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Operation Uplink Updates

What to do when a veteran passes away


JJ Johnson

With concern for all, our VFW Post 1037 Commander and VFW Post 1037 Auxiliary President have decided that we should cancel the VFW and Auxiliary meetings scheduled for April 6, 2020. Our next regularly scheduled meeting will be on May 4, 2020, providing the COVID 19 pendemic is under control.


(Whether active duty, retired, national guard or reserve) - Is someone who, at one point in his/her life, wrote a check made payable to "The United States of America", for an amount of "up to and including his/her life."

Author Unknown

Waupaca County Veterans Service Office

Jesse Cuff or
Veterans Service Officer
Waupaca County

Post 1037 and Bethany Home of Waupaca worked together to get a new flag pole.

The staff at Bethany Home of Waupaca wanted the veterans there to be able to look out of their windows and see the American flag. When approached for a donation, Waupaca VFW Post 1037 donated $500 toward the new flagpole. On August 7th, 2019, veterans from Post 1037 performed a dedication and flag reassignment ceremony.

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Left to right are: Rocky Maggio, Steve Cruze, Casey Brown, Ron Radloff and anon.

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Veterans Retraining Assistance Program

VA is now accepting applications for the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP). The program provides 12 months of training assistance to qualified unemployed Veterans at the full-time payment rate under the Montgomery GI Bill-Active Duty program (currently $1,473 per month). You must pursue a program approved for VA benefits offered by a community college or technical school. The program must lead to ahigh demand occupation and result in an Associate Degree, Non-College Degree or a Certificate.

To complete the application you will need to know your direct deposit information (bank routing number and account number), the name and location of your school, the program you wish to pursue, and thehigh demand occupation you are training towards. You can apply online.

If you have further questions please visit our Customer Help page where you can read our FAQs about the VRAP program or submit a question to our customer service staff.

Thank you for your interest and please feel free to pass this message on to another Veteran.

Curtis L. Coy
Deputy Under Secretary for Economic Opportunity
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Veterans Retraining Assistance Program


On November 21, 2011, President Obama signed the VOW to Hire Heroes Act of 2011 into law which established the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP) in title II of Pub. L. 112-56. The VRAP directs VA, in cooperation with DOL, to pay for up to 12 months of a retraining assistance in a "high demand" occupation for unemployed eligible veterans between the ages of 35 and 60 as determined by DOL and VA.

Applications will be accepted starting today, May 15, 2012. The program may enroll up to 45,000 veterans in Fiscal Year 2012, beginning July 1, 2012, and up to 54,000 Veterans from October 1, 2012 through October 1, 2013, with training payments concluding by March 31, 2014.

Get the word out about this positive program to put our Veterans back to work! Utilize all of the VOW, VRAP and other resources below to provide outreach to Veterans and employers who will also benefit from these important initiatives.

General Information:

These resources are all available at the VETS webpage -

Overall VOW information is found at VA's webpage -

VOW FAQ Sheet -

VOW Flyer -

VA VRAP Double-Sided Pamphlet -

VA VRAP Print Ad -

VA VRAP Half-Page Ad -

VA VRAP - Ad Box (graphic) -

WOTC Flyer* -

VOW Special Employer Incentives (SEI) Flyer* -

Syracuse Business Case to Hire a Vet (Article)* -

*Great resources for employer outreach

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It's Your Turn Veterans!!

I'm looking for any information or stories to be willingly shared about service people from the Waupaca County area.

I need anything to document people and events of anyone in the Waupaca County area who served our country in the military, to be preserved in a book for future generations, so our soldiers and their patriotism is not ever forgotten, and to give them the credit that is due them.

This information is for a third volume of books titled "Waupaca Serves".

A copy of all three books will eventually be given to the VFW.

JJ Johnson
725 Larsen Street
Waupaca, WI 54981


Commanders Wall

When Al Wickham set out to find pictures of the former commanders of Waupaca's VFW Post 1037, he thought the hardest one to find would be a photo of the post's first commander.

That is because Harvey Peterson served as the local post's first commander in 1945, and Wickham could not find anyone who had a picture of Peterson.

However, after an article about Wickham's efforts ran in the County Post West he received a picture of Peterson.

"One of his daughters lives in San Diego but still gets the paper. She saw it and sent a picture of her dad," Wickham said.

The picture of Peterson was one of six he received since the article ran December of 2010.

"We were looking for 12 Photos. Now we're down to six," he said.

The six past commanders Wickham continues to search for photos of are John M. Larson, Robert Sommerfeldt, John Chalstrom, Walter Webster, Fred Weidenhoft, and John Miller.

Those who have pictures of these past commanders are asked to call Steve DeHamer at 715-256-9362 to make arrangements.

DeHamer assists Wickham with the framing aspect of the project.

Reprints are made of the pictures they receive, and the originals are returned.

Wickham's reason for starting the project several years ago is a simple one.

He wanted to honor the past commanders.

"When I joined the post, there was a blank piece of construction paper with snapshots of a few more recent commanders. I thought that they were more deserving than that," Wickham said.

Today, frames filled with pictures of past commanders hang on a wall in the post's hall.

Ten 5-inch by 7-inch pictures fit in each panel, numbered so those who look at the pictures see the names of the commanders and the years they served.

In addition, they have frames for future growth.

DeHamer said it is an honor to be a part of the project.

Thank You, American Troops!

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Post 1037 has donated $200 toward a basement project for a severely handicapped veteran from Shawano county

Post 1037 and K-Mart Donate TV to The Coffee Shop at WVH - King

On March 12, 2008, Waupaca VFW Post 1037 and the Waupaca K-Mart store teamed up to donate a new TV to the Coffee Shop at the Wisconsin Veterans Home - King.

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Left to right are: Pat Kennedy - WVH Coffee Shop Manager, Dick Morey - Post 1037 Commander, Paul Witkowski - K-Mart Manager, and Bill Crowley -WVH Commandant.

Operation Uplink - This is a program designed to help our active duty and hospitalized service personnel keep in touch with their families, by offering them prepaid phone cards. Please, help keep this program active. For more information, please visit .

Attention Veterans!


Veterans around the country are reporting that they are getting calls from a company identifying itself as the "Patient Care Group."

This company is claiming that VA prescriptions are now being dispensed through them and that if veterans want to continue to properly receive their medications, they must provide a credit card number.

VA has NOT changed the process of receiving and dispensing prescriptions. 




Please contact your local VA Medical Center if you have questions about VA prescriptions or services.

Don't Forget to Feed The PIG.

A sincere "Thank You!" to those who feed the pig at our monthly meetings.

The proceeds from the pig go to the Hospital Fund.

The Hospital Fund is used to provide certain amenities and niceties that our brothers and/or their dependents, in various hospitals, would otherwise be unable to secure.

The Bobby Nelson Fund ensures that our brothers and sisters in Tomah VA Hospital will receive at least 1 gift on Christmas.

Thanks, and lets keep "Feeding the PIG"!

Updated March 20, 2020
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