Veterans Service Office


The Veteran's Office primary mission is to assist those Washington County veterans and their families in obtaining State or Federal veteran benefits which each veteran is entitled due to his/her active military service. This office can assist in establishing initial elegibility for State and Federal benefits, recording of discharge documents, filing claims for either Compensation or Pension, and explaining the programs that may be of interest to the veteran and his family. The Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs has developed many programs that are directed towards veterans. They include but are not limited to: Primary Home Loans, Home Improvement Loans, Tuition Assistance, and Retraining Grants. There are residency requirements that must be met to apply for these programs.

Continuing Education Resources for Veterans - click HERE

Online Schools:  Your Top Source for the Best Online Schools

On January 4, 2011, President Obama signed Improvements to the Post-9/11 GI Bill.  Click HERE for those improvements.

Click HERE to see more information on the "NEW" GI Bill.  When you reach the link, scroll down until you reach the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act.

Please click HERE for the POST 9/11 GI BILL FEDERAL HOTLINE 
- 5 days a week - to help military personnel with their GI Bill questions.

You can click HERE for a link for the New GI Bill calculator.

Click HERE for updated information on the Post 9/11 GI Bill.

Please click HERE for the impact of changes to the WI GI Bill on WTCS colleges.

If you served after September 10, 2001, and are currently using the WI GI Bill or plan to use the WI GI Bill, the following information is VERY IMPORTANT.  Do not make an irrevocable choice to change to Post-9/11, Chapter 33 Federal GI benefits until you have all the facts.  Click HERE for more information. 

The UW System has recently updated the attached website for the WI GI Bill.  Please click HERE for addtional changes and impact on the Post-9/11 GI Bill. 

Clarification of Ch 33 BAH Housing Allowance regarding credits in a term:
The case in point involves how VA will award the monthly BAH - Housing Allowance based on credits pursued by the veteran for a given term. Please note that the SAME housing allowance monthly rate is awarded to veteran students as long as they are pursuing as follows:
Must be greater than 50% pursuit during the semester. This means that a student who is attending a college and the minimum full time for the term is 12 credits the student has to take at least 7 credits (greater than 50%). The same BAH is authorized for 7 or more credits. Secondly, note that as a reminder from me - there is no housing BAH allowance awarded when:
- person is on military active duty under Title 10
- person is taking 50% or less pursuit for the term
- person is taking only distance education on line credits for the term
It is acceptable for a veteran student to take 6 credits on line combined with at least 1 in residence credit - for award of BAH housing allowance rate
NOTE: VA will treat nonstandard terms for Chapter 33 the same as existing procedures. This means that if a student pursues 6 credits for 8 weeks VA will determine equivalent training time and award BAH Housing allowance based on greater than 50% pursuit for the 8 weeks of the nonstandard term. Same is the case if a student pursues 6 credits of on line training for the full semester and
takes a 1 credit in residence subject that is
scheduled for 4 weeks. VA would only recognize the CH33 BAH Housing allowance for the 4 weeks of the in residence term.   


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 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

ENGERY ASSISTANCE FOR VETERANS
Heat for Heroes - Please click HERE for more information

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!

BETTER BUSINESS BUREAU WARNING - WEBSITE SCAM TARGETS MILITARY. For more information click HERE.

WARNING: VA ID CARDS ARE EASILY SCANNED
Anyone with a smartphone and and a bar code app can scan any Department of Veterans Affairs identification card issued since 2004 and the cardholder's Social Security number immediately pops up on the screen. The Department of Veterans Affairs published warnings about
the veterans information cards (VIC's) on their website in 2011 and again in July 2013.  The alert states, "Some barcode readers, including those available as applications on cell phones, can scan the bar code on the front of the card, and reveal the veteran's social securtiy number."  VA has begun to work on a new type of card, which will not contain a Social Security number.  Meanwhile, veterans should treat their current ID card just as careful as they do their Social Security card to prevent identity theft.

HOUSING AND MORGAGES 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.

Please click HERE for the Helping During Hard Times Guide.
Facing the challenge of loss of job or reduction in hours, need for medical care, domestic violence, homelessness, house fire or other disaster, need for food or legal assistance? This is a list of many of the organizations in Washington County that can help you.

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.

 Business Resources
Information on business development resources - a training program for starting a business. Interested participants can register on-line & click HERE.

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

 


VETERANS DAY HISTORY

World War I officially ended with the signing of the Treaty of Versailles on June 28, 1919. However, the fighting ceased seven months earlier when an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. For that reason, November 11, 1918, is generally regarded as the end of “the war to end all wars.” The following year, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day, saying "To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations.” The original conception of Armistice Day called for parades and public meetings and a brief suspension of business at 11:00 am.

