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

Staying in our "Battle Rhythm"

The 2020 calendar keeps moving along, and now we are into the crisp days of autumn! This year is truly unique as we deal with the issue of COVID-19 while still attempting to meet the need of America's disabled veterans. Despite the challenges of the day, I am impressed with the tenacity and drive of our Chapters.

Slowly, Chapters are beginning to meet again while the leadership teams are ensuring best practices such as social distancing, wearing face masks, and handwashing. Our biggest challenge is that we don't lose our "Battle Rhythm" as an organization.

As prior service members, we remember the definition of Battle Rhythm as being "a deliberate daily cycle of command, staff, and unit activities intended to synchronize current and future operations." Whether at the Department or Chapter level, we must maintain a semblance of continuing to be in the fight, making a difference in the lives of veterans and moving forward despite the presence of COVID-19.

As your Commander, I'm pleased that my calendar is getting blocked out with visits to Chapters. When I meet with Chapter members, I find myself getting inspired and invigorated. I've also witnessed the ingenuity of Chapter leaders in adjusting to COVID-19. I have seen some Chapters are conducting "hybrid" meetings, whereby members are meeting, but the discussion is also being streamed on social media platforms such as Facebook. This way of staying informed allows for those members who a high risk to COVID-19 still getting timely DAV information while not putting themselves at risk. 

As was passed along last month, the DAV/Auxiliary State Conference in Stevens Point was canceled due to COVID-19. I can't deny it broke my heart as we experience a wonderful fellowship at State Conference while receiving superb training that is brought back to Chapter membership and local communities.

Recently Adjutant Hill and I hosted an Executive Committee meeting to see if we can't "readjust fire" and still conduct that valuable training. We are currently exploring the development of a webinar series whose instruction will be conducted by your Department leadership team. More information will follow, so; please monitor your email traffic or the Department website.

In closing, I remain excited about the future possibilities for the coming year. Together, we will write an inspiring Chapter in our organization's existence.
DAV 2019-2020 YEAR IN REVIEW
How DAV made a difference in the lives of veterans in 2019-2020. See Video.
2020 DAV AND AUXILIARY VIRTUAL SALUTE
DAV and Auxiliary Virtual Salute honors disabled veterans. See Video.
COVID-19 SUMMARY
Update: Status of COVID-19 in VA, WI VAMC's, in state and nation. Learn More.
BENEFITS
2020 NDAA contains phase-out of the SBP-DIC offset. Learn More.
TRANSPORTATION
DAV Transportation Network is slowly returning to normal. Learn More.
COMMANDER'S ACTION NETWORK (CAN)
See DAV CAN Action Alerts for late August/September. Take Action.
EMPLOYMENT
Wisconsin veteran honored for helping fellow vets find employment. Learn More.
MEMBERSHIP
DAV Chapter operations during the COVID pandemic. See Video.
WOMEN VETERANS
The Invisible Veteran. Learn More.
LOCAL VETERANS ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
LVAP Report for September. Learn More.
BENEFITS PROTECTION TEAM LEADER WEBINAR
Update on the Caregivers Expansion and Implementation. Watch Webinar.
DAV TESTIMONY
DAV testifies on pending legislation, mainly mental health bills. Learn More.
DAV AUXILIARY
Auxiliary Commander Report for September. Learn More.
GEORGE H. SEAL AUXILIARY AWARD
Milwaukee woman volunteers nearly 4,000 hours. Learn More.
2020 ELECTIONS - DOS AND DON'TS
Member responsibilities during an election. See Video.
2020 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION: WHERE THEY STAND
DAV questions presidential candidates on important veterans issues. Learn More.
CENSUS
Census is scheduled to end this month. If you haven't filled it out, click here.
FROM THE DAV DEPARTMENT ADJUTANT LARRY HILL

Comrades…this time of year is normally extremely busy. In a typical year we would be preparing for the running of our Fall Conference -- committees meeting and training being presented. This year has been anything but typical. Earlier this month, as Commander Kempainen indicated, we met to examine a way forward for the Department. The focus was how best to continue committee meetings, share results, and deliver training to chapters and members. I feel that we have arrived at a solution that is ambitious, yet executable. There are three parts to this process.

  • Preparation: We need to bring up to speed our use of GoToMeeting (GTM). To control and secure the applications we will only have two personnel capable of organizing meetings. Our committee chairs and training presenters will need to be trained on presentation methods using GTM. Scheduling and making everyone aware of the schedule is to be organized and put in place.

  • Training:
A. Training of our committee chairs. They will be tasked by the
Commander to schedule, conduct, and share meeting results with
members of the Department.
B. Training subjects have been identified and responsible parties for
developing the training. A list of the subjects and training developers
will be provided to the chapters.

  • Delivery: GTM will be used for meetings and webinars for the training. Priority will be committee meetings followed by the training. A Department Calendar will be developed that will contain scheduled activities and will be accessible by all members. Once the calendar is developed, the information on how to access will be published.

This is not time sensitive and we want to ensure we provide you with the best product we can deliver. We have identified mid- to late-October to begin the process. More information will follow in the months ahead.
Wisconsin DAV Headquarters
1253 Scheuring Road Suite A
De Pere, WI 54115
Phone: 920.338.8620
Fax: 920.338.8621
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