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.

VA releases new version of the GI Bill Comparison Tool
Please click HERE for more info

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.   

Schedule for pick-up times and locations
 Volunteer Driver Registration Form



Training and Employment Information
University of Wisconsin - Madison
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!
Click HERE for more info
There is a comprehensive consumer guide on housing and mortgages for veterans and active military. It's located at and covers what VA loans are, its benefits, how to apply for one, special protections against foreclosure, etc.

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.
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.

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),
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.
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 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 Completed forms can be submitted to us via 
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



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


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

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

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

VA Dental Insurance Program - Click Here

This program is designed to promote housing stability for
veterans and their families. They provide housing stability
and can offer financial assistance for many facets of life,
including, but not limited to:
IMPACTS'S mission is committed to changing lives, for good.
Our family of sevices helps restore the health and productivity
of individuals leading to an improved quality of life.

Our mission is to rebuild lives with compassion by providing resources and
services to empower homeless individuals and families

It is the mission of The Youth and Family Project, Inc. to provide support,
guidance and understanding to help people in need in Ozaukee, Washington
and Waukesha.
PH. 800-924-3555

America's Rural Foodbank

Are you a Veteran struggling to keep you heat and power on?
Heat for heroes may be able to help.


Click HERE for more information

Contact - Perry Zukowski
Fran Net of Wisconsin
625 Broadway Street
Libertyville, IL 60048
PH - 847-254-9757  
Click HERE and HERE for more information or
 please contact
Danielle Hoffman, M.A.C.
Coordinator, IT Skills & Placement
School of Business - Information Technology

Scholarship Application Form
Nurse Assistant Training Scholarships
Certified Nursing Assistant Training
Physical Exam Form
Mantoux 2-step Tuberculin Skin Test
Background Check Form

Valuable Employment Resources for you on

A Wisconsin Guide to Employment Services and Benefits

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.

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!
Wisconsin Job Network

American Red Cross
How to Apply

Hobart Institute of Welding Technology
Visit our website

From Military to Police - Top 15 resources

Training and Employment Information

Moraine Park Technical College

Moraine Park Technical College

Click HERE and HERE for more info
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Amalga composites
West Allis, WI

Northwestern Mutual

Wisconsin Department of Military Affairs





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 -

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.

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:

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:

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).

*Effective for taxable years, beginning on or after January 1,2014. The Wisconsin Property Tax Credit is extended to include the unremarried surviving spouse of an eligilbe veteran, who following the veteran's death, began to receive and continues to receive Dependencey and Indemnity compensation (DIC) from the Federal VA.

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.
For frequently asked questions, please click HERE.
"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

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
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

Please click HERE to view.

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.
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.