WDVA April e-News

APRIL 2021

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Budget Civilian Jobs for Veterans

Governor Evers' Budget Provides Faster Pathways to Civilian Careers

Governor Tony Evers' proposed state budget for the next two years includes funding to create programs that make it easier for military members and veterans to enter licensed civilian occupations. Service members gain invaluable skills that can often translate to civilian occupations. These programs will help veterans get credit for what they learned in service so they can more quickly get started in civilian careers.

This is one of several programs, benefits, services for veterans that are a priority in this budget. You can read more here. Please let your legislators know about your priorities and ways they can be supportive to veterans as the budget process moves forward. Your continued support will be helpful in WDVA's ability to continue to serve veterans.

Earth Day Garden Unveiling at Fairchild Hall

Volunteers Improve Outdoor Spaces at the Union Grove VHRP

In observance of Earth Day, military veterans from across the region joined together to “green up the grounds” at Fairchild Hall, home of the Veterans Housing and Recovery Program (VHRP) in Union Grove. The group constructed raised-bed gardens and installed other infrastructure to create a habitat for pollinators, manage stormwater runoff, and grow fresh vegetables.

The effort is a partnership between the Veterans Corps of the Great Lakes Community Conservation Corps and WDVA. Participants in VHRP, a WDVA program that provides temporary housing, training, and supportive services to military veterans who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, will have the opportunity to work with Veterans Corps members enrolled in the AmeriCorps national service program to maintain these green spaces. Read more.

Everyone Age 16+ Eligible to Receive Vaccine

Sec. Kolar COVID Vaccine

COVID-19 shot number two is in the books for Sec. Mary Kolar and many of us at WDVA! Have you scheduled your COVID-19 vaccination appointment yet? All Wisconsinites 16 years and older are now eligible to receive the vaccine. In addition, veterans, spouses, and caregivers are eligible to receive the vaccine through the SAVE LIVES ACT.

Curator Conversations April

TRACING PRIVATE RYAN: WWII GENEALOGY

Join us! In this virtual Curator Conversation, the Wisconsin Veterans Museum will share methods and tips you can use to figure out the types of information to seek, ways to understand the information when you get it, and more as you trace the World War II ancestor in your family tree.

Central WI Cemetery

COVID-19 FUNERAL COSTS ASSISTANCE

FEMA has a Funeral Expense Reimbursement Program that covers funeral expenses when a loved one’s death was related to COVID-19. To learn more about the program and how to apply, visit this FEMA website.

SGT. Valentine

WELCOME HOME, SGT. VALENTINE

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced that Army Sgt. 1st Class Nicholas J. Valentine, 22, of Cassville, Wisconsin, reported missing during the Korean War, was accounted for March 16, 2021. Read more.

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UPGRADE TO A "PREMIUM MY HEALTHeVET" ACCOUNT

VA is transitioning to a new electronic health record (EHR) system — the software that stores health information and tracks all aspects of patient care. To prepare for the new EHR, veterans are encouraged to upgrade to a Premium My HealtheVet Account. A step-by-step guide is available.

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THANK YOU, VOLUNTEERS!

This week is National Volunteer Appreciation Week! The volunteers at our three Wisconsin Veterans Homes stepped up to quite a challenge this year -- sewing masks for our members, and making phone calls, virtual visits, and window visits to provide company and comfort to the veterans in our Homes during the pandemic. Thank you to all of our wonderful volunteers!