Policies and Disclaimers


​​​​WDVA Website Policies & Disclaimers​​​

The State of Wisconsin, Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA) maintains its websites to give public access to Department information. While we try to keep the information timely and accurate, we make no guarantees. We will make every effort to correct errors brought to our attention. Development of Department websites is ongoing. Access to and use of the State of Wisconsin, Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA) websites are provided subject to these terms and conditions. Please read these terms carefully as use of our websites constitutes acceptance of these terms and conditions.

Construction of the disclaimers above and resolution of disputes thereof are governed by the laws of the State of Wisconsin. The laws of the State of Wisconsin, U.S.A., shall apply to all uses of this data and this system. By use of this system and any data contained therein, the user agrees that use shall conform to all applicable laws and regulations and user shall not violate the rights of any third parties.​
The material available through this website is for the noncommercial use of the general public. The U.S. copyright statutes and all applicable international laws and agreements apply to all material on http://dva.state.wi.us, http://museum.dva.state.wi.us, and https://services.dva.state.wi.us. For those properties owned, licensed or otherwise controlled by the State of Wisconsin, Department of Veterans Affairs, it shall remain the sole and exclusive owner of all rights, title and interest in and to all specifically copyrighted information created and posted for inclusion in this system.

Photographs and graphics on the WDVA's websites are either the property of the WDVA or the state agency that holds a license to use and display the material. For copy or use of information on the WDVA websites that is outside of the fair use provisions of copyright law, please seek permission from the Department. If you have any questions on using material on the WDVA websites, please email our Webmaster.

If permission to reproduce or redistribute is granted, the following statement shall be included, "Reproduced with permission from the State of Wisconsin, Department of Veterans Affairs" along with a link to the website.
Due to the dynamic nature of the Internet, resources that are free and publicly available one day may require a fee or restricted access the next, and the location of items may change as menus, homepages, and files are reorganized. The user expressly agrees that use of the WDVA's websites are at the user's sole risk.

The WDVA does not warrant that the service will be uninterrupted or error free. The documents and related graphics published on this server could contain technical inaccuracies or typographical errors. Changes are periodically added to the information herein. The State and/or its respective agencies and programs may make improvements and/or changes in the information and/or programs described herein at any time. If you find any errors or omissions, we encourage you to report them to our Webmaster.

The State of Wisconsin is a distributor of content sometimes supplied by third parties and users. Any opinions, advice, statements, services, offers, or other information or content expressed or made available by third parties, including information providers, users, or others, are those of the respective author(s) or distributor(s) and do not necessarily state or reflect those of the State of Wisconsin and shall not be used for advertising or product endorsement purposes.

Reference herein to any specific commercial products, process, or service by trade name, trademark, manufacturer, or otherwise, does not constitute or imply its endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by the State.​

WDVA is not responsible for the contents of any off-site pages referenced. The user specifically acknowledges that the WDVA is not liable for the defamatory, offensive, or illegal conduct of other users, links, or third parties and that the risk of injury from the foregoing rests entirely with the user.

Links from the WDVA web pages on the World Wide Web to other sites do not constitute an endorsement from the WDVA. These links are provided as an information service only. It is the responsibility of the web surfer to evaluate the content and usefulness of information obtained from other sites.

The WDVA web pages contain links to other related World Wide Web Internet sites and resources. Since the WDVA's web pages are not responsible for the availability of these outside resources or their contents, you should direct any concerns regarding any external link to its site administrator or Webmaster.

Neither the State of Wisconsin, the Department of Veterans Affairs nor any of its employees, shall be held liable for any improper or incorrect use of the information described and/or contained herein and assumes no responsibility for anyone's use of the information.

In no event shall the Department or its employees be liable for any direct, indirect, incidental, special, exemplary, or consequential damages (including, but not limited to, procurement or substitute goods or services; loss of use, data, or profits; or business interruption) however caused and on any theory of liability, whether in contract, strict liability, or tort (including negligence or otherwise) arising in any way out of the use of this system, even if advised of the possibility of such damage.

This disclaimer of liability applies to any damages or injury, including but not limited to those caused by any failure of performance, error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, computer virus, communication line failure, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to, alteration of, or use of record, whether for breach of contract, tortious behavior, negligence or under any other cause of action.

Although the data found using the State of Wisconsin's access systems have been produced and processed from sources believed to be reliable, no warranty, expressed or implied, is made regarding accuracy, adequacy, completeness, legality, reliability or usefulness of any information. This disclaimer applies to both isolated and aggregate uses of the information. The State provides this information on an "as is" basis. All warranties of any kind, express or implied, including but not limited to the implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, freedom from contamination by computer viruses and non-infringement of proprietary rights are disclaimed.

