Thursday, January 24, 2013

Important Legislation on Concurrent Receipt

Please Contact Your Representative Today
On January 15, 2013, Rep. Gus Bilirakis (FL) introduced H.R. 303, the Retired Pay Restoration Act. This bill would end the unfair policy of forcing many military longevity retirees to forfeit some of their retired pay in order to receive equal amounts of disability compensation from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The effect of this policy means military retirees are paying for their own disability with their military retired pay. This unfair policy has adversely impacted disabled veterans and their families for more than a century, but was partially repealed by Congress in 2004. Under current law disabled veterans with 20-plus years of active military service who are also in receipt of a VA disability determination of 50 percent or higher may retain both military retirement pay and their VA compensation.
In line with Disabled American Veterans (DAV) resolution 019, H.R. 303 would end the longstanding and unfair practice of the government’s withholding of military longevity retired pay in exchange for VA disability compensation, regardless of disability rating. DAV believes what is unfair for a veteran rated 50 percent disabled or higher by the VA is equally unfair for a disabled veteran rated 40 percent disabled or lower. Disabled military longevity retirees should not be penalized by the government for any reason.
Currently, H.R. 303 has bipartisan support. This legislation was referred to the House Committee on Armed Services, and in addition to the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs for a period to be determined by the Speaker of the House. Please use the prepared e-mail, or draft your own message, to request that your Representative support this important bill and ask that it be brought to the floor for a vote and passed as soon as possible.
Thank you for all that you do for veterans and their families. We need your grassroots action to gain Congressional enactment of this important legislation.

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Baldwin, Thompson to address DAV on Veterans’ Issues

Breaking News

OCTOBER 1, 2012
CONTACT: Ken Kuehnl, State Adjutant, (262) 878-6422
Al Labelle, Legislative Director, (715) 207-8870
Printable PDF of this press release – click here

Baldwin, Thompson to address DAV on Veterans’ Issues

Tammy Baldwind & Tommy Thompson to address the DAV in Appleton WI on Oct 5, 2012
U.S. Senate candidates confirmed, will speak on veterans’ issues at Appleton state conference of nation’s largest organization of injured veterans
(De Pere, Wis.) – In what may well be the state’s most significant forum on veterans’ issues during this year’s U.S. Senate race, Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin and former Governor and Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson will address DAV members at their organization’s state Fall Conference in Appleton.
DAV today announced Thompson’s and Baldwin’s speaking roles, which are confirmed for Friday, October 5, 2012 during DAV-Wisconsin’s Fall Conference at the Radisson Paper Valley Hotel in Appleton, Wis. Baldwin will speak at 9:00 a.m.; Thompson will speak at 9:30 a.m. Both candidates have been provided nine questions of key interest to veterans.
“We are grateful to Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin and former Governor Tommy Thompson for choosing to address Wisconsin DAV members on issues of critical important to our nation’s veterans, particularly injured veterans,” said DAV State Commander John Fredrickson. Fredrickson is a Vietnam era veteran from Rice Lake.
Fredrickson said the DAV does not endorse political candidates or take sides with any political party. However, an important part of DAV’s role is advocating for improvements and needed changes for veterans, especially service-disabled veterans.
DAV wants to hear from both candidates on how they plan to aid and empower veterans including DAV’s members, who have been profoundly impacted for life by their military service.
“Like our nation and state, DAV’s members span the political spectrum. Some will prefer Tammy, others will prefer Tommy, and a few will not have yet made up their minds,” said Fredrickson. “But since one of them will in fact be our next U.S. Senator, our goal is to help ensure that disabled veterans’ voices and needs are heard by both candidates.”
The DAV Fall Conference runs from October 4-6, 2012. It is held each year for training and to help inform DAV’s chapters and members so they can best serve the state’s veterans.
DAV empowers veterans to lead high-quality lives with respect and dignity. It is dedicated to a single purpose: fulfilling our promises to the men and women who served. DAV does this by:
  • Ensuring that veterans and their families can access the full range of programs and services available to them;
  • Fighting for the interests of America’s injured heroes, on Capitol Hill in Washington and at the Capitol in Madison;
  • Educating the public about the great sacrifices and needs of veterans transitioning back to civilian life.
According to U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) data, over 400,000 of the nation’s 22 million veterans live in Wisconsin. VA data shows that 56,784 Wisconsin veterans have a VA service-connected disability.
DAV, a non-profit organization with 1.2 million members, was founded in 1920 and chartered by the U.S. Congress in 1932. DAV is the nation’s largest organization of service-disabled veterans.
The conference and candidate forum are open to current DAV members. More information about DAV and the conference, including the most current agenda and how to register, is available at www.davwi.org.
DAV of WISCONSIN, 1253 Scheuring Road, Suite A, De Pere, WI 54115
Phone: (920) 338-8620 • Fax: (920) 338-8621 • Email: gbdav@sbcglobal.net

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

I would like to invite all of you to this year’s Fall Conference (F/C); it will be held at the Paper Valley Radisson in Appleton.  This year will there will not be a panel, I decided that there is another way to get information to our membership.  Beginning on Friday at 8am there will be a representative from CHAMPVA.  Glenn Johnson will be traveling from Denver Colorado to attend this year’s Fall Conference.  Glenn has been to previous F/C and has accepted another invitation to return to our state.  After his presentation, Glenn will be in one of our breakout rooms for additions questions or personal inquiries.  Bring your questions, veterans and family members to this year’s F/C.  I hope to include representatives from the Vets Centers and VA Regional Office, and Social Security.  In the afternoon, I am planning to have an information seminar for women veterans, and Friday will be the hospitality room.  Please remember, this is tentative schedule, and like in life, things change.  Saturday will be there will be an update on legislation, AFR, and a number of department reports. I will have a concrete schedule by the third week of September and it will be on the department website at davwi.org. or at our Face Book page; Disabled American Veterans Department of Wisconsin.

Looking back a few months I would like to thank, Commander Johnson for the great year that he had.  Commander Johnson took the reins of leadership to the next level and was able to complete the tasks that where placed before him.  K. C. thank you deserve a “That a boy” from all of us.   The rest of the line, and the staff, performed like a finely tuned watch and understands the word finish.

Lastly, I would like to report that our own Mary Anderson is making a recovery from her illness and we expect to see her at more functions this new year.  I would like to thank Shelby for filling in at HQ and doing a wonderful job, and keeping me in focus.  Remember to send in your raffle tickets to HQ, if you haven’t done so, and finally I would like to wish all of you the best of holidays and peace and good health to you and your family.



Kenneth L. Kuehnl Jr.    


Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Veterans Sexual Assault Prevention and Health Care Enhancement Act

Veterans Sexual Assault Prevention and Health Care Enhancement Act
Please Contact Your Senators Today!
A House bill that is important to Disabled American Veterans (DAV) and to service-disabled veterans in particular, passed the House of Representatives on October 11, 2011, and is now languishing in the Senate. If enacted, H.R. 2074, the “Veterans Sexual Assault Prevention and Health Care Enhancement Act,” will—• help improve personal safety and security at Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) facilities;
• clarify Congressional intent that service-connected veterans gain full access to skilled nursing, adult day health and domiciliary care provided by state veterans homes;
• improve and broaden rehabilitative care and services for veterans suffering from traumatic brain injury;
• allow veterans accompanied by service dogs to freely enter VA properties without restriction; and,
• establish a new pilot program for veterans to train dogs as a therapeutic option in VA mental health.
Despite the positive benefits and non-controversial intentions of this bill, at least one US Senator has caused the bill to be placed “on hold,” pending the outcome of the Senate’s consideration of an unrelated bill. The bill will die when Congress adjourns later this year. We ask that you contact your Senators to urge the Senate to give final consideration to H.R. 2074, and clear it for approval by the President. Please send the prepared e-mail, or your own message, to your Senators today.
Thank you for your grassroots advocacy on behalf of DAV and service-disabled veterans. Our effectiveness as an advocate for disabled veterans depends heavily on strong grassroots assistance by our members and DAV supporters.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Info to benefit you from Adjutant Kuehnl…

