2019 Detachment Proposed By-Law Changes
National has recently changed the format of the By-laws. In order for our Detachment to be aligned with National, we formed a By-law Committee and developed a new set of By-laws that fall within the format required by National.
For us to properly make the change to our By-Laws, we need to publish the proposed changes sixty (60) days prior to elections.
We are planning on voting on the proposed By-Law changes on Saturday May 4, 2019. Please review the updated By-Laws, and then attend our May meeting to cast your vote.
Marine Corps League COVP Update
Marine Corps League COVP Update provide by St. Croix County COVP Phillip J. Landgraf
1) Wisconsin has a new Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Mary Kolar. At the COVP meeting, we had a chance to speak with her and she shared her vision for the veterans of Wisconsin. She is currently learning the position, and some of the plans that were green lit from the previous Secretary have been put on hold. I believe she will re-look at all of the previous plans and shift/adjust with whatever make fiscal sense, as well as serving the needs of our veterans. There may be some changes moving forward and when those are finalized, I will send them to you all. Below is a bio of Mrs. Kolar.
2) At the next meeting, we will be speaking on benefits and other needs/requests that are desired from our veterans. I will send out an email as we get closer to the next meeting to question all of you about what we as the Marine Corps League need the WDVA to provide to Wisconsin veterans. We will also be reviewing the COVP bylaws.
3) There was a new court ruling for Agent Orange exposure for veterans. It is very likely the government will seek a review of the case from the U.S. Supreme Court, but in the meantime, I highly encourage Marines who have presumptive disabilities due to Agent Orange exposure to file a claim with the VA. This ruling will now include veterans who served outside of inland waterways (brown water) of Vietnam and those who were aboard ships several miles off shore. The list of presumptive claims are below.
Cancers to be caused by contact with Agent Orange
Chronic B-cell Leukemia: A type of cancer that affects your white blood cells (cells in your body’s immune system that help to fight off illnesses and infections)
Hodgkin’s Disease: A type of cancer that causes your lymph nodes, liver, and spleen to get bigger and your red blood cells to decrease (called anemia)
Multiple Myeloma: A type of cancer that affects your plasma cells (white blood cells made in your bone marrow that help to fight infection)
Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma: A group of cancers that affect the lymph glands and other lymphatic tissue (a part of your immune system that helps to fight infection and illness)
Prostate Cancer: Cancer of the prostate (the gland in men that helps to make semen)
Respiratory Cancers (including lung cancer): Cancers of the organs involved in breathing (including the lungs, larynx, trachea, and bronchus)
Soft Tissue Sarcomas (other than osteosarcoma, chondrosarcoma, Kaposi’s sarcoma, or mesothelioma): Different types of cancers in body tissues such as muscle, fat, blood and lymph vessels, and connective tissues
Other illnesses believed to be caused by contact with Agent Orange
AL Amyloidosis: A rare illness that happens when an abnormal protein (called amyloid) builds up in your body’s tissues, nerves, or organs (like your heart, kidneys, or liver) and causes damage over time
Chloracne (or other types of acneform disease like it): A skin condition that happens soon after contact with chemicals and looks like acne often seen in teenagers. Under our rating regulations, it must be at least 10% disabling within 1 year of contact with herbicides.
Diabetes Mellitus Type 2: An illness that happens when your body is unable to properly use insulin (a hormone that turns blood glucose, or sugar, into energy), leading to high blood sugar levels
Ischemic Heart Disease: A type of heart disease that happens when your heart doesn’t get enough blood (and the oxygen the blood carries). It often causes chest pain or discomfort.
Parkinson’s Disease: An illness of the nervous system (the network of nerves and fibers that send messages between your brain and spinal cord and other areas of your body) that affects your muscles and movement—and gets worse over time
Peripheral Neuropathy, Early Onset: An illness of the nervous system that causes numbness, tingling, and weakness. Under our rating regulations, it must be at least 10% disabling within 1 year of contact with herbicides.
Porphyria Cutanea Tarda: A rare illness that can make your liver stop working the way it should and can cause your skin to thin and blister when you’re out in the sun. Under VA’s rating regulations, it must be at least 10% disabling within 1 year of contact with herbicides.
If any MCL members are suffering from these diseases, I highly encourage you to contact a local CVSO, or someone who is able to file a claim.
2018 Summary of Meetings, Events, Activity Participation, Programs and Donations
Events and Activities
“Tee It Up for the Troops” at Horseshoe Bay, Door County (July 9)
Detachment members volunteered at the 16th hole where the flag was replaced by the US flag. Funds raised at this event went to the Veterans’ Home in Milwaukee.
