April 2019 WDVA e-News

APRIL 2019


Wisconsin Veterans Museum Opens New Exhibit Featuring WWII Veteran's Artwork

Museum visitors now have the opportunity to view the artwork of Harold F. Schmitz in the new art exhibit, In My Spare Moments: The Art of Harold F. Schmitz. The exhibit illustrates the environment and a precise timeline of Schmitz’s military experience while stationed in the South Pacific during World War II.

In 1937, Harold F. Schmitz earned a degree in advertising design from the Layton School of Art in Milwaukee. The Hammersmith-Kortmeyer Company hired him for an entry-level position. With the beginning of WWII, Harold was drafted in 1942 and handpicked for the role of map maker with the 955th Topographic Engineer Company.

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Thank You, Volunteers!

This National Volunteer Week we would like to share our deepest appreciation for the volunteers at our Wisconsin Veterans Homes. In 2018, our Homes had a combined 548 volunteers generously donate 40,353 hours of their time to help us serve our nation’s heroes.

We have a very active support system with many Veterans Services Organizations, community groups and other individuals coming to each of our three campuses each day to volunteer. Whether it’s taking a couple hours to provide some company and comfort to the veterans living at our Veterans Homes in Chippewa Falls, King and Union Grove, transporting veterans who are not able to drive to their doctor appointments, or serving food with a smile at one of our many events, volunteerism is crucial to our collective success. THANK YOU!

To learn more about volunteer opportunities, choose the Wisconsin Veterans Home near you and click on "Volunteer."

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TELL US: Share Your GI Bill Story

The Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs’ (WDVA) State Approving Agency (SAA) wants to hear from you!

The federal GI Bill® turns 75-years old in June 2019. To celebrate this milestone, we are looking for Wisconsin veterans who used the GI Bill to obtain an apprenticeship, college education, on-the-job training and more to tell their story of success!

Tell us about the great things the federal GI Bill has done for you, your career, and your family by sending your story to VIP@dva.wisconsin.gov. Include your name, your location in Wisconsin and a description of how the federal GI Bill has helped you.

In addition, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (USDVA) is looking to raise awareness about the federal GI Bill’s impact. The USDVA is asking those who have used the benefit to post a short 60-90 second video clip telling their story. To share your federal GI Bill story with the USDVA, visit bit.ly/MyGIBillStory to learn more.


We Want You

The Wisconsin Veterans Home at King is hiring! Join our team on the King campus to learn more about available career openings and our amazing benefits offerings. The King Job Fair will be held from noon until 4 p.m. on Thursday, April 25 at the Marden Center.



SAVE THE DATE! On Friday, June 28, join the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs' Women Veterans Program and females who have served in the military for our annual Women Veterans Retreat.

The retreat will once again be at Trinity Equestrian Center in Eau Claire. Additional details and agenda to be announced. Registration will open in early May.