Veteran voices

As You See It

To the Editor,

I am DuWayne Wieck the newly-elected Sheboygan County Commander and Vice Cmdr. for the American Legion Ladewig- Zinkgraf Plymouth Post 243. Some of you might know me from my involvement with The American Legion Junior Shooting Sports for the last 6 years in the Plymouth area and more recently with the 4-H air rifle program.

As the new Commander for Sheboygan County I will be responsible for the 14 American Legion Posts here in Sheboygan County. I am very excited to start this new endeavor. Thank you for the support you have given me already and I look forward to your continued support.

The American Legion is the largest veteran’s organization in the United States. We are over 2.4 million strong, which helps us to preserve our rights and benefits that we have fought for over the years; but many of our members are in their mid seventies and mid eighties and these aging veterans are passing away each day.

All you need to do is look through the obituaries and read how many are veterans. Each of those who die is a crucial voice for our veteran’s rights. Those voices need to be replaced, ideally, by our younger generation of veterans.

As your new Commander I will be looking for and asking veterans in our area to please join their local American Legion Post to replace those lost voices of government. You can become involved as much or as little as you want.

If you join you add to our many voices. We are veterans helping veterans and as the largest veterans organization we are heard.

When changes needed to be done to the Veterans Administration that was rocked by mismanagement it was the American Legion National Commander Daniel Dillinger that asked for the resignation of the Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki and got it. No other organization had the backing of its membership to pull off such a daring move.

We need to remain strong in numbers to preserve what we have. If we don’t, we will lose it piece by piece.

Being a veteran of the Vietnam Era I understand how we were treated when we returned home from an unpopular war. Many experienced physical and verbal abuse when they returned. We were not welcome.

Those feelings kept many honorable, eligible veterans from joining the American Legion. Those feelings have changed in recent years. We are now welcomed home. We are all veterans alike. Veterans helping veterans and still serving.

If you would like more information about the American Legion and how to join please contact me. Thank you for your support and thank you for your service.

Sheboygan County Commander DuWayne Wieck 920-627-1879 or

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