The cost of attending two schools: Auditing your Wisconsin G.I. Bill allotment

Veterans who are 30 percent service-connected or higher, who live in the state of Wisconsin for five years or more, qualify for a benefit that grants 128 credits without penalty of failing or dropping a course.

The benefit is called the Wisconsin G.I. Bill. The journey offers an opportunity for surviving economic displacement.

The credits do not require specific majors or University of Wisconsin enrollment. The Wisconsin G.I. Bill works like a block grant offering the veteran the freedom of exploration across several fields.

In Spring of 2021, I used the Wisconsin G.I. Bill while attending the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, Madison College and Fox Valley Technical College simultaneously.

When a disabled veteran falls on periods of long-term unemployment, college becomes a viable option.

Financial aid also assists veterans who are awaiting the decision for their disability determination with the Veterans Administration before launching their career. The state of Wisconsin opens the door of hope with free college.

There is a catch. 

Recently, I reached out to my veteran benefits coordinator at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater auditing my charged credits and found out 12 credits were charged without my authorization.

I attend both the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and Madison College. Madison College charged my benefit without my permission.

I notified Madison College I wanted to suspend my benefits and save them for UW Whitewater. From fall semester 2021 to summer semester 2022, Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs did not receive communication from Madison College the benefit was suspended, who was charging me four credits per semester.

The 12 credit miscommunication costs roughly $5,000-worth of university tuition. 

Luckily, I have enough credits for fall semester, but I need 18 total for completion of my second major, corporate and health communication, which is this website.

The Outpost 422 public service announcement would like those who are using this benefit to check in and check out where you are at in the journey.

If you are a student dealing with this dilemma, make sure you reach out to your enrollment center and financial aid veterans’ representative before it’s too late.

Sadly, we are responsible for our college tuition tracking. There is no free lunch. 

Stay on top of your earned benefit. Keep checking back in on the outpost 422 website for updates regarding the development of my investigation.

Respectfully Submitted,

 

Bradley J. Burt

CEO-Outpost 422 Registered Trademark

“Serving veterans on the frontline of academia while advocating for POW MIA diversity, equity and inclusion through college research class projects.”

 

 

Op-ed Call for Retraction: Channel 3000 showcases UW Whitewater bully alumnus who works for WDVA

The journey to the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater at Outpost 422 began in fall of 2019.

I was met by a cocky and arrogant president named Curtis Lemke, who indicated openly he was out to get the veteran services coordinator fired. Lemke now works for the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs.

Lemke was the spokesmodel for the “Combatting Veteran Suicide” event at the Monona Terrace Wednesday.

Channel 3000 showcased him without vetting his story.

The coordinator was an Army veteran named Richard Harris. At the time, Harris was my mentor showing me around campus, who warned me that “Lemke’s group, The Veteran and Servicemembers Organization, leaves unwelcoming notes in the lounge like ‘VITAL is for nutcases’ and fashions neck ties as a noose, which has gotten out of control.”

I was a student transferring from Madison College receiving hazing being a vet with PTSD from Lemke.

Lemke undermined the authority of Richard Harris. Administrators enabled him.

Lemke stepped out-of-bounds as the president discussing my disability without my permission. For those who meet Lemke, tread carefully.

My following Op-ed blows the whistle on a man who stepped in the way of my college success as a Veterans Crisis Line survivor utilizing Cognitive Processing Therapy from the Veterans Administration through a program called “VITAL.”

The Op-ed shares emails, exchanges and observations being ignored regarding Lemke and why he does not represent me, one of the 22, who called the Veterans Crisis Line in the 11th hour instead of ending my life.

The Roadblocks of Transition into the College Classroom

As a disabled veteran student, one who served with the 10th Mountain Division during the Somalia War era, I attempted college enrollment in the university on several occasions between 1997-2017 through the Vocational Rehabilitation Program, who faced multiple decades of denial for entry into the program at both Milwaukee and Green Bay locations, served by a man named Albert Hess.

Hess was the first person I met in civilian transition who said, “college was not going to now, or ever, be a part of my legacy.” Hess is what I call a driver for success.

