Women Veterans of Wisconsin Newsletter, April 2020 Edition

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

Benefit Questions


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.

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.

Make Your Mark


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.

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...

Trailblazer and Pioneer: Gwen Sheppard Has Always Aimed High


Gwen Sheppard isn’t just a trailblazer, she’s a pioneer.
As a child of an Air Force family, Sheppard grew up living in various places throughout the country, but it was during a visit to the Air Force Academy in the 1960s that she discovered where she wanted to land. She knew that one day she wanted to be an Air Force cadet.
At the time, only men were allowed in the Air Force Academy, but her parents supported her dream. Then the military did, too: in 1975 President Gerald Ford signed legislation that lifted the ban on women entering the service academies. Read the full story here.

COVID-19 Resources


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: