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WDVA Secretary Mary Kolar: You are Not Alone​​​

August 17​, 2021

MADISON – Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA) Secretary Mary Kolar today made the following statement:

“I watch with concern th​e reaction of veterans across the state and country to the insurgence of the Taliban following the withdrawal of American troops in Afghanistan. I would like veterans who are experiencing anxiety, rage, anguish, or other mental health consequences due to the unfolding events in Afghanistan that we have resources available to help. You are not alone...​​

WDVA Announces Virtual Memorial Day Commemoration​​

May 25​, 2021

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 Wisconsin’s virtual Memorial Day commemoration, available at

Celebrating Earth Day: Volunteers Improve Outdoor Spaces for Residents of the Union Grove Housing Program for Veterans

April 22​, 2021

MADISON – In observance of Earth Day, military veterans from across the region joined together to “green up the grounds” at Fairchild Hall, home of the Veterans Housing and Recovery Program (VHRP) in Union Grove. The group constructed raised-bed gardens and installed other infrastructure to create a habitat for pollinators, manage stormwater runoff, and grow fresh vegetables.​

WDVA Secretary Mary Kolar: We Are Joyously (and Cautiously) Opening the Doors at The Wisconsin Veterans Homes

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 Secretary Kolar Statement Regarding Investment in Veterans Mental Health Services in Gov. Evers' Budget​

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.​

WDVA Sec. Mary Kolar and U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin: Keep Up the Fight to Protect Wisconsin's Veterans

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.​

Gov. Evers, WDVA Announce More than $620,000 in Grants to Organizations Helping Wisconsin Veterans and Families​​

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.​​

WDVA to Host Virtual Roundtables on Supporting Veterans

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.​

WDVA Announces 2020 Woman Veteran of the Year

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.​

Statement of WDVA Secretary Mary Kolar Regarding Artwork on Exterior of Wisconsin Veterans Museum 

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. ​ 

WDVA Honors Wisconsin Veterans with Virtual Celebration

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.

WDVA Secretary Mary Kolar: Veterans Are an Example of ​​Courage and Heroism in Difficult Times 

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​.​​

Vern Larson: Help Protect Wisconsin Veterans from COVID-19

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.

​WDVA Announces Grant Application Period Open for Nonprofits that Serve Veterans

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.​

​Nominations Sought for Wisconsin Woman Veteran of the Year

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.​

​Wisconsin Homeless Veteran Program Receives Federal Support​

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.