Our Programs and Impact

As the Sons of The American Legion Detachment of Wisconsin, our mission is to support veterans and their families and the policies of our parent organization, The American Legion. We encourage you to read more about our programs and committees. We are making an impact in our state and our communities every day!

Our main areas of emphasis are:

Support for Veterans and Their Families

Promoting Patriotism and Americanism

Promoting Programs Which Benefit the Youth of our Country


Chairman: Kelly R Powers

Mission: to foster and perpetuate a true spirit of Americanism through the teaching and promotion of American values. We promote Americanism by supporting programs and organizations throughout the state. We provide flag education, provide proper flag disposal, and distribute flags at ceremonies and parades, as well as presenting flags to schools.

We sponsor Badger Boys State representatives, Boy Scouts, our Junior Shooting Sports program, and award our Sons of The American Legion scholarship.

Accomplishments 2017-2018:

  • 29 Badger Boys & Girls State sponsored, 57 Boy Scouts and 55 Junior Shooting Youths
  • 261 Flags Presented to schools, 6,008 at Cemeteries and Parades, 355 Color Guard appearances
  • 22 Flag Education Programs presented and 96 Flag Disposal Ceremonies conducted
  • 1,268 pints of blood donated by S.A.L. members
  • GRAND TOTAL of 19,905 Volunteer Hours and $41,168

Children and Youth

Chairman: Michael Kalsbeek

Mission: to support programs and activities that are dedicated to the well-being of the children and youth of Wisconsin. We are a major supporter of the GI Josh Program and Child Welfare Foundation.

Accomplishments 2017-2018:

  • Contributed over $3,782 and 247 hours to the Child Welfare Foundation
  • Distributed over 500 GI Josh Dogs to children of deploying service members from units across Wisconsin
  • Raised $4,085 to other Children and Youth programs in our state in addition to dedicating 751 hours of volunteer service
  • GRAND TOTAL 998 Volunteer Hours and $34,687

Veterans Affairs

Chairman: Joe Probst

Mission: to honor the service of those who have gone before us by supporting programs for veterans in Wisconsin. Our Veterans Affairs Voluntary Service volunteers provide assistance and comfort to patients at VA medical facilities.

Accomplishments 2017-2018:

  • VAVS Representatives at VA Hospitals
  • Conducted 754 VA Voluntary Service visits offering 1,791 hours and $7,240 in support of patients at VA medical facilities.
  • Dedicated 957 hours and $4,628 of volunteer service with the Troop and Family Support Networks and Fisher House of Wisconsin and Field and Home Service
  • 1,182 Hours and $19,066 in other VA&R projects
  • GRAND TOTAL of 3,929 Volunteer Hours and $30,394

National Security

Chairman: Allen Watry

Mission: to manage program areas such as Civil Defense & Emergency Preparedness, Family Support Network, Foreign Relations, Operation Comfort Warriors, POW/MIA advocacy, Temporary Financial Assistance, and Troop Support.

Accomplishments 2017-2018:

  • Support for the National Emergency Fund of $7,225
  • Conduct POW/MIA Remembrance Ceremonies
  • Provide support for strong National Defense