In May 1938, an act passed declaring November 11th a legal holiday dedicated to the cause of peace and to be celebrated and known as Armistice Day. In 1954, after the United States had mobilized troops for World War II and the Korean War, the 83rd Congress amended that act by replacing the word armistice with the word veterans. Thus November 11th became known as Veterans Day, a day to honor veterans of all wars. In October 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower issued the first Veterans Day Proclamation and created a Veterans Day Committee to coordinate the planning for Veterans Day activities.

With the passage of the Uniforms Holiday Bill in 1968, the observance of Veterans Day was moved to a Monday. October 25, 1971, was the first Veterans Day not celebrated on November 11th. Due to the historic and patriotic significance of November 11th, President Gerald R. Ford signed a law in 1975 returning the day to November 11, beginning in 1978.

Veterans Day continues to be observed on November 11, regardless of the day of the week on which it falls, preserving the significance of the date. It also focuses attention on the true purpose of Veterans Day: a celebration to honor America's veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.
Bugles Across America, NFP was founded in 2000 by Tom Day, when Congress passed legislation stating Veterans had a right to at least 2 uniformed military people to fold the flag and play taps on a CD player. Bugles Across America was begun to take this a step further, and in recognition of the service these Veterans provided their country, we felt that every Veteran deserved a live rendition of taps played by a live Bugler. To this end, we are actively seeking volunteers to provide this valuable service to Veterans and their families .

Our Organization now has 1500 bugler volunteers located in all 50 states and growing number overseas. Since the Department of Veterans Affairs is expecting more than 1/2 million veterans to pass every year for the next 7 years, Bugles Across America is ALWAYS recruiting new volunteers.
The County Veterans Service Officers Association of Wisconsin (CVSOA) is an organization of professional veterans advocates. In Wisconsin the County Veterans Service Officer plays a critical role in the veteran's advocacy system and is often the initial contact in the community for veteranís services. Through the County Veterans Service Officer the CVSOA is committed to Wisconsin counties to provide a vital and efficient system of services and advocacy to veterans, their dependents, and survivors. The CVSOA promotes legislation and policy at both the state and federal levels that is supportive of veteransí rights and issues that are in harmony with our national obligation to veterans of the United States armed forces. The association provides a medium for the exchange of ideas and information, training, and support to facilitate the delivery of services to nearly 488 thousand veterans. The CVSOA recognizes the importance and merit of the congressionally charted veteranís service organizations, and is committed to fostering a mutually beneficial relationship for the common good of all veterans. It is the intent of this organization that every veteran residing in Wisconsin receives the benefits and services to which they are entitled by law and moral obligation.
MATC Dental Hygiene Clinic

414-297-6573

Available Services Include: X-rays, Sealants & Fluoride Treatments

Monday 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM & 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM & 2:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Thursday 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM & 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Friday 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Cleanings:
Adults (13-62) $10 @ MATC Dental Hygiene Clinic Health & Science Building
Children (under 12 & Seniors 63 older) $5 @ 700 W Highland Avenue H-115, Milwaukee, WI 53233

X-Rays:
Bite Wings $5
Full Mouth (includes Bite Wings) $15
Panoramic X-ray $10
Sealants $5 per quadrant


VA Dental Insurance Program - Click Here

The following are employment opportunities:
 
VETERANS HISTORICORPS - TEMPORARY EMPLOYMENT
Click HERE for more information

SCHNEIDER NATIONAL CAREERS
Click HERE for more information

WAUKESHA COUNTY TECHNICAL COLLEGE
I.T. PROGRAM FOR VETERANS
Click HERE and HERE for more information or
 please contact
Danielle Hoffman, M.A.C.
Coordinator, IT Skills & Placement
School of Business - Information Technology

NURSING ASSISTANT TRAINING SCHOLOARSHIPS
Please click HERE for more information
 
Valuable Employment Resources for you on
MILITARYCONNECTION.COM

A Wisconsin Guide to Employment Services and Benefits
www.jobcenterofwisconsin.com

Click HERE for a career planning assessment tool!
BestWork Data is providing this at no-cost to veterans
and their spouses.

 Veterans who may desire to obtain a Commercial Driving
License (CDL), click HERE.

