WDVA March e-News

MARCH 2021

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Veterans Can Request VORP Assistance Online

Wisconsin veterans can now directly request assistance from the Veterans Outreach and Recovery Program (VORP) on the Wisconsin Veterans Benefits Portal, www.MyWisVets.com, by filling out a brief online app.

VORP connects Wisconsin veterans to community services and provides case management and support with a special focus on treatment and recovery. Regional coordinators provide assistance and connection to mental health services, substance use treatment, financial assistance, housing and utilities, benefits assistance, and more. We encourage any veteran to reach out if you are in need of these services or if you have questions. We want to help.

Veterans Homes Open for In-Room Visits

Veterans Homes Open Their Doors to Visitors

We have been waiting for the day when we can be back together again, and for our members at the Wisconsin Veterans Homes, the time has come! We are excited to begin welcoming loved ones back for in-room visits. This is all possible because of the hard work, dedication, and vigilance of our staff, members, and families. It has been wonderful to hear about these long-awaited reunions between members and their loved ones and we are thrilled to be able to make this happen.

We haven’t totally defeated the virus yet and we need everyone’s help in keeping community spread low. For our veterans, please continue to take precautions against COVID-19 by staying home as much as possible, wearing a mask when out, remaining six feet away from others, frequently washing your hands, and getting vaccinated against COVID-19 if you haven’t already. Read more from WDVA Sec. Mary Kolar.

From the Sea to the Classroom, Joanie Dickerson is a Role Model

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Joanie Dickerson enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1980 as an “undesignated seaman,” meaning she wasn’t assigned to a specific career path. Eventually she found her niche, however, in finance. During her service, Joanie oversaw payroll and accounting and sailed the world.

After twenty years of proudly wearing the uniform, Joanie retired as a Chief Petty Officer. She left the military to spend some time with her boys – they were five and two years old at the time – and volunteer in her community, before starting her next mission: teaching.

“It was a natural fit because, in the Navy I was tasked with training new people in our career field. The last four years I was at the Naval Training Center where I was teaching sailors how to be able to go on a ship and be able to cover all aspects of our job. So, I had been working in the training and education field all along really.” Read Wisconsin Woman Veteran of the Year Joanie Dickerson's story.

Every Place Has a Story Walking Tour


Learn about the places connected to our state’s rich military history in Madison's Every Place Has a Story Walking Tour. Created by our Wisconsin Veterans Museum staff, the tour has 19 stops around the city. Along the tour you can read the about the historic stops, and view photographs from the museum collection. More info.

Senior COVID-19 vaccine


COVID-19 vaccines are now available to ALL VA healthcare enrollees at the Milwaukee VA, Madison VA, and Tomah VA. Call today to get your appointment!

Women Veteran Leaders: Continuing to Serve


WDVA Sec. Mary Kolar recently participated, along with three other female veterans, in the "Women Veteran Leaders: Continuing to Serve" panel hosted by the War Memorial Center in partnership with the Milwaukee VA Medical Center mental health team. View the recording to hear from Sec. Kolar about her transition to civilian life and how the military influenced her path to leadership. 

Moses Hall March 2021


Progress continues on John R. Moses Hall at the Wisconsin Veterans Home at King. Moses Hall is designed to be a state-of-the-art facility. It will feature 192 beds with advanced nursing technology in a home-like setting. We can't wait for it to be completed! More photos.

World Social Work Day (King)


March provided several opportunities to celebrate our staff at the Wisconsin Veterans Homes, from World Social Work Month to Registered Dietician Nutritionists Day to National Dentists Day. We are lucky to have these wonderful teams at the Veterans Homes to assist our members.