Congratulations Angela "Ella" Parker the WDVA 2021 Impact Awardee

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DECEMBER 2021 EDITION

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Connect with the Veterans Crisis Line to reach caring, qualified responders with the Department of Veterans Affairs. Many of them are Veterans themselves.

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

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

Take a look at these and other opportunities for you to serve Wisconsin veterans. VIEW OPENINGS HERE!

Womens Retreat Save the Date

Save the Date! 

WDVA is excited to announce we will be hosting out 7th Annual Wisconsin Women Veterans Retreat Saturday, June 4, 2022!  Event details (including registration information) are forthcoming. Mark you calendars! 

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Happy HOlidays
Angela "Ella" Parker

 Congratulations to the WDVA

2021 Impact Awardee 

Angela "Ella" Parker

Angela “Ella” Parker, a Shell Lake resident, served in the Army from 2002-2012 and retired achieving the rank of Major. As a skilled surgeon in the Veterinary Corps, Angela served stateside and overseas in Germany with a deployment to Iraq in 2005-2006. While deployed with the 72nd Medical Detachment (Veterinary Service), Angela oversaw all veterinary care and food inspection within the AL Anbar Province, Iraq in support of Marine Expeditionary Force I and was awarded the Bronze Star Medal. While serving stateside Angela was awarded the Brigadier General Elia Veterinary Excellence Award.

Angela has served as the County Veterans Service Officer in Burnett County for over a year and prior to that was the Assistant County Veterans Service Officer in Washburn County for four years. Her efforts and contributions to veterans and their families in the community are exceptional. As a retired officer in the military and Operation Enduring Freedom veteran, Angela utilizes her leadership skills and sharp wit to provide outstanding service to local veterans, surviving spouses, and other family members by offering compassionate and knowledgeable guidance regarding VA benefits, as well as other state and local programs.

Angela's medical background, ensures that she is extremely successful with assisting veterans with service-connected disability claims and appeals with the VA.

While busy serving the community as a CVSO Angela also played a key role in the organizing and fundraising of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier Project from 2017-2020. The tomb replica cast was first made in Madison and then was molded into a more durable fiberglass covering to withstand weather, then relocated to the Veterans Memorial Waterfront Park in Spooner along US Highway 63. This monument is visible to thousands of travelers to Northern Wisconsin every year.

During her time as the Burnett CVSO, neighboring Washburn County was unexpectedly without a CVSO in spring of 2021 and Angela selflessly dedicated countless hours of her own personal time to assist the Washburn CVSO office with complex claims and appeals submissions and trained remaining staff to ensure that the veterans of Washburn County continued to receive exceptional service until the vacant position was filled.

Thank you Angela "Ella" Parker for your hard work, dedication and continued service to veterans of Burnett and Washburn counties and all across the state of Wisconsin.

Click here to read Angela "Ella" Parkers full biography.


WVM Every Veteran Is A Story

Every Veteran is a Story 

For more than 100 years the Wisconsin Veterans Museum has preserved the stories of Wisconsin veterans. Now you can join the effort! Help us ensure we continue to educate the public through the museum's virtual programming and award-winning exhibits.

By telling the stories of Wisconsinites who have served in the military, the Wisconsin Veterans Museum acknowledges, affirms, and commemorates their role in history from the Civil War to present day. 

The Wisconsin Veterans Museum will consider for donation military items such as equipment, personal items, and souvenirs, as well as archival material, diaries, letters, photographs, and books where there is a significant tie to Wisconsin.

The Wisconsin Veterans Museum Oral History Program contains the personal stories and military experiences of Wisconsin-connected veterans of the Spanish-American War to the present day.  There are currently over 2,212 interviews in the collection. These interviews complement and extend the archival, library, and artifact collections of the museum.

Our oral historian has created how-to videos to help you conduct your own interviews with family and friends.

To learn more call, email or visit us @:

Wisconsin Veterans Museum
Tuesday through Saturday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday (April-September) 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm
30 W. Mifflin St.
Madison, WI 53703
Phone: 608-267-1799
Email: veterans.museum@dva.wisconsin.gov