Women Veterans

Survey of Women Who Have Served in the Military

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The Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA) Women Veterans Program invites you to take a survey that will help us to identify issues that concern women Veterans and develop programs and services that address your needs and reflect your interests. We want to ensure the WDVA is positioned to provide programs and services to help you attain your goals, as well as assist you in connecting to resources and accessing benefits you have earned.

If you have ever served in the military – regardless of component, length of service, or era – we need to hear from you and learn what we can do to continue to improve in areas that are important to you.


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
Check the last Women Veteran eNews here.

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

Women Veterans Program Brochure​​

Women Veteran Events

WDVA often hosts or participates in events related to women veterans and their families. See the WDVA Homepage​ for additional upcoming events of interest.​​

Wisconsin Conference on Veterans Issues

SAVE THE DATE! The 2018 Wisconsin Conference on Veterans Issues is headed to the Fox Valley! Thank you for joining us at our annual conference September 24 and 25 at Fox Valley Technical College in Appleton. The speakers and break out sessions focused on issues such as education, entrepreneurship, employment, mental health, and much more. Check out photos from the conference!

Women Veteran Business Owners

The WDVA Women Veterans Program recognizes the important 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!

September 2017 Woman Veteran Business Owner: June Carleton

Meet June Carleton, owner of Signs of Life by JC. June is a Navy veteran who turned her passion for crafting into a business.

Catalog of Featured Woman Veteran Business Owners

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

The Wisconsin Woman Veteran of the Year Award recognizes women veterans who have compiled a record of exemplary service as a military service member, a veteran, and outstanding member of the community. The Woman of the Year Nomination Form​​ must be received no later than September 1, 2018.​  

2017 W​oman Veteran of the Year – Connie Walker, Madison

Connie Walker is a a US Navy Veteran who honorably served 23 years, retiring as a Captain. Connie has a passion for working to raise cultural competency of Veterans issues, especially in mental health and healthcare. She is a tireless advocate for Veterans, active duty, and their families. 

Connie is driven to effect change, she says, because of her son Michael, who returned from the War in Iraq with invisible wounds. In advocating for him, she learned first-hand what Veterans and families working to overcome TBI, psychiatric injury, psychiatric illness, and chronic pain have to deal with in trying to get back some semblance of their lives. And while Michael may be the reason she started down this path, she has become a widely respected mental health advocate for a very vulnerable population in this country that needs much better mental health treatment and access to care than it’s getting.    

She dedicates a significant amount of time and energy into spreading knowledge and understanding of Veterans issues throughout Wisconsin. She worked to bring VA's Community Clergy Training Program to Wisconsin for the first time in order to educate faith communities about how they can support Veterans and their families, as well as identify and support rural Veterans with reintegration challenges.

She has established training programs and provided training on many Veterans issues to raise cultural competency of Veterans issues. For instance, Connie is working with UW-Madison to include training on Veterans issues into their medical school curricula; she advocates for the same in nursing, social work and other medical sectors of education throughout the country.

Connie brings people together to create opportunities for individuals and communities to provide better services to Veterans and their families, working with groups like Journey Mental Health to roll-out a community education series on Veterans issues and hosting a workshop at the National Association of Social Workers Wisconsin Annual Conference on post-war recovery and reintegration outcomes.

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.

Explore U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Benefits

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