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WDVA Hosts Resource Fairs for Incarcerated Veterans

April 19, 2017

OSHKOSH – The Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA), in conjunction with the Wisconsin Department of Corrections (DOC), the US Department of Veterans Affairs and multiple other local, state and federal groups, is hosting a series of expos to provide incarcerated veterans information about benefits, programs and services available to them.


Secretary Zimmerman Statement on Proclaiming May as Gold Star Awareness Month

April 4, 2017

MADISON –The Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Daniel J. Zimmerman made the following statement in support of SJR 30 proclaiming May 2017 as Gold Star Awareness Month:

Projects at Wisconsin Veterans Home at King, Veterans Memorial Cemeteries Included in 2017-‘19 Capital Budget

February 21, 2017

Governor Scott Walker’s 2017-19 Capital Budget released today recommends investing about $18 million in Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA) infrastructure, including at the Wisconsin Veterans Home at King (WVH-King), the Southern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery (SWVMC) in Union Grove and the Central Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery (CWVMC) in King.


Donate to the Veterans Trust Fund on Your 2016 Wisconsin Income Tax Form

February 7, 2017

The Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA) today encouraged taxpayers to consider making a monetary donation to the Veterans Trust Fund (VTF) by filling in the "Donations" line when filing their 2016 Wisconsin income tax form.  A donation to the VTF can help fund the following:
 

WDVA Identifies, Properly Inters Remains of Wisconsin Veterans

January 20, 2017

As part of a recent initiative to identify and properly inter the remains of Wisconsin veterans, the cremated remains of 20 unclaimed Wisconsin veterans were laid to rest at the Southern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery with full military honors January 12 and 13, 2017. 


Grants Now Available for Non-Profit Organizations to Help Veteran Entrepreneurs, Improve Employment

January 11, 2017

The Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA) announced today that grant applications are now being accepted from registered 501(c)(3)  or 501(c)(6) non-profit organizations that provide entrepreneurship training, or technical, business or other assistance to veteran entrepreneurs to improve employment outcomes.  Non-profit organizations interested in applying for this grant opportunity must submit their completed applications by February 10, 2017. 


Wreath Ceremonies at Wisconsin Veterans Cemeteries

December 13, 2016

Wisconsin State Veterans Cemeteries at King, Spooner and Union Grove will host Wreaths Across America, a holiday ceremony to honor and remember our nation’s veteran’s by decorating graves on Saturday, December 17, 2016.


John A. Scocos Column: Wisconsin Remembers Pearl Harbor

December 2, 2016

It is truly a day that has lived in infamy. December 7th, marks one of the most significant dates in American history.  The Japanese attack on U.S. forces at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii launched our nation’s involvement in World War II.


John A. Scocos Column: Serving Wisconsin Veterans a Great Honor​​​​

November 28, 2016

As I retire from public service, there are great many people to whom I owe a great many thanks. Foremost, I thank our military veterans. As a veteran myself and an advocate for my fellow veterans, I am proud to have led the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs since 2011 as the department’s first cabinet secretary and to have brought our agency fully into the 21st century in support of providing Wisconsin veterans the very best programs, benefits and services in the nation. 

We Can Help Homeless Veterans Keep Warm this Winter

November 18, 2016

It’s that time of year when people get out their sweaters, put on their wool socks, and families gather around a warm fireplace to escape the dropping temperatures. But it is also important during this time of year to remember our veterans who may be left out in the cold. 

John A. Scocos Column: Honoring Wisconsin Veterans' Legacy of Service​​​​

November 3, 2016

On this Veterans Day, I want to thank each and every person who ever swore an oath and donned the uniform of a Soldier, Marine, Sailor, Airmen or Coast Guardsman. No matter the era or where duty called you, you took a solemn oath to defend this great nation of ours.

All Four Facilities at Wisconsin Veterans Home at King Now Ranked 5-Stars​​​​

October 18, 2016

Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA) Secretary John A. Scocos announced today that according to the October 2016 Nursing Home Compare Five-Star Ratings of Nursing Homes Provider Rating Report by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), each of the Wisconsin Veterans Home at King’s four facilities is now rated 5-stars out of 5-stars, the first time this milestone has been reached at the Home.​​


WDVA Secretary Scocos Announces Zero Veteran Suicide Initiative​​

October 14, 2016

Wisconsin Department of Veteran Affairs (WDVA) Secretary John A. Scocos announced today the Zero Veteran Suicide Initiative, a new program to help individuals identify military veterans who may be contemplating suicide. Secretary Scocos made the announcement at the WDVA Mental Health Summit and Veterans Stakeholders Symposium.​​

