Women Veterans

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Who We Are

​​From the founding of our nation, women have protected America's freedom and will continue to do so in ever increasing numbers. To address the needs of women veterans in our state, the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA) remains committed to:

  • Providing advocacy for women veterans;
  • Encouraging and supporting recognition of women veterans' contributions to Wisconsin and the nation;
  • Providing outreach for women veterans' programs and issues

For more information about the Women Veterans Program, contact:​
Telephone: (800) WIS-VETS

Women Veterans Program Brochure​​

I Am Not Invisible 

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​On November 7, 2019 Governor Tony Evers, WDVA Secretary Mary Kolar, and the Wisconsin Veterans Museum's Interim Director Jennifer Van Haaften launched I Am Not Invisible (IANI) in the State Capitol Rotunda.​

IANI was created in partnership with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' Center for Women Veterans and our Women Veterans Program. IANI, featuring thirty-two Wisconsin women military veterans, aims to increase awareness and dialogue about women who served in the military and their life after service, as well as open viewers’ eyes to the countless levels of expertise women have contributed in the U.S. Armed Forces.

IANI participants succeed in all areas of our communities and have monumental impact ​on our lives. ​

The exhibit is available to the public as part of the Wisconsin Veterans Museum Traveling Exhibit Program.

As part of the Wisconsin Veterans Museum Traveling Exhibit program these photographs will travel as banner exhibits throughout the state of Wisconsin. 

For more information or to inquire about this traveling exhibit availability call (608) 261-0541 or email  TravelingExhibits@dva.wisconsin.gov.​

​Women Veteran Business Owners

The WDVA Women Veterans Program recognizes the imp​ortant role women veteran business owners play in our state. We are pleased to share your story and information about your business with the greater veteran community in Wisconsin. Interested in being highlighted here? Email us!

April 2019 Woman Veteran Business Owner: Carla Stephany

Meet Carla Stephany, owner of Riveter Enterprises. Carla is an Air Force veteran who started this construction contracting business with locations in both Colorado Springs and Wisconsin.

Catalog of Featured Woman Veteran Business Owners

September 2017 Women Veteran Business Owner
June Carleton, Navy
Signs of Life by JC

July 2017 Woman Veteran Business Owner

May 2017 Woman Veteran Business Owner
Jill Clark-Mata, Air Force 

February 2017 Woman Veteran Business Owner
Lori Ford, Air Force 

January 2017 Woman Veteran Business Owner
Maria Kovach, Air Force 


December 2016 Woman Veteran Business Owner

​​​​WDVA Wisconsin Woman of the Year Award

Created in 2009, the WDVA's Woman Veteran of the Year Award recognizes women veterans in Wisconsin who have compiled records of exemplary service as military service members, veterans, and an outstanding members of the community.

2019 W​oman Veteran of the Year – Gundel "Gundy" Metz:

Graff.jpgUS Army Veteran Gundel "Gundy" Metz, has been named the 2019 Wisconsin Woman Veteran of the Year. ​

Metz, a Madison resident, served on active duty in the Army for two decades (1975-1995), receiving numerous decorations, certificates, and accolades for her military service. Upon Metz's retirement from the Army, she shifted toward a career in serving veterans in her community.

 “Gundy's commitment to service, even after wearing the uniform, serves as an example of the person we should strive to be," WDVA Secretary Mary Kolar said. “Gundy's tireless work on behalf of veterans and her strong leadership ability has helped our state in our mission of better serving veterans and their families. Her guidance and advocacy have paved the way not only for women veterans, but all those who bravely wore the uniform."

While serving as the WDVA's Women Veterans Coordinator (2006-2011), Metz advocated on behalf of Wisconsin's women veterans population while also making it her personal mission to track down veterans' military records. She is also credited with leading initiatives to assist homeless and incarcerated veterans, and also creating a fundraising effort known as “Operation Ruck 22" to raise awareness and help curb veteran suicides.

Most recently, Metz was elected to serve as the State Commander of the Veterans of Foreign War Department of Wisconsin, leading 263 posts across the state and representing more than 28,000 members. She was responsible for organizing and sending a delegation of veterans to Washington D.C. to advocate for legislation that has had positive, long-lasting results for Wisconsin veterans and their families.

 “My personal mission has been to continue helping and serving veterans and their families to the best of my ability," Metz said. “I've enjoyed leading by example so that other women in the military — and those in the veterans' community — can exceed the things I've accomplished."

Metz was formally presented the award by Gov. Tony Evers and Secretary Kolar during a ceremony Thursday evening at Gov. Evers' Executive Residence in Madison.​

Seventeen women veterans were nominated for the 2019 award, and each were scored by a five-person panel based on a number of criteria, such as contributions to the veterans' community and the resulting impact.

2018: Kimberly Graff, United States Marine Corps
2017: Connie Walker of Madison, United States Navy
2016: Cindy Brosig of Sun Prairie, United States Air Force
2015: Denise Rohan of Verona, United States Army
2014: Jennifer Sluga of Waunakee, United State Army
2012: Nancy Kaczor of Franklin, United States Air Force
2011: Holly Hoppe of ​Oconto, United States Air Force
2010: Jessica Maple of Mosinee, ​United States Air Force
2009: Connie Allord of Madison, United States Marine Corps

Information and Resources

You can find detailed information about WDVA benefits, services, and programs by visiting the WDVA Benefits and Claims webpage. Below, we have provided additional resources for women veterans.


