Neil was a founding member of the KAVV and a Driver in Parades for many years. He moved to Antioch some years ago where he owned and operated Antioch Veterans Cab company. He passed away on December 14, 2022 and is interned at Southern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Union Grove. He is remembered fondly.

His obituary is here His family would appreciate you signing his guestbook is here:

Another one of Post 21’s ancient coolers gave up the ghost this past month. Rich Bowker and Tim Green presented the Posts House/Bar committee with $1000 towards a replacement. If you haven’t heard, the KAVV monthly meetings are now held in the American Legion, Post 21’s Hall. If you attend a meeting and have a cold one, pat yourself on the back, it’s cold because of your dedication to the veterans of Kenosha.

If you haven’t been to Joe’s website recently, you’re missing some great articles including a current article entitled “Learning Beyond the Battlefield” by guest writer Rhonda Underhill.  Rhonda is a health care advocate for senior citizens, veterans and persons with disabilities and who has, along with her husband Pete, created a website dedicated to the health and well being of seniors.

Both the article and the website are well worth a look. 

Both the article and the website are well worth a look. 

The KAVV’s newest full member, John Argust, sadly will not be at the Christmas party this year, but he has a couple of really good reasons!

Here are some pictures of John’s nephew Warrant Officer Jonathon Forsberg who just graduated flight school at Fort Novosel, AL. He is pictured with his parents, and John.

John stated that “They had a Blackhawk for family day. They let use take all the photos, sit in it and ask all the questions we could come up with. It was pretty cool!”

John also got to sit in the cockpit, but in my opinion, he made it look like one of those rides outside a grocery store.

After this visit they are heading further south to see John’s Son! Have a great trip Karen & John!

Did you know we have (at least) two US Navy Hospital Corpsman and one Army Medic on the Honor Guard. Jim Rossman was an Army Medic, and Rich Willoughby and Brad Cramlet were Navy Corpsman. Both of these ratings are among the most highly decorated ratings in the military.

That seems to be more than our share of medical folks. It got me interested and I found some good reading about corpsman / medics…

On the KAVV made a Generous donation of $500 worth of new toys to the Marine Corps Toy’s for Tots Program. Rose Bowker and Sue Green were kind enough to do the shopping. Mission BBQ organized this group of donations and hosted the event. Of course they included a delicious meal! Here are some pictures of the event that I got from facebook.

The KAVV now regularly meets at the Kenosha Heroes Cafe located in the Festival Foods Mezzanine on Fridays. Stop on by for the coffee and cakes, and stay for the camaraderie!

We visited the Annual Gods Kitchen Thanksgiving Dinner to present them with our annual donation to this important charity. Here’s some pictures…

Here are some pic of our annual service at Library Park. It was a beautiful day this year. 100 Year old Birthday Boy, George Peter, was our guest.

We caught a scheduling break this year as St Catherines Commons decided to have their annual ceremony on the 10th, Whew! We invited George Peter to attend the ceremony with us again this year.

We were the Color Guard again this year. Tim’s quick thinking got us through a minor equipment failure (not the first time for that). Ask him about it!

From left, Rich Bowker, Tom Visintainer and Tim Green of the Kenosha Area Vietnam Vets Honor Guard talk with Interim Kenosha County Veterans Services Director Jennifer Blasi and County Executive Samantha Kerkman during the county’s annual Veterans Celebration, held Saturday at the Job Center.

At an event hosted by American Legion Post 21, The local Blue Star Mothers group handed out personalized awards to Vietnam Veterans.

The Kenosha Area Vietnam Veterans Honor Guard at a recent funeral.