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.
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.†††
UWM/Education Benefit Info Session
Lisa Ori from UW-Milwaukee will be in our office on Wednesday, May 15, from 1-4:30pm to discuss veteran education benefits as well as what UW-Milwaukee has to offer. Please click HERE for more information!
USO Update and Events
Please click HERE to see what is going on this year with the USO of Wisconsin!
SAP, the world's largest enterprise software company, recently launched a scholarship program to help ease reentry by providing certified training to launch a high tech career. Click HERE for more information!
Women Veterans Week at Camp American Legion
June 17-21 is Women Veterans Week at Camp American Legion. This is open to women veterans of all eras. Come for physical, psychological, or spiritual healing. Click HERE for more information and how to get signed up!
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!
Milwaukee Brewers Community Foundation make Fisher House Wisconsin Fundraising Partner
Please see the attached link to the Milwaukee Brewer Community Foundation's web link. This is the official page launching the 2012 fundraising partner program supporting Fisher House Wisconsin. 100% of the funds raised through this program will go to support the Fisher House Wisconsin mission.
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!
Returning Heroes Tax Credit
In addition to getting a highly skilled, dedicated employee, there are some tax benefits to hiring a veteran. The Returning Heroes Tax Credit provides companies up to $5,600 in credits for each unemployed veteran you hire. The Wounded Warriors Tax Credit provides up to $9,600 to companies who hire veterans with service-connected disabilities. Click HERE for more information.
DWD Job Center Hotline Information
Governor Scott Walker and Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Secretary Scott Baumbach today urged veterans seeking new employment opportunities, to call the DWD Job Center Toll Free Number, 1‐888‐258‐9966, to establish a direct link with DWD specialists who can help them find work. Click HERE for more information.
Scams Targeting Veterans
On Veterans Day, beware of scams that target military personnel. Please read the press release from the Better Business Bureau so you are aware of how to protect yourself!
**Warning to Veterans**
An advisory has been issued by the National Guard Bureau in reference to a group called "Veterans Affairs Services". Please do not accept any calls or emails from anyone in this group. Click HERE to find out more information!
There is another scam going on that deals with Meds by Mail. Click HERE for more information.
Click HERE for information from the Better Business Bureau on scams.
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, 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 is a brochure.
Nick Wichert, MBA
Director of Business Development / Coach
Veteran Entrepreneurial Transfer, Inc.
Plankinton Business Center
161 W. Wisconsin Ave.
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.
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.
Elevate America makes online computer training available FREE to all Wisconsin residents. 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.
On October 10, 2008, the President signed s.3023, the Veterans' Benefits Improvement Act of 2008. Enhanced VA Mortgage Options now available for Veterans of potential benefit to those in FINANCIAL DISTRESS. Please go to the following link for more information.
To see the latest WDVA HOT TOPICS- click HERE.
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.
VA ISSUES PHONE SCAM WARNING!!
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has issued a warning to veterans not to disclose personal information over the phone to callers claiming to update, confirm or verify VA-related information. VA reports the fraudulent caller's mode of operation includes asking for credit card numbers, bank routing numbers and other personal and financial information. A recent fraudulent call reported by a veteran included the caller claiming to be a VA employee and stating that the veteran's medical card had expired. The caller would then ask the veteran to submit a check over the phone to renew the medical card.
VA warns to be leery of any call originating from (888) 555-1234 for it is the number identified in the case above. Veterans with questions about VA services should contact VA at (877) 222-8387 or the nearest VA Medical Center. (Dated April 16, 2010)
The new Web site http://reportstolenvalor.org provides contact information for the FBI, U.S. Attorneys' offices, inspector general hotlines for the military services, and the Veterans Affairs Department and various media outlets, as well as a sample form letter. It also links to the Military Times Web site, Hall of Valor, created by private watchdog Doug Sterner. The verified, ever-growing searchable database contains more than 26,100 valor award citations ranging from the Medal of Honor to the Air Force Achievement Medal with Combat "V." It is searchable by service member, award, conflict and keyword. That effort would at least be complemented in some manner by a federal database called for by the Military Valor Roll of Honor Act, which AMVETS also boosts on its new site. The bill, sponsored by Rep. John Salazar, D-Colo., would require the establishment of a searchable public database listing the names of those awarded the Medal of Honor or any other medal authorized by Congress. The legislation now has 48 co-sponsors. The Hall of Valor database "is what has been developed instead, in a void, because the government isn't maintaining these records," Agg said. "I think it's proper that the government should keep an accounting of its American heroes, of its war heroes. It should track military service in general, not just acts of valor." [Source: NavyTimes William H. McMichael article 4 Dec 09 ++]
Information on business development resources - a training program for starting a business. Interested participants can register on-line & click HERE.
