Blue Star Mothers Southeastern WI Chapter 2



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BSM Brochure

Posted by Diana Rettig on September 15, 2018 at 2:40 PM Comments comments (1514)

WLWT Charity of the Month- 620 WTMJ

Posted by Diana Rettig on November 14, 2017 at 4:05 PM Comments comments (75)



s been 52 times that the All American Window and Door We Love Wisconsin Tour has not only showcased our state on WTMJ, but given forward to charities based in our state.


At every stop, Terri Lodwick of All American Window and Door presents a $1,000 check to a charity in the region the We Love Wisconsin Tour travels.


This time, the check has gone to Blue Star Mothers of America, Inc. Nov 10,2017 .



Posted by Diana Rettig on April 12, 2012 at 8:35 PM Comments comments (757)



Comment: Someone has gone to a lot of trouble. If this helps one person, then it was worthwhile. Please pass this on to all Veterans on you e-mail list.

Below are web-sites that provide information on Veterans benefits and how to file/ask for them. Accordingly, there are many sites that explain how to obtain books, military/medical records, information and how to appeal a denied claim with the VA. Please pass this information on to every Veteran you know. Nearly 100% of this information is free and available for all veterans, the only catch is: you have to ask for it, because they won't tell you about a specific benefit unless you ask for it. You need to know what questions to ask so the right doors open for you and then be ready to have an advocate who is willing to work with and for you, stay in the process, and press for your rights and your best interests. Appeals <>

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CARES Commission <>

CARES Draft National Plan <>

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Center for Veterans Enterprise <>

Center for Women Veterans <>

Clarification on the changes in VA healthcare for Gulf War Veterans <>

Classified Records - American Gulf War Veterans Assoc <>

Compensation for Disabilities Associated with the Gulf War Service <> <>

Compensation Rate Tables, 12-1-03 <>

Department of Veterans Affairs Home Page <>

Directory of Veterans Service Organizations <>

Disability Examination Worksheets Index, Comp <> <>

Due Process <>

Duty to Assist <>

Electronic Code of Federal Regulations <>

Emergency, Non-emergency, and Fee Basis Care <>VET

Environmental Agents <>

Environmental Agents M10 <>

Establishing Combat Veteran Eligibility <>


See also, Depleted Uranium Fact Sheet <>


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Geriatrics and Extended Care <>

Guideline for Chronic Pain and Fatigue MUS-CPG <>

Guide to Gulf War Veteran's Health <>

Gulf War Subject Index <>

Gulf War Veteran's Illnesses Q&As <>

Hearings <>

Homeless Veterans <>

HSR&D Home <>

Index to Disability Examination Worksheets C&P exams <>

Ionizing Radiation <>

Iraqi Freedom/Enduring Freedom Veterans VBA <>

M 10 for spouses and children < <>

M10 Part III Change 1 <>

M21-1 Table of Contents <>

Mental Disorders, Schedule of Ratings <>

Mental Health Program Guidelines <>

Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Centers <>

MS (Multiple Sclerosis) Centers of Excellence <>

My Health e Vet <>


National Association of State Directors <>

National Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention <>

Neurological Conditions and Convulsive Disorders, Schedule of Ratings <>

OMI (Office of Medical Inspector) <>

Online VA Form 10-10EZ <>

Parkinson's Disease and Related Neurodegenerative Disorders <>

and, <>

Peacetime Disability Compensation <>

Pension for Non-Service-Connected Disability or Death <> and, <>

and, <>

Persian Gulf Registry <>

This program is now referred to as Gulf War Registry Program (to include Operation Iraqi Freedom) as of March 7, 2005: <>

Persian Gulf Registry Referral Centers <>

Persian Gulf Veterans' Illnesses Research 1999, Annual Report To Congress'_Illnesses_Appendices.doc <> Persian Gulf Veterans' Illnesses Research 2002, Annual Report To Congress <>

