WDVA April e-News

APRIL 2020

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ICYMI: Veterans Virtual Town Hall

Virtual town hall

On Thursday, April 9, 2020, veterans, their families, and others in the veterans community were invited to join Governor Tony Evers and WDVA Secretary Mary Kolar for a Veterans Virtual Town Hall.

During this time of the COVID-19 pandemic, we heard from Secretary Kolar and Governor Evers about what’s happening with WDVA programs, benefits and services. Participants were also able to ask questions related to veterans issues during this meeting. Listen now...

VBA Tele-Town Hall Tomorrow

Tele-Town Meeting

Join Dr. Paul R. Lawrence, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Under Secretary for Benefits, at 4 p.m. CT on Tuesday, April 14 for a Tele-Town Hall with Wisconsin veterans. Dr. Lawrence will provide an update on the state of the VBA, information on how to stay connected, and he will answer questions. To join, call 844-227-7557.

COVID-19 Resources

COVID-19 Updates 2

Many of WDVA's programs and services can be accessed online or by phone, but face-to-face meetings are limited. WDVA has launched a webpage to share updates about the operational status of our programs and services.

In addition, resources and information are available from the following sources:

Gov. Evers Thanks Veterans Homes Staff

Governor Evers

Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers recently recorded a video thanking the Wisconsin Veterans Homes staff for their tireless dedication to our members' well-being. The health and welfare of our members and staff are of utmost importance and we are so thankful for our amazing team during this challenging time. 

Veterans Crisis Line

FEELING ANXIOUS OR ALONE?

If you are a veteran having thoughts of suicide, you’re not alone. Connect with the Veterans Crisis Line to reach caring, qualified responders with the Department of Veterans Affairs. Many of them are veterans themselves. Call t 1-800-273-8255 and press 1.
PPE Donations

PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT DONATION AND BUY-BACK

Ensuring that first responders and healthcare professionals have the personal protective equipment (PPE) they need during the COVID-19 emergency is critical for their health and safety. The state of Wisconsin is continuing to pursue every option for providing PPE. If your company or organization has PPE supplies to donate or sell, please visit the state's PPE donation and buy-back website to submit your information.

Benefits Questions

WE'RE STILL HERE TO HELP

We're still standing by to help with questions about your Wisconsin benefits! In the interest of the health and safety of our visitors and staff, the WDVA central office has been temporarily closed. During this time, the main phone line for the Veterans Benefits Resource Center is unattended. However, we can help via our online chat. To reach us, visit www.WisVets.com and click the green “Chat now” button on the bottom right corner of the screen.

Now Hiring

WDVA NOW HIRING

Want to work with us? WDVA is hiring for multiple custodian positions at two of our veterans home locations -- the Veterans Home at King and the Veterans Home at Union Grove. We're also hiring for a nursing scheduler at the Veterans Home at Union Grove and hospitality aides at the Veterans Home at Chippewa Falls.

Thinking of You Screenshot

FIND US ON SOCIAL MEDIA

We have been sharing updates on the WDVA Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts, including both timely COVID-19 information, as well as messages and updates from the Wisconsin Veterans Homes. One of our most shared posts was a video montage of members' photo messages to their loved ones. Visit us online to see more!