Women Veterans


From the founding of our nation, women have protected America's freedom and will continue to do so in ever increasing numbers. To address the needs of women veterans in our state, the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA) remains committed to:

  • Providing advocacy for women veterans;
  • Encouraging and supporting recognition of women veterans' contributions to Wisconsin and the nation;
  • Providing outreach for women veterans' programs and issues
For more information about the Women Veterans Program, contact:​
Libby Schmiedlin, Women Veterans Program coordinator
Telephone: (608) 267-1797

Women Veterans Program Brochure​​

Women Veteran Business Owners

The WDVA Women Veterans Program recognizes the important role women veteran business owners play in our state. We are pleased to share your story and information about your business with the greater veteran community in Wisconsin. Interested in being highlighted here? Email us!

May 2017 Woman Veteran Business Owner: C. Jill Clark-Mata

Meet C. Jill Clark-Mata, owner of Westosha Legacy Athletic Club. Jill is an Air Force veteran who served in Aircrew Flight Equipment. She fulfilled a lifelong dream to open her own gym.

Catalog of Featured Woman Veteran Business Owners


December 2016 Woman Veteran Business Owner

January 2017 Woman Veteran Business Owner
Maria Kovach, Air Force 

February 2017 Woman Veteran Business Owner
Lori Ford, Air Force 

Upcoming Women Veteran Events

WDVA often hosts or participates in events related to women veterans and their families. See the WDVA Homepage​ for additional upcoming events of interest.​​

May 19, 2017: Women Veterans Retreat

Registration is now open for the 2017 Women Veterans Retreat! The Women Veterans Retreat will be on May 19, 2017 in Eau Claire at Trinity Equestrian Center in the indoor arena.  Check-in will start at 9:30 a.m. with events running from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. 

Our keynote speaker this year is Dajon Ferrell. Ferrell is a veteran who served in the Army National Guard for 13 years. After experiencing her own struggles with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, due to military sexual trauma, she worked toward healing and found a path of choosing meditation over medication. Seeing a need for holistic healing modalities in the veteran community, Dajon created Warrior Lighthouse, a non-profit that provides veterans with mindfulness training to help restore and empower them so that they can create a healthy and purposeful life.

Following our speaker, the day will be filled with breakout sessions on alternative therapies you can try first hand. Activities include equine therapy, yoga, massage, acupuncture, life coaching and federal healthcare counseling.
There is no cost to attend this event. For those interested in the Madison and Tomah areas, there will is an opportunity to ride in a VA van.  If you are interested in this please contact Libby Schmiedlin.
For those traveling from outside the area, a block of rooms at the $82 state rate is available at the Best Western in Eau Claire. The Best Western offers a complimentary breakfast. The cut-off date for reservations under the room block is Monday, April 25, 2017.

​​​​WDVA Wisconsin Woman of the Year Award

The Wisconsin Woman Veteran of the Year Award recognizes women veterans who have compiled a record of exemplary service as a military service member, a veteran, and outstanding member of the community.
The Woman of the Year Nomination Form​​ must be received no later than September 30, 2017.​  

2016 W​oman Veteran of the Year – Cindy Brosig, Sun Prairie

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After dedicating nine years active duty service in the Air Force, Cindy Brosig, continues to serve as a WI Army National Guard spouse, a veteran advocate, and a catalyst for community connectedness. 

Cindy used her G.I. Bill to complete a Masters in Nursing degree with an emphasis in Animal-Assisted Therapy. During her two years of graduate work, Cindy explored how and why interactions with animals improve the mental, physical, and spiritual well-being of people. Quite quickly her purpose became very clear: help heal wounded warriors and connect the veteran community through Animal-Assisted Therapy.

Cindy’s goal is to extend Animal-Assisted Therapy services throughout the state of Wisconsin for all members of the Armed Forces and their family members. She fully understands the benefits of maintaining healthy families at home so the military member is able to perform their duty to country far from home. 

Cindy is the embodiment of selfless service, always putting the needs of others before her own. She has an unmatched passion and drive in her commitment to her country and family.

2015: Denise Rohan of Verona, United States Army
2014: Jennifer Sluga of Waunakee, United State Army
2012: Nancy Kaczor of Franklin, United States Air Force
2011: Holly Hoppe of ​Oconto, United States Air Force
2010: Jessica Maple of Mosinee, ​United States Air Force
2009: Connie Allord of Madison, United States Marine Corps

Information and Resources

You can find detailed information about WDVA benefits, services, and programs by visiting the WDVA Benefits and Claims webpage. Below, we have provided additional resources for women veterans.


At each USDVA Medical Center nationwide, a Women Veterans Program Manager is designated to assist women veterans. She can help coordinate all the services you may need. For more information or assistance with specific health care issues, contact your local Women Veterans Program Manager.​

The USDVA has qualified MST counselors at every hospital. Many Vet Centers also have an MST coordinator. This person can discuss treatment with you and help you find the services that best fit your needs. Many USDVA and Vet Centers offer services specific to men and women.