VETERANS CAREER TRANSITION PROJECT
Listed below is the link to the new special program (TEN 31-10) designed for Veterans, ages 20-24; Veterans Career Transistion Project at selected Job Corps Centers. This is an 8 month to 2 year training program designed specifically to veterans in order to provide the skill/s which will then support them in obtaining employment. This special program is designed for veterans transitioning from military service, who may have barriers to employment such as being at risk of homelessness, or lacking postsecondary credentials, and other young veterans who need additional education and training. This is a no cost program for those veterans selected to attend.

http://www.nvti.ucdenver.edu/home/buzz_xtra/JC_Project.pdf

Military Spouse Employment Partnership Information


Diesel Truck Driving Training School now accepts the Post 9/11 GI Bill. They also have scholarships available for veterans. Click HERE for more information!

VETERANS IN PIPING
Click HERE for more information

VETERAN EMPLOYMENT RESOURCES
 
Wisconsin Job Network

American Red Cross
How to Apply

Caregivers
West Bend, WI

Hobart Institute of Welding Technology
Visit our website

MORAINE PARK TECHNICAL COLLEGE
Employment Seminars
Information Technology
CNC or Welding

VETERAN CAREER AND BENEFITS FAIRS
Schedule for 2014

HOW TO BECOME A POLICE OFFICER
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FOOD SERVICE POSITIONS - MUTIPLE OPENINGS
UW Madison

NURSING SUPERVISOR
Veterans Home, Union Grove, WI

GE HEALTHCARE
Production Assembler/tester

WIRE EDM MACHINIST

GACO WESTERN - WAUKESHA
Batch Maker
Packer/Filler
Shipping Clerk
Cycle Counter

VETERANS SERVICE OFFICE
Eau Claire County
More info at Eau Claire County website
Contact person: Jennifer Steinhorst
Human Resources Advisor
Ph. 715-839-6945  

WAUPACA COUNTY VETERANS SERVICE OFFICER
Application


MONROE COUNTY DEPUTY COUNTY VETERANS OFFICER
Job Description

  







  





All spouses, parents and grandparents that have a family member in the military are welcome to come. There will be discussions on concerns that military families have, guest speakers plus other activities that the group decides on. There are no fees or admissions. Just come and join the group for an evening together. The meeting place is at West Bend American Legion in the Mutual Mall Building
(1043 S Main Street) located across from the Weiland's Fun Center every†second Tuesday of the month from 7:00 pm until 8:30 pm. For more information contact Robert Kudek at (262) 675-2801,†Ed Denzin at†(262) 334-4184 or Victoria Duncan at
(262) 384-3004.
Please click on the following link for more information about Military Service Credit.
My Healthe Vet is an Internet-based program that helps you work better with your health care providers and your family to achieve the best possible health. Joining My healtheVet is by choice. By joining, some of the features you will have access to include: Accessing a veterans' health library with medical conditions, medications, health news and preventive health, using tools such as a prescription checker, health calculators, and self assessment tools, and linking easily to benefits and resources available in VA and other federal sources. Please visit their website for more information - http://www.myhealth.va.gov.

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.

Operation Afghan Lift

What is needed mostly is children's clothing. Items do not need to be new but in good condition. Other needs are all sorts of toys.

The Post Office has cartons of about 25 boxes. These are free as they have on them "APO" for a destination. The cost for sending each box is $11.95. It doesn't matter how much the box weighs so get as much in a box as you can. Get posters out to merchants, schools, PTA, libraries and even churches. All items will go the hospital in Bagram for distribution to other hospitals. You can also send needs for our soldiers (i.e., toiletries, books and snacks). Our troops have proven that this works.

On the box ship to:
         American Red Cross
         Attn:  Carol Porxee
         Bagram AF
         APO AE 09354

On the "Customs Declaration Form" enter the post address:
         TO:  American Red Cross
         Address:  Bagram AF
         Country:  09354

On the "contents section" put down stuffed animals or candies, etc. You do not have to list the quantity, but keep a list in case it's needed.  Check "#5" gift, #6 airmail, #13 sign and date.

On the upper right corner of the box, enter the items listed on the "customs" form and enter the names/addresses on the side of the box in case the troops want to respond. 

The following are requested items:

*small toy trucks or cars 
*small dolls & stuffed animals
*coloring books
*hand held computer games
*picture books
*pencils & paper
*crayons
*lollipops
*nuts
*raisins 
*gloves/mittens
*hats
*usable shoes
*socks
*combs & brushes
*small hand mirrors
*most any type of toiletry                     

If you have any questions, please call (608) 254-5235. 


The Partneship for Prescription Assistance brings together America's biopharmaceutical research companies,health care providers, patient advocacy organizaitons, and community groups to help qualifying patients who lack prescription coverage get the medicines they need through the public or private program that's right for them.