Because of my experience with Hess, I created Outpost 422 for a class project, which tracks cultural incongruity throughout my journey as a past Service Officer for both the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars. The blogs track class projects and occurrences I have experienced, which helps navigate vets like me, who transfer into academia from the William S. Middleton VA Building 22, avoid confrontation and lead a successful path to graduation.

The website serves the building 22 college veteran community as an academic guard tower. My goal is helping those like us graduate, who deal with hostile situations on campus being unaware of the danger transferring from Madison College to the UW.

This semester, I begin my second major, which is corporate and health communication, battling on the frontline as a Veterans Crisis Line survivor. Journalism, my first major I finished spring ’22, helps me cope with hypervigilance as a disabled veteran in the media with a CPTSD diagnosis.

My table at the WDVA suicide awareness event Wednesday provided both workshop and literary mechanisms that helped me overcome the impossibility of stigma attending the UW later in life.

The Dilemma

When I transferred from Madison College to the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in 2019, I dealt with Lemke’s intrusion with transferring my VITAL services, which were not provided by the UW.  I was unaware of the level of adversity in the veteran’s lounge and trusted Lemke was not acting as an antagonist, who most certainly did.

I notified him through email that students do not arrange for disability accommodations and asked to use the office in the veteran’s lounge for my low-light accommodations I deal with having a brain injury. Lemke wanted the room for his office, which has never been granted.

I needed the office for virtual connect with my VA social worker during panic attacks. I met with the VA for arrangements.

Harris worked with both Madison College and UW Whitewater creating a multimedia center for vets with disabilities to use who deal with trauma informed injuries.

Lemke became enraged and attacked Harris, in retaliation with working with me. Outpost 422 is a mechanism for vets on campus and a pilot I wrote for journalism practicum.

By Veteran’s Day 2019, Lemke approached me in an aggressive tone and notified me he made arrangements that would not allow me the use of the office. He spoke with the vice chancellor and ordered me to use the community center, which was three miles off campus.

Lemke became combative during email exchange acting beyond his scope.

This was Lemke’s response:

“Burt,

I don’t need authorization from anyone to discuss anything with anybody. I also did not take any action regarding the VITAL program, rather we identified a great potential opportunity and relayed the information to you.

If you feel the need to disassociate yourself from the organization, that is quite unfortunate. We intend to support the adoption of VITAL at UW Whitewater regardless of your personal feelings.

My only intentions are to improve services for student veterans at UWW and I see you as an ally in that goal.

On that same regard Richard Harris and yourself[sic], do not have a monopoly on the advocacy thereof. I look forward to continuing in this endeavor[sic] hopefully with your support.”

-Curtis Lemke

President, Student Veterans Organization

The Problem

An advocacy monopoly? Wanting my accommodations transferred? His maniacal campaign grew worse and worse each day as he sought to create flux on campus within his organization and noted the office was his and would not give this up.

Lemke treats disabled veterans horribly. I am living proof.

He believes there is a turf war in the veteran’s lounge between him and Richard Harris, who went as far as staking his claim with a fabricated flag after graduation. The veteran’s lounge continues to condone bullying and harassment, which has transferred power to the new coordinator, whose name is Kris McMenamin.

I filed five complaints during the spring ’22 semester. McMenamin lied and told me I had to go through him first if I wanted to file any complaint regarding my mistreatment by faculty or speaking with administrators.

My experience with McMenamin is similar to my experience with Lemke.

McMenamin, an ex-law enforcement officer, cross-examined me, who acted beyond his jurisdiction.

Upon our email exchange, McMenamin began acting like Lemke discussing my disability openly in the lounge when other students were present.

We went into his office where he commenced the unethical act of poking holes and conjuring narratives with the motive to cover up occurrences with veterans on campus.

McMenamin does not work for students. He is employed by the university.

We met in the beginning of the semester regarding my trademark and Madison College honors project, who began challenging my claims made with my literature review in discussion.

His leadership style was authoritarian turning everything around on him in contrast to my disability and how I identify with my brain injury.

McMenamin attempted to gaslight me in his office saying, “I am sorry you feel that way,” which is a textbook gaslighting statement.

