State / Territory Benefits - Wisconsin
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Summary: Wisconsin offers special benefits and services for its military Service members and Veterans in order to supplement and complement those provided to Veterans by the Federal government. These include benefits, programs, and services to assist Wisconsin Veterans in enhancing their education and employment, purchasing or remodeling a home in Wisconsin, traveling to Federal VA medical appointments, obtaining needed health care services not provided by Federal VA health care, overcoming barriers to employment, and obtaining needed subsistence assistance in emergency situations, assistance in discharge upgrades, obtaining medals that were not issued or lost, among many others.
State Benefit Highlights and Eligibility
Veterans and Surviving Spouses Property Tax Credit: A program that provides a refundable property tax credit for the primary residence (in state) via the state income tax form. Beginning with qualifying property taxes paid in 2009 and claimed in 2010, the Wisconsin Veterans and Surviving Spouses Property Tax Credit will be expanded by reducing the residency requirement, eliminating the age requirement, and including additional totally disabled Veterans and their un-remarried surviving Spouses.
Eligibility: A Veteran, or the surviving Spouse of a Veteran, who has been a Wisconsin resident for a consecutive 5-year period after entering active duty or was a Wisconsin resident when entering active duty. The Veteran must have either a SCD rating of 100% under 38 USC 1114 or 1134 or a 100% disability rating based on individual unemployability. The previous age requirement of 65 was eliminated for tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2009.
Wisconsin Individual Income Taxes - Military Pay: Residents of another state who are stationed in Wisconsin are not subject to Wisconsin income tax on their military pay unless they change their state of residency to Wisconsin.
Individual Income Taxes - Mobilized Reserve/Guard Pay Exemption: For taxable years beginning in 2004 and thereafter, military pay received by certain members of the Reserves and National Guard may also be exempt for Wisconsin tax purposes.
Eligibility: Military pay must have been received from the Federal government after being called into active Federal service or into special state service authorized by the Federal Department of Defense and have been for a period of time during which the Reserve or National Guard member was on active duty. This exemption does not apply to military pay that members of the Reserves or National Guard receive during their weekend and two-week annual training.
Individual Income Taxes - Combat Pay Exemption: Military pay that is exempt from Federal taxation, such as combat pay or hazardous duty pay is also exempt from state taxation.
Individual Income Taxes - Death Gratuity Exemption: The death gratuity paid to the surviving dependent in the event of a line of duty death of a military Service member is exempt from Wisconsin individual income taxes.
Retirement Income Taxes: All retirement payments from the U.S. military employee retirement system and the Coast Guard are exempt.
Retired Military Pay: All military retirement pay is exempt.
Wisconsin Individual Income Taxes - Extension in Filing Deadline: Military Service members who are on military duty outside the United States and Puerto Rico on the April 15th tax return deadline are allowed a two-month extension for time to file their Federal return.
Military Disability Retired Pay: Retirees who entered the military before September 24, 1975, and members receiving disability retirements based on combat injuries or who could receive disability payments from the VA are covered by laws giving disability broad exemption from Federal income tax. Most military retired pay based on service-related disabilities also is free from Federal income tax, but there is no guarantee of total protection.
VA Disability Dependency and Indemnity Compensation: Not subject to Federal or state taxes.
Military SBP/SSBP/RCSBP/RSFPP: Payments you receive from the U.S. military retirement system (including payments from the Retired Serviceman's Family Protection Plan and the Survivor Benefit Plan) are not taxable for Wisconsin.
Wisconsin G.I. Bill Tuition Remission Program: The Wisconsin G.I. Bill provides a full waiver ("remission") of tuition for eligible Veterans and their dependents for up to 8 full-time semesters or 128 credits at any University of Wisconsin System or Wisconsin Technical College System institution. The tuition remission is a full 100% of tuition and fees. (In accordance with 2005 Wisconsin Act 468, signed into law by Governor Jim Doyle on Memorial Day 2006 and effective with the 2007-08 academic year.) See the UWS WisGIBill FAQs or the WTCS WisGIBill FAQs for frequently asked questions regarding the Wisconsin G.I. Bill and the University of Wisconsin System and the Wisconsin Technical College System.
Eligibility: The Veteran must have entered service as a Wisconsin resident and the benefit recipient must reside in Wisconsin. Character of service and active duty service requirements apply. For Veterans, there is no post-service time limitation (such as the Federal Montgomery G.I. Bill 10-year delimiting date) on the use of the benefit. The Veteran may attend full- or part-time. The benefit may be used for continuing education, or for study at the undergraduate or graduate level.
Expanded Eligibility for Veterans Under the Five Year Residency Requirement:
Beginning in the Fall Semester of 2013, Veterans who have established and maintained status as a Wisconsin resident for at least 5 consecutive years immediately preceding the beginning of any semester or session for which the student registers at an institution may qualify, even if they were not residents of Wisconsin at the time of entry into a qualified period of "Active Duty" under Title 10 orders. NOTE: This benefit does not extend to the Spouse or children. In order to extend the benefit to the Spouse or children the Veteran must have entered a qualifying period of Active Duty Service under Title 10 Orders as a Wisconsin Resident. Please see Requirements for Children and Spouses below for more information.
