Camp American Legion Receives Funding for Veterans, Families
The Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA) today announced that as part of Governor Scott Walker’s biennial budget, Camp American Legion will receive $50,000, up from $10,000 in the last budget, to help the camp to continue to provide free services to military members and their families suffering from physical or psychological conditions.
WDVA Secretary John Scocos visited and toured Camp American Legion Tuesday, Aug. 6.
“Camp American Legion provides a valuable service to Wisconsin veterans and their families in a relaxing and restful atmosphere,” Scocos said. “I think we can all agree that veterans deserve the very best our state can offer. I am pleased to be able to provide this additional funding to Camp American Legion and the veterans and their families who come to enjoy this beautiful camp.”
“Ever since the founding of Camp American Legion in 1925 we have worked in close partnership with the State of Wisconsin to assist our fellow veterans,” Department Commander Kenneth J. Rynes, Jr. of Richland Center, said. “It’s been about ‘vets helping vets’ since our organization was founded. Who better knows the needs of veterans than their comrades? We’re grateful for the increased support in the budget that allows us to expand services and support activities at Camp.” Rynes is a Marine Corps veteran who served training soldiers deploying to Iraq in counter-insurgency and road convey protection measures as an Army Reservist.
Camp American Legion provides a peaceful, fun stay at a camp on the shores of Big Carr Lake for Wisconsin veterans of all ages, active duty military service members and their families. It serves those who have a physical or psychological medical condition, any and all types of service and non-service related illnesses, injuries or disabilities. Camp American Legion serves more than 500 veterans and active duty military each summer and reaches out and helps more every year.
Veterans and their families can stay for free at the camp.
Governor Walker’s 2013-2015 budget invests a total of $43.3 million in programs to assist veterans and their families. In addition to increased funding for Camp American Legion to continue to provide free services to military members and their families suffering from physical or psychological conditions, Governor Walker’s budget also invests an additional $30 million for mental health programs, including programs for veterans.