Deputy Secretary

​​​​​​Tom Rhatican

Tom Rhatican serves as the Deputy Secretary for the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs.  He is responsible for day-to-day operations, as well as directing and coordinating the Department's strategic planning and program development.  The Department provides a full range of services and benefits to Wisconsin veterans, to include: Veterans Homes, Veterans Cemeteries, Military Funeral Honors, veterans resource centers and claims services, as well as grant and loan programs. 

Tom comes to the Department from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation where he served on the executive management team as the Assistant Deputy Secretary.   He is an attorney with experience in private law practice and served as chief of staff for the State Senate majority leader.  He also previously served as a Division Administrator and Legislative Liaison with the WDVA. 

Tom is a U.S. Army and Iraqi War veteran with 30 years of service in active duty, Guard, and Reserves, and recently retired with the rank of Colonel.  He is a graduate of Boston University, the U.S. Army War College, and UW-Madison School of Law. 

Tom actively coaches both basketball and baseball, and lives in Madison with his wife, Linda.  They have five children.