WDVA July e-News

JULY 2020

Madison Navy Week

Navy Week Brings Virtual Events to Madison 

Wisconsin welcomed the U.S. Navy as they "docked" in Madison last week. The Navy in Madison? Yes, they were here (virtually) for Navy Week, an opportunity for the Navy to share its story with parts of the country that don’t have a large Navy presence.

The Navy and the Wisconsin Veterans Museum taught us about the USS Wisconsin, took us on us a tour of the historic USS Constitution, shared Navy Band performances, offered a chance to chat with sailors from our state and more. To view the recorded events, visit the Navy Office of Community Outreach and Wisconsin Veterans Museum Facebook pages.

Mask Up Wisconsin

Mask Up, Wisconsin!

Wearing a mask is one of the most effective strategies to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus. These face coverings reduce the release of infectious particles into the air when someone speaks, coughs, or sneezes, including someone who has COVID-19 but but may not realize it because they feel well. 

We require staff in our veterans homes to wear masks while on campus, and encourage members to do so when receiving care or when gathering for small-group activities. We hope you will join us in wearing a mask in public to help keep our communities healthy. Thanks to these and other preventative measures, we have been able to keep the members of our veterans homes safe and healthy. 


2020 Census: It's Not Too Late to Respond

Responding to the 2020 Census is a safe and simple step you can take now toward helping our communities rebuild after COVID-19. 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. Respond today by mail, phone (844-330-2020) or online, before census takers begin visiting non-responding households later this summer.

WVMF Golf Outing


Join us for the 16th annual Wisconsin Veterans Museum Foundation golf outing on Monday, Aug. 24! The event will take place at The Oaks Golf Course in Cottage Grove. Early bird registration is open until Aug. 1.
Engage 22


WDVA Secretary Mary Kolar participated in a physically distanced 2.2 mile walk with the Wisconsin American Legion this month as part of the Legion's Engage 22 event. Engage 22 aims to bring awareness to veteran suicide and to let veterans know they are never alone. 

If you or someone you know is contemplating suicide, call 1-800-273-8255.

Francis J Rochon


The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency has announced that Army Cpl. Francis J. Rochon, 21, of Superior, reported missing in action during the Korean War, was accounted for on June 18, 2020. Cpl. Rochon was a member of Company C, 1st Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division. He will be buried in Foxboro, Wisconsin.

Military Voices


The StoryCorps Military Voices Initiative is collecting stories of veterans, service members, and military families to archive in the Library of Congress for future generations. Do you have a story to share about your military experience? Now that the project has gone virtual, you can participate wherever you are! Register for an online information session on Thursday, July 23.

65th Anniversary


Happy anniversary to Ed and Kay, members at the Veterans Home at King, who recently celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary on campus!