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DAV TRANSPORTATION TO ZABLOCKI VA MEDICAL CENTER
NOW AVAILABLE IN WASHINGTON COUNTY
Schedule for pick-up times and locations
 Volunteer Driver Registration Form

2016 WOMEN'S VETERAN CONFERENCE
October13, 2016

HEARTLAND HOSPICE SERVICES
Vets for Vets program

COMMUNITY THANKSGIVING DINNER
Thursday, November 24, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

WASHINGTON COUNTY WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT CENTER
Training and Employment Information
 
RESEARCH STUDY FOR TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY
University of Wisconsin - Madison
 
FISHER HOUSE WISCONSIN
For up-to-date information regarding the Fisher House Wisconsin
click HERE
  

 Please click HERE for information on how the Healthcare Reform impacts veterans & VA Healthcare. As more concrete decisions are developed on aspects of the legislation, they will be added

Easter Seals Military and Veterans Initiative
Are you a military service member, veteran, or family member seeking respite opportunities? Easter Seals Legacy Corps program offers you free in-home respite services. Click HERE for more information!

Veteran Wellness Study
The Center for Investigating Healthy Minds in Madison, WI, is looking for OEF/OIF veterans to participate in a research study for them. This is now their second study. Please click HERE for more information!

Veteran Family Legal Clinic at Dryhootch
The clinic will provide free legal advice to veterans and their families regarding family-related, non-criminal issues, such as divorce, separations, child custody and child support.Appointments are  taken on a first-come, first-serve basis. Click HERE for more information!

Caring for Camp Lejeune Families Act of 2012
The law provides health care to victims of three decades of water contamination at Marine Base Camp Lejeune, NC. Click HERE for more information!
UPDATE FROM DEPARTMENT OF NAVY
Click HERE for more info
 
HOUSING AND MORTGAGES FOR VETERANS
There is a comprehensive consumer guide on housing and mortgages for veterans and active military. It's located at www.mortgageloan.com/veterans/ and covers what VA loans are, its benefits, how to apply for one, special protections against foreclosure, etc.

VETERAN ENTREPRENEURIAL TRANSFER
Veteran Entrepreneurial Transfer, Inc. is a newly funded organization sponsored by the Department of Veteran Affairs in Washington, DC. It is a 501(c)(3) Veteran Founded Business Accelerator helping Veterans start, restart, and launch their business. The services are all free to qualifying Veterans. Their success if heavily dependent on the amount of Veterans they can service and they are pushing the word out that they're open for business! Funding was a result of successfully being awarded a contract through the Veteran Affairs Innovation Initiative (VAi2) grant program. The funding is for two years to provide both a physical and virtual accelerator for Veterans looking to start their business. They have recently partnered with SCORE.org and have access to their 13,500 volunteers across the country. The staff in Milwaukee is currently overseeing the project as well as providing niche mentoring and coaching in the major areas of business seeing business from start to finish. Interested Veteran entrepreneurs can sign up for more information at www.vetransfer.org. Here isa brochure.

Nick Wichert, MBA
Director of Business Development / Coach
Veteran Entrepreneurial Transfer, Inc.
nick.wichert@VETransfer.org
(m) 414.308.3307
(o) 414.XXX.XXXX
(f) 414.751.8338
Plankinton Business Center
161 W. Wisconsin Ave.
Suite 2110
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53203

Veteran Benefit Applications
Veterans and their family members need to know: Filing for veterans benefits is a FREE process and the experts at the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA) Claims Office and County Veterans Service Offices (CVSOs) are ready to help. Please click HERE for more information.

Cell phones for Soldiers was founded by teenagers Robbie & Brittany Berquist from Norwell, Massachusetts with $21 of their own money. Since 2004, morethan $2M dollars has been raised through their non-profit organization to provide calling cards to soldiers serving overseas. As stated on their website "Cell Phones for Soldiers addresses the everyday emotional need that everyone has experienced: the imperative to phone home, to hear a familiar voice while far away." This program is intended to last as long as we have soldiers serving abroad. www.cellphonesforsoldiers.com
Phones can be dropped off at your local Chamber offices and phones/items can be dropped off at any AT&T store.

WI GI Bill Update
The UW System has recently updated the attached website for the WI GI Bill - please click HERE for additional changes & the impact on the Post-9/11 GI Bill.

 FREE ACCESS to STATE PARKS and TRAILS
Beginning October 1, 2008, certain disabled veterans and former Prisoners of War (POWs) are eligible to receive waivers of vehicle admission and trail pass fees. Click HERE for more information and the application process.

TAX BENEFITS for State Veterans & Military Service Personnel. Click HERE for more information.


US Fish & Wildlife Service Visitor Center at Horicon National Wildlife Refuge
I am the new Volunteer Coordinator for the US Fish and Wildlife Service Visitor Center at Horicon National Wildlife Refuge (northern portion of Horicon Marsh), http://www.fws.gov/midwest/Horicon/
I would like to provide you with some helpful information and request your assistance in promoting the Visitor Center and its Volunteer Opportunities.
Let me start with the helpful information. Disabled veterans may obtain the free America the Beautiful Pass at our Visitor Center. Veterans may present their VA determination of disability, in person, to our Visitor Center Staff from Monday to Friday, 7:30 to 4:00 in order for this pass to be issued.
http://www.nps.gov/fees_passes.htm
Our request is to ask for your assistance in communicating to all veterans our volunteer opportunities. We conduct numerous projects focused on the preservation, protection, and enhancement of wildlife throughout the year. Veterans can review some of our continuous volunteer opportunities on our website at
http://www.fws.gov/midwest/Horicon/volunteer.html Anyone seeking an opportunity to volunteer can complete and submit a Volunteer Application for Natural Resource Agencies. The form can be obtained in the Visitor Center or at http://fws.gov/volunteers/volOpps.html. Completed forms can be submitted to us via email horicon@fws.gov, fax (920) 387-2973, and by mail or in person W4279 Headquarters Rd., Mayville, WI 53050. We possess numerous opportunities and welcome inquiries. For more information on volunteering call 920-387-2658 ext. 24 or 15.
Thank You
Arthur L. Wilkes
Volunteer Coordinator