Programs Calendar

Programs and suggested times of the year for planning. To see all entries, change the show entries to 100.
Program AreaWhatWhen OccursWhen to PlanNotes
AmericanismPatriotic Holiday - President's DayFebruaryJanuary
VA&RVAVS Visits - Salute to VeteransFebruaryJanuaryUsually around Valentines Day
Americanism5-Star Program - LegionismMarchJanuary
AmericanismCounty Government Day ProgramsMarchJanuary
VA&RAmerican Legion BirthdayMarchJanuaryMarch 15th
AmericanismA & G TestingAprilFebruary
Children & YouthChildren & Youth MonthAprilFebruary
Americanism5-Star Program - LeadershipAprilFebruary
AmericanismTen Ideals Program - Courtesy & ReverenceAprilFebruary
Children & YouthSpecial OlympicsSummerFebruary
VA&RVAVS Visits - Memorial DayMayMarchGive Squadrons time to plan
AmericanismTen Ideals Program - Knowledge & HelpfulnessMayMarch
VA&RNational Veterans Assistance DayMayMarchThird Saturday in May
VA&RArmed Forces DayMayMarchThird Saturday in May
VA&RNational Poppy DayMayMarchFriday before Memorial Day
AmericanismColor GuardsSummerMarch
AmericanismFlags given at paradesSummerMarch
AmericanismBlood DonationsJuneMarchWorld Blood Donation Day
Children & YouthCWF DonationsAny TimeMarchYear end reporting May 31
AmericanismFlags placed at cemeteriesMayAprilMemorial Day
AmericanismPatriotic Holiday - Memorial DayMayApril
AmericanismFlag DayJuneAprilJune 14, popular time to dispose of old flags
VA&RKing Day PilgrimageJuneAprilFathers day, visit and honor veterans at King, WI
AmericanismFlag Disposal CeremoniesAny TimeAprilCommon dates are Flag Day (June 14) and Veterans Day (Nov. 11)
AmericanismNEF DonationsSummerMayMany natural disasters in summer
AmericanismPatriotic Holiday - Independence DayJulyMayGive Squadrons time to plan
VA&RPromote VAVS Reps - Recertify at ConventionJulyMay
AmericanismTen Ideals Program - Health & TrainingAugustJune
AmericanismFlag Donations & Etiquette Programs in SchoolsSeptemberJulyCoincide with start of school year
AmericanismPatriot's DaySeptemberJulySeptember 11, 2001 observance
AmericanismLegion BaseballSummerAugustPlan for next season
VA&RAmerican Legion DaySeptemberAugust
Nat'l SecurityPOW / MIASeptemberAugust3rd Friday September
Nat'l SecurityGold Star Families DaySeptemberAugustlast Sunday September
Children & YouthSafe HalloweenOctoberAugust
Children & YouthCWF DonationsAny TimeAugustYear end reporting May 31
AmericanismPatriotic Holiday - Veterans DayNovemberSeptemberGive Squadrons time to plan VA Visit
VA&RVAVS Visits - Veteran's DayNovemberSeptemberGive Squadrons time to plan
VA&RVAVS Visits - New Year'sJanuaryOctoberGive Squadrons time to plan
Nat'l SecurityLaw Enforcement Career AcademyJuneOctoberSponsor attendees, apply in January
AmericanismCommunity Service - Christmas BasketsDecemberOctoberGive Squadrons time to plan
VA&RVAVS Visits - ChristmasDecemberOctoberGive Squadrons time to plan
AmericanismOratorical CompetitionDecemberOctoberContests run December through January.
VA&RWreaths Across AmericaDecemberOctoberSponsor wreaths and help lay them
Americanism5-Star Program - CitizenshipJanuaryNovember
AmericanismCitizenship ProgramsJanuaryNovember
AmericanismTen Ideals Program - Faith & ComradeshipJanuaryNovember
Americanism5-Star Program - Discipline & PatriotismFebruaryDecember
AmericanismTen Ideals Program - Honor & PatriotismFebruaryDecember
AmericanismJunior Shooting SportsFebruaryDecember
AmericanismBadger Boys StateJuneDecemberNeed sponsorships by end of January
AmericanismFlag Disposal CeremoniesAny TimeAny TimeCommonly done on Memorial Day, Flag Day, or Veteran's Day
AmericanismBoy Scout TroopsAny TimeAny Time
Children & YouthChildren's Miracle NetworkAny TimeAny Time
Children & YouthFamily Support ProgramsAny TimeAny Time
Children & YouthOperation ALFAny TimeAny Time
Nat'l SecurityJunior ROTCAny TimeAny Time
Nat'l SecurityOperation Comfort WarriorsAny TimeAny Time
Nat'l SecurityTroop & Family Support NetworkAny TimeAny Time
VA&RField & Home ServiceAny TimeAny Time
VA&RFisher House SupportAny TimeAny Time

Other Committees

Internal Affairs Commission

Chairman: Mike A. Kollmansberger

Internal Affairs covers such other functions not otherwise assigned, such as organizing the Detachment meetings, establishing the Detachment Legislative agenda, membership recruitment and retention, formulating policies, reviewing governing documents, and public relations.


Chairman: Steven R. DuBois

Legislative covers external legislative matters.  Represents the Sons of The American Legion, Detachment of Wisconsin in Madison while the State Legislature is in session. Considers legislative matters, makes recommendations to the Detachment Convention and Detachment Executive Committee, and supervises the legislative program of the Detachment. This person has exclusive responsibility for petitioning the State Legislature or Congress on behalf of, or in opposition to, all legislation in which the Sons of The American Legion, Detachment of Wisconsin is interested.


Chairman: Rich Ruland

Membership covers issues related to the recruitment and retention of members of the Sons of The American Legion, Detachment of Wisconsin, and works with Detachment Vice Commanders and Detachment District Commanders.

Officer Development & Policy

Chairman: Christopher Sherman

Officer Development & Policy covers the Detachment Commander’s Advisory Committee, National Officer Candidates, Detachment Officer Training, Standing Rules of the Sons of The American Legion, Detachment of Wisconsin, and the Detachment Uniform Code of Procedure for Detachment Conventions.

Public Relations

Chairman: Ray Dzieciol

Public Relations & Communications covers Press Releases, Promotional Materials, Publications, and external communications issues related to activities of the Sons of The American Legion, Detachment of Wisconsin.  He shall coordinate all communications with the Detachment Commander and Detachment Adjutant.

Finance Commission

Chairman: Tom Petrie

The Detachment Finance Commission covers the adoption of the annual budget, collection of all revenues, payment of budgeted expenses, disbursement of any funds and the handling of all receipts from dues, raffles and/or special projects and the preparing and reading of the financial status.