Lemke and McMenamin corroborated in the beginning of the semester. McMenamin became partial to Lemke. Both are Marines.

I made the statement clear on Veterans Day ’21 that there was an adversity problem. McMenamin turned a deaf ear.

McMenamin’s decision to ignore my request led to a heated exchange. He has been instructed not to contact me and am working with the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Director Dr. Kenny Yarbrough that McMenamin respect my no contact order.

Military culture on campus continues to condone the hostile learning environment. I gave my diversity speech being the recipient of the UW Whitewater “Arts and Communication Diversity Award 2021-2022” on Veteran’s Day during the 11th anniversary event.

The speech claims, “Diversity can beat adversity in the veteran community with a simple choice to endorse inclusion.”

My complaints call to action and attempt to stop adversity on campus bringing all together through the POW MIA for my capstone future projects.

I am receiving retaliation as a result.

My Response to Lemke: The Outpost 422 Solution

Lemke, Curtis;

Mr. Lemke-

I will recall the event today at the Veterans Day Ceremony for accuracy. You approached me.

You told me you met with the chancellor regarding my VITAL services and mentioned they would be relocated to a different facility. Is this correct? I interpret this as three things:

1. Taking matters into your own hands regarding my services provided at Madison College.

2. Speaking openly about my personal VA service provided to me as a consortium student who attends both Madison College and UW Whitewater.

3. You went to the vice chancellor to openly speak about my requesting PTSD services without confirming with me first.

This meets the criterion for discussing my medical services and condition protected by the Privacy Act of 1974.

I am also a VFW member as well.

You violated your oath as a VFW member according to the VFW Service Officer’s manual I am in possession of. As a Service Officer, I am not allowed to share nor discuss any information about anyone who comes to me.

I am supposed to refer them to the next person in line. Richard Harris is my line of sight between Madison College and UW Whitewater, not you.

I do not need to disclose my personal information to you as I am represented by DAV and have never once indicated in our exchange the express permissive use for your organization to share any of my medical services I receive publicly therefore, you breeched my confidentiality when you went to the vice chancellor to make these arrangements.

 

Sincerely,

 

Bradley J. Burt

American Legion Post 501 of Madison, WI, Service Officer

Conclusion

For Channel 3000, I have sent out a request for retraction of the story. Lemke is not a hero. He is an antagonist.

I notified WDVA Secretary Mary Kolar on May 11, 2022 at 9:30 p.m. regarding the Richard Harris article, who continues to allow Lemke gainful employment at WDVA. Allowing someone who bullied a veteran transfer under his authority warrants the need for an Op-ed.

Lemke does not represent the 22. He is not a Veterans Crisis Line story. Instead, he picks on them and makes fun of people with disabilities.

We clearly have a problem with Gov. Tony Evers’ cabinet ignoring, aiding and abetting a bully who will stop at nothing to get what he wants at the expense of veterans.

University of Wisconsin-Whitewater ‘I Will Not Forget’ journalism Independent Study 498 workshop

Greetings-

Fall semester 2022 presents the challenge of creating a POW MIA recovery workshop for part of the Independent Study 498 investigative journalism project.

We are attempting to locate a Wisconsin POW MIA pilot through an open records investigation of the Korean War impasse with North Korea. We seek his exact last known whereabouts.

The search and recovery investigation for First Lieutenant Jerome A. Volk kicks off on the third Friday in September, which honors POW MIA Recognition Day.

Prof. James Kates is the campaign advisor, who will assist with connecting the campaign with the federal government for DPAA open records retrieval. We are beginning the planning stages through the class project and setting up a Pay Pal treasury called “The Sacred Warrior Search and Rescue Foundation.”

The “I Will Not Forget” Facebook campaign page covers all events including expos and social responsibility development through the capstone pursuit with corporate and health communication.

The interactive documentary seeks contributors. Please share your thoughts and ideas as a collaboration on the campaign Facebook page.

For the final project, we will have a fully operational virtual command center for Outpost 422, which offers a Zoom workshop teaching contributors how to locate open records.

