NEWSLETTER
NOVEMBER 2020
COMMANDER'S CORNER
Matthew Kampainen, DAV WI Commander

"The harder the conflict the greater the triumph"

George Washington, 1st President of the United States and Commanding General of the Continental Army.
 
In anticipation of Thanksgiving, I just wanted to say, I hope that all of our members, families and friends have an enjoyable holiday in these unique times! Turning on the television, going on-line or visiting a neighborhood grocery one cannot help but be reminded that we are in the midst of a global pandemic. While we have received wonderful news regarding a vaccine, we still have some unchartered territory ahead.

I am captivated by the above quote from George Washington, one of our founding Fathers. Washington was immersed in challenges as the Commanding General of the Continental Army, as a rebel colony, it declared war against the reigning Super Power of that era. General Washington did not have the manpower, superior weapons or resources at his disposal as did the British Empire. However, through the power of a dream, tenacity and superior leadership, the Continental Army was able to win the war. This brought forth the creation of a Nation, never seen before in civilization.

Going back to Washington’s quote “the harder the conflict the greater the triumph”. In 2020, and beyond we appear to have our own battle happening. Instead of it being the Red Coats of England, it’s a virus named COVID-19. For the time being, we cannot immerse ourselves in memories of old, reminiscing about past events, while flailing our arms, saying “what are we to do??” and potentially falling back from our basic mission. Due to the constant bombardment of information regarding COVID-19, it can be easy even for the best of us to get overwhelmed.

As indicated in Washington’s quote, it boldly challenges each of us, as Leaders to step forward, think outside of the box and remain actively engaged. We are truly blessed, living in a time of unprecedented technology. This is a great occasion to use it to our advantage. I encourage the use of Video conferencing and social media to stay engaged with our membership. Also stay connected with your local health department and find out what are the best parameters for your members to stay healthy yet pursuing our mission of being of service to our Veterans. The question needs to be asked “Not what we can’t do but instead what we can do.”

As your Commander, I would like to share these new Best Practices of the COVID-19 epoch among our Chapters and membership. When we reflect back through the rear-view mirror of history, this time period, this generation, will be able to experience the self- satisfaction of the “Greater Triumph”. Remember, together we make a difference in the lives of Veterans!
WISCONSIN DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS -
COVID-19
Protect our veterans - mask, hand wash, social distance, stay home. Learn More.
COVID-19 SUMMARY
COVID-19 surges in VA, WI VAMCs, in state and nation. Learn More.
DAV CENTENNIAL
100 Years of Service: The Battle Never Ends. See Video.
BENEFITS
National Service Office is still closed, but DAV WI NSOs are busy. Learn More.
TRANSPORTATION
DAV Wisconsin Transportation Updates. Learn More.
COMMANDER'S ACTION NETWORK (CAN)
Legislative Update: Information on Recently Passed Legislation. Learn More.
EMPLOYMENT
Employment, Virtual Career Fairs & COVID-19 Relief. See Video.
MEMBERSHIP
Win $1,000 by participating in the Recruit a Warrior Challenge. Learn More.
WOMEN VETERANS
DAV is leading the way in seeking to change the culture in VA. Learn More.
LOCAL VETERANS ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
November LVAP Report. Learn More.
DAV TESTIMONY
DAV testifies on the implementation of the VA MISSION Act. Learn More.
VISION FOR VETERANS
DAV has a Vision for Veterans. See Video.
DAV WISCONSIN HISTORY
DAV's Paul W. Kephart: A Forgotten Hero. Learn More.
DAV AUXILIARY
Remember, together we can make a difference in veterans' lives. Learn More.
RECRUIT A WARRIOR CHALLENGE
DAV's Annual Recruit a Warrior Challenge. See Video.
COMMUNITY SERVICE
Winnebago Co. DAV Chapter 17 Provides Help to Homeless Veterans. Learn More.
BURN PITS
Discussion on S. 2950: The Veterans Burn Pits Exposure Recognition Act. See Video.
DAV 5K
Welcome to the 2020 DAV Virtual 5K! See Video.
FROM THE DAV DEPARTMENT ADJUTANT LARRY HILL

Last month I indicated we would soon have our Department calendar up. You can find it on our website www.dav-wi.org. It is up and available for your use. If you need something added to the calendar send an email to the headquarters and we’ll add it for you.

Commander Matt Kempainen has determined that the Go To Meeting (GTM) application will be used as the Department standard to conduct virtual meetings and webinars. Training for our Committee Chairs has been completed and those that have been identified to conduct training. Commander Kempainen will now be tasking the Chairs to conduct meetings. They will be recorded and presented to each District. These virtual meetings will be added to the Department calendar once they are scheduled.

Reminder, get your IRS Form 990 and IRS Form 990-N e-Postcard completed and sent in. This is one of the most important documents the Chapter complete. Failure to do so for two years will result in suspension and would cost you approximately six hundred dollars to get reinstated.

Veterans Day this year was very different with many being virtual and others adhering to the COVID19 CDC protocols. Speaking of COVID, here in Wisconsin it’s at a critical state. We are third in the Nation at this time. If you’re conducting meetings make sure you practice safe procedures for doing so. We’re now in a tough situation and no light at the end of the tunnel. Predication is for a dark winter but if we practice proper protocols we’ll make it through this pandemic.

It’s especially important to take care of our most vulnerable veterans. Do your Buddy Checks to make sure chapter members are well and safe.

As we move forward to hunting season and Thanksgiving be careful and stay safe and healthy.
Wisconsin DAV Headquarters
1253 Scheuring Road Suite A
De Pere, WI 54115
Phone: 920.338.8620
Fax: 920.338.8621
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