Through a toll-free number and user-friendly Web site, the Partnership for Prescription Assistance offers a single point of access to more than 275 public and private patient assitance programs, including more than 150 programs offered by pharmaceutical companies. Many patients are eligible for public programs based on their age or income. Some patients in need qualify for private programs that offer prescription medicines for free or nearly free. The mission of the Partnership for Prescription Assistance is to increase awareness of these programs and boost enrollment of those who are eligible. Please visit their website for more information.
This program has been suspended until further notice!

 
Pre-9/11 Disability Ratings Review

October 27, 2008 – Military Health System

Servicemembers who have been medically separated since September 11, 2001, will have the opportunity to have their disability ratings reviewed to ensure fairness and accuracy.

The new Physical Disability Board of Review (PDBR) will examine each applicant’s medical separation, compare DoD and VA ratings, and make a recommendation to the respective Service Secretary (or designee). A disability rating cannot be lowered and any change to the rating is effective on the date of final decision by the Service Secretary.

To be eligible for PDBR review, a service member must have been medically separated between September 11, 2001 and December 31, 2009 with a combined disability rating of 20 percent of less, and not found eligible for retirement.

There are significant differences between this new PDBR review and a Board for Correction of Military (or Naval) Record (BCMR/BCNR) review. These differences are outlined here and will also be on the application.

While the Air Force is the lead for the PDBR process, case tracking and reporting, a joint service board will conduct the evaluation and review of each case. Applicants will not be able to appear in person, but may include any statements, briefs, medical records or other supporting documents with their application. After the document review is completed and a final decision is made, each applicant will be notified of the decision and any further information regarding a change of rating.

Pending final approval, the application form should be available on this Web site on or about December 1, 2008. Applications will be accepted immediately thereafter.

Please refer to the FAQ document for more information about the Physical Disability Board of Review.

You may contact the PDBR intake unit at the following address:
SAF/MRBR
550 C STREET WEST
SUITE 41
RANDOLPH AFB,TEXAS 78150-4743

Please keep in mind that the office above cannot discuss the merits of your application. You may wish to contact your local veterans’ service organization for advice or guidance.

The DoD Instruction on the PDBR process is available here:
http://www.dtic.mil/whs/directives/corres/pdf/604044p.pdf

Property Tax Credit for Wisconsin Veterans and
Surviving Spouses


The Property Tax Credit for Veterans and Surviving Spouses program provides a refundable property tax credit for the primary residence (in-state) via the state income tax form for:

* Eligible veterans who entered the service from Wisconsin, must have served on active duty under honorable conditions, must have been a resident of Wisconsin at the time of entry into active service, or had been a resident of Wisconsin for any consecutive 5-year period after entry into that service, must be a current resident of Wisconsin, and have a combined VA service-connected disability rating of 100% or have been awarded individual unemployability (IU).

* The unremarried surviving spouse of an eligible veteran. The veteran would have had to be an individual who served on active duty in the US armed forces, was a resident of Wisconsin at the time of entry into active service or had been a resident of Wisconsin for any consecutive 5-year period after entry into that service, who was a resident of Wisconsin at the time of his or her death, and who had a service-connected disability rating of 100% or have been awarded individual unemployability (IU).

Before claiming the credit, you are required to request verification from the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA) indicating that you qualify for the credit. If you qualify, WDVA will send you a verification of your eligibility. Attach a copy of your property tax bill and a copy of the verification received from WDVA to your State of Wisconsin tax return.

Click here for WDVA B0106, the information packet, application, and instructions.
For frequently asked questions, please click HERE.
Click HERE to access the Bugle Newsletter.
"Dedicated to serving those who have served."

The primary mission of the Vet Center is to seek out veterans suffering life readjustment problems related to their combat experiences, or as a result of sexual assault/harassment occurring while on active duty. Vet Centers provide free counseling and referral services to facilitate a successful readjustment to civilian life.

David J. Hosking
Madison Vet Center Outreach Specialist
147 South Butler, Madison, WI 53703
Vietnam and Iraqi Freedom Veteran
Phone: 608-264-5342 Toll Free: 1-800-842-6355
Fax: 608-264-5344
Email: David.Hosking@va.gov

Milwaukee Vet Center
7910 N. 76th Street, Milwaukee, WI 53223
Phone: 414-434-1311 Fax: 414-536-1568

To locate other Vet Centers call 1-800-827-1000, or visit us on the web at http://www.va.gov/rcs
Clement J Zablocki VA Medical Center is reaching out to returning combat veterans and their families to facilitate the heatlhy transition from deployment to normal civilian life.