Together, we can persuade North Korea to bring home Volk with the help of the UW MIA Recovery and Identification Project. 

Public Record on File: The Outpost 422 Registered Trademark Proof

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Admonishing those who politicize the POW MIA issue during election season

According to Gov. Tony Evers’ press specialist, the Republicans from the Joint Committee on Finance are solely responsible for rejecting Senate Bill 602, which would bring closure to Wisconsin POW MIA families, who did not bring the bill back to the Senate for a vote.

We need your help.

We, the student veterans of the University of Wisconsin and our support, are bringing awareness through the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Communication Department where our campaign launched.

We are an oratorical workshop creating a social responsibility task force through our POW MIA revitalization movement class project.

We cannot forget what our elected officials have done.

I WILL NOT FORGET LAUNCH 5.5.22

The “I Will NOT Forget” Campaign headquarters is our meeting of the minds for the next leg of the lobby journey. We are profiling the POW MIA through the student veteran experience through corporate and health communication as a second major.

The campaign seeks $2.5 million for funding the UW MIA Recovery and Identification Project, along with the development of a corporate citizen through Outpost 422.

The Senate Bill 602 Rejection Revitalization Movement

The campaign is my capstone for corporate and health communication. We are creating a corporate citizen to fund the University of Wisconsin Missing-in-action Recovery and Identification Project, which includes internships at both UW Whitewater and Madison College through Outpost 422.

Outpost 422 will conduct surveys for reporting to both the university and Veterans Administration about the veteran college experience as a Madison College honors project.

The following video is a virtual press release of my findings for my assignment with the Capstone Press at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Outpost 422 was the backpack journalism freelance multimedia reporting source.

The news feature segment of the video shared my findings and successfully pulled off a 95 percent in the Journalism Public Affairs Capstone 486 course completing the journalism major journey.

We have one class left, Independent Study 498, which is a workshop teaching those who blog how to report and research the POW MIA issue and bring the POW MIA into the arena of diversity, equity and inclusion.

Memorial Day 2022 Reflection

My entire childhood between ages 5-11 visited Highland Memorial Cemetery with my grandma on Memorial Day.

My Uncle Arlin maintained the family plot while grandma wept.

We visited her son Lee’s grave, who was killed in action during World War II. Her guilt and grief were heard in her stories.

She loved her boy.

I always thought Memorial Day belonged to Gold Star Mothers. That was until I met Volk’s niece, who shared his legacy and family ongoing dilemma with DPAA.

Now, I’ve come to understand more reform is required for bringing the POW MIA families ongoing news about the whereabouts of their loved ones. Collaboratively, both Gold Star Mothers and POW MIA families are our priority to tend to on Memorial Day.

As a veteran, I’m asking America to step up to the plate and help.

Continuously call your Wisconsin delegates and remind them of the rejection of Senate Bill 602 by the Joint Committee on Finance.

Tell them how disgusting it is for elected officials to politicize the POW MIA issue.

Slapping families with rejection during election season should be admonished and viewed as unethical.

Call up the American Legion, VFW and DAV and ask how you can volunteer in your community.

You can host POW MIA and Gold Star Highway cleanup efforts.

The sky is the limit.

Let your heart guide you with volunteerism and when you meet these families say to them “I Will NOT Forget” the sacrifice your family member made. You are important to me.

 

Respectfully Submitted,

Bradley J. Burt

CEO-Outpost 422

End of Watch: The Last Outpost 422 American Legion Dane County Council Service Officer Report

I have been reunited with a dear friend from the Stephen Ministries group. We were commissioned together. He is definitely someone I consider a mentor.

We are helping each other cope through grief dealing with juvenile behavior by our loved ones who feel conflict is better than resolve.

My dear mentor is helping me locate resources through Faith Lutheran Church for those who are lost receive a consultation of available services. We are bringing the information forward through blogs and websites for the next journey with Outpost 422.

Tonight, I leave the field of Service Officer with the American Legion to create a business model for the Mission Act as a corporate capstone senior class project.

The Crisis Chaplain works as a liaison to those who recognize the Longhouse Religion and need VA services in the 11th hour of detox.

