March 25, 2021
MADISON – We have all been anxiously awaiting the day that we can be back together again, and I am excited to share with you that, for the members at Wisconsin’s Veterans Homes, the day has come! This week, we began joyously (and very cautiously) welcoming our family and friends back to all three of our Veterans Home facilities.
WDVA Sec. Mary Kolar and U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin: Keep Up the Fight to Protect Wisconsin's Veterans
February 10, 2021
MADISON – Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA) Secretary Mary Kolar thanked Governor Evers for his commitment to increasing access to critical mental health support and case management services for veterans in his 2021-23 budget. The Governor’s budget will expand the Veterans Outreach and Recovery Program (VORP) to support more veterans who may have a mental health condition or substance use disorder, as well as invest in a suicide prevention and awareness campaign targeted at traditionally underserved veteran populations.
December 21, 2020
MADISON – About 350,000 veterans call Wisconsin home. They are our friends, family, coworkers, and neighbors who were willing to give their lives for us and our country. They fought battles around the world, putting themselves in harm’s way. Now, when they should feel safe at home, veterans are once again on a battlefield, this time facing an invisible enemy. Sadly, it is taking a tremendous toll.
December 18, 2020
MADISON – Gov. Tony Evers today with Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA) Secretary Mary Kolar announced $620,940 in grants were awarded to 16 registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations that provide financial assistance, entrepreneurship training, or other services to Wisconsin veterans and their families.
December 8, 2020
MADISON – Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA) Secretary Mary Kolar invites the community to join one of three roundtables on supporting Wisconsin veterans. Participants will have an opportunity to share their ideas and recommendations for the future funding of the department’s programs, benefits, and services.
November 16, 2020
MADISON – The Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA) today announced that U.S. Navy veteran Joanie Dickerson was named its 2020 Woman Veteran of the Year.
November 9, 2020
MADISON – Today, murals were installed on the exterior of 30 W. Mifflin St., the building that houses the Wisconsin Veterans Museum. Over the past few months, the Veteran Print Project has been working on murals that would cover much of the street level of the building.
November 9, 2020
MADISON – Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA) Secretary Mary Kolar today invited the people of Wisconsin to join Governor Tony Evers and WDVA in honoring our state’s veterans by participating in Wisconsin's virtual Veterans Day celebration.
November 2, 2020
MADISON – On a November 11 more than a century ago, the guns of the “Great War” fell silent and WWI finally ended. The following year – and every year since – the American people commemorated that momentous day with gratitude and reflections on the bravery and selflessness of our nation’s veterans.
October 8, 2020
MADISON – By now I’m sure most of you have seen the staggering reports regarding the growing number of people with COVID-19 in our state and nation – a record high seven-day average for new cases, high rates in all 72 Wisconsin counties, and metro areas with alarmingly rapidly rising rates of the virus. All hospitals, including those in rural areas, are quickly approaching capacity.
September 1, 2020
MADISON – Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA) Secretary Mary Kolar announced today that applications are now being accepted for two grants available to Wisconsin organizations that serve Veterans and their families. Applications for both the WDVA Non-Profit Grant and the WDVA Entrepreneurship Grant will be accepted through Wednesday, Sept. 30 at 4 p.m.
August 31, 2020
MADISON – Nominations are now being accepted for the 2020 Wisconsin Woman Veteran of the Year award. As part of Wisconsin’s commitment to women Veterans, the award recognizes those who have compiled a record of exemplary service as a military member, Veteran, and member of the community.
August 20, 2020
MADISON – The Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA) has been awarded a grant from the US Department of Veterans Affairs (USDVA) to continue to operate and expand Wisconsin’s successful Veterans Housing and Recovery Program (VHRP), which provides temporary housing, training, and supportive services to military Veterans who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless in order to help them obtain permanent housing.
August 11, 2020
MADISON – Secretary Mary Kolar announced today that 20 nurses have been assigned to the Wisconsin Veterans Home at Union Grove by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in response to the recent outbreak of COVID-19 there. In addition, the Wisconsin National Guard will take over coronavirus testing on site.
August 4, 2020
MADISON – If not for yourself, will you do it for them? Over 700 Veterans and eligible family members live at our Wisconsin Veterans Homes. Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, the dedicated staff at our Homes located in Chippewa Falls, King, and Union Grove, have work diligently to keep COVID-19 from infecting our residents.
