WDVA Newsletter April 2023 Issue

APRIL 2023

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Sec Bond with VFW WI leadership in March 2023

Wisconsin's Veteran Service Organization Leaders meet with Secretary-designee Bond

Secretary-designee James Bond recently met with the leadership of several of Wisconsin's large veteran service organizations, including the Veteran of Foreign Wars (VFW), American Legion, Disabled American Veterans (DAV), AMVETS of Wisconsin, and the National Association for Black Veterans (NABVETS).

His message to all of them was reaffirming WDVA's commitment to working together and delivering for our veterans and their families. 

"No one can do this alone. We need each other," said Secretary-designee Bond.

These meetings also gave an opportunity for discussing how these key partnerships can work together to continually deliver veterans programs and services, supporting veteran employment, and addressing veteran mental health needs, which includes suicide prevention and homelessness.

"My top priority is strengthening the relationships DVA has with all stakeholders. It’s not only my top priority, but also the priority of every one of my leadership team at WDVA," said Bond.

*Pictured, Left to Right: State Legislative Chairman Jordan Tilleson, WDVA Secretary-designee James Bond, VFW State Commander Michele Rathke, State Junior Vice Commander Mary Ann Christopherson, State Assistant Adjutant/Quartermaster Steven Eisenhauer, and State Adjutant Adam Wallace.

MKE Urban Stables May 2 2023 event

WDVA at MKE Urban Stables

Join WDVA and MKE Urban Stables on Tuesday, May 2, for a Milwaukee County Veteran Meet & Greet from 5:00 - 7:30 PM, located at 143 E Lincoln Ave, Milwaukee. 

All veterans are welcome to attend this free, drop-in event and no pre-registration is required. Light refreshments and snacks will be provided. We encourage you to also bring another veteran with you.

Enjoy a fun evening learning more about MKE Urban Stables while strengthening our veteran community through service, care, and healing. 

More information and details about MKE Urban Stables can be found here.

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Register for Women Veterans Retreat June 2 & 3, 2023 in Eau Claire

Calling all women veterans! There is still time to join WDVA and your fellow women veterans for an opportunity to recharge, reconnect, and explore new aspects of yourself through instructor-led and self-paced indoor/outdoor activities. 

This year, WDVA is excited to offer veteran resources, community partners, and new activities including "Project in Her Boots." This event is a joint collaboration with our community partner Trinity Equestrian Center. 

For all information and how to register for the Women Veterans Retreat, please visit our event page.

Additionally, a block of rooms at Holiday Inn Eau Claire South has been reserved at a special retreat rate. Reserve your room by calling the front desk at (715) 830-9889. Be sure to mention that you are attending the WDVA Women's Veteran Retreat. We hope you can join us!

Volunteer Month April 2023

WDVA Celebrates National Volunteer Month

WDVA recognizes contributions of the many caring and dedicated individuals who donate their time in service to our state's veterans and their families during National Volunteer Month in April. 

We give special tribute to the hundreds of volunteers who donate time for those living at our Homes in Chippewa Falls, King, and Union Grove, and at our state's three veteran cemeteries. 

Our collective appreciation goes to all who give back in service to our shared veteran community in Wisconsin!

Stevie Scott VORP new outreach staff April 2023

Meet Stevie Scott, This Month's VORP Spotlight

Say hello to Stevie Scott, Outreach Coordinator for Region 16 of WDVA's Veteran Outreach and Recovery Program (VORP). Region 16 includes the counties of Kenosha, Racine, and Walworth. She recently joined WDVA in January this year and is happy to be here.

Stevie is personally motivated to help veterans and their families in her role at VORP. "I know I am making a difference in someone's life," she says. "I feel really good about that." 

One of the most rewarding aspects of her role at VORP is the support she gets from her peers and the community providers she works with. "My job is to help veterans and families who lack the basic necessiities like shelter, food, transportantion, and employment," she says. "The amount of gratitude I receive shown by the veterans I work with is very rewarding." 

While she is not a veteran, her stepfather is a proud Vietnam veteran. 

Stevie can be reached at 626.225.7636 or stevetta.scott@dva.wi.gov. 


Videographer job opening LTE position

Join Our WDVA Team

Apply Today!

The Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs is hiring for multiple career opportunities at all levels of our department - from administrative positions to our nursing staff at our skilled care facilities. We are always looking for talented individuals to join our WDVA team near where you live! 

Featured job opening this month is for a Videographer LTE position at the Central Office in Madison. 

Great opportunities also exist at all levels around our state to start a new, rewarding career in service of our state's veteran community! 

Take a look at all available job openings for you to serve Wisconsin veterans. VIEW OPENINGS HERE!