I would like to invite each of you to this year’s state convention.  It will be held at the Radisson Hotel and Conference Center (& Casino) in Green Bay.  Dates are June 7-9, 2012, and on Sunday, June 10, 2012 will be the Service Officer’s School headed by NSO Supervisor, Derrick Williams.  There is information about the school in your recent chapter mailing, and it will be posted on the events page on our department website davwi.org. There have been a few other changes to this year’s convention -- Friday night is hospitality night – we will feature live entertainment and a whole lot of fun, and the Auxiliary’s silent auction on a number of items.  Attached to the hotel is the casino which is open twenty-four hours a day.  If that doesn’t do it for you, the sites of Green Bay, and the home of the Green Bay Packers, a short drive over to the Lambeau Field gift shop, and a number of restaurants at and near Lambeau Field. I hope that all of you come out to this year’s convention to make new friends and renew old ones. I would like to thank our staff at HQ for their help getting the convention material out in a timely manner.  This year our National guest is Barry A. Jesinoski. Barry is the Executive Director of our Washington Service & Legislative Headquarters.  I am excited to have him at our convention this year, please stop and greet him with a Wisconsin warm and fuzzy hello.  Barry is from Minnesota, so I can only guess that he is a Viking fan…we wouldn’t hold that against him.

Please note that our DAV/DAVA Day at the Ballpark is Sunday, July 22, 2012 in Appleton, WI.  There is a flyer that is included in this issue…please refer to it for additional information, and if you have additional questions, please let me know, or call HQ.  I am hoping to have a huge turnout for this event, veterans admission is FREE and a charge of seven dollars per family member, please send your reservations information to: Ken Kuehnl 1457 Groves Lane Union Grove, WI 53182 by July 2, 2012.  Also include how many are attending and include how many are veteran(s). Children 2 and under are free.  Last year we had one hundred twenty -- let’s add to that number.  Game starts at 1:05pm; first pitches will be our own Department and Auxiliary Commanders.  See you at the game.

The countdown begins with this copy of the DAV News; this paper is the fourth to the last paper.  I still have mixed feelings about this change in the way information comes to the membership.  We have a Facebook page that has over two hundred members and growing every day.  Our website was overhauled over a year ago, and included many different links than we ever had before.  Plus blogs, that relate to the need of instant information, about veterans issues, votes by Legislators, and Legislation that is timely and must be acted upon, sometimes that day.  I hope that you will follow the Department on our website and Facebook, for all forthcoming issues.

Lastly, Mary Anderson is facing some serious medical challenges at this time, and we ask that you please keep her in your thoughts and prayers. Words of encouragement and get-well cards can be sent to 2676 Lost Dauphin Road, DePere, WI 54115. Shelby will be filling in a bit more till Mary gets back.  Get well soon Mary.


Ken Kuehnl
Adjutant Department of WI       

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Website and Blogs

I will be publishing the up to date information about the 2012 State Convention soon.  Please take your time to read over all of the information that you receive.  If you have any further questions, please contact myself or HQ.

I am in search of someone who would like to help run our website.  They must have knowledge of WordPress and how to get two of our blogs back up and running.  I am unable to post the our Government Relations Blog or our Jobs Blog.  If you would be interested in helping the Department out, please let me know ASAP.  I can be reached at cadwell2929@sbcglobal.net.


Ken Kuehnl 

Monday, February 27, 2012

While dining out...

It's interesting who you meet while dining out, this past Friday my wife and I were at a resturant  and at the next  table was a old friend and his wife.  We exchanged stories while eating and I discovered that Tom had been in and out of Vietnam a number of times during the late 60's and early 70's.  I asked if he had ever been to the VA for any medical problems he stated that he didn't.  I asked if he has type II diabetes and he said yes, then I asked him if he had any heart condition, he said he did.  I told him that he needed to contact the DAV NSOs in Milwaukee on Monday.  I guess the part of this small story was that he didn't realize that his medical conditions just might be from his time in country.  There are many more vets like Tom, if you run into another Tom, or Sam, maybe even a John, and ask the questions where they served?  When where you there?  Do you have any medical problems now?  I will follow up with Tom and make sure that he contacted our NSOs, and he can get the help that he is entitled to.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Changes to 2012 State Convention

The first change is that the Hospitably Night will be on June 8th 2012.  The second and most important change is that the Service Offices School will now be on Sunday June 10th from 8:00am to 3pm in the Turtle Bear Rooms at the Radisson Hotel and Conference Center in Green Bay.  More information will be following with the March mailing to the chapters about Convention business.

