State Senator Van Wanggaard's eNewsletter 2015
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Thank you, Veterans!

To be a veteran is to know the price of freedom, and every veteran knows that freedom is far from free. It must be jealously guarded and vigilantly fought for. We enjoy prosperity today because of great prices selflessly paid by the brave men and women who have constantly defended these freedoms. For this, we owe our gratitude, respect and honor.

Today and every day, I want to say thank you to all our veterans for your dedication, for your bravery, for having the courage to put others before yourself, and for all you have done to keep the United States of America the greatest country on earth. Thank you, veterans! God bless you and your families.

Veteran Legislation Update

Honoring our veterans means more than just saying thank you, it means keeping our promises to these deserving heroes. We need to walk the talk, and I am blessed to be able to help accomplish this by advocating for veterans here in the Capitol. Here is some of the legislation my colleagues and I have worked on recently for those who have served or are currently serving our country:
  • Senate Bill 164 helps recognize those who have served by making qualifying veterans and their families eligible for the resident fee rate while attending technical colleges. I was proud to vote for this bill, and was glad to see it signed into law earlier this year.
  • Senate Bill 20 increases hunting, trapping and sturgeon spearing opportunities for Purple Heart medal recipients and active duty service members. I was also proud to support this bill, and it was signed into law by Governor Walker this morning. 
  • Assembly Bill 187 would require the DNR to issue wild turkey hunting licenses and tags to disabled veterans and recipients of the Purple Heart medal if the number of applications exceeds the available hunting tags. This was passed by the Assembly last week, and is headed to the Senate.
  • Assembly Bill 75, which I was proud to author, allows qualified members of the US Armed Forces stationed in Wisconsin to obtain a concealed carry permit. The change was initially requested last legislative session by a commander at Fort McCoy, and will allow those who selflessly serve our country to lawfully carry concealed and protect themselves in Wisconsin. I am proud to say this bill was signed into law this morning.
  • There were also a number of measures to give back to veterans in the 2015-17 State Budget including the creation of a Veterans Grant Jobs Pilot Program, the allocation of $150,000 for municipal services provided to Veterans Homes and providing resources to the Board on Aging and Long Term Care to support ombudsman services for state veterans home residents.  
The brave men and women in our military fight vigilantly to protect the freedoms that make America the greatest country on Earth, and they deserve our gratitude. I will continue to be an advocate for veterans, because that means I am doing my job- giving back to those who deserve it most. I look forward to offering additional proposals to improve services to our veterans and will be introducing a bill this winter with the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs to improve services and operations for veterans in our state.

 Amazon Hiring


Amazon recently announced they will be creating 100,000 seasonal jobs, some of which will be added in Kenosha. The company hired more than 25,000 full-time employees across the U.S. leading up to the holiday season, and is creating 100,000 seasonal positions to help meet the increase in customer demand.

Even though the positions will be seasonal, the company did note that many seasonal employees found regular, full-time roles with amazon following last year's holiday season.
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State Senator Van
21st Senate District 

Wisconsin State Capitol 
P.O. Box 7882
Madison, Wisconsin 53707
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November 14, 5:30 pm

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