Wisconsin Council on Veterans Programs
Wisconsin's Council on Veterans Programs was created under Wis. Stats. s.15.497(2). Wis. Stats. s. 45.03(3) specifies that the Council on Veterans Programs shall advise the Board of Veterans Affairs and the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs on solutions and policy alternatives relating to the problems of veterans.
The Council is required to submit a biennial report to the Chief Clerk of each house of the Legislature for distribution to the legislature under s. 13.172(2) by September 30 of odd-numbered years. The report includes a general summary of the activities and membership of the Council on Veterans Programs and of each organization on the Council.
Legislation changing the composition of the Council on Veterans Programs was introduced in the 2007-08 legislative session as 2007 Assembly Bill 270. It was signed into law on November 9, 2007 as 2007 Wis. Act 25, with an effective date of November 27, 2007, the day following the law’s publication.
This legislation added representatives from two new organizations to the council: the Wisconsin Council of the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA); and The Retired Enlisted Association (TREA). Because Council members’ one-year terms coincide with the state’s July 1 – June 30 fiscal year, the legislation included a provision specifying that the terms of the initial representatives of the two new organizations would expire on July 1, 2008, without regard for when the legislation became effective.
This legislation also removed the representative of two defunct organizations from the council: the Veterans of World War I of the U.S.A., Inc.; and the Federation of Minority Veterans, Inc.
Legislation adding a member to the Council on Veterans Programs was signed into law on October 6, 2009 as 2009 Wis. Act 49, adding one representative of the Wisconsin American GI Forum, with a term expiring on July 1, 2011. The effective date is December 1, 2009.
Legislation adding the Blinded Veterans Association of Wisconsin as a member of the Council on Veterans Programs was signed into law on May 12, 2010 as 2009 Wis. Act 298. The effective date is May 26, 2010.
Representatives are appointed for one-year terms by the organizations they represent. Most of these organizations have state affiliates. Each of the following organizations provides one member each to the Council:
Chair – Roger Fetterly, MOAA Vice Chair – Al Labelle, DAV Secretary – Mark Grams, MCL
|American Ex-Prisoners of War||Don Heiliger
2442 County Road AB
McFarland, WI 53558
|American Legion||Charles Roloff
PO Box 663
Elm Grove, WI 53122
|American Red Cross||Michael Soehner
American Red Cross
1001 Kriedeman Drive
Stoughton, WI 53589
|American Veterans (AMVETS)||David Schmidt
N16365 Lakeshore Dr.
Butternut, WI 54514
|Army and Navy Union of the United States of America||Paul Fine
Army Navy Union
8010 N. 67th St.
Brown Deer, WI 53223
|Blinded Veterans Association (BVA)||Gary Traynor
Blinded Veterans Assoc
2216 21st St.
Rice Lake, WI 54868
|Catholic War Veterans of the U.S.A.||Unrepresented|
|County Veterans Service Officers Association of Wisconsin||Vern Lovley
211 Hickory St., Rm. 201
Mauston, WI 53948
|Disabled American Veterans (DAV)||Albert W. Labelle, Jr.
1505 S. Cherry Ave.
Marshfield, WI 54449
|Jewish War Veterans of the U.S.A||Ben Berlin
Jewish War Veterans
2801 West Golf Cir.
Mequon, WI 53092
|Marine Corps League (MCL)||Mark Grams
Marine Corps League
314 Brookside Dr., Unit 8
Mayville, WI 53050
|Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH)||Rick Cherone
12880 Wimbledon Dr.
New Berlin, WI 53151
|National Association for Black Veterans, Inc. (NABV)||William Sims
4424 N. 74th St.
Milwaukee, WI 53218
(414) 342-5000 Ext. 270
|Navy Club of the U.S.A.||Russ Alsteen
Navy Club of USA
1345 Velp Ave.
Green Bay, WI 54303
|Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA)||Ken Ness
309 N. Water St., Suite 215
Milwaukee, WI 53202
|Polish Legion of American Veterans||Kenneth Wendt
231 S. 9th Ave.
Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235
|The Retired Enlisted Association (TREA)||Lenny Shier
The Retired Enlisted Assoc
PO Box 277
Chetek, WI 54728
|United Women Veterans, Inc.||Elizabeth Benn
United Women Veterans
163 Amber Trail
Sun Prairie, WI 53590
|U.S. Submarine Veterans of World War II||Walter Stenavich
US Submarine Veterans WWII
2210 Hayes Ave.
Racine, WI 53405
|Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW)||Michael L. Furgal
Veterans of Foreign Wars
1411 14th Ave.
Monroe, WI 53566
|Vietnam Veterans Against the War, Inc. (VVAW)||Mark Foreman
11325 W. Daphne
Milwaukee, WI 53224
|Vietnam Veterans of America, Inc. (VVA)||Robert Piaro
8444 County Road M
Fredonia, WI 53021
|Wisconsin American GI Forum||Rick deMoya
PO Box 620288
Middleton, WI 53562
|Wisconsin Association of Concerned Veteran Organizations (WACVO)||Mike Gourlie
5102 Openwood Way
Madison, WI 53714-3455
|Wisconsin Council of the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA)||Roger Fetterly
5356 Betlach Rd.
Sun Prairie, WI 53590
|Wisconsin Vietnam Veterans, Inc.||William F. Hustad
Wisconsin Vietnam Veterans
W4489 Exeter Rd.
Monticello, WI 53570