August 3, 2020
MADISON – Graffiti removal from the exterior of the Wisconsin Veterans Museum on Madison's Capitol Square will begin this week. The building at 30 West Mifflin Street owned by Executive Management, Inc., which also houses other private and public offices, was damaged in June.
May 18, 2020
MADISON – Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA) Secretary Mary Kolar today invited Wisconsin veterans, family, and friends to join the WDVA and Governor Tony Evers to honor the fallen by participating in Memorial Day 2020: Wisconsin’s Virtual Commemoration, a state-wide Memorial Day observance. The Commemoration is available at www.WisVetsMemorialDay2020.com.
May 11, 2020
MADISON – Staying home? Thank you for helping them live. Who's them? For me, they include the over 700 members residing at our Wisconsin State Veterans Homes.
May 6, 2020
MADISON – Veterans with questions about Wisconsin’s veterans programs, benefits and services are encouraged to call the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA) Veterans Benefits Resource Center (VBRC). Staff are standing by to answer questions and help veterans navigate eligibility processes for veteran and survivor benefits, programs and services at 1-800-WIS-VETS (947-8387).
April 9, 2020
MADISON – The Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA) announced today that Governor Tony Evers has suspended several provisions of the Assistance to Needy Veterans Grant (ANVG) program, providing more low-income veterans access to emergency financial aid. The ANVG program provides subsistence payments and other health care grants to low income veterans who experience a loss of income.
March 2, 2020
MADISON – The Wisconsin Veterans Museum announced today expanded hours that will begin Tuesday, March 31. The new schedule will allow the museum to be open at times more convenient to the public, including later weekday evenings – until 5 p.m. most weekdays and 8 p.m. on Fridays – and longer weekend hours.
February 24, 2020
MADISON – The Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA) was awarded the Abraham Lincoln Pillars of Excellence Award today for its Veterans Outreach and Recovery Program (VORP). The award, which recognizes outstanding programs that support veterans, was presented to WDVA Secretary Mary Kolar at the 2020 National Association of State Directors of Veterans Affairs (NASDVA) Mid-Winter Conference today.
January 15, 2020
MADISON - Following months of analysis, the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA) is taking steps to phase out its assisted living facility on the campus of the Wisconsin Southern Center at Union Grove due to declining demand and escalating costs.
November 8, 2019
MADISON – The Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA) today announced that decorated U.S. Army veteran Gundel “Gundy” Metz was named its 2019 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.
November 7, 2019
MADISON – The Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs’ (WDVA) Wisconsin Veterans Museum and Gov. Tony Evers unveiled a unique educational exhibit highlighting the military service of dozens of Wisconsin women veterans. The “I Am Not Invisible” (IANI) traveling exhibit, featuring 32 banners measuring 6-feet tall with portraits of Wisconsin women veterans, was unveiled during a formal ceremony at the Wisconsin State Capitol.
October 1, 2019
MADISON — Governor Tony Evers and Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA) Secretary-designee Mary Kolar announced today more than $400,000 in grants to five nonprofit organizations that provide entrepreneurship training, or technical, business or other assistance to veteran entrepreneurs to improve employment outcomes.
Consolidation at Top-Rated King Veterans Home to Go Into Effect
September 27, 2019
MADISON — Following months of analysis, the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA) is taking steps to consolidate its skilled-nursing operations on the campus of the Wisconsin Veterans Home at King.
September 5, 2019
LAKE DELTON — Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary-designee Mary Kolar will join Habitat for Humanity of Wisconsin River Area as a guest for Veterans Build Day on the National Day of Service and Remembrance, Wed., Sept. 11.
September 5, 2019
MADISON — Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA) Secretary-designee Mary Kolar congratulated the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) on their selection of the name “Northwoods National Cemetery" for a national veterans cemetery that is currently under construction in Wisconsin.
August 21, 2019
MADISON — Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary-designee Mary Kolar was recently elected district vice president for the Midwest District and will serve on the National Association of State Directors of Veterans Affairs' (NASDVA) Executive Committee. She was selected by her peers during the 2019 NASDVA Annual Conference, held August 11–14, 2019 in Omaha, Neb.
August 11, 2019
WEST ALLIS — The Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA) on Sunday, August 11, honored various organizations that have partnered with the agency to offer life-sustaining assistance to homeless and at-risk veterans across Wisconsin. Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes joined WDVA Deputy Secretary James Bond at the Wisconsin State Fair in recognizing several groups that have helped the agency’s Veterans Outreach and Recovery Program (VORP) achieve its mission of serving at-risk veterans in Wisconsin.