Women Veterans of Wisconsin Newsletter, June 2019 Edition

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June 2019 EDITION

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The State of Wisconsin has a long history of providing generous benefits, programs and services to state residents who entered active duty from Wisconsin and continue to reside in the state.

These benefits, programs and services are provided by the State of Wisconsin in order to supplement and complement those provided to veterans by the federal government. ​is placeholder text.

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Wisconsin offers to women who have served in any branch of the U.S. military the option to apply for “Woman Veteran” license plates. Click here for more information! 

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Women Veteran Program Managers are able to assist women Veterans with 
services including primary care, pregnancy care, psychiatric care and sexual abuse counseling, inpatient medical/surgical care, programs for homeless women veterans, and quality of care issues. s placeholder text.

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Are you a Veteran in crisis or concerned about one?

Connect with the Veterans Crisis Line to reach caring, qualified responders with the Department of Veterans Affairs.Connect with the Veterans Crisis Line to reach caring, qualified responders with the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Many of them are Veterans themselves.

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June 12th Marked Women Veterans Day

Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers issued a proclamation declaring June 12th Women Veterans Day that marked the 71st anniversary in which President Harry Truman signed the Women's Armed Services Integration Act  into law enabling women to serve as regular members in all branches of the U.S. military.

States nationwide commemorated that historic event and recognized women's contributions to the U.S. Armed Forces and the nation.

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First Woman Appointed as WDVA Secretary

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In December, Governor Tony Evers made history by appointing Mary Kolar as the Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs. Having served on active duty in the Navy for 28 years, Secretary-designee Kolar became the first woman ever appointed to the position.

As she approaches six months as chief advocate for the more than 350,000 veterans in Wisconsin and their families, read what's inspired her.

“No Mail, Low Morale” – The Rally Call of the 6888th Battalion

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On June 6th, the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs and the Milwaukee County War Memorial Center hosted the a screening of the documentary “The SixTripleEight” with a panel discussion that included special guests WWII Veteran Anna Mae Robinson, Ret. Maj. Gen. Marcia Anderson, Film Director James Theres, Film Producer Ret. Col. Edna Cummings and Congresswoman Gwen Moore. 

The 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion, a Women’s Army Corps unit also known as the “Six Triple Eight,” was the only all African-American female unit sent overseas during World War II. The Six Triple Eight cleared an estimated two-year backlog of mail for the nearly seven million members of the U.S. military, government personnel, and American Red Cross personnel serving in Europe.

Read her article here