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WDVA Announces 2019 Women Veteran of the Year Award Recipient

November 8, 2019​​

MADISON – The Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA) today announced that decorated U.S. Army veteran Gundel “Gundy” Metz was named its 2019 Woman Veteran of the Year. Metz, a Madison resident, served on active duty in the Army for two decades (1975-1995), receiving numerous decorations, certificates, and accolades for her military service. Upon Metz’s retirement from the Army, she shifted toward a career in serving veterans in her community.


Gov. Tony Evers, WDVA Secretary Kolar Unveil 'I Am Not Invisible' Exhibit Highlighting Women Veterans

November 7, 2019​​

MADISON – The Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs’ (WDVA) Wisconsin Veterans Museum and Gov. Tony Evers unveiled a unique educational exhibit highlighting the military service of dozens of Wisconsin women veterans. The “I Am Not Invisible” (IANI) traveling exhibit, featuring 32 banners measuring 6-feet tall with portraits of Wisconsin women veterans, was unveiled during a formal ceremony at the Wisconsin State Capitol.


Governor Evers, WDVA Announce Over $400,000 in Grants for Organizati​ons Helping Veteran Entrepreneurs

October 1, 2019​​

MADISON — Governor Tony Evers and Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA) Secretary-designee Mary Kolar announced today more than $400,000 in grants to five nonprofit organizations that provide entrepreneurship training, or technical, business or other assistance to veteran entrepreneurs to improve employment outcomes. 


Consolidation at Top-Rated King Veterans Home to Go Into Effect
September 27, 2019​

MADISON — Following months of ​analysis, the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA) is taking steps to consolidate its skilled-nursing operations on the campus of the Wisconsin Veterans Home at King.


WDVA Secretary to Join Habitat for Humanity for Veterans Build on National Day of Service and Remembrance Day

September 5, 2019​

LAKE DELTON — Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary-designee Mary Kolar will join Habitat for Humanity of Wisconsin River Area its guest for Veterans Build Day on the National Day of Service and Remembrance, Wednesday, Sept. 11.

Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary-designee Kolar Statement on Naming of National Veterans Cemetery

September 5, 2019​

MADISON — Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA) Secretary-designee Mary Kolar congratulated the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) on their selection of the name “Northwoods National Cemetery" for a national veterans cemetery that is currently under construction in Wisconsin.​

Secretary-designee Kolar Elected as District Vice President of the National Association of State Directors of Veterans Affairs

August 21, 2019​

MADISON — Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary-designee Mary Kolar was recently elected district vice president for the Midwest District and will serve on the National Association of State Directors of Veterans Affairs' (NASDVA) Executive Committee. She was selected by her peers during the 2019 NASDVA Annual Conference, held August 11–14, 2019 in Omaha, Neb.


Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes Joins WDVA in Recognizing Community Partners Assisting At-Risk Veterans​​

August 11, 2019​

WEST ALLIS — The Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA) on Sunday, August 11, honored various organizations that have partnered with the agency to offer life-sustaining assistance to homeless and at-risk veterans across Wisconsin. Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes joined WDVA Deputy Secretary James Bond at the Wisconsin State Fair in recognizing several groups that have helped the agency’s Veterans Outreach and Recovery Program (VORP) achieve its mission of serving at-risk veterans in Wisconsin.

Grants Now Available for Non-Profit Organizations to Help Veteran Entrepreneurs, Improve Employment​
​July 1, 2019​

MADISON – 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.  

In Less Than One Year 500 Veterans Enrolled in WDVA Program that Helps At-Risk Individuals

March 7, 2019

CHIPPEWA FALLS - 
Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA) Secretary-designee Mary Kolar announced today that in less than one year, the WDVA has enrolled over 500 veterans in the Veterans Outreach and Recovery Program (VORP) that provides case management and support, as well as connects veterans to community services, with a special focus on mental health and substance abuse treatment and recovery. Governor Tony Evers’ 2019-2021 budget proposal seeks to make the VORP, which was funded by the Legislature as a project in April 2018, a permanent program.

Secretary-designee Kolar Announces WDVA Leadership Team

January 11, 2019

MADISON - Secretary-designee Mary M. Kolar announced today the leadership team of the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs. James Bond has been named Deputy Secretary, Kathy Still has been named Assistant Deputy Secretary, Carla Vigue will serve as Communications Director and Chad Kolien will serve as Chief Legal Counsel. 

Governor Scott Walker Announces $400,000 for Non-Profit Organizations to Help Veteran Entrepreneurs

October 29, 2018

MADISON - Governor Scott Walker and Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA) Secretary Dan Zimmerman announced today $400,000 in grants to non-profit organizations that provide entrepreneurship training, or technical, business or other assistance to veteran entrepreneurs to improve employment outcomes.

WDVA to Expand Homeless Veteran Program, Services to Green Bay

August 31, 2018

MADISON – The Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA) has been awarded a grant from the US Department of Veterans Affairs to continue to operate and expand Wisconsin’s successful Veterans Housing and Recovery Program (VHRP) which provides temporary housing, training, and supportive services to military Veterans who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless in order to help them obtain permanent housing.