At each USDVA Medical Center nationwide, a Women Veterans Program Manager is designated to assist women veterans. She can help coordinate all the services you may need. For more information or assistance with specific health care issues, contact your local Women Veterans Program Manager.​

The USDVA has qualified MST counselors at every hospital. Many Vet Centers also have an MST coordinator. This person can discuss treatment with you and help you find the services that best fit your needs. Many USDVA and Vet Centers offer services specific to men and women.

Do you live more than 50 miles away from your USDVA Hospital and need overnight lodging to be able to attend appointments? Call the Hoptel Program at your facility to learn more about Temporary Lodging.

The Patient Advocacy Program is for all veterans and their families who receive care at Veterans Health Administration (VHA) facilities and clinics. If you need help getting care or getting your problems resolved, talk to the Patient Advocate at your USDVA Medical Center.

Iron Mountain
325 East H Street, Iron Mountain, MI 49801
Women Veterans Program Manager:
Julie Gendron, LMSW, (906) 774-3300 Ext. 32388
MST Coordinator: 1-800-215-8262 Ext. 32631
Hoptel Program: 1-800-215-8262 Ext. 32811
Patient Advocate: 906-774-3300 Ext. 32020

2500 Overlook Terrace, Madison, WI 53705
Women Veterans Program Manager:
Gail Gunter Hunt, LCSW, (608) 256-1901 Ext. 11687
MST Coordinator: (608) 265-1901 Ext. 11364
Hoptel Program: (608) 256-1901 Ext. 12007
Patient Advocate: (608) 280-7182

5000 W. National Avenue Milwaukee, WI 53295
Women Veterans Program Manager:
Jill Feldman, PhD, LCSW, (414) 384-2000 Ext. 41926
MST Coordinator: (414) 384-2000 Ext. 45777
Hoptel Program: (414) 384-2000 Ext. 41136
Patient Advocate: (414) 384-2000 Ext. 42604

1 Veterans Drive Minneapolis, MN 55417
Women Veterans Program Manager:
(612) 467-2487
MST Coordinator: (612) 725-2000
Hoptel Program: (612) 725-2000
Patient Advocate: (612) 467-2106

North Chicago
3001 Green Bay Road, North Chicago, IL 60064
Women Veterans Program Manager:
Anna Bonney, RN, (847) 688-1900
MST Coordinator: Delia De Avila, LCSW, (224) 610-5843
Hoptel Program: (847) 688-1900 Ext. 85554
Patient Advocate: (847) 688-1900 Ext. 84211

500 East Veterans Street, Tomah, WI 54660
Women Veterans Program Manager:
Clelia Taylor, MSW, APSW, (608) 372-3971 Ext. 66375
MST Coordinator: Tamara Woods, PhD (608) 372-3971 Ext. 66429
Hoptel Program: (608) 372-3971 Ext. 61750
Patient Advocate: (608) 372-3971 Ext. 66353 or 67723
Not in Wisconsin? No worries, locate your nearest facility here.

There is a Women Veteran Coordinator (WVCs) located in every regional office who functions as the primary contact for women veterans. WVCs provide specific information and comprehensive assistance to women veterans, their dependents, and beneficiaries concerning USDVA benefits and related non-USDVA benefits. They may assist you in the claims intake, development, and processing of military sexual and personal trauma claims.

     U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
     Women Veteran Coordinator
     Dawn Spencer, Outreach Specialist
     5400 W. National Ave.
     Milwaukee, WI 53214
     Email: dawn.spencer1@va.gov

Women Vets Call CenterOn April 23, 2013, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs launched its new Women Veterans hotline​ – 
1-855-VA-WOMEN (829-6636) – an incoming call center that receives and responds to questions from women veterans, their families, and caregivers across the nation about available USDVA services and resources. USDVA aims to meet the unique needs of women veterans by delivering the highest quality of health care to each woman, while offering privacy, dignity, and sensitivity to gender-specific needs that she deserves. USDVA covers a full continuum of care, including comprehensive primary care, mental health services, as well as emergency and specialty care. In addition, USDVA provides gynecology services, maternity care, caregiver support, crisis support and help for homeless veterans. With one phone call, women veterans can discover all the USDVA has to offer.

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Email WomenVets@dva.wisconsin.gov to submit your Woman Veteran Service Organization.

Contact: Gwen Sheppard, Post Commander
Phone: (414) 376-4718 Ext. 1292882 
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Contact: Debbie Thomas, Adjutant
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United Women Veterans, Madison
Contact: Elizabeth Benn, President
Phone: (608) 235-3901
United Women Veterans, Northwest Chapter
Contact: Alysia Smith, President
Phone: (715) 416-1451 

Military Women Across the Nation, Badger Unit #39
Contact: Kristin Gancarz, President
Phone: (262) 632-2443

Military Women Across the Nation, Fox Cities Unit ​153
Contact: Pamela Pamperin, Treasurer
Phone: (920) 954-8445

Women Marines Association, WI-1
Contact: Linda O'Hara, President
Phone: (414) 405-7349