WDVA October e-News


WVM Cemetery Tours 2020

Open Now: Talking Spirits Virtual Cemetery Tour 

For the 22nd year, the Wisconsin Veterans Museum is sharing the rich history of Wisconsin and its veterans from the serene and somber landscape of Madison's Forest Hill Cemetery. In its new format as a free 360 degree virtual tour, the Talking Spirits Cemetery Tour is filled with the fascinating stories of Wisconsinites that you expect, and because time and space limitations of an in-person tour have disappeared, you’ll get to see new areas of the cemetery and hear even more stories of its residents this year. To participate, visit MadisonCemeteryTours.com.

2020 Veterans Day

Add Your Veterans Day Event to Our List

We look forward to celebrating Veterans Day with you next month. Like many events this year, our Veterans Day event will be virtual, but we have exciting plans in place to honor those who served.

In addition to our statewide observance, we look forward to supporting other local and specialized events throughout Wisconsin by sharing a list on our website. If your organization is hosting a free Veterans Day event, please add it to our list using this form.

Sec. Kolar: "Help Us Keep Veterans Safe from COVID-19"

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"As the advocate for our state’s 350,000 veterans, I implore you to do all you can to keep yourself healthy and protect those in our communities who took an oath to serve our country, stand up for it, and fight if necessary." said Sec. Kolar during a recent radio address.

Vern Larson, chairman of the Wisconsin Board on Veterans Affairs, also recently shared an editorial in which he joins Sec. Kolar in encouraging COVID-19 precautions, "Our veterans stood up to protect us. Now we must stand up and protect them."

VORP Success Stories 2


Interested in learning more about the Veterans Outreach and Recovery Program (VORP) that connects veterans to community services and provides case management and support? Visit WDVA's Facebook page to see the success stories we've been sharing all month, and if you know of a veteran in need, call us at 1-800-WIS-VETS.

VHRP Moving Day


This month, the Veterans Housing and Recovery Program (VHRP) at Union Grove made a short move across campus to Fairchild Hall. VHRP provides temporary housing, training, and supportive services to veterans who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. In addition to providing a newer facility for the program, this move will also allow the program to serve a greater number of veterans and to begin serving women.

Webinar Student Debt


The Center for Financial Security at UW-Madison, in partnership with the Wisconsin Coalition on Student Debt, is hosting a webinar entitled “Student loan debt issues for veterans: what do we know about the challenges and barriers?” on Thursday, Nov. 12. The webinar will bring together a panel of veterans affairs and college financial aid experts to share insights.

Early State Symposium


The Wisconsin Technology Council is offering a discount to veterans who register for the virtual Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium. The online event, to be held Nov. 9-11 offers tips on how to launch and grow a business, while featuring the opportunity to network.