WDVA E-Newsletter December 2023 Issue

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More Veteran Mental Health Checks Presented to Recipients in Wisconsin

Kenosha Grant Presentation

Throughout December, Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA) Secretary-designee James Bond has traveled to present checks to several recipients of the ARPA-funded Veteran Mental Health Grants.

One of the grantees was Kenosha Human Development Services, who received a $99,407 for veteran emergency mental health (pictured above). These grants will directly fund mental health care for individual veterans in the community. View our photo gallery of Secretary-designee Bond's recent grant and check presentations here.

Apply NOW for Veteran Mental Health Grants

Mental Health Grant Dog Image

There are three grants currently available to assist Wisconsin healthcare providers, organizations, and non-profits that provide veteran mental health support services in the Badger State. 

“Caring for the mental health of veterans is a top priority for the state of Wisconsin,” said WDVA Secretary James Bond. “I encourage those who work with veteran mental healthcare in any capacity to apply. We need partners across the state to ensure this care is available and accessible to all who served.”

These grants include the Veterans Mental Health Community-Based Organization Grant, Emergency Crisis Mental Health Treatment Program Grant, and the Veteran Mental Health Ancillary Treatment Program Grant. Find all the grant details, eligibility requirements, and applications to apply at the WDVA Grants Page.

For all three grants, any applicant who applied during the first round of applications is eligible to apply again, subject to limitations contained within each grant application. Please note, all grant applications are due by Thursday, January 11, 2024, at 11:59 p.m. All questions about the grant application process should be directed to the DVA Grants Unit at vetsbenefitsgrants@dva.wisconsin.gov.

For additional information on the grants, including evaluation criteria, application materials, and tips for applying, please visit the WDVA Grants Page at wisvets.com.

For all details, please view the official press release about this second round of grants here.

Secretary Bond Visits CVSOs Across Wisconsin

Sec Bond with 4 CVSOs - Dec. 2023

One of WDVA Secretary-designee James Bond's top priorities since his appointment has been strengthening relationships with those serving Wisconsin veterans, including County and Tribal Veteran Service Officers. 

In recent weeks, Secretary-designee Bond has stopped by offices in Kenosha, La Crosse, Outagamie, Racine, Richland, Sauk, Monroe, and Trempealeau Counties to thank CVSOs and office support staff for all they do in delivering benefits and services to veterans in their respective counties. In the new year, the secretary plans to do more personal outreach to CVSOs and TVSOs in their respective counties and Tribal Nations.

Locate your CVSO/TVSO here.

Pictures from all of his recent visits can be found on our Flickr photo album. 

*Pictured top left: Secretary-designee Bond with Jane Brannan, CVSO, La Crosse County. Top right: Secretary-designee Bond with Karen Knock, CVSO, Richland County. Bottom left: Secretary-designee Bond and Sandy Deich, CVSO, Programs Coordinator, Sauk County. Bottom right: Allen Kirkland, Asst. CVSO; Secretary-designee Bond; and Charles Weaver, CVSO, for Monroe County. 

Wreath Laying at Wisconsin Veteran Cemeteries

Wreaths at Northern VMC 12.16.23

Thank you to all who participated and volunteered in the annual wreath laying events at our three WDVA veteran memorial cemeteries in King, Spooner, and Union Grove on Saturday, December 16th. 

Please view pictures from the events at the links below:

- Northern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Spooner  

- Central Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery in King 

- Southern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Union Grove

WDVA is grateful to the many volunteers, veteran service organizations, and our dedicated cemetery grounds crew staff who make this event possible every year. A special thank you to Wreaths Across America for their efforts to annually honor and commemorate our veterans and all those at eternal rest at our cemeteries.

*Pictured are wreaths placed on headstones at Northern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Spooner, WI, on Saturday, December 16, 2023. 

WDVA Encourages You to #WIShopSmall for Your Last-Minute Holiday Shopping!

Shop Small WI 2023 Evolve Massage

Please consider your local and veteran-owned small businesses when shopping for your last-minute gifts this holiday season. Wisconsin boasts some wonderful local, veteran-owned small businesses such as outdoor retail shops, chocolatiers, breweries, coffee roasters, restaurants, and many more.

Please help us spread the word about these businesses by using the #WIShopSmall tag in your social media. Our local, veteran-owned businesses have a direct, positive impact on Wisconsin's economy and provide employment for many in our local communities. Learn more about how WDVA supports and promotes veteran-owned businesses in Wisconsin here.

Also, be sure to visit the Wisconsin Veterans Museum's shop online (or in person), as there are some wonderful veteran-made items and apparel in their gift shop, as well as excellent items for the history enthusiast in your life!

Find a New Career for the New Year!

Facilities Maintenance job opening at King

Are you looking for a new career opportunity? WDVA is looking for great people to help us serve our veterans in Wisconsin. Our featured job this month is for a Facilities Maintenance Specialist at our Wisconsin Veterans Home at King.

WDVA has many more available job openings across our state which includes various positions at our veteran memorial cemeteries, skilled caregivers at veteran homes, and administrative staff at our offices in Milwaukee and Madison. To view all available openings, and how to apply, please visit www.wisc.jobs today!