Notice: Our Firing Squad will be meeting in the Legion Hall on Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 7:00pm.
Our Meeting Schedule!
Notice: Our Executive Committee will meet in the Squad Bay at the post on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 7:00pm.
Meet this year's officers and staff at Post 416
Each year, every post in The American Legion nominates and elects their leaders. With that said, we are happy to introduce you to our 2013/2014 lineup of officers and staff members. Ladies and gentlemen, we proudly present...
Post Commander, Tim Baranzyk, and lovely wife, Kathy. Tim also serves with the District and Marine Corps League.
Post Adjutant, Dave Pier. Dave is in his 17th year as adjutant for this very important post. He also serves with the District.
1st Vice Commander, Bob Zolandz, and wonderful wife, Mary. Bob is also Captain of the Firing Squad, which is an elite group of uniformed veterans.
2nd Vice Commander, Pat Latomski, in charge of recreation.
4th Vice Commander, Betsy Saunders, in charge of Children and Youth.
Service Officer, Jim Cook, and lovely wife, Myrna. Jim is also very active on the Firing Squad and does a wonderful job of presentation to the families of our fallen veterans.
3rd Vice Commander, Rick Barrington, is in charge of Americanism. Rick is also our assistant Adjutant.
Finance Officer, Leo Taylor. Leo works not only as the Finance Officer for the post, but he is also a member of the Finance Committee for the American Legion State of Wisconsin.
Chaplain, Marv Seeger. Marv not only provides spiritual guidance, but he also heads up the Memorial Day event for the post in the Village of Greendale.
Historian, Jerry Kleppin. The future can only be judged by the past. Jerry is a long time member of our post and he preserves and compiles the records and photos for the post.
Judge Advocate, Stan Pinkowski. Stan is relied upon for his interpretation of Parliamentary Procedure and the by-laws of the post as needed.
Sergeant at Arms, Jerry White, is the keeper of our meetings. Jerry is also active on the firing squad.
Sergeant at Arms, Dan Baker. Dan is active with the Firing Squad and major presenter for Americanism.
Thank you for serving!
Building and Grounds Director, Harold Kuehnel. Harold is a long time member and also serves on the Firing Squad and the VFW Color Guard.
Building and Grounds Associate,
Mary Zolandz. Mary is also active on
the American Legion Auxiliary.
Information Technology Officer, Dave Ryba. Dave is founder and president of Veterans Media Services, a video production company that specializes in covering veteran related stories. Check it out at: www.veteransmediaservices.50webs.com
Web Master, Bob Naffier. Bob is also a member of the American Legion Press Association, both in Wisconsin and Nationally, he's the 4th District Sergeant at Arms, and he serves as member in Post 416's Firing Squad.
Newsletter Editor, Laura Calteux. Laura is also the President of the Unit 416 American Legion Auxiliary and she is very active in many other roles at the Department level. WOW!
Words to ponder...
The nation which forgets its defenders will itself be forgotten.
We, the citizens of the United States of America, remember and honor our men and women in uniform. As they have been our lifeline, so shall we be theirs!
Veterans Day 2013 Celebration at Milwaukee's War Memorial Building an Overwhelming Success!
Our very own Tim Baranzyk was the Master of Ceremonies for this auspicious occasion. The event was attended by many. The house was packed with some pretty great people...VETERANS!
A special "thank you" goes out to all of you who have proudly served this great country of ours. Ours is the best in the world. You made it possible.
We would like to introduce to you our key note speaker, Dr. Kenneth Lee, Colonel in the Wisconsin Army National Guard. Dr. Lee is the Chief of the Spinal Cord Injury Division at the Zablocki VA Medical Center, Milwaukee, Wisconsin and the Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Dr. Lee joined the Army in 1986 and currently holds the rank of Colonel in the Wisconsin Army National Guard with the duty assignment of State Surgeon.
As an Iraqi war veteran, Dr. Lee's personal history provides a strong connection to the Veterans he serves. In November 2003, while stationed in Iraq as commander of the Wisconsin Army National Guard medical battalion, Dr. Lee was severely injured in a Bagdad car bombing. Dr. Lee was MEDVAC to Landstuhl, Germany for his initial care and then transferred to Walter Reed Medical Center in Washington, D.C. He sustained multiple shrapnel and traumatic brain injury during this incident. For his military service, Dr. Lee was awarded the Purple Heart, the Meritorious Service Medal, two Army Commendation Medals, and an Army Achievement Medal.
In addition to his Army and medical services, Dr. Lee participates in numerous community activities. He is the National Surgeon for the Military Order of the Purple Heart. He also serves as the Medical Director for the National Veterans Wheelchair Games and National Veterans Sports and Wellness Program. And, he is part of the national physician team for the Disabled Veterans Winter Sport Clinic. For his community and military service, Dr. Lee was awarded the Milwaukee County Veteran of the Year Award in 2008.
Time to get started
Coverage by Veterans Media Services
Missing Man Ceremony
Past Veterans of the Year
Meet Dr. Kenneth Lee, M.D.
His speech was on the Casualties of War...Who Are They?
Slides were used for illustration.
Dr. Lee became a victim of a Bagdad car bombing
Reality check about being hurt
Going over the hump
Coming to terms
Products of war
Who is the real casualty of war?
Who can help?
You don't have to be a veteran to serve a veteran...
-Dr. Kenneth Lee-
Dr. Lee said:
"If you are injured, you have to come to grips with what happened. If you suffer from PTSD, you have to figure out how to get through it. I had a tough time with PTSD. My wife and children were scared of how I was reacting. They were afraid of me. I remember taking all the toys out of the house and getting rid of them just so I wouldn't have to hear my kids laughing. I couldn't stand myself. I turned to religion. I turned to anything I thought might help me. Nothing worked. But then I realized, who are the casualties of war? People worse off than me and my family. They are the casualties."
I found out volunteers were always there to help me. They seemed to know what I was going through. They really cared. I don't know where I would be without them. -Dr. Lee-
Product of war
A special congratulations goes out to Bill Goralski.
Our VETERAN OF THE YEAR
Bill Goralski was recognized at the 2013 Veterans Day Program at the Milwaukee County War Memorial Building on November 11, 2013. He is now Veteran of The Year. This is a great achievement. Thank you Bill for all you have done in service to all veterans.