WDVA e-News August 2022


Tribal Veteran Suicide Forum Sec Kolar Green Bay 8.11.22

WDVA Tribal Veteran Suicide Prevention Forum in Green Bay

WDVA Secretary Mary Kolar welcomed more than 70 participants to a special Combating Veteran Suicide prevention forum held on Thursday, August 11, at the Radisson Hotel in Green Bay. 

“I am so grateful for the partnership from the leaders of Wisconsin’s 11 Tribal Nations to hold this vital forum focusing on the mental health needs of our tribal veterans in our state,” said WDVA Secretary Mary Kolar. “There is hope, and there is a strong partnership where we are all committed to addressing the unique needs of our tribal veterans who are struggling.”

The forum also featured key remarks by retired Brigadier General Joane Mathews, the Wisconsin Army National Guard's first female Native American general officer and a member of the Lac du Flambeau Nation.

This Combating Veteran Suicide forum focused specifically on providing community members, social workers, mental health providers, law enforcement, and veteran advocates with trainings and tools to help identify when a veteran needs assistance. Sessions for this forum have been designed to help attendees understand the important needs of tribal members within the veteran community. 

WDVA held forums earlier this Spring in Appleton, La Crosse, Madison, Milwaukee, and Wausau with excellent turnout and engagement from veterans, nonprofits, and organizations that serve our state’s veterans.

If you or a veteran you know is in a crisis, help is available right now. Call the Veteran Suicide Crisis Line at 988, then dial 1, and get the compassionate help you need today. 

Badger Tailgate UW 2022

'Salute to Veterans'

UW-Badger Football Game & Tailgate 

Join us for our annual 'Salute to Veterans Tailgate' at Saturday, September 3, 2022, from 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. at Hall of Fame Park located just south and next to Camp Randall Stadium in Madison. Our tailgate will be held in a large red and white tent directly across the street from UW Police Department. The UW Badgers football team will face the Illinois State Redbirds.

Entries for the drawing for complimentary tickets for veterans are now closed. Please make note that any recipients of Badger football tickets will be notified via email.

The tailgate event is open to any veteran and their accompanying family members. Veterans can also sign up at the tailgate for any un-claimed free tickets to the Badger football game during this time at the check-in table. Sign up for unclaimed tickets is first come, first serve that day.

Food and beverages will be available for purchase courtesy of VFW Post 1318#.

See you at the tailgate! Go Badgers!

View our Facebook event online for more info

Wisconsin State Fair color guard 8.14.22

Military and Veterans Family Day at Wisconsin State Fair with WDVA

The Wisconsin State Fair invited active military, veterans, and their families on Sunday, August 14, to enjoy a fun day of activities. 

WDVA Secretary Mary Kolar welcomed all attendees and thanked them for their service to our country with a brief opening ceremony and color guard. Pictured above is the official color guard provided by members of U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps - Cruiser Milwaukee Division, Boy Scout Troop 87 - Pewaukee, WIMilwaukee Composite Squadron 5 - Civil Air Patrol, and the Civil Air Patrol - Timmerman Composite Squadron - Wisconsin Wing

WDVA outreach staff also hosted a table in the Central Park area at the state fairgrounds with other local and regional veterans support organizations. Thank you to all who attended and said hello at our informational booth. 

Todd Marks Region 6 VORP outreach coordinator

VORP Spotlight:

Todd Marks

Meet Todd Marks, outreach coordinator for Region 6 of WDVA’s Veteran Outreach and Recovery Program (VORP). 

Region 6 of VORP consists of the Wisconsin counties of Brown, Door, Kewaunee, Oconto, Marinette, and Shawano.

"I am motivated to help my fellow vets because we must take care of the men and women that stood ready to defend us," he says. 

Todd is also a veteran having served in the U.S. Army and deploying to Iraq in 2003-2004. 

The most rewarding part of his job Todd says is seeing people find hope and flourish in life when they never thought it was possible. 

Todd can be reached at: 920.246.7277, or at Todd.marks@dva.wi.gov 


Student Veteran event at WVM 8.17.22

WDVA Hosts University Student Veteran Coordinators

On Wednesday, August 17,  WDVA Secretary Mary Kolar hosted several Student Veteran Coordinators from UW system universities at a special, one-day conference held at the Wisconsin Veterans Museum. Topics focused on the evolving needs of veteran college students on Wisconsin university campuses. WDVA is grateful for the solid partnership in working together to support all student veterans on the UW system campuses.

Now hiring CNAs Union Grove

Now Hiring for Multiple Open Positions at WDVA

The Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs has many available employment opportunities at all levels of our department. 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 many open positions. This includes nurses, CNA, and LPN openings that also have a $2,000 hiring bonus for qualified applicants.

Our Homes also have many other positions for supportive services including administrative, housekeeping, maintenance, food service, and groundskeepers. Apply today!

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