WDVA May e-News

MAY 2020

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WDVA Launches Virtual Memorial Day Commemoration

WDVA Secretary Mary Kolar invites Wisconsin veterans, family, and friends to join the WDVA and Governor Tony Evers to honor the fallen by participating in Memorial Day 2020: Wisconsin’s Virtual Commemoration, a state-wide Memorial Day observance. 

The Commemoration includes a virtual ceremony, educational and other resources to help families and individuals engage at home, and tools to encourage public participation and social media interaction. The Commemoration will culminate on Monday, May 25, 2020 with a virtual Memorial Day ceremony at 9:00 a.m. followed by the observance of the National Moment of Remembrance at 3:00 p.m...Read more »

Remember the Names of Those We Lost 

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Editorial by Mary Kolar, Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs

Memorial Day is dedicated to remembering those who lost their lives while serving in the U.S. military. Every citizen across this nation owes a debt to those who, in President Lincoln’s words, “gave their last full measure of devotion,” and taking a single day to pause and reflect on the long list of names of those honored dead is the least we can do.

Here in Wisconsin, that list of names stretches back well over 150 years, and includes thousands of Wisconsinites from every generation and every conflict...Read more »

NOTE: A photo gallery that coincides with the editorial can be viewed here.

Be There - Mental Health Month

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

Even seemingly small actions can make a world of difference for someone going through a challenging time. Learn how you can start the conversation about well-being.

If you're experiencing a crisis or supporting a loved one who is, responders at the Veterans Crisis Line can help. A caring, trained responder will answer your call, text, or chat and ask you a few questions. You can decide how much you want to share. Call 1-800-273-8255 and press 1.



Access to the Assistance to Needy Veterans Grant program has been expanded.The program provides subsistence payments and other health care grants to low income veterans who experience a loss of income. Learn more »
Benefits Questions?


Veterans with questions about WDVA programs, benefits, and services are encouraged to call 1-800-WIS-VETS, email WisVets@dva.wisconsin.gov, or use the LiveChat on the lower right-hand corner of www.WisVets.comRead more »
Nurses Week 2020


This month we celebrated both National Nurses Week and National Skilled Nursing Care Week. We thank all of the wonderful staff at our three Wisconsin Veterans Homes for all they do! Visit the WDVA Facebook page for photos of our wonderful teams.

COVID Coach App


Are you struggling with stress or anxiety during the pandemic? Download VA's COVID Coach mobile app and learn tips and strategies to help cope. The COVID Coach app includes practical tools, information, and resources that can all be used from the safety of one’s home to track well-being, mood swings and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder symptoms.