Phase I PGR <>

Phase II PGR <>

Policy Manual Index <>

Power of Attorney <> Project 112 (Including Project SHAD) <>

Prosthetics Eligibility <>

Public Health and Environmental Hazards Home Page <>

Public Health/SARS <>

Publications Manuals <>

Publications and Reports <>

Records Center and Vault Homepage <>

Records Center and Vault Site Map <>


Research Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans Illnesses April 11, 2002 <>

Research Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans Illnesses <>

Research and Development <>

Survivor's and Dependents' Educational Assistance <>

Title 38 Index Parts 0-17 <>

Part 18 <>

Title 38 Part 3 Adjudication Subpart A "Pension, Compensation, and Dependency and Indemnity Compensation <>

Title 38 Pensions, Bonuses & Veterans Relief (also § 3.317 Compensation for certain disabilities due to undiagnosed illnesses found here) <> Title 38 PART 4--SCHEDULE FOR RATING DISABILITIES Subpart B--DISABILITY RATINGS <>

Title 38§ 4.16 Total disability ratings for compensation based on unemployability of the individual. PART A "SCHEDULE FOR RATING DISABILITIES Subpart à "General Policy in Rating <>

U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims <>

VA Best Practice Manual for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) <>

VA Fact Sheet <>

VA Health Care Eligibility <>


VA Life Insurance Handbook ¬" Chapter 3 <>

VA Loan Lending Limits and Jumbo Loans <>

VA MS Research <>

VA National Hepatitis C Program <>

VA Office of Research and Development <>

VA Trainee Pocket Card on Gulf War <>



VAOIG Hotline Telephone Number and Address <> .htm <>

Vet Center Eligibility - Readjustment Counseling Service <>

Veterans Benefits Administration Main Web Page <>

Veterans Legal and Benefits Information <>

VHA Forms, Publications, Manuals <>

VHA Programs - Clinical Programs & Initiatives <> <> >

VHA Public Health Strategic Health Care Group Home Page http: // <>

VHI Guide to Gulf War Veterans ¬(tm) Health <>

Vocational Rehabilitation <>

Vocational Rehabilitation Subsistence <>

VONAPP online <>

WARMS - 38 CFR Book C <>

Wartime Disability Compensation <>

War-Related Illness and Injury Study Center - New Jersey <>

Welcome to the GI Bill Web Site <>

What VA Social Workers Do <>

WRIISC Patient Eligibility <>


Print this out and save it in your VA files. There may be a time for use in the future. Adopt a Soldier, Sailor, Airman or Marine Overseas ~ Giving Back to Those Who Give So MuchTo send a care package contact Heather Vahovich at Show our troops they are not forgotten and we appreciate all they do!

Adopt A Soldier- Ask Me How

May No Soldier Go Unloved

May No Soldier Walk Alone

May No Soldier Be Forgotten

Until They All Come Home.


"A Veteran, whether active duty, discharged, retired, or reserve, is someone who, at one point in his life, wrote a blank check made payable to "The United States of America" for the amount of 'up to, and including his life'.

Chapter Officer Duties

Posted by Diana Rettig on November 3, 2010 at 11:54 PM Comments comments (89)


Section 1. The Duties of the Chapter President are as follows:

a.) Represent the organization with dignity and impartiality;

b.) Attend local events including Veterans Day and Memorial Day ceremonies, Blue

Star Mothers Conventions, etc.;

c.) Preside at Chapter meetings, board and committee meetings, etc.;

d.) Be knowledgeable of the Corporation’s history and Bylaws;

e.) Appoint non-elected officers and committee chairs;

f.) Respond to Member questions, inquiries from other organizations, media, etc.;


g.) Work with the CEB and the Finance Committee to maintain financial income to

support the various programs and projects.

Section 2. The duties of the Chapter First VP are as follows:

a.) Assist and represent the President as necessary;

b.) Assist in the running of the organization by communications;

c.) Attend events and ceremonies whenever possible that the Chapter President

invites her to attend;

d.) Represent the Chapter President when she is unable to attend and calls upon her to

do so; and

e.) Assist in any other activities, projects when called upon by the Chapter President.

Section 3. The duties of the Chapter Second VP are as follows:

a.) Assist in the running of the organization by communications when asked for


b.) Attend events and ceremonies whenever possible that the President invites her to


c.) Represent the Chapter President when she is unable to attend and calls upon her to

do so; and

d.) Assist in any other activities, projects when called upon by the Chapter President.

BSMoA, Inc.’s Leadership Handbook

Adopted and Approved by the

68th Annual Convention of the BSMoA, Inc.

Effective 14 August, 2010

47 of 48

Section 4. The duties of the Chapter Recording Secretary are as follows:

a.) Record detailed minutes of the proceedings of the Chapter meetings and

Executive Board meetings;

b.) Assist the President in transmitting documents; and

c.) In the absence of a Corresponding Secretary, if appointed by the President, then

assist the Executive Board with any correspondence and mailings.

Section 5. The duties of the Chapter Financial Secretary are as follows:

a.) Receive and deposit all money received by the Chapter;

b.) Transmit all bills to be paid either

(i) with the authorization of the President, Executive Board and Finance

Committee, or

(ii) with the authorization of the Membership (whichever the Chapter chooses;7

c.) Maintain accurate financial records; and

d.) Receive and process Membership applications, Roster Forms and dues received

from the Chapter Members.

Section 6. The duties of the Chapter Treasurer are as follows:

a.) Pay all bills of the organization upon receipt of disbursement request;

b.) Assure all checks are prepared properly and signed by herself and the Chapter

Financial Secretary; and

c.) Maintain accurate financial records.


Appointed Positions Duties

Posted by Diana Rettig on November 3, 2010 at 10:55 PM Comments comments (1)

Chaplin:  Leads the chapter in the devotional exercises, Obligate new members, respond to sickness and deaths reported (members and associates) perform other duties that may be required.

Sergeant at arms:  Help set up meeting rooms, introduce guest during meetings, oversee elections and assist officers during meetings.

Parliamentarian: knowledgeable of Roberts Rules of Order give opinion during procedures.

Patriotic Instructor: Display Flags lead Pledge.

Membership chair: reach new members via phone or email, keep a roster of members.

web chair-assist with website.

Sunshine Club: send cards to our troops for birthdays, thank  you notes etc.

Brochure chair:  keep our brochures up to date.

Historian: Scrapbook of what our chapter has done over the year.

Blue to Gold: Order Gold Star Banner, attend funeral of the Fallen.

Captain: help get room set up for meetings...need to arrive a few Min's b4 each meeting


PMM (Proud Military Moms support Group)

Posted by Diana Rettig on October 31, 2010 at 6:32 PM Comments comments (1122)

                               PMM(Proud Military Moms) Meeting Date's Nov/Dec 2010Proud Military Moms (PMM) was founded in Spring of 2006 by Jennifer Dutton and Diana Rettig.

Two Moms that  were looking for some support from each other as their soldiers entered Military life prior

to the beginning of Blue Star Mothers (BSM). PMM is a casual, non-structured gathering. An evening of

fun and laughter or maybe even tears; but definitely lots of hugs and support for each other as we enjoy

a good dinner and each others company. BSM and PMM are a great fit for each other.

PMM meets once a month at Apple Holler between Hwy 11 and Hwy KR,

the West side of Frontage road in Racine County off of I94.

Our next meeting dates are:6:00pm

Thursday Nov 18th

Tuesday Dec 21st


I change the meeting to different weeknights each month to give everyone a chance to attend if other obligations. 

Please RSVP via email so reservations can be made to:


Hope to see you there.


 God's Blessings

Diana Rettig (Army Mom of 2)