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.
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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.
FREE EVENTS FOR MILITARY/VETERANS AND THEIR FAMILES
July 4-6, 2014
Click HERE for more information
FEMALE MILITARY SPOUSE'S DAY
Saturday, May 10 2014
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ARMED FORCES DAY CELEBRATION
At the Harley-Davidson Museum
Click HERE for more information
SCHOLARSHIPS FOR MILITARY VETERANS
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2014 WASHINGTON COUNTY SENIOR CONFERENCE
For adults of all ages! To print and complete the registration form, click HERE
or call 262.335.4497 to request a registration form.
The workshops fill up fast so return your form soon!
FISHER HOUSE WISCONSIN
For up-to-date information regarding the Fisher House Wisconsin
FREE BREWERS TICKETS - SUNDAY'S ALL SEASON LONG
For more information click HERE
For Brewers 2014 schedule click HERE
CAMP AMERICAN LEGION 2014 SEASON
Vietnam Veterans Week at Camp American Legion
May 12 - 18, 2014. Click HERE for more info
Women Veterans Week at Camp Americal Legion
June 23-27, 2014. Click HERE for more info
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
U.S. FOREST SERVICE PRESERVATION TRAINING
HISTORICORPS AND LAMAR COMMUNITY COLLEGE.
CLICK HERE AND HERE FOR MORE INFO.
ENGERY ASSITANCE 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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
Explorer's Guide Maritime Academy and Northwest Wisconsin Technical College
For more information on how to obtain training and licensure in the maritume trade please click Here.
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
VA Dental Insurance Program - Click Here
The following are employment opportunities:
WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT CENTER
SPRING JOB FAIR
Click HERE for more information
WISCONSIN VETERAN EMPLOYMENT RESOURCES
Click HERE for more information
SUMMER INTERNSHIPS WITH THE STATE
Veteran who are students may be interested in a paid summer internship with the state; please click HERE for more information
There are summer internships at various state agencies, organzied by OSER Division of Affirmative Action. Targeted applicant pool are college students: minority, female and persons and students with disabilities.
DEPARTMENT OF LABOR GRANT OPPORTUNITY FOR VETERANS
IN INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY - MADISON COLLEGE
The Department of Labor Grant awarded to Madison Technical College is to serve primarily veterans and displaced workers.
This is a no cost opportunity that can take you from a certificate in Microsoft Office, to a one year technical diploma in Help Desk Support Specialist and eventually to a comple 2 year Associate Degree program in Cyber Security.
How far you go is up to you. The program is very flexible so veterans can enter at any level and leave the program when they have achievedtheir goals; single course or an entire degree program.
First series of Microsoft Office classes start on February 24 and seats are still available.
Attached is a curriculim sheet showing the courses that are being offered which will lead to completion of the Basic Certiticate in Microsoft Office. Please click HERE
An application form and more infromation can be found on our Madison College Website at: http://madisoncollege.edu/advance-wisconsin-information-technology
Veterans having questions should contact Kristin Bull-Lyon who is the Campus Connections VITAL representative on the Madison Campus.
Kristin Bull Lyon, LCSW
Clinical Social Worker
VA Connections - VITAL Program for Academic Leadership
Student Development Center, Truax Campus
1701 Wright Avenue
Madison, WI 53704
Madison College Desk: (608) 246-6307
For Clinic Contact or Appointments: (608) 280-7084
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 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.
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 PHYSICIANS SERVICE
Wisconsin Physician Service has reached out to the DVA and is seeking veterans for five management positions.
Quality and Improvement Manager
Financial Corporate Subsidary Operations Manager
Government Operations Audit Manager
Health Insurance Operations Audit Manager
Information Technology Manager
If you are interested visit the website and apply on-line.
Contact person for questions is
Mindy Walker, CPA, CGMA
Director, Internal Audit
WPS Health Insurance
Phone - 608-221-7582
Cell - 608-220-9100
Fax - 608-221-7586
Wisconsin Job Network
American Red Cross
How to Apply
West Bend, WI
Hobart Institute of Welding Technology
Visit our website
CUSTOMER SERVICE REPRESENTATIVE
Veterans Home, King WI
(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.
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.
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.