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Governor signs WDVA Reorganization into law: Governor Scott Walker speaks directly to the DAV contingent during the signing ceremony of AB 96 into Public Law. The Governor stated his next priority for veterans will be to increase the hiring and employment of veterans in the private sector and in government agencies, a priority he shares with DAV. The Department's legislative goal for 2011-2012 is increased hiring and employment of disabled veterans. Among the many DAV members in attendance were Immediate Past Department Commander John Hoeft, Adjutant Ken Kuehnl, Legislative Director Al Labelle, Past National Commander Dick Marbes, District 3 Vice Commander John Honaker, and members of the DAV Green Bay Honor Guard.
Governor signs WDVA Reorganization into law: Governor Scott Walker signs AB 96 into Public Law. Standing behind the Governor, directly over his head, is Immediate Past Department Commander John Hoeft, who was instrumental in the AB 96 becoming law. AB 96 reorganizes WDVA. It makes the Board of Veterans Affairs advisory and places the administration of WDVA in the hands of the Secretary. The Governor nominates the position of WDVA Secretary subject to confirmation by the Senate.
Governor signs WDVA Reorganization into law: Legislative Director Al Labelle shakes hands with Governor Scott Walker following his comments on making the hiring and employment of veterans a priority. Labelle complimented the Governor for having the same priority as DAV and told the Governor DAV looks forward to working with him and his staff to see it comes to fruition. “Jay Salvo, Legislative Photographer"
Governor signs WDVA Reorganization into law: State Adjutant Ken Kuehnl confers with Governor Scott Walker about ways to increase the hiring and employment of veterans in the private sector and in government agencies. On left is John Honaker, District 3 Vice Commander and in between Adjutant Kuehnl and Governor Walker is Legislative Director Al Labelle. After the ceremony, Kuehnl and Labelle met with the Governor's Staff and suggested some possible ways to accomplish this goal. “Jay Salvo, Legislative Photographer”