Wisconsin G.I. Bill Tuition Remission Program for Dependents: A 100% remission is provided to the qualifying dependents of an eligible Veteran. For qualifying Spouses, the benefit must be used within 10 years of the date of death or the initial disability rating of 30% or greater. The Spouse, or un-remarried surviving Spouse, may attend full- or part-time. For qualifying children, the benefit is available from ages 17 through 25. The child may attend full- or part-time.
Eligibility: The benefit recipient must reside in Wisconsin. The qualifying Wisconsin Veteran must have been a Wisconsin resident at the time of entry onto active duty. Character of service and active duty service requirements apply. The qualifying Wisconsin Veteran must be
- Currently rated by the Federal VA with a combined service-connected disability of 30% or greater;
- Died in the line of duty while on active, Reserve, or Guard duty;
- Died as the direct result of a service-connected disability, as determined by the Federal VA.
Veterans Education (VetEd) Reimbursement Grant: Provides a reimbursement grant to Veterans based on a credit-bank system that is determined by length of active duty military service for the reimbursement of tuition and fees following successful course completion at an eligible University of Wisconsin, technical college, or approved private institution of higher learning. Individuals eligible for Wisconsin GI Bill benefits must apply for, and use those benefits in order to be eligible for VetEd reimbursement. VetEd reimbursement will be reduced to the extent that tuition and fees have already been paid by other grants, scholarships, and remissions provided for the payment of tuition and fees, including Federal VA Chapter 33 Post 9/11 G.I. Bill tuition benefits.
Eligibility: A Veteran who is a Wisconsin resident and has not yet been awarded a bachelor's degree.
Tuition Residency for Wisconsin Veterans: Under state law, Veterans who entered active duty as a Wisconsin resident retain permanent eligibility for in-state tuition at University of Wisconsin System institutions.
Academic Credit for Military Experience: Service members, reservists, and Veterans pursuing a college education may be able to obtain academic credit for military courses they have completed through the military. Prior to enrollment individuals should discuss possible credit with the Veterans' Coordinator at the college or university they plan to attend; credit received may reduce attendance time and cost.
Wisconsin National Guard Tuition Grant Program: The Tuition Grant Program helps to pay for courses completed under both full and part-time study. Wisconsin National Guard Service members are eligible for a maximum of 8 semesters of full-time study. A minimum GPA of 2.0 in each term must be achieved to receive a National Guard Tuition Grant. The program pays a grant to Soldiers of up to 100% of the actual tuition charged by a qualifying school or the maximum resident undergraduate tuition charged by the University of Wisconsin-Madison, whichever is less. The grant cannot pay for any room & board, books, fees or continuing education credits (CEUs). The Grant may be used at approved WI schools, any WI technical college established under chapter 38, or schools approved under Minnesota-Wisconsin student reciprocity agreement. There is limited reciprocity with Iowa, Illinois and Michigan schools. Click here for a list of schools.
Eligibility: All National Guard Warrant Officers and enlisted members in good standing are eligible while attending a qualifying school for undergraduate studies. The program may be used at any school eligible for Federal Financial Aid. The application for the program must be received at State Headquarters within 90 days of the end of the semester or class. These benefits are available to our members after completion of basic training (boot camp) and technical school. If you have prior military service, you must complete any technical school requirements and have used all active duty Montgomery GI bill benefits you are entitled to prior to receiving National Guard educational benefits. This program is a non-contributory benefit, meaning no payment or reduction in pay is required from you to receive these benefits (upon receiving bachelor's degree eligibility terminates).
Retraining Grants: A Veteran who is unemployed or underemployed may be eligible for up to $3,000.00 per year, for a maximum of two years, if they have a financial need while being retrained for new employment. The amount of the grant is determined by the applicant's financial need as calculated by the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA).
Eligibility: The Veteran must have been involuntarily laid off or discharged (not due to willful misconduct) within a period beginning one year before the date that the WDVA receives the application. The Veteran must have been employed for at least six consecutive months with the same employer or in the same or similar occupations. At least one day of that employment must have been within the period beginning one year before the date that the WDVA receives the application. An underemployed Veteran must have current annual income from employment that does not exceed Federal poverty guidelines. The Veteran must be currently enrolled in a technical education program or engaged in a structured on-the-job training program that will be completed within two years of the date that the application is received by the WDVA. In addition to all Wisconsin technical colleges, various private occupational and trade schools may qualify for the retraining grant program if they do not offer four-year degrees or four-year programs. The program must reasonably be expected to lead to employment.
High School Diplomas: Local School Boards in the state of Wisconsin, under the authority of Wisconsin Statutes section 120.13 (37), may award a high school diploma to Veterans who left high school before receiving a high school diploma to join the U.S. armed forces during a statutorily designated war period.