Despite the best efforts of the military, VA and numerous other providers, statistics show that many veterans and their families struggle with re-socialization, parenting, educaiton, extreme stress reactions, and employment.

The mission of Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center is to understand and assist veterans and families who are dealing with the stress of deployment, coming home, and change.

Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Ceter is prepared to offer numerous outreach activities: Education and Support to individuals, families, and communities, Clinical expertise and networking resources, Information and discussion groups to navigate the VA system, Training for local community civiliam providers, and Research.

Milwaukee VA Outreach Team

Andrew Hendrickson, R.N.
Registered Nurse
Retired USAR Officer
OEF Veteran
Former OIC of Medical Ward in Afghanistan

Eric Proescher, Psy.D.
Clinical Psychologist
Former Active Duty Navy
Former Military Psychologist
OEF Veteran

The Washington County Veteran's newsletter is geared in helping keep veterans up to date on current happenings and changes of VA Benefits. Please click HERE for the most current "Washington County Veteran's Newsletter". Thank you.
WDVA publishes several newsletters. The "Forward Veterans" is published quarterly and contains news and events about the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs. "The Bugle" is published quarterly by the Wisconsin Veterans Museum Foundation with current news, programs, and events of the museum. "The Courier" is a monthly publication of the Veterans Home at King with news and recent and upcoming events.  Click HERE to view these newsletters.
Welcome, H.O.M.E. (House of Modification Examples), was formed for the purpose of improving the quality of life for persons living with physical disabilities. By designing, building and maintaining a unique single family home we have created a vehicle for providing information, and examples of barrier free living design. Located 30 miles north of Milwaukee, and minutes west of Lake Michigan, Welcome, H.O.M.E. is a "living laboratory", giving visiting individuals the chance to experiment with different adaptations, household devices or fixtures and adaptive equipment. Guests may explore the entire home, at their leisure, to determine the design that will work best for them in their own homes. Welcome, H.O.M.E. is also a bed and breakfast. Open to the public year round. Please visit the following link for more information and photos of Welcome, H.O.M.E. Bed and Breakfast.
These benefits, programs, and services are provided by the State of Wisconsin in order to supplement and complement those provided to veterans by the federal government. These include benefits, programs, and services to assist Wisconsin veterans in enhancing their education and employment, purchasing or remodeling a home in Wisconsin, traveling to federal VA medical appointments, obtaining needed health care services not provided by federal VA health care, overcoming barriers to employment, obtaining needed subsistence assistance in emergency situations, assistance in discharge upgrades, and obtaining medals that were not issued or lost,among many others.

Wisconsin operates several state programs that were traditionally in the domain of the federal government, including veterans’ homes, which provide skilled nursing and assisted living, and veterans cemeteries. Other state programs include a homeless transitional assistance program and a comprehensive, statewide military funeral honors program that includes training, coordination, and services.

Please click on the following link for a more detailed list of Benefits for WI Veterans Programs, Benefits, and Services.
The Wisconsin Veterans home at King, near Waupaca, is a pleasant retirement community where aging or disabled Wisconsin veterans and their spouses can spend their retirement years in comfort and dignity. Founded in 1887, the home is operated by the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs. With 749 beds and almost 800 employees, it is the largest and one of the most modern skilled nursing care facilites in Wisconsin. In additon to nursing care, the home offers a wide range of programs and services to its member. Please click on the following link for more information about KING Veterans Home. For a free tour of the facility, please call
(715) 258-5586, extension 2316. For cost of care, please click HERE. If you would like more information or a booklet mailed to you, please contact our office at 262-335-4457.

To view the Wisconsin Veterans Home Flyer - please click HERE.

To view the 2013 Calendar of Events - please click HERE.
The Wisconsin Veterans Home at Union Grove opened in 2001 on the campus of the Southern Wisconsin Center. The home, with its staff of professional health-care providers offers an array of servies for veterans and their spouses including: recreation and activites, safe and secure housing, nutritious meals, laundry and housekeeping, and help with personal hygiene. Union Grove is in the process of establishing a range of services to meet the full continuum of long-term care needs for elderly and disabled veterans (assisted living, skilled nursing, day health care programs). Please click on the following link for more information about the Veterans Home at UNION GROVE. For cost of care, please click HERE. For more information or to have a brochure mailed to you, please contact our office at 262-335-4457.

To view the Wisconsin Veterans Homes Flyer - click HERE.