Women Veterans of Wisconsin Newsletter, March 2020 Edition

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March 2020

Wisconsin GI Bill

Woman Grad for WI GI Bill

The WI GI Bill is a state program that is entirely separate from the Federal GI Bill.​ Did you serve on active duty for at least 90 days including training? If so visit here to learn more!

FoodShare: Eat Right, Even When Money Is Tight

Food Share WI

Have you ever found yourself choosing between buying groceries and paying for medicine at the end of the month? Or maybe you’re skipping fruits and vegetables and opting for cheaper, less nutritious foods so you have money to pay your utility bill? Find out if you are eligible for FoodShare to help with buying food. Applying is fast, easy, and confidential. Call the FoodShare Helpline toll-free at 1-877-366-3635.

Got Benefits?

Women Veteran Salute

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. 

Veterans Outreach and Recovery Program


We have you covered. Our Veterans Outreach and Recovery Program Coordinators can assist you with treatment, housing, and other emergency services. Learn more here.

Women Veteran License Plates and more!

WV license plate

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

Lorraine “Connie” Allord: From “Just A Farm Girl” to Marine

Lorraine Allord Marine pic

Lorraine Conley was born in January of 1920, six months before women were granted the right to vote, in Tomahawk, Wis. Now, after celebrating her 100th birthday, she reflects on her century-long life and the history she has been a part of.

Her father George Conley served in the U.S. Army as a machine gunner during WWI and married her mother Ruth Riebly in 1919.

As an only child growing up on a farm, Lorraine spent much of her early years as her father’s hunting and fishing buddy. She knew hunting and fishing weren’t typically “girls’ activities,” especially at the time, but her family never limited her, setting the expectation that she could do whatever she put her mind to. That mindset is likely what led her to military service.

Read the full article here.

You Count! 2020 Census is Here!

Census taker

Starting this month, every household in the U.S. will be asked to participate in the census. By responding to the census, you're helping to make sure your tax dollars return to your community to support programs impacting housing, education, transportation, employment, health care, and public policy.

Since the census only happens once a decade, it is important to make sure you're are counted!

Census Jobs: The U.S. Census Bureau is recruiting to help fill hundreds of thousands of temporary positions across the country to assist with the 2020 Census count. Census jobs are temporary, provide extra income and weekly pay, flexible hours and even your training is paid. Be a census taker and be paid to help your community. Apply online!

Women’s History Month at VA: Paving the Way Forward

VA Women History Month

To receive VA care, Veterans can contact the women veteran program manger at their local VA medical center. The Women Veterans Call Center can also make direct referrals to WVPMs. Text or call 1-855-829-6636 for assistance.

Every women veteran has paved the way forward for those who follow. VA recognizes and thanks these Veterans for service, sacrifice and contributions to our nation, both on and off the battlefield.

Visit here to learn more.