Testimony of Secretary John A. Scocos before the Joint Audit Committee​​
September 21, 2016

We believe that caring for our veterans and their families is an honor. It is our duty to ensure that we provide the safest and best quality care to our nation’s heroes. We want veterans and their family members to experience a high quality of life at King while also receiving the highest quality care that they deserve.​​

POW-MIA Recognition Day in Wisconsin

September 16, 2016

Governor Scott Walker has proclaimed September 16, 2016 as POW-MIA Recognition Day in Wisconsin. Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs Secret​ary John A. Scocos made the following statement:​

September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

September 6, 2016

The Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs, concerned about the rising rate of veteran suicides, is developing an initiative to assist veterans to find the hope and help they need in order to eliminate veteran suicide.

Secretary Scocos Announces Grant Application Period Open for Nonprofits that Serve Veterans, Families​​​

September 1, 2016

Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA) Secretary John A. Scocos announced today that the Department will begin accepting applications for grants up to $25,000 from registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations that provide financial assistance or other services to Wisconsin veterans and their families. Non-profits interested in applying for this onetime grant opportunity must submit their completed applications ​by October 31, 2016.


Veterans Home at King Provides Top-Quality Care to Veterans​

August 29, 2016

The Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA) is confident that we provide safe, top-quality care to our nation’s heroes and our record reflects that reality.​

  

Veterans Trust Fund Provides Critical Programs, Services to Veterans

August 24, 2016

The Veterans Trust Fund (VTF) has been the main source of revenue for providing essential veterans benefits in Wisconsin since 1961. Administered by the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA), the VTF provides access to Wisconsin’s over 400,000 veterans and their family members access to programs, benefits and services.​


Wisconsin Veterans Home at Union Grove Achieves Perfect Healthcare Survey

July 29, 2016

Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary John A. Scocos today announced that the Wisconsin Veterans Home at Union Grove did not receive any healthcare citations of deficiency during its last survey conducted by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.  ​

John A. Scocos Column: Back to School on​ the Wisconsin GI Bill

July 21, 2016

Wisconsin provides its very own GI Bill education benefits in addition to the great federal benefits afforded to military veteran students and it’s not too early to ensure this benefit will be applied to the next college semester.


Sec. Scocos Honored by Legion for Camp Efforts

July 19, 2016

Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary John A. Scocos was honored at American Legion Department of Wisconsin’s annual convention for his work on expanding Camp American Legion.


John A. Scocos Column: June is PTSD Awareness Month

​June 27, 2016

Just one suicide is too many. From 2007 to 2011, 680 military veterans in Wisconsin took their own lives. June 27 is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Awareness Day and June is PTSD Awareness Month.​​


John A. Scocos Column: Wisconsin is a National Leader When it Comes to Veterans

June 17, 2016

​​Wisconsin is a leader in the country when it comes to investing in veterans and we have the best and brightest staff overseeing all these efforts. The Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA) excels in providing modern tools to our nation’s heroes so that veterans are able to reintegrate into civilian society with housing, education, health care and meaningful jobs. 

John A. Scocos Column: Flag Day 2016

June 14, 2016

It is fitting on this day to remember the symbol of our nation and those who fought under it – the American Flag. Today is also the Army’s 241st birthday and its soldiers have been carrying their nation’s flag into battle since the Revolutionary War.


John A. Scocos Column: Memorial Day 2016

May 10, 2016

On the most solemn of our nation's veteran recognition days, Memorial Day, one is often reminded to take pause and reflect upon what the "ultimate sacrifice" means to this country and her people and especially to those individuals and families affected by the loss of a service member. ​


WDVA and Veteran Engagement for the 21st Century

March 18, 2016

The Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs has served our veterans with the best programs, benefits and services in the nation for the last more than 70 years.


WDVA Recognizes Vietnam Veterans Day at King Home

March 17, 2016

As our nation continues to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War, the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs and the Wisconsin Veterans Home at King would like to recognize the 210 Vietnam and Vietnam-era veterans who make their home at King.


John A. Scocos Column: Veterans Outreach & Recovery Program

February 29, 2016

As the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs continues to look at more opportunities to assist veterans with mental health issues, one program that continues to grow and continues to be a success is the Veterans Outreach & Recovery Program (VORP).​


​​​John A​​. Scocos Column: Supporting Community Partners, Employment Efforts, Veteran-Owned Businesses 

February 10, 2016

As the 2015-2015 legislative session is nearing its end, there are a number of pieces of legislation that are making their way through the Wisconsin State Legislature that will positively affect veterans and their families in our state. 

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