Updates to Stop Loss Payments
On September 15, 2010, the White House, Department of Defense and Department of Veterans Affairs jointly released a new web video in which President Obama encourages active duty troops and veterans whose service in Iraq or Afghanistan was involuntarily extended or retirement was suspended due to stop loss' to apply for the special retroactive pay to which they are entitled. Under legislation President Obama signed into law last year, servicemen and women who served between September 11, 2001 and September 30, 2009 and whose service was extended due to ‗stop loss' are eligible for $500 per month in retroactive pay for each month their service was extended. Please click HERE for more information.
Retroactive Stop Loss Payments
This message announces Army policy and procedures for implementation of retroactive stop loss special pay. Click HERE for more information. Click HERE for Frequently Asked Questions for Retroactive Stop Loss Special Pay (SLSP). For Stop Loss Recovery Instructions please click HERE - Wisconsin National Guard's guidance for veterans use to help them easily and effectively recover their entitlement.
DoD to troops: Tell buddies about stop-loss pay
By Rick Maze Posted : Saturday Aug 7, 2010 9:57:15 EDT
Oct. 21 deadline approaching to apply for a $500 monthly stop-loss allowance, the Defense Department appears to have exhausted most conventional means of trying to contact eligible veterans and is now asking current service members to get involved by calling any buddies who may be eligible.
"We are asking military members to tell a friend . if they know people who separated or retired and may be eligible for this benefit, remind them to submit a claim before the deadline," Pentagon spokeswoman Eileen Lainez said.
Stop-loss allowance applies to those whose separation or retirement was involuntarily extended between Sept. 11, 2001 and Sept. 30, 2009. About 145,000 people are believed to be eligible but only about 30,000 have applied for the retroactive payments.
The average payment is about $3,700, enough that military officials believe eligible veterans would jump at the chance to get the payment if only they knew about the opportunity.
The low application rate has prompted concerns from key lawmakers, including Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., one of the chief sponsors of the stop-loss allowance legislation. On Wednesday, Lautenberg asked the Defense Department to explain what efforts have been made to contact eligible veterans.
Lainez said the Defense Department would respond directly to Lautenberg, but she defended the efforts to locate veterans. Letters have been send to veterans and their families, more than 95 military and veterans organizations have been contacted and information has been provided to the news media and to veterans medical centers and vet centers.
Still, the fact that all of that work has resulted in just 30,000 applications being received and processed is why officials are now asking for current service members to help, she said.
People should apply if they think they are eligible, even if the do not have all of the paperwork on hand to prove their claim, so they do not miss the Oct. 21 deadline, Lainez said.
Information on the benefit and how to apply is available online. Related reading: Stop-loss now down to 4,000 soldiers, Army says.
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.
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 email@example.com, 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.
Arthur L. Wilkes
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.
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.
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
The Home Improvement Loan Program (HILP) offered through WDVA may be used for: Additions, garage construction, repairs and remodeling (i.e. replace a roof, install new windows, a new furnace or a central air conditioning system) of a veteran's primary residence. Please, carefully review the following application to see if this loan meets your current needs.
Home Improvement Loan Program Application
You have the option of using a co-signer or real estate mortgage as security for the loan. If you choose to use a co-signer, you may borrow a maximum of $3000, and you must list the name, address, date of birth, social security number, and marital status of the co-signer on the HILP application. Loans secured by a co-signer have a 9.50% interest rate with a term of 5 years. Your spouse may NOT be a co-signer.
