WDVA e-News September 2022


UW Game ball presentation to WDVA VFW Am Legion 9.3.22

Annual 'Salute to Veterans' UW Football Tailgate and Game Ball Presentation

WDVA appreciates all the veterans and families who came out to the 'Salute to Veterans" Tailgate on Saturday, September 3rd at Camp Randall Stadium for the UW vs. Illinois State football game. The tailgate was open to all veterans and their families who enjoyed complimentary beverages and food. 

A special ceremony during the opening of the game took place on the field where a game ball was presented from University of Wisconsin Director of Athletics Chris McIntosh to Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Mary Kolar, also joined by Veterans of Foreign Wars State Commander and Air Force veteran Michele Rathke and American Legion State Commander and Army veteran Julie Muhle.

For the first time in Wisconsin history, both the VFW and American Legion have a woman veteran serving as state commander.

WDVA and UW Athletics partnered to give out tickets to eligible veterans and their family members during an online drawing in the weeks before the games. 

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Nominations Open for Woman Veteran of the Year 2022

The Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs 2022 Woman Veteran of the Year nominations are now open! Nominations will be accepted until September 30, 2022.

To submit your online nomination form for a woman veteran, please click here.

The 2022 Woman Veteran of the Year will be selected by a panel based on a set of criteria. Nominations will be accepted until September 30, 2022.

Starting in 2008, the department has annually recognized women veterans who have compiled records of exemplary service as a military service member, a veteran, and an outstanding member of the community.

Veterans, family members, friends, veterans service organizations, County and Tribal Veteran Service Officers, other veterans groups, and those in the community are encouraged to submit nominations to be considered in this year's process.

Any questions about the nomination process should be directed to: WomenVets@dva.wisconsin.gov.

National Day of Service at SWVMC 9.9.22

Volunteers help beautify SWVMC on National Day of Service

On Friday, September 9, volunteers donated their time and efforts for the National Day of Service at Southern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery.

Several dozen volunteers were on hand to help beautify our cemetery, clean headstones, straighten grave markers, and assist with minor landscaping clean up projects. We are so grateful to all who volunteer their time and energy for this special day.

The National Day of Service was established to recognize the annual commemoration of September 11th, known as Patriot Day, through public service at VA National Cemeteries and participating military cemeteries around the country. The national partner for this day is Carry The Load. For more information on this partnership and national participation, please visit their official website.

All pictures from the National Day of Service at Southern Wisconsin Memorial Cemetery can be found here. 

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VORP Spotlight:

Nick Brewer

Meet Nick Brewer, outreach coordinator for Region 7 of WDVA’s Veteran Outreach and Recovery Program (VORP). 

Region 7 of VORP consists of the Wisconsin counties of Calumet, Manitowoc, Portage, Waupaca, Winnebago, and Waushara. 

"I have enjoyed helping veterans ever since I officially became one. I have been helping veterans for over 10 years and although my roles in the veteran community have changed, my desire to help veterans has not," he says. 

Nick served seven years in the Wisconsin Army National Guard with a combat tour to Iraq in 2010-2011. Nick's grandfather also was a pilot of a B-17 “Flying Fortress” in WWII and was shot down over occupied Holland. He was captured by the Germans and spent 18 months in a POW Camp before being rescued by the Russians. 

The most rewarding part of his job Nick says is the moment the veteran realizes that they have made it through their dark times.

"We work with veterans who are all too often down on their luck, lost, and desperate," says Nick. "The best feeling comes once they can see the light past their situation and can resume their life. The feeling you get helping that veteran open a door they thought was closed to them is wonderful."

Nick can be reached at: 715.409.3767, or at nicholas.brewer1@dva.wi.gov 


988+1 veteran crisis line

September is Suicide Awareness Month

September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, and WDVA wants to raise awareness on how you can protect yourself and/or the veteran in your life from this complex and tragic health issue. If you or someone is having a crisis, dial 988, then press 1, to get connected to the veteran crisis suicide prevention line.

Signed into law in 2020, the National Suicide Hotline Designation Act authorized 988 as the new three-digit number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. As part of the law, all telephone service providers in the U.S. had to activate the number no later than July 16, 2022.

WDVA has more resources for veterans and their families: Veteran Suicide Prevention available online here.

More information about the Veterans Crisis Line is available on their website.

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Available WDVA Career Opportunities

The Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs has many available employment opportunities at all levels of our department. We are always 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 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, human resources, housekeeping, maintenance, food service, and custodial staff. 

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