behind us, and a lot was happening in Tampa, Florida. Andy Marshall is our new National Commander, and you will be reading a lot about Andy. Commander Marshall has a long service record in the DAV. We cannot wait to see the many great things coming from him and National this year.

The Department of Wisconsin is now planning for Fall Conference in October. We will be looking at different topics to focus on at Fall Conference. Adjutant Larry Hill and I are still working out the details of what is going to be covered. We are studying what was requested following our State Convention, C&A training and information imparted at the National Convention. There is so much out there that it is hard to cover it all in a couple of days.

Now that things are opening, Department Officers and District Executive Committeepersons will be conducting visits to chapters. These visits are just us saying hello and letting you know what is going on in the DAV. We had an excellent turnout for the State Convention, but chapters are still hurting, and we are a source for help. It is my goal to help each chapter grow and thrive as we move forward.

If you have questions, feel free to contact us. We are here to help and be a resource for the chapters. This is one big reason Adjutant Hill and I are focusing on training at Fall Conference. We have many new officers and adjutants in the chapter positions, and we need to make sure you succeed.

We are looking forward to these visits and being a resource for YOU!
DAV STATEMENT
DAV Statement on the ongoing situation in Afghanistan. Read More.
2021 DAV/DAVA NATIONAL CONVENTION
Find out what happened at the 2021 DAV National Convention. Read More.
DAV NATIONAL COMMANDER ANDREW "ANDY" MARSHALL
Meet newly elected DAV National Commander Andy Marshall. Read More.
YEAR-IN-REVIEW
Watch the 2020-2021 Year-In-Review. See Video.
BENEFITS
VA adds 3 new respiratory conditions to presumptive list. Read More.
TRANSPORTATION
VA to require COVID-19 vaccination for volunteer drivers. Read More.
COMMANDER'S ACTION NETWORK
Support Veterans: If you are not a CAN member, become one! Sign Up.
EMPLOYMENT
Transitioning from the military, attend a DAV sponsored job fair. Read More.
MEMBERSHIP
The value of a DAV Membership. See Video.
WOMEN VETERANS
September is on the horizon - Enjoy the summer we have left. Read More.
LOCAL VETERANS ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
Watch the LVAP Best Practices Webinar. See Video.
DAV WISCONSIN: ITEMS OF INTEREST
Haven't gotten the COVID-19 vaccine? Now's the time! Read More.
JUDGE ADVOCATE
Time to submit your Annual Financial Report (AFR). Read More.
DAV AUXILIARY
"Because they sacrificed, we serve." Read More.
2021 DAV FALL CONFERENCE
Tentative Agenda for the 2021 DAV Fall Conference. Read More.
DISABLED VETERAN OF THE YEAR
Disabled Veteran of the Year Rules and Form, submit your candidate. Read More.
TOMAH VA GOLF COURSE
Jason Simcakoski Memorial Golf Course Grand Reopening. Read More.
NATIONAL DISABLED VETERANS GOLF CLINIC
VA cancels National Disabled Veterans Golf Clinic. Read More.
DAV 5K
Walk, Roll, Run and Ride to Honor American's Veterans. Read More.
DAV MEMBER ADVANTAGES
Check out your DAV Member Advantage Deals. Read More.
VOLUNTARY SERVICES
Don and Kathy McGowan honored for their volunteer service at King. See Video.
A&W ROOT BEER FLOAT DAY
DAV Chapter 57 partners with 2 A&Ws for Root Beer Floats Day. Read More.
WISCONSIN DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS
WDVA Secretary Mary Kolar's remarks before the COVP. Read More.
FROM THE DAV DEPARTMENT ADJUTANT LARRY HILL

Back from DAV National Convention onto Fall Conference

We have just returned from the DAV National Convention. Happy to announce that Andy Marshall has been elected as our National Commander. He is from Florida and is a combat wounded Vietnam veteran. He is a former National Service Officer and is currently the Adjutant for the Florida Department. Congratulations Andy -- we look forward to working with you this next year.

The Convention was truly a success. Great location and property in Tampa, FL. It began with a day of Inspiration on the 29th of July, followed by District Meetings and Seminars on 30 July, with opening session the 31st of July and then Business Sessions along with more excellent Seminars along with reporting from the National staff and Foundation Chairpersons. It ended with the election and installation of the new Officers, along with the banquet. We had 25 members of the DAV/DAVA Department of Wisconsin participating. Happy to announce that our department once again won the Division III LVAP award. Thank you, John Willman for your efforts on this program.

The next Department event for us is the Fall Conference in October at Stevens Point Holiday Inn and Convention Center. Committee Meetings will be held the afternoon of 14 October and the Fall Conference training will be 15th and completed by noon the 16th. Reservation at Holiday Inn must be made by September 12th for the DAV room block. The cost of room is $109.99 which includes breakfast. The phone number for Holiday Inn is 715-344-0200.
The agenda for the conference is still being worked on and will be published once completed. Remember the Conference is devoted to training, and this is a great opportunity for Chapter Officers and members to learn more about the DAV and our responsibilities. Come and bring a new member, this is a way to get new members off to a great start.

Our DAV 501c(3) Foundation along with the Simmy Foundation have joined forces and have worked to open the Golf Course on the Tomah VA grounds. The opening was 14 August and several Very Important Persons (VIPs) along with Department members were present for the ribbon cutting and first Tee shot. After the ribbon cutting nine holes of golf was played which included Veterans and the VIPs. 

Thank you, State Senior Vice Commander Rob Hilliard, for your efforts in coordination and labor to ensure the opening was a success. We will continue to work with the Simmy Foundation to maintain and operate the Golf Course.

Remember Comrades, any day you help a veteran is a good day!!  
Wisconsin DAV Headquarters
1253 Scheuring Road Suite A
De Pere, WI 54115
Phone: 920.338.8620
Fax: 920.338.8621
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