WDVA e-News Feburary 2022


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Governor Evers Announces 'Blue Ribbon Commission on Veteran Opportunity'

During his 2022 State of the State remarks on Tuesday, February 15, Governor Tony Evers announced he will sign an Executive Order creating a 'Blue Ribbon Commission on Veteran Opportunity' to develop new, innovative initiatives to support the more than 300,000 veterans who live in Wisconsin. 

The commission will examine the issues facing Wisconsin veterans today, including but not limited to employment and job training, post-service education, housing, stability of the Veterans Trust Fund, long-term care nursing quality and affordability, and mental and behavioral health initiatives. 

“We need long-term solutions to support our veterans and the challenges they faceboth those that existed before this pandemic and others that worsened because of it,” said Gov. Evers during his address.

With a veteran-centric lens, the commission will listen to veterans and stakeholders who have experience and expertise to find action-oriented solutions for the future.

The commission will then report its findings to the governor by December 31, 2022. 

Women Veterans Retreat SAVE THE DATE

Women Veterans Retreat 

 Save the Date! 

WDVA is excited to partner once again with our friends at Trinity Equestrian Center in Eau Claire, WI. Registration information and all event details will be available on our department home page on March 1st. All Wisconsin women veterans are invited and encouraged to attend this special weekend of fellowship and camaraderie. 

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WDVA Secretary Kolar speaks at VFW Wisconsin Mid-Winter Conference 2022

WDVA Secretary Mary Kolar attended and gave remarks on Saturday, February 5, at the annual Veteran of Foreign Wars Wisconsin Mid-Winter Conference at Ho-Chunk Hotel and Conference Center in Wisconsin Dells. 

She expressed her appreciation for the steadfast partnership between the VFW and WDVA in supporting our veteran community in Wisconsin. 

"I thank you for being our 'eyes and ears in the field.' I enjoy hearing from veterans as I travel our state and hearing whether our mission to support them is being achieved," said Kolar. 

In her speech, Secretary Kolar also thanked staff at our three veteran homes for delivering top quality care to our members while overcoming challenges presented by the pandemic. She also announced plans for WDVA to hold six veteran mental health forums this spring around the state and promoted the forthcoming women veterans' retreat in  Eau Claire on Saturday, June 4.

"As we look toward the future and a new year with cautious optimism, support for our veterans has never been stronger in Wisconsin. Let us embrace this new year for the opportunities that await us with a renewed appreciation for each other and our health," said Secretary Kolar. 

*Pictured above: WDVA Secretary Mary Kolar, VFW State Cmdr. Cory Geisler, and VFW Adjutant David Green on Feb. 5, 2022.  

HBD Veterans Home at Chippewa Falls

Happy Birthday to Our Veterans Home at Chippewa Falls!

Nine years ago, on February 4, 2013, this beautiful veteran care community opened to proudly serve America’s Heroes.

Since then, the skilled care team at the Veterans Home at Chippewa Falls has cared for nearly 350 veterans, their spouses, and Gold Star parents. 

Congratulations to all our members and staff!  All info for our home at Chippewa Falls can be found HERE

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Leverage Your Veterans Benefit for an Apprenticeship!

Did you know you can use your Federal GI Bill benefits toward completing an apprenticeship in Wisconsin? Leverage your veteran benefits to increase your skill knowledge and competency in an apprenticeship!

Apprenticeships can lead to rewarding careers such as the skilled trades, veterinary fields, and nursing jobs. They pay high wages and are looking to hire motivated veterans to their workforce.

Learn more HERE or call us at 1-800-WIS-VETS today!


Make Your Mark - We Are Hiring

JOIN OUR WDVA TEAM We are Hiring! 

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

Additionally, 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!