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Ray Boland

Candidate Statement

I'm Colonel Ray Boland, and I want to put my experience to work for the Wisconsin 3rd Congressional District.

After 30 years of service in the United States Army, and 12 years in Wisconsin State Government, I know that I am well prepared to deal with the crisis we have in Washington.

I believe that we urgently need to balance the federal budget. If we don't do that, the growing national debt will strangle all hope that future generations can achieve prosperity.

We literally cannot afford to wait any longer to make the tough decisions needed to preserve and protect the financial future of our country.

My background as a leader and problem solver is exactly what we need more of in Congress.

I strongly disagree with President Obama that more time is needed. We've run out of time and need action now. I'm ready to answer the Call to Duty and appreciate everyone's support!

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Biography

Ray Boland was born in Chicago, Illinois. He was a resident of Friendship, Wisconsin, when he enlisted in the Wisconsin Army National Guard in January 1956 at Stevens Point. An elementary school teacher, he entered active-duty military service in 1961 when the National Guard's 32nd Infantry Division was mobilized during the Berlin Crisis and deployed to Fort Lewis, Washington. He remained on continuous active duty status for 30 years and served two tours of combat duty in Vietnam where he commanded an attack helicopter unit in the 101st Airborne Division.  He also was a brigade commander in the 3rd Infantry Division in Germany and a battalion commander in the 25th Infantry Division in Hawaii.

After serving as garrison commander of Fort McCoy, Wisconsin from 1988 to 1991, he retired from the military with the rank of Colonel. His military awards include the Legion of Merit, the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Bronze Star, and the Purple Heart. A graduate of Wood County Teachers College in Wisconsin Rapids, he also earned a bachelor's degree in social science from Troy (Alabama) State University and a master's degree in communications from Shippensburg (Pennsylvania) State University.  He is a graduate of the Army War College, the Command and General Staff College, and numerous other military courses at the Army field artillery and aviation schools.

In February, 1992, Col. Boland was appointed Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Veterans. As secretary he oversaw support to the states' nearly one half million veterans. His department provided a wide range of loan, grant, health, and cemetery benefits. Under his leadership the state greatly expanded veteran's services with the construction of new facilities. A campus created in southern Wisconsin became a national model for merging state and federal veterans services into one stop delivery. Included was a new, 120 bed skilled nursing facility which was named Boland Hall at a 2006 dedication. Secretary Boland was elected by his peers to serve two terms as president of the National Association of State Directors of Veterans Affairs (NASDVA). Ray also became recognized as a national advocate for ending homelessness among veterans and was elected to serve as vice-president of the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans in Washington D.C. .He has testified many times before Congress regarding veteran's issues and legislation.

Secretary Boland served for ten years as a member of the National and Community Service Board. He was a Governors delegate to the White House Conference on aging and received the President's Award from the Wisconsin Coalition of Aging Groups. He served as chairman of the Wisconsin State Educational Approval Board and was a member of the State Workforce Investment council. He is a life member of numerous national veterans' organizations and in 1997 he was awarded the prestigious AMVETS Silver Helmet Award as the National Civil Servant of the Year. He is currently an independent consultant for public-private partnership initiatives.

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