WDVA e-News June 2021

JUNE 2021


WI Veterans Museum to Re-Open to Public July 1

Just in time for Independence Day, the Wisconsin Veterans Museum will re-open July 1 with enhanced exhibits and an increased focus on diversity and inclusion, accompanied by new branding and signage throughout the galleries.

Among the new offerings are exhibits on Madison natives Roberta Wells and Akira Toki. Wells was one of the first female Marines and the first person to ever see the iconic photo of the raising of the flag on Iwo Jima. Toki, the son of Japanese immigrants, volunteered for the army shortly after Pearl Harbor and went on earn a Purple Heart and Bronze Star serving with the 100th Battalion/442nd Regimental Combat Team, the most decorated unit of its size in U.S. Army history. A Madison middle school was named for him in 1993... Read more »

Making Mark

WDVA Has the Perfect Job for YOU!

The Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs has many exciting employment opportunities currently available. We are looking for talented individuals to join our team.

The Public Affairs team is looking for outgoing individuals to serve as the Department's Tribal Liaison and Women Veterans Coordinator. The Veterans Benefits team is seeking a Program and Policy Analyst.

Our Wisconsin Veterans Homes at Chippewa Falls, King, and Union Grove have positions that range from direct care staff such as nurses to employees who provide supportive services such housekeeping, maintenance, food service, and groundskeepers.

Take a look at these and other opportunities for you to serve Wisconsin veterans. Apply Today »

King cemetery

King Veterans Memorial Cemetery at Awarded $3 Million for Expansion   

Gov. Tony Evers announced that he has been notified by the US Department of Veterans Affairs that it is awarding $3,320,300 to the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA) to expand the Central Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery at King.

The grant will allow the WDVA to construct 428 pre-placed crypts, a flag assembly area, a committal service shelter, irrigation, and supporting infrastructure at the cemetery. These improvements will help ensure adequate resources for future burial needs... Learn more »

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We have the place for you! Caring for veterans and their families is an honor. We work hard at our Wisconsin Veterans Homes to provide an enjoyable place to live with top notch 24-hour skilled nursing care. 

The WDVA is proud of our beautiful campuses – from our scenic campus right on Rainbow Lake, to our cozy countryside home just minutes from downtown Milwaukee, to our Northwoods facility in Chippewa Falls. The staff who serve our members offer not only around-the-clock care, but also a special sense of camaraderie and friendship in a positive, supportive environment. Schedule your tour with admissions today!



The Wisconsin Veterans Home at Chippewa Falls has been recognized as a 2021 recipient of the Bronze – Commitment to Quality Award by the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) for its commitment to improving the lives of veteran members and their spouses through quality care. 

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A recent report by PenFed Foundation named Madison and Milwaukee among the 2020 Top US cities for Veteran Entrepreneurs. The report, which ranked Madison at #8 and Milwaukee at #14, is the first national recognition for Wisconsin as a destination for veteran entrepreneurs and business owners.

WDVA Secretary Mary Kolar joined Pentagon Federal Credit Union CEO James Schenck, the Wisconsin Veterans Chamber of Commerce, and women entrepreneurs at a roundtable discussion focused on the unique challenges and opportunities faced by women veterans in starting and growing businesses.