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

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

Veterans Affiars
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

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.


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

Programs Calendar:

Programs Calendar

Programs and suggested times of the year for planning. To see all entries, change the show entries to 100.

Program Area What When Occurs When to Plan Notes
Americanism Patriotic Holiday - President's Day February January
VA&R VAVS Visits - Salute to Veterans February January Usually around Valentines Day
Americanism 5-Star Program - Legionism March January
Americanism County Government Day Programs March January
VA&R American Legion Birthday March January March 15th
Americanism A & G Testing April February
Children & Youth Children & Youth Month April February
Americanism 5-Star Program - Leadership April February
Americanism Ten Ideals Program - Courtesy & Reverence April February
Children & Youth Special Olympics Summer February
Americanism Scholarships May March
VA&R VAVS Visits - Memorial Day May March Give Squadrons time to plan
Americanism Ten Ideals Program - Knowledge & Helpfulness May March
VA&R National Veterans Assistance Day May March Third Saturday in May
VA&R Armed Forces Day May March Third Saturday in May
VA&R National Poppy Day May March Friday before Memorial Day
Americanism Color Guards Summer March
Americanism Flags given at parades Summer March
Americanism Blood Donations June March World Blood Donation Day
Children & Youth CWF Donations Any Time March Year end reporting May 31
Americanism Flags placed at cemeteries May April Memorial Day
Americanism Patriotic Holiday - Memorial Day May April
Americanism Flag Day June April June 14, popular time to dispose of old flags
VA&R King Day Pilgrimage June April Fathers day, visit and honor veterans at King, WI
Americanism Flag Disposal Ceremonies Any Time April Common dates are Flag Day (June 14) and Veterans Day (Nov. 11)
Americanism NEF Donations Summer May Many natural disasters in summer
Americanism Patriotic Holiday - Independence Day July May Give Squadrons time to plan
VA&R Promote VAVS Reps - Recertify at Convention July May
Americanism Ten Ideals Program - Health & Training August June
Americanism Flag Donations & Etiquette Programs in Schools September July Coincide with start of school year
Americanism Patriot's Day September July September 11, 2001 observance
Americanism Legion Baseball Summer August Plan for next season
VA&R American Legion Day September August
Nat'l Security POW / MIA September August 3rd Friday September
Nat'l Security Gold Star Families Day September August last Sunday September
Children & Youth Safe Halloween October August
Children & Youth CWF Donations Any Time August Year end reporting May 31
Americanism Patriotic Holiday - Veterans Day November September Give Squadrons time to plan VA Visit
VA&R VAVS Visits - Veteran's Day November September Give Squadrons time to plan
VA&R VAVS Visits - New Year's January October Give Squadrons time to plan
Nat'l Security Law Enforcement Career Academy June October Sponsor attendees, apply in January
Americanism Community Service - Christmas Baskets December October Give Squadrons time to plan
VA&R VAVS Visits - Christmas December October Give Squadrons time to plan
Americanism Oratorical Competition December October Contests run December through January.
VA&R Wreaths Across America December October Sponsor wreaths and help lay them
Americanism 5-Star Program - Citizenship January November
Americanism Citizenship Programs January November
Americanism Ten Ideals Program - Faith & Comradeship January November
Americanism 5-Star Program - Discipline & Patriotism February December
Americanism Ten Ideals Program - Honor & Patriotism February December
Americanism Junior Shooting Sports February December
Americanism Badger Boys State June December Need sponsorships by end of January
Americanism Flag Disposal Ceremonies Any Time Any Time Commonly done on Memorial Day, Flag Day, or Veteran's Day
Americanism Boy Scout Troops Any Time Any Time
Children & Youth Children's Miracle Network Any Time Any Time
Children & Youth Family Support Programs Any Time Any Time
Children & Youth Josh Dogs Any Time Any Time
Nat'l Security Junior ROTC Any Time Any Time
Nat'l Security Operation Comfort Warriors Any Time Any Time
Nat'l Security Troop & Family Support Network Any Time Any Time
VA&R Field & Home Service Any Time Any Time
VA&R Fisher House Support Any Time Any Time

Other Committees:

Internal Affairs Committee
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: Chad Lawler

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: Michael Lawler

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: Michael Kalsbeek

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.