Hospital Committee Purpose:

The purpose of the Hospital Committee is to provide entertainment and recreational programs at all Federal VA Hospitals and State Veteran’s Homes in Wisconsin, to work in close cooperation with the Department Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation Committee, and to assist existing hospital facilities to aid in making the Veteran’s stay in the hospital as pleasant as possible. The committee meets 2 times a year, at Midwinter and Department Convention.


Joseph Hodgson, Chair, Middleton VA Representative - Barneveld

Dan Jakubczyk, Vice Chair, Zablocki VA Representative - Oak Creek

Jerry Gibbons, Member - Sharon

Susan Knudson, Member - Janesville

Jame Young, King Representative - New London

Ken Schoolcraft, Tomah Representative - Black River Falls

Donna Swenson, Minneapolis VA Representative - Ellsworth

Carl Krenn, Iron Mountain VA Representative - Porterfield

Roger Sass, Union Grove Representative - Lake Geneva

Ross Auna, Chippewa Falls Representative - Eau Claire

Ken McCormick, DEC Liaison

The Department Service Officer is a Consultant to the Committee.


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