Sokaogon Chippewa Community News

Wounded Warriors Family Support Donates Vehicle


By Richard D. Ackley, Jr.
Mole Lake Veteran’s Service Officer Dean VanZile jumped behind the seat of a new 2019 Ford Explorer XLT at the Sokaogon Tribal government center last Thursday afternoon. Simon Clawson with Langlade Ford in Antigo delivered the vehicle, and Dean and members of the Sokaogon Tribal Council welcomed his arrival.

From Left: Chairman Garland McGeshick, Vice Chairman Arlyn Ackley, Jr., Veteran’s Service Officer Dean VanZile, Treasurer Ron Quade, Council Member Carmen McGeshick, Treasurer Vickie Ackley, Simon Clawson with Langlade Ford. Photo by Richard D. Ackley, Jr.

The Wounded Warriors Family Support (WWFS) organization, located in Omaha, Nebraska, assists Tribes with programs designed to make the lives of Veterans better. Dean was able to obtain the new vehicle through a grant in conjunction with the Ford Motor Company.

Dean also mentioned that rural communities such as Mole Lake, where transportation may be more difficult, was a key factor in receiving the new vehicle. The Ford Explorer XLT will be used to transport Mole Lake Veterans to medical appointments, primarily to the VA Rhinelander Clinic and the VA Medical Health Center in Iron Mountain, Michigan, which is a 120-mile round trip.

“Most all of the other Tribes have one too and we’ve needed this for a long time. Our Tribe is very fortunate to have this opportunity to be able to help our Vets,” Dean said.

WWFS was founded by Colonel John D. Folsom, who served in the U.S. Marine Corps for 30 years. WWFS specializes in providing support and assistance to families of those who have been injured, wounded or killed during combat operations.

“The Veteran’s logo will be added to the exterior sides of the vehicle making this vehicle even more special,” Dean said.

Chi Miigwech to Wounded Warriors Family Support and Langlade Ford!

Visit the Wounded Warriors Family Support website for more information, or call 402-502-7557.