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​WDVA Announces Grant Application Period Open for Nonprofits that Serve Veterans

September 1, 2020

MADISON – Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA) Secretary Mary Kolar announced today that applications are now being accepted for two grants available to Wisconsin organizations that serve Veterans and their families. Applications for both the WDVA Non-Profit Grant and the WDVA Entrepreneurship Grant will be accepted through Wednesday, Sept. 30 at 4 p.m.​


​Nominations Sought for Wisconsin Woman Veteran of the Year

August 31, 2020

MADISON – Nominations are now being accepted for the 2020 Wisconsin Woman Veteran of the Year award. As part of Wisconsin’s commitment to women Veterans, the award recognizes those who have compiled a record of exemplary service as a military member, Veteran, and member of the community.​


​Wisconsin Homeless Veteran Program Receives Federal Support​

August 20, 2020

MADISON – The Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA) has been awarded a grant from the US Department of Veterans Affairs (USDVA) 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.


​​WDVA ​Receives Nursing Assistance from USDVA and WI National Guard

August 11, 2020

MADISON – Secretar​y Mary Kolar announced today that 20 nurses have been assigned to the Wisconsin Veterans Home at Union Grove by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in response to the recent outbreak of COVID-19 there. In addition, the Wisconsin National Guard will take over coronavirus testing on site.


​WDVA Secretary Mary Kolar: Help Protect Wisconsin's Veterans from COVID-19

August 4, 2020

MADISON – If not for yourself, will you do it for them? Over 700 Veterans and eligible family members live at our Wisconsin Veterans Homes. Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, the dedicated staff at our Homes located in Chippewa Falls, King, and Union Grove, have work diligently to keep COVID-19 from infecting our residents. 


​Wisconsin Veterans Museum Graffiti Removal to Begin​

August 3, 2020

MADISON – Graffiti removal from the exterior of the Wisconsin Veterans Museum on Madison's Capitol Square will begin this week.  The building at 30 West Mifflin Street owned by Executive Management, Inc., which also houses other private and public offices, was damaged in June.  


WDVA Launches Virtual Memorial Day Commemoration

May 18, 2020

MADISON – Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA) Secretary Mary Kolar today invited Wisconsin veterans, family, and friends to join the WDVA and Governor Tony Evers to honor the fallen by participating in Memorial Day 2020: Wisconsin’s Virtual Commemoration, a state-wide Memori​al Day observance. The Commemoration is available at www.WisVetsMemorialDay2020.com. 


Stay Home to Protect those Who Stood Up for Us

May 11, 2020

MADISON –​ Staying home?  Thank you for helping them live.  Who's them?  For me, they include the over 700 members residing at our Wisconsin State Veterans Homes.  


Call 1-800-WIS-VETS for Veterans Benefits Information

May 6, 2020

MADISON – Veterans with questions about Wisconsin’s veterans programs, benefits and services are encouraged to call the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA) Veterans Benefits Resource Center (VBRC). Staff are standing by to answer questions and help veterans navigate eligibility processes for veteran and survivor benefits, programs and services at 1-800-WIS-VETS (947-8387).​


Governor Evers Removes Barriers to Emergency Financial Assistance for Veterans

April 9, 2020

MADISON – The Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA) announced today that Governor Tony Evers has suspended several provisions of the Assistance to Needy Veterans Grant (ANVG) program, providing more low-income veterans access to emergency financial aid. The ANVG program provides subsistence payments and other health care grants to low income veterans who experience a loss of income.​​


Wisconsin Veterans Museum Expands Hours

March 2, 2020​

MADISON – The Wisconsin Veterans Museum announced today expanded hours that will begin Tuesday, March 31. The new schedule will allow the museum to be open at times more convenient to the public, including later weekday evenings – until 5 p.m. most weekdays and 8 p.m. on Fridays –  and longer weekend hours.


WDVA Receives National “Pillars of Excellence Award” for Statewide Veterans Mental Health Program

February 24, 2020

MADISON – The Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA) was awarded the Abraham Lincoln Pillars of Excellence Award today for its Veterans Outreach and Recovery Program (VORP). The award, which recognizes outstanding programs that support veterans, was presented to WDVA Secretary Mary Kolar at the 2020 National Association of State Directors of Veterans Affairs (NASDVA) Mid-Winter Conference today.​ ​

 

Assisted Living Center Faces Declining Demand

January 15, 2020

MADISON - Following months of analysis, the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA) is taking steps to phase out its assisted living facility on the campus of the Wisconsin Southern Center at Union Grove due to declining demand and escalating costs. ​

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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 as a guest for Veterans Build Day on the National Day of Service and Remembrance, Wed., Sept. 11.

 

WDVA 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.