Changes may be periodically made to the information herein; these changes may or may not be incorporated in any new version of the publication. If you have obtained information from any of the State's web pages from a source other than the State's web pages, be aware that electronic data can be altered subsequent to original distribution. Data can also quickly become out-of-date. It is recommended that careful attention be paid to the contents of any data associated with a file, and that the originator of the data or information be contacted with any questions regarding appropriate use. If you find any errors or omissions, we encourage you to report them to our Webmaster.​

This Privacy Policy governs the information collection and disclosure practices for this website. When you browse or use this website, information will be collected, transferred, processed, stored, and/or disclosed in accordance with this Privacy Policy. By browsing or using the website, you expressly consent to the collection, transfer, use, processing and storage of your information, including personal information, as described in this Privacy Policy.

Information Collection

General. In general, you can browse the website without telling us who you are or revealing any personal information about yourself. However, if you wish to participate in a survey or send an email, additional information may be collected as referenced below.

Surveys. From time to time we may provide you the opportunity to participate in surveys on the website. If you participate, we may request certain personally identifiable information from you. Participation in these surveys is completely voluntary and you therefore have a choice whether or not to disclose this information. We may use a third-party service provider to conduct these surveys.

Correspondence. If you send us personal correspondence, such as emails, we may use this information to respond to you, to address issues you identify, or to further improve our website.

Automatic Information. As is true of most websites, we gather certain information automatically and store it in log files. This information does not identify individual users and includes, but it is not limited to, Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, browser type, Internet Service Provider (ISP), referring/exit pages, operating system, and date/time stamp.

Cookies. A cookie is a small text file that is stored on a user's computer for record-keeping purposes. We and our third-party analytics providers use cookies on the website to record information about your activities on the website. Some cookies remain on your computer until you delete them while others, like session ID cookies, expire when you close your browser. You may set your browser setting to reject cookies and you may still use the website; however, your ability to use some functionality and areas of the website, such as surveys, may be limited. We do not control the use of cookies by third parties. See the section on "Third-party analytics providers” below and review the privacy policies of each of the providers for more information on third party cookies.

Third-party Analytics Providers. We use third party analytics providers, such as Google and Quantcast, to collect information about website usage and users of our website, including demographic and interest-level information.

Our analytics providers use cookies in order to collect demographic and interest-level information and usage information from users that visit the website, including but not limited to information about the pages where users enter and exit the website, and what pages users view and visit on the website. Cookies allow analytics providers to recognize a user when a user visits the website but also when a user visits other websites. Our analytics providers use the information they collect from the website and other websites to profile users and share with us and other website operator’s information about users including, but not limited to, age range, gender, geographic regions, general interest and details about devices used to visit websites. We do not link information we receive from our analytics partners with personally identifiable information.

Specifically, with respect to analytics providers, we use Google Analytics Demographics and Interest Reporting and Quantcast Measure. By clicking on the applicable link below, you may access the privacy policies of the third parties we work with for analytics purposes.

Google Privacy Policy

Quantcast Privacy Policy

If you would like to opt out of analytics tracking, please visit the following links:

Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on

Quantcast Opt-out​

In the State of Wisconsin, laws exist to ensure that government is open and that the public has a right to access appropriate records and information possessed by state government. At the same time, there are exceptions to the public's right to access public records that serve various needs: the privacy of individuals is included among these exceptions. Exceptions are provided by both state and federal laws.

We strive to protect personally identifiable information by collecting only information necessary to deliver our services. All information collected at this site becomes public record that may be subject to inspection and copying by the public, unless an exemption in law exists.

In the event of a conflict between this Privacy Notice and the Wisconsin Open Records Law or other law governing the disclosure of records, the Wisconsin Open Records Law or other applicable law will control.


​The WDVA, as developer and manager of the WDVA websites and systems, has taken several steps to safeguard the integrity of its telecommunications and computing infrastructure, including but not limited to authentication, monitoring, auditing, and encryption. Security measures have been integrated into the design, implementation and day-to-day practices of the entire WDVA operating environment as part of its continuing commitment to risk management. This information should not be construed in any way as giving business, legal, or other advice. This information should not be construed as warranting as fail-proof the security of information provided through WDVA websites. Actual or attempted unauthorized access to WDVA systems, websites, or to any data on them is a violation of criminal statute S. 943.70, Wis. Stats., and is punishable by fines up to $10,000 and/or imprisonment for up to 10 years. Unauthorized access or attempts will be prosecuted.