WDVA January e-News


Senior COVID-19 vaccine

Getting the COVID-19 Vaccine in Wisconsin

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) is working to get the COVID-19 vaccine to Wisconsinites as equitably, quickly, and safely as possible. Because of the limited supply of vaccine, certain groups of people will be prioritized to receive it before others. In addition to those in nursing homes, police, and fire personnel, people age 65 and older will be eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine starting Monday, Jan. 25 through their health care provider, pharmacy, or local or tribal public health agency.

Sign up for DHS's weekly email to receive timely information about vaccine eligibility and other resources, or visit the COVID-19 vaccine webpage. If you receive healthcare from the VA, find information about VA vaccinations, and sign up for updates, here.

COVID-19 Vaccine at King

Vaccinations Underway at WI Veterans Homes

A first round of COVID-19 vaccinations has been distributed at all three of the Wisconsin Veterans Homes. Daniel “Bobby” Wenzel, pictured, was the first veteran to receive the Moderna vaccine in MacArthur Hall at the Veterans Home at King. We are grateful for a smooth start to vaccine distribution and we we are proud of the members and employees who have already received their first dose of the vaccine.

COVID-19 Smartphone Exposure App

COVID-19 Exposure App Available for Download

Wisconsin now has a smartphone app to help stop the spread of COVID-19. The WI Exposure Notification App uses Bluetooth technology to exchange anonymous signals with other phones that are near it for at least 15 minutes. If somebody who has the app tests positive for COVID-19, they can then send an alert using the app to those other phones.

Using the app allows you to get the care you may need sooner and reduces the risk of exposing your family or others in your community. Just like staying home, wearing a mask, and physically distancing, using the app is an important action you can take to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

Rock Force WVM


Join the Wisconsin Veterans Museum on Thursday, Jan. 28 for a Curator Conversation with award-winning author Kevin Maurer, who will talk about his latest book, Rock Force, a play-by-play of the ten days it took for U.S. troops to win back Corregidor. Or, explore the other upcoming virtual museum events,



The Veterans Housing and Recovery Program (VHRP) facility in Union Grove is now able to support women veterans. For more than 25 years, VHRP has provided temporary housing, training, and supportive services to military veterans who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless in order to help them obtain permanent housing. If you know a woman veteran in need of assistance, we want to help. Please call Chad Kline at 262-878-9151.



Applications are due March 23 for the Enhancing Agricultural Opportunities for Military Veterans Program. This program provides grants to non-profits to increase the number of military veterans gaining knowledge and skills through comprehensive, hands-on and immersive model farm and ranch programs.

R&R House


WDVA Sec. Mary Kolar participated in the first Veteran Community Resource Showcase by R&R House on Facebook Live this week. The showcase focused on Milwaukee and Waukesha counties and included local CVSOs, the Veterans Outreach and Recovery Program, and representatives from the Milwaukee Vet Center and VetsNet. Missed it? A recording is available.
Risser and Kolar


Wisconsin Sen. Fred Risser (pictured with Sec. Kolar), the last World War II veteran to serve in a state legislature or our nation’s legislature retired this month. He also had the longest tenure (six decades in office) of any state or federal legislator in our country’s history. Thank you, Sen. Risser, for your military service and for your service to the state of Wisconsin.