I am working with a POW MIA Cherokee shaman and Vietnam Veteran, who is praying for those who are missing so they can be found through the Sacred Warrior Search and Rescue Foundation “I Will Not Forget” and Outpost 422 website.

I suggested this video for dealing with ongoing suffering by selfish addicts who rob us of our essence and make everyone miserable.

Tony Robbins is a great communicator with people dealing with grief. Grief has no limit. I walked out on my abuser in June. She showed me how strong I am.

Setting boundaries led to our falling out.

You see, you cannot be with people who suck the life out of you by lying, cheating and doing illegal things behind your back when you are a long-term recovering VA painkiller statistic.

Honesty is the only policy.

My Stephen Minister training never goes away. I have a spiritual remedy for every abusive situation. Tony Robbins Is my guiding light. He uses words like “son-of-beyotch” and “motherfucker” to grab his audience.

He is my tribe.

 

Respectfully Submitted,

 

 

Bradley J. Burt

CEO-Outpost 422

American Legion Dane County Council

Service Officer

 

 

Gov. Tony Evers’ response to the Wisconsin Joint Committee on Finance’s rejection of Senate Bill 602

Gov. Evers has long been an advocate for the University of Wisconsin Missing in Action (MIA) Recovery and Identification Project, and that’s why he proposed creating a new, continuing appropriation for this project in state statute and providing $360,000 to support the project in his most recent state budget—nearly eight months before Senate Bill 602 was even introduced.

Unfortunately, Republicans in the Legislature cut this funding from the budget during the Joint Finance Committee process and rejected Legislative Democrats’ amendment to reintroduce the funding into the budget during the floor vote.

And when the governor’s budget measure was introduced as standalone legislation in the form of Senate Bill 602, Republican leaders again chose to play politics, rather than provide the funds needed for this important project—despite the bill passing unanimously by the Senate Committee on Veterans and Military Affairs and Constitution and Federalism, the Assembly Committee on Colleges and Universities, and by the entire State Senate.

Republican leaders in the Assembly, including Speaker Robin Vos and Assembly Majority Leader Jim Steineke, are solely responsible for blocking this legislation from becoming law as it had widespread support from both Republicans and Democrats in both houses of the Legislature, and the governor had already expressed his support for this initiative.

Regardless of Republicans’ obstruction, the governor has continued to advocate for this project, and at his direction, members of our office have met with the University of Wisconsin System and requested that they identify other funding mechanisms to support this project in absence of direct state funding.

Relatedly, the governor’s support for our nation’s veterans extends beyond the MIA Recovery and Identification Project, and the most recent budget he signed into law included significant investments to support Wisconsin veterans, including increasing funding for Veterans Service Office grants and providing $200,000 toward suicide awareness and prevention and mental health services, especially for veterans in underserved communities and areas.

The governor also recently announced he was creating a Blue Ribbon Commission on Veteran Opportunity to develop new, innovative initiatives to support the more than 300,000 veterans who live in Wisconsin.

The Commission will examine the issues facing Wisconsin veterans today, including but not limited to employment and job training, post-service education, housing, stability of the Veterans Trust Fund, long-term care nursing quality and affordability, and mental and behavioral health initiatives.

Last month, the governor announced his appointments to the Commission, including leaders and members of the military and veteran community from around the state. More information can be found at the link below, should this be of interest to you:

https://dva.wi.gov/Pages/aboutWdva/BlueRibbonCommission.aspx.

Chet Agni (he/his)