Marine Corps League Birthday Celebration, Nightingale Restaurant, Sturgeon Bay (November 3)
US Marine Corps Birthday Ball, Green Bay (November 10)
Veterans’ Day Event at Sturgeon Bay High School (November 12)
Toys for Kids, Door County (November to December)
Toys for Tots, Brown County Area (November to December)
Distributed Holiday Baskets to 5 Door County Marine Corps Veterans (Detachment members)
Distributed Holiday Baskets to 10 Marine Corps families in need within Brown County
Activities to Support Veterans
Armed Forces Breakfast at Corpus Christi Church, Sturgeon Bay (May 19)
Members volunteered to help prepare food days beforehand and cooking and serving on the day of the event.
Green Bay Vet Center Booyah Bash, Green Bay (August 25)
Members had a table set up along with the detachment trailer as a backdrop.
Veterans Meet and Greet, Concordia College, Green Bay (September 12)
Members volunteered to set up a table and interact with veterans and other groups.
UW-GB Veterans’ Benefit Forum, Green Bay (November 16)
Members volunteered to set up a table and distribute information on the detachment’s activities.
Presentations and Recognition
Certificates presented to the following for their monetary contributions to the Toys for Kids Program of Door County: Sister Bay Lions Club
Richard’s Pub and Grille
Leon Jacques & the Burger King Boys
Eagle Scout Court of Honor Troop 1113, Howard Area (January 6)
Commandant presented 3 certificates. This was the third group of three within the year’s time. All nine were present for a group photo. Many detachment members were in attendance.
Chaplin recognized the passing of the following members
Clayton Chipman (of Milwaukee)
John Joseph Utnehmer
James Vanidestine, Sr. Vice Commandant
Color Guard Services
Funeral of John Joseph Utnehmer
Memorial Day Activities, Sturgeon Bay (May 28)
1 nursing home
Valmy Brat Fry (July 21)
Harvest Fest, Sturgeon Bay (September 21)
Rose Sale at Packers game (November 11)
Toys for Kids, Door County
Toys for Tots, Green Bay Area
Fisher House, Milwaukee; The facility is located near the Veterans’ Hospital with the purpose of accommodating families while their military family member is receiving medical treatment at the hospital.
Tee It Up For the Troops, Door County (July 9); This sponsored one veteran and guest to participate.
Marine Corps Birthday Ball, Green Bay
Shop with a Cop, Door County
Shop with a Cop, Brown County
Shop with a Cop, Kewaunee County
Shop with a Cop, Oconto County
Shop with a Cop, Twin Cities (Marinette & Menominee, MI)
Our Detachment is looking for Marines in Northeast Wisconsin who would like to reconnect with fellow Marine veterans in the area. We are also looking to grow our Detachment so that we can do more to help out our fellow veterans. Our Detachment has a lot to offer to our fellow veterans including community events, fundraising, assisting local veterans in need, and building on our camaraderie and brotherhood. Please come to one of our monthly meetings or if you see a red garrison cover in the community, please stop over. We would love to hear from you.
DNR Salutes our Veterans
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources would like to thank both those currently serving and those who have previously served in the armed forces. A number of opportunities exist to enjoy Wisconsin’s outdoors, and to thank you for your past and present service, we would like to remind you of some privileges offered by the department.
· Resident Purple Heart recipients can purchase a Conservation Patron license at a reduced rate (Resident – $10, Nonresident – $161). In addition, a non-resident Purple Heart recipient may receive hunting, fishing and trapping approvals at resident rates.
· Returning Wisconsin resident veterans will receive a one-time free small game, archery, gun deer or annual fishing license. Veterans who wish to receive a free hunting or fishing license must first contact the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA) to determine their eligibility for this program. Eligible veterans will receive a voucher code that may be redeemed at the DNR within 365 days of discharge. Voucher codes may be redeemed in one of two ways:
1. In person at any DNR Service Center, or
2. By calling the DNR Call Center at 1-888-WNDRINFo (1-888-936-7463) to receive your free license by mail or to arrange for pick up at any DNR Service Center.
· Veterans may qualify for a one-time fee waiver for an occupational or professional license. To find out if you qualify for the fee waiver program or to find a complete list of eligible Wisconsin licenses visit Department of Veterans Affairs [exit DNR]. Veteran’s eligibility related questions should be directed to the Veteran’s Benefit Resource Center via web chat [exit DNR], email or phone 1-800-947-8387. A list of licenses that qualify for a veterans license fee waiver can be found here.
· Certain Wisconsin resident disabled veterans and former prisoners of war are eligible to receive waivers of vehicle admission and trail pass fees. To apply for this fee waiver, follow the instructions below.
1. Download and complete the Disabled Veteran Free State Park/Forest/Trail Pass Application [PDF]
2. Take the completed application to your County Veteran Service Officer [exit DNR] (CVSO) to certify. The application must be signed and stamped by the CVSO.
3. Mail the certified application to:
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Bureau of Parks and Recreation 101 S Webster St PO Box 7921 Madison WI 53707
4. The Bureau of Parks and Recreation will mail you an identification card to be presented each time you visit a state park, forest or recreation area. The park, forest or recreation area will then issue a courtesy pass for the day. When using state trails requiring a trail pass, carry the identification card with you.
· You can find more information here.