If you use your residence as security, you may borrow up to 90% of your home equity for home improvements. For mortgage security the applicant must have at least 10% remaining equity in your home after the loan is made. This means that the 10% equity is the difference between the fair market value of your home minus the sum of the existing mortgage(s) including the HILP. There is also a title search and recording fees of approximately $105.00. A copy of your last property tax bill or current property assessment, the property deed, and current mortgage balance are needed. Loans secured by real estate have a 6.00% interest rate with a term of 5 years, a 6.75% interest rate with a term of 7 years, a 6.75% interest rate with a term of 10 years, and a 7.25% intrest rate with a term of 15 years.
The information about WDVA benefits and services is not all inclusive and may change without notice.
The following are employment opportunities:
Job Opportunities for Seniors
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 in Piping Program (VIP)
For updated information regarding the
VIP program, click HERE.
For the Office of Veterans Services/
Division of Employment & Training - click HERE.
To access the packet for United Association of Journeymen & Apprentices of the Plumbing & Pipefitting Industry - click HERE.
Click HERE for new start date information.
For more information, please contact: Joe Naylor (608)261-0365. Email: Joseph.firstname.lastname@example.org
Community Outreach JobCast Notification
Veterans who may desire to obtain a Commercial Driving
License (CDL), click HERE.
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.
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!
There are many employment services that all veterans have access to. For a listing of these services, please click HERE.
Wisconsin Job Network
Social Worker Clinical
Veterans Home at King, WI
Licensed Practical Nurse
Veterans Home at Union Grove, WI
American Red Cross
How to Apply
Veteran's Home in Union Grove, WI
Nurse Clinician 2
Veteran's Home in Union Grove, WI
Nursing Assistant 1 and 2
Veteran's Home in Union Grove, WI
Metal Production Assistant
West Bend, WI
West Bend, WI
Multiple Nursing Staff Openings
Veteran's Home at King, WI
Nurse Clinician 2
Veteran's Home at Union Grove, WI
Multiple Motorsport Positions
Veteran's Home at King, WI
Veteran Benefit Specialist
(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
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
APO AE 09354
On the "Customs Declaration Form" enter the post address:
TO: American Red Cross
Address: Bagram AF
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
*hand held computer games
*pencils & paper
*combs & brushes
*small hand mirrors
*most any type of toiletry
If you have any questions, please call (608) 254-5235.
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.
The Personal Loan Program (PLP) offered by Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA) can be used for any purpose. Please, carefully review the following application to see if this loan meets your current needs.
Personal Loan Program Application If you decide to apply, complete the application and schedule an appointment with our office to review your loan packet. Along with the completed application, provide a copy of all sources of income for one month (within the last 3 months). If you are self-employed, a copy of your most recent Federal and State taxes is required to include all addendum's, specifically the profit and loss statement. If you are retired, proof of monthly retirement wages and/or social security income is needed. Also, provide the most current copy(s) of all your debts, including current loan balance on mortgage. On your application, you must list all credit cards, even those with no balance.
You have the option of using a co-signer or real estate mortgage as security for the loan. If you choose to use a co-signer, you may borrow a maximum of $5000, and you must list the name, address, date of birth, social security number, and marital status of the co-signer on the PLP application. Loans secured by a co-signer have a 7.50% interest rate with a term of 3 years and a 8.50% interest rate with a term of 5 years. Your spouse may NOT be a co-signer.
If you use your residence as security, you may borrow a maximum of $25,000. For mortgage security the applicant must have 10% remaining equity after the loan is made. This means that the equity is the difference between the fair market value of your house minus the sum of the existing mortgage(s) including the PLP loan. There is also a title search and recording fees of approximately $105.00. A copy of your last property tax bill or current property assessment, the property deed, and current mortgage balance are needed. The terms for loans secured by real estate are as follows: Loan Amount: $25,000/ Term 5 years = 5.50%/ Term 7 years = 6.00%/ Term 10 years = 6.00%
The information about WDVA benefits and services is not all inclusive and may change without notice. Please visit the WDVA website for the most up-to-date information.
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:
550 C STREET WEST
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:
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. Please contact our office for more information or visit the following website - click HERE. For expansion to the property tax credit, click HERE.
For frequently asked questions, please click HERE.
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
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
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.
Retired USAR Officer
Former OIC of Medical Ward in Afghanistan
Eric Proescher, Psy.D.
Former Active Duty Navy
Former Military Psychologist
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.
(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.
To view the Wisconsin Veterans Homes Flyer - click HERE.
West Bend, WI 53095