ONEIDA, Wis. (WBAY) - After a distinguished career in the military, members of the Military Officers Club of Northeast Wisconsin continue to serve here at home.
Inside a meeting room at Oneida County Club, they gather not only for a cause but because they need to.
"You can get us out of the Army or the Navy, but we're still, you can't get the Navy or the Army out of us," says Lt. Col. Mike Egan, retired, who served in the United States Army, and also serves as President of the Military Officers Club of Northeast Wisconsin.
"One of the biggest problems, even when you retire is you get out and civilians are civilians, and they don't quite think the same way as we do, we joke a little bit, sort of in jest, but in truth, we talk about the end of the oath of office we took and we took an oath of office to defend the country internal and external and that oath didn't really go away when you retire," adds Lt. Col. Joe Tullbane, retired, who also served in the Army.
But now, as retired military officers, there's a mission to focus on as the Military Officers Club of Northeast Wisconsin prepares to celebrate its 60th anniversary next month.
"Part of that oath is that you take care of the troops, and that's what this is about," says Lt. Col. Tullbane.
On July 9th, the club will host its 5th annual golf outing at Oneida.
Over the last 4 years, the event has raised more than $200,000, making it one of the most successful fundraising military officers clubs in the country.
From basic needs and mental health services, to honor flights and Camp American Legion, every dollar is turned over to organizations supporting active or retired military members.
"We're pretty proud of the fact that we make a significant contribution, we have a significant veteran population here and a portion of that population can use some help," says Lt. Col. Egan.