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Register Now for the Wisconsin Conference on Veterans Issues

Register now for the WDVA's 2018 Wisconsin Conference on Veterans Issues at the Fox Valley Technical College in Appleton. The conference is free and open to all. Sessions will begin at 1:00 p.m. on September 24th and conclude at 3:00 p.m. on September 25th... Register Today! »

Check out a Few of Our Speakers

We are excited to have speakers representing a diverse set of areas of expertise. Our speakers will share their experience with you on topics such as social media strategies, leadership building, economic development, mental health, and much more. 

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Wisconsin Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch

Since her election as Wisconsin’s 44th lieutenant governor in November 2010, Rebecca Kleefisch has worked eagerly to attract jobs and businesses to Wisconsin and to ensure that all citizens are equipped with the proper skills and education to find and embrace fulfilling work. As the leading force behind Governor Walker's proclamation of 2012 as "The Year of the Veteran,” Lt. Governor Kleefisch is equally committed to championing veterans. From the greatest generation to those returning home from the Global War on Terror, she believes that all veterans deserve honor and respect from their communities and state government.  

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Ryan McKennedy, Team Red, White & Blue

Ryan McKennedy is the Midwest Program Manager for Team Red, White & Blue, supporting Team RWB Chapters in Illinois, Wisconsin and Indiana. Team RWB’s mission is to enrich the lives of America’s veterans by connecting them to their community through physical and social activity. In a presentation called "The Impact of Enrichment," McKennedy will discuss how Team Red, White & Blue and other veteran service organizations add value to the community by enriching veterans' lives.


Mission Wisconsin: 

It's More You

Rebecca Deschane, as Talent Initiatives Director for WEDC and the University of Wisconsin System, works on Wisconsin's national marketing campaign to encourage transitioning military personnel and their spouses to live and work in Wisconsin once they leave the service. Timothy La Sage, Military Affairs Manager at WPS Health Solutions, has shared his belief that Wisconsin is the best place for Veterans on the national stage as part of the Mission Wisconsin team.

Break out session

Interactive Break Out Sessions

No more watching someone slog through the same old PowerPoint presentation. We have expert speakers who are excited to interact and engage with their audience (you!). With 12 break out sessions scheduled over two days, there is something for everyone. Here is just a sample of what we will have to offer:

  • Build Your Network the Working Out Loud Way
  • How University and Tech Colleges Are Engaging with Local Resources and Employers
  • Team-building in a Leadership Development Context
  • Suicide Prevention in the Veterans Community
  • Breaking Barriers: Women in the Trades
  • And more!


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Join us Monday evening at the Timber Rattlers Stadium for a networking reception hosted by the Fox Valley Veterans Council. There will be food, drinks, and entertainment by Rob Anthony, a nationally recognized singer, songwriter and winner of Wisconsin Acoustic Artist of the Year



WI VET museum

The Wisconsin Veterans Museum will lead an educational activity during lunch on Tuesday that shares the stories of Wisconsin’s veterans and our military history. It promises to be good time! Free lunch will be provided.


book hotel

Closest to the Conference:
Comfort Suites Appleton 
3809 W. Wisconsin Ave.
Phone: (920) 730-3800

Near the Fox River Mall & Timber Rattlers Stadium:
Wingate by Wyndham 
1565 North Federated Dr.
(920) 560-3000