I am looking forward to a great convention this year, so come on to Green Bay and have some fun!

Friday, January 13, 2012

2012 District Conferences

I have posted the District Conferences,on the Events Page on our website. I hope that many of you attend and contribute, at your conference. The DAV has always been in the forefront on legislation and veterans benefits. Resolutions are a very important part of our State Convention, this is how an idea helps to become our legislative agenda, or changes to the National, or State Constitution and Bylaws. Have your thoughts about our changes that would enhance the DAV, and make better lives for disabled veterans and their families.

If you know of anyone or have an item to donate to the Auxiliary Convention Raffle, please contact Patty Davis or Rose Williams, about this.

Warmest regards,

Ken Kuehnl

Happy New Year!


The Department of Wisconsin will be changing a few ways that we do business.  We will no longer have three issues of the DAV News.  Over the next two years we will  produce two DAV News Papers a year.  The costs have driven us to come to this conclusion, that we can no longer afford to keep the paper going.  So after many emails, phone calls and personal letter we have decided that the DAV News will end in 2013.  I feel as Department Adjutant that we have chosen the correct route to go. 

We have changed the website to make more friendly, and to keep the events page up-to-date.  We are hoping to publish an DAV News, that will be sent out to the members that request this, there should be information within a months on how the layout of this E-DAV News will look.  The Department of Wisconsin website is davwi.org for additional information.

I want to wish all of you a very Happy New Year and the best of health to you and your family.

Warmest regards,

Ken Kuehnl

Monday, June 27, 2011

DAV State WI Convention 2011



I would like to thank everyone who attended this years convention, and made it one of our best one, in recent memory. 

I hope to see many of you at Fall Conference October 6-8.  October 6 will be the Service Office School.  October 7 will be the panel, and additional training…yet to be announced.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

DAV Calls for Mandatory Reporting of all Sexual Assaults in VA Facilities

807 Maine Ave., SW • Washington, D.C. 20024 • Phone (202) 554-3501 • Fax (202) 863-0233

June 9, 2011

DAV Calls for Mandatory Reporting of all Sexual Assaults in VA Facilities

WASHINGTON — The Disabled American Veterans (DAV) finds very disturbing a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report which cites 284 cases of alleged, attempted or confirmed sex assaults on patients and employees at Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical centers between January 2007 and last July.

“It is fundamental that our VA hospitals offer a safe environment as well as top-flight medical care,” said DAV National Commander Wallace E. Tyson. “This is very disturbing news, and we urge the VA to put into place the report’s recommendations at all medical centers, clinics and other facilities.”

The GAO report examined sexual assaults at VA medical centers and found that many times the victims’ reports are mishandled or inappropriately acted upon based on decisions by local physicians and administrators.

The DAV strongly recommends the creation of a task force to ensure the VA adopts a culture of safety and promptly develops a uniform policy for the reporting of all sexual assaults.

“We look to the VA and the administration to make safety a priority in our VA medical centers,” Tyson said.

“Mandatory reporting is absolutely necessary. There must be a strict requirement set immediately that all allegations of sexual assaults be reported to an independent body of oversight,” Commander Tyson said.

“These reports can no longer be allowed to be dealt with solely at the local level.”

“This is not a gender-specific issue – this is an issue for every veteran, family member and caregiver.

Every person who enters a VA facility must know the government is doing everything possible to keep them safe. VA needs to be a place of care not of fear.”

The 1.2 million-member Disabled American Veterans, a non-profit organization founded in 1920 and chartered by the U.S. Congress in 1932, represents this nation’s disabled veterans. It is dedicated to a single
purpose: building better lives for our nation’s disabled veterans and their families. For more information, visit the organization’s Web site www.dav.org.