Chapters need to discuss Wisconsin Constitution and Bylaws

Many of our members have little or no understanding of how the Chapter and Department are governed. Simply put, we are governed by the DAV National Constitution & Bylaws (C&BL), DAV Wisconsin C&BL and Chapter C&BL. Always remember, the pecking order: DAV National’s C&BL supersedes the Department’s and the Department’s supersede the Chapter’s.

For better understanding of how Chapters are governed, I strongly recommend that at every Chapter monthly meeting a Section of the Department C&BL be discussed.

At my local Chapter’s meeting in July, we discussed Articles I & II of the Department’s Constitution. They are below:

The name of this organization shall be “Disabled American Veterans Department of Wisconsin, Incorporated,” a corporation known hereafter as the “Department”.

The purpose of the Department shall be the same as that of the National Organization, namely; To uphold and maintain the Constitution and the Laws of the United States; to realize the true American ideals and aims for which those eligible to membership fought; to advance the interests and work for the betterment of all wounded, gassed, injured, and disabled veterans; to cooperate with the United States Department of Veteran Affairs and all other public and private agencies devoted to the cause of improving and advancing the condition, health, and interests of all wounded, gassed, injured, and disabled veterans; to stimulate a feeling of mutual devotion, helpfulness, and comradeship among all wounded, gassed, injured, and disabled veterans, to serve our comrades, our communities, and our country; and to encourage in all people that spirit of understanding which will guard against future wars.

Please read and digest. Each month my local chapter will discuss another Section of the Department’s C&BL.

If you have any questions on this or another Section of the Department’s C&BL, feel free to contact me at or 715-652-2140.

Remember in my role as Department Judge Advocate, I am here to serve you better understand Who We Are and What We Do.

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