Research and Press Specialist

Office of Governor Tony Evers

A message to those who did not serve: Peace means everything when returning home

As a veteran who witnessed the countless atrocities of walking through the streets of Haiti, riding in the back of wide-open Humvees as an M60 RTO during the invasion without armor, and watching the disgusting shit unfold every night in the guard towers, I am now in a state of mind where I say “Peace” instead of “I love you.”
Peace is the opposite of hypervigilance. Hypervigilance is a beast that will not take a day off. Peace counters the effects found in mindfulness meditation.
You see, peace is something valuable in the mind of a combat veteran. The horror of humanity in the third world never goes away.
This is the price we pay for answering the call of duty despite whatever combat crises we face.
I am sick and tired of campaign discrimination and conflict amongst veterans.
The war at the VFW and Legion wages on while commanders like POST 501 in Madison, Wis. tell combat veterans to “grow some thick skin” instead of working with them.
Veterans are at war with each other at home.
I do not buy into the hype of your war being greater than mine. You do not deserve respect if you create conflict for serving in conflict.
The trials of witnessing the dark psychology of third world behavior only allows for revisiting the scene during night storms. Those who serve in conflicts all have this in common.
This does not warrant you cutting in front of me in line for mental health treatment at the VA because your war is classified as a priority for triage in reflection of mine.
No veteran should deal with the decisions of a bureaucrat-in-chief and their failure as a leader.
Oftentimes, I purposely fall asleep on the couch without my CPAP so I don’t have to hit the third stage of REM. Peace is the quieting of the lower self that only the higher self can provide.
If you are struggling with cultivating peace, and want to check out, don’t. Manifest peace by speaking peace into existence.
War is easy. War is human nature. Peace is a virtue. If you want peace, you have to work for it.

UW Whitewater interactive journalism capstone final project: Wisconsin legislators reject bill that would bring closure to POW MIA families

The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater capstone fear and loathing investigation of Senate Bill 602 began Oct. 8, 2021, when the bill was introduced. On Feb. 22, the first interview, obliged by the author of the bill Sen. Roger Roth (R-Appleton), questioned the progress of his bill’s development.

By the end of the interview, Roth indicated “this bill is not going to pass this session and it breaks my heart.” On March 15, the decision by the Wisconsin Joint Committee on Finance, a standing committee consisting of 16 members, formally announced the bill’s rejection.

The rejected bill would have brought advances to the Department of POW MIA Accounting Agency through the University of Wisconsin Missing-in-action Recovery and Identification Project, whose program would receive $360,000 for the 2023-2025 session.

The program brings hope to Roth’s district through testimony shared by one of his 40 family representatives, Jerry Volk-Barry, who expressed her deep convictions to the program during interview.

“As a lifelong Wisconsin resident and UW Madison alumni, I have a very personal connection to the bill Roger Roth authored. I also have a strong connection to the UW MIA Project,” Volk-Barry said at the bill’s public hearing on Dec. 14. “I was named after my uncle, 1st Lt. Jerome A. Volk, who was killed during a low-level bombing mission on Nov. 7, 1951. His remains have never been returned home. My family has not been able to find closure.”

Roth’s bill was rejected without explanation nor did the bill go to the Senate floor for a vote. In retrospect, recalling Roth’s interview, members of the POW MIA community were left without answers.

The Wisconsin Joint Committee on Finance did not publish a press release stating why the bill was rejected only a note on the bill’s history stating “Failed to concur pursuant to Senate Joint Resolution I.”

Requests for interview went out to POW MIA advocacy organization representatives Rolling Thunder Inc. State Liaison Mark Herrmann and Veterans of Foreign Wars Wisconsin State Adjutant David Green, who obliged the request. Interviews were also obliged by Jeri Volk-Barry and University of Wisconsin Missing-in-action Recovery and Identification Project Director Charles Konsitzke regarding the news.

Cold call attempts to the Wisconsin State Capitol sought legislators for comment that ended up being ignored.

Email requests went out to ranking members at the Capitol who had influence with the passage of the bill. A lede led the investigation to a ranking member of the assembly, Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Burlington), who ignored the interview email request.

An email extended to Gov. Tony Evers sought his reaction and answers why the bill was rejected. The email request was also ignored.

The bill had bipartisan backing and statewide military community support. Roth as the author received support doubling as a member of the Wisconsin Air National Guard, who spent tours overseas defending his nation.

Still, fear and avoidance turned into silence as the question continues to remain unanswered.

Why did the bill not pass? The primary question the investigation posed. Several trips to the Capitol went without answers. Is the POW MIA issue not an issue?

“With the great advances with science and technology, they have made what was once impossible now possible,” Volk-Barry shared. “Experts today positively identify remains with much less DNA than ever before and this combined with other improvements is a game changer.”