Do you live more than 50 miles away from your USDVA Hospital and need overnight lodging to be able to attend appointments? Call the Hoptel Program at your facility to learn more about Temporary Lodging.

The Patient Advocacy Program is for all veterans and their families who receive care at Veterans Health Administration (VHA) facilities and clinics. If you need help getting care or getting your problems resolved, talk to the Patient Advocate at your USDVA Medical Center.

Iron Mountain
325 East H Street, Iron Mountain, MI 49801
Women Veterans Program Manager:
Julie Gendron, LMSW, (906) 774-3300 Ext. 32388
MST Coordinator: 1-800-215-8262 Ext. 32631
Hoptel Program: 1-800-215-8262 Ext. 32811
Patient Advocate: 906-774-3300 Ext. 32020

2500 Overlook Terrace, Madison, WI 53705
Women Veterans Program Manager:
Gail Gunter Hunt, LCSW, (608) 256-1901 Ext. 11687
MST Coordinator: (608) 265-1901 Ext. 11364
Hoptel Program: (608) 256-1901 Ext. 12007
Patient Advocate: (608) 280-7182

5000 W. National Avenue Milwaukee, WI 53295
Women Veterans Program Manager:
Jill Feldman, PhD, LCSW, (414) 384-2000 Ext. 41926
MST Coordinator: (414) 384-2000 Ext. 45777
Hoptel Program: (414) 384-2000 Ext. 41136
Patient Advocate: (414) 384-2000 Ext. 42604

1 Veterans Drive Minneapolis, MN 55417
Women Veterans Program Manager:
(612) 467-2487
MST Coordinator: (612) 725-2000
Hoptel Program: (612) 725-2000
Patient Advocate: (612) 467-2106

North Chicago
3001 Green Bay Road, North Chicago, IL 60064
Women Veterans Program Manager:
Anna Bonney, RN, (847) 688-1900
MST Coordinator: Delia De Avila, LCSW, (224) 610-5843
Hoptel Program: (847) 688-1900 Ext. 85554
Patient Advocate: (847) 688-1900 Ext. 84211

500 East Veterans Street, Tomah, WI 54660
Women Veterans Program Manager:
Clelia Taylor, MSW, APSW, (608) 372-3971 Ext. 66375
MST Coordinator: Tamara Woods, PhD (608) 372-3971 Ext. 66429
Hoptel Program: (608) 372-3971 Ext. 61750
Patient Advocate: (608) 372-3971 Ext. 66353 or 67723
Not in Wisconsin? No worries, locate your nearest facility here.

There is a Women Veteran Coordinator (WVCs) located in every regional office who functions as the primary contact for women veterans. WVCs provide specific information and comprehensive assistance to women veterans, their dependents, and beneficiaries concerning USDVA benefits and related non-USDVA benefits. They may assist you in the claims intake, development, and processing of military sexual and personal trauma claims.

     U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
     Women Veteran Coordinator
     Dawn Spencer, Outreach Specialist
     5400 W. National Ave.
     Milwaukee, WI 53214
     Email: dawn.spencer1@va.gov

Women Vets Call CenterOn April 23, 2013, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs launched its new Women Veterans hotline​ – 
1-855-VA-WOMEN (829-6636) – an incoming call center that receives and responds to questions from women veterans, their families, and caregivers across the nation about available USDVA services and resources. USDVA aims to meet the unique needs of women veterans by delivering the highest quality of health care to each woman, while offering privacy, dignity, and sensitivity to gender-specific needs that she deserves. USDVA covers a full continuum of care, including comprehensive primary care, mental health services, as well as emergency and specialty care. In addition, USDVA provides gynecology services, maternity care, caregiver support, crisis support and help for homeless veterans. With one phone call, women veterans can discover all the USDVA has to offer.

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Email WomenVets@dva.wisconsin.gov to submit your Woman Veteran Service Organization.

Contact: Gwen Sheppard, Post Commander
Phone: (414) 376-4718 Ext. 1292882 
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Contact: Debbie Thomas, Adjutant
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United Women Veterans, Madison
Contact: Elizabeth Benn, President
Phone: (608) 235-3901
United Women Veterans, Northwest Chapter
Contact: Alysia Smith, President
Phone: (715) 416-1451 

Military Women Across the Nation, Badger Unit #39
Contact: Kristin Gancarz, President
Phone: (262) 632-2443

Military Women Across the Nation, Fox Cities Unit ​153
Contact: Pamela Pamperin, Treasurer
Phone: (920) 954-8445

Women Marines Association, WI-1
Contact: Linda O'Hara, President
Phone: (414) 405-7349