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.
April 4, 2017
–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:
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
September 16, 2016
Governor Scott Walker has proclaimed September 16, 2016 as POW-MIA Recognition Day in Wisconsin
. Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary John A. Scocos made the following statement:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.