According to Volk-Barry, the game changer is Associate Director Charles Konsitzke at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Biotechnology Center, whose allocation of funds would begin the process of centrally focusing on recovering Wisconsin POW MIA.

His program connects scholars from many fields under one umbrella who travel to crash sites overseas like Volk’s. Volk is located North of the Demilitarized Zone in North Korea where Volk crashed.

Konsitzke’s program can work with foreign leaders bypassing the federal government’s impasse allowing negotiation for the UW MIA Recovery and Identification Project’s program access areas that are off limits.

From a viability standpoint, rejecting the bill comes with a price. Families of the missing rely on a failing program at the federal level who “receives $130 million” according to Roth.

As a collective bargain, the group’s family dynamic connects with research conducted by Konsitzke, legislation brought forward by Roth and advocacy with DPAA as a family member by Volk-Barry.

The group’s Wisconsin Air National guard connect converges through Konsitzke’s dad, who served at Volk Airfield where he grew up.  Konsitzke became acquainted with Volk-Barry when his project launched in 2015, who later learned they had crossed paths when he was a child.

Roth brought the POW MIA issue to public hearing as an air guardsman yet, the decision notified him that the POW MIA issue is a federal, not a state issue.

Konsitzke’s research fundamentally provides the University of Wisconsin a chance at developing forensics recovery of ancient DNA and collaboration for student veterans through Konsitzke’s “Boot on the Ground” program.

The UW MIA Recovery and Identification Project focuses its efforts with connecting students with volunteers as one collaborative rescue mission.

With diversity, equity and inclusion at stake, the fundamental decision never took into context the POW MIA are a protected class being represented on all University of Wisconsin campuses.

State legislators failed to recognize funding was not the only item at stake. Inclusion recognizes Konsitzke’s program as a priority for publication and research needs.

“When I talk about these academic backgrounds, the other thing we’re looking at is they’re inspiring families,” Konsitzke shared during interview. “They are giving some type of closure to these individuals so it’s absolutely rewarding. Don’t get me wrong, everything is rewarding in an academic environment.”

Between the fear of public opinion during the upcoming election year and loathing with leaving families on the hook with rejecting of funding, Roth continues raising awareness.

His bill connected a state who supports the POW MIA issue. In conclusion, the investigation recognizes the POW MIA issue is a sensitive issue that will always be priority with Roth wherever his career as a politician leads.

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Note: On behalf of the governor’s cabinet, Wisconsin Dept. of Finance Secretary Peter Barca obliged interview. Please click the link below if you are interested in hearing his thoughts.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wisconsin legislators reject bill that would bring closure to Wisconsin POW MIA families

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE—5.5.22 is the official launch date for our POW MIA federal lobby.
Team 5.5, founders of the “I Will Not Forget” crowdfund campaign at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, announce we are publishing an expose about the truth regarding rejecting a bill that would bring closure to Wisconsin families of the POW MIA.
We are seeking to raise $2.5 million and seek corporate citizens for launching The Sacred Warrior Search and Rescue Foundation crowdfund website this summer.
We are bringing the POW MIA issue of the rejection of Senate Bill 602 to the Wisconsin State Capitol as a superpac lobby in 2023.
We are matching the UW MIA Recovery and Identification Project with PBS Frontline and raising awareness about the UW Biotech accolades in the national media.
We seek the location of the Korean War returned remains by North Korea to bring the Volk family closer to repatriating their family member’s remains.
This is no bullshit. This is our press release.
We want answers from the Joint Finance Committee why the bill was shut down.
A phone call went out to Peter Barca today. We are awaiting a response from Robin Vos too so we can publish the multimedia truth at Outpost 422.
We are bringing the UW MIA Recovery and Identification Project to UW Whitewater for our corporate and health communication capstone projects.
Our lobby coverage press room is located at www.outpost422.com. We are a fully interactive canvass reporting outlet. Send your leads and inquiries through the contact form on the website.
Respectfully Submitted,
Bradley J. Burt
CEO-Outpost 422
Founder-The Sacred Warrior Search and Rescue Foundation
Federal POW MIA Lobbyist
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