Eligibility: The high school diploma may be awarded if the Veteran meets all of the following requirements: Is at least 65 years old, or is at least 55 years old and has a service-connected disability; Attended high school in the school district, or attended high school in Wisconsin and resides in the school district; Left high school before receiving a high school diploma to join the U.S. armed forces during a statutorily designated war period; and Served on active duty under honorable conditions in the U.S. armed forces (including the National Guard or Merchant Marine).
Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children: It is the purpose of this compact to remove barriers to educational success imposed on children of military Families because of frequent moves and deployment of their parents by:
- Facilitating the timely enrollment of children of military Families and ensuring that they are not placed at a disadvantage due to difficulty in the transfer of educational records from the previous school district or variations in entrance or age requirements.
- Facilitating the student placement process through which children of military Families are not disadvantaged by variations in attendance requirements, scheduling, sequencing, grading, course content or assessment. Facilitating the qualification and eligibility for enrollment, educational programs, and participation in extracurricular academic, athletic and social activities.
- Facilitating the on-time graduation of children of military Families.
- Providing for the promulgation and enforcement of administrative rules implementing the provisions of this compact.
- Providing for the uniform collection and sharing of information between and among member states, schools and military Families under this compact.
- Promoting coordination between this compact and other compacts affecting military children.
- Promoting flexibility and cooperation between the educational system, parents and the student in order to achieve educational success for the student.
Primary Point of Contact:
Shelley Weiss, Commissioner
3014 Happy Valley Rd, Sun Prairie, WI 53590
State Employment Benefit: Permanent State employees receive 30 days military leave per year for military duty away from work, includes annual training. A permanent employee must be on military orders for at least 3 consecutive days (not required to be workdays) in order to claim military leave.
Eligibility: Army Reserve and National Guard (Air and Army) Service members.
Veterans Hiring Preference Information - Civil Service Preference (State): Veterans and the Spouses of disabled Veterans may qualify for preference in Wisconsin's civil service system:
10-Point Hiring Preference may be added to a Veteran's passing state civil service test score.
15-Point Hiring Preference may be added to a disabled Veteran's passing score whose service-connected disability is rated less than 30%.
20-Point Hiring Preference may be added to a disabled Veteran's passing score whose service-connected disability is rated 30% or more.
Promotional Exam Preference may be added to a disabled Veteran's passing score whose service-connected disability is 70% or more.
10-Point Hiring Preference may be added to the passing score of the Spouse of a disabled Veteran whose service-connected disability is rated 70% or more.
10-Point Hiring Preference may be added to the passing score of the un-remarried Spouse of a Veteran who was killed in action or who died of a service-connected disability.
Veterans with a 30% or greater SCD may be hired for a permanent, entry-level position with the State of Wisconsin on a noncompetitive basis.
Veterans Employment Representatives: The Department of Labor's Veterans' Employment and Training Service (VETS) program makes employment assistance available to all Wisconsin Veterans in local one-stop job centers. The Disabled Veterans' Outreach Program (DVOP) and Local Veterans Employment Representatives (LVER) are the two primary programs providing employment and training services to eligible Veterans.
Department of Workforce Development's Unemployment Insurance program provides a safety net to eligible workers and their Families during times of unemployment. The UI Program is financed through employer contributions (taxes).
- Social Security Number (Why we need your Social Security Number.)
- A Personal Identification Number (PIN).
- Wisconsin Driver's License Number, if you have one.
- The names of everyone for whom you worked for in the past 18 months.
For each employer you will also need:
- a full address (including zip code)
- a telephone number
- the reason you are no longer working there
- your first and last dates of work
- Alien Registration Number, if you are not a U.S. citizen.
- If a member of a skilled trades union, the name and local number of your union hall.
- Your member copy 4 of the DD-214, for all active duty terms within the last 18 months
- Current Address. You need a valid mailing address to receive important documents about your claim.
The Retired Service member must disclose if they applied for or are receiving a retirement payment, but they do not report the retirement payment as wages on their weekly claim certifications. The weekly unemployment payments may be reduced if the Service member receives a retirement payment.
Special Vehicle License Plates: Special license plates are available to Veterans, retired military Service members, medal recipients, and members of the active or reserve military. For additional information on any of these plates, contact the Division of Motor Vehicles, or visit the Web site of the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WISDOT): www.dot.state.wi.us or the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs site on License Plates.
Wisconsin Salutes Veterans: This license plate is available to anyone who wants to show their support for those who served in the U.S. Armed Forces. The plate is modeled after the Federal VA's logo and shows a bald eagle holding crossed U.S. and Wisconsin flags. The $15.00 issuance / reissuance fee is a tax-deductible donation to the Veterans Trust Fund and directly benefits disabled and other eligible Veterans and qualifying military Family members. An additional $15.00 fee for personalized plates.
Veterans/Military License plates: Special vehicle license plates are available for Veterans and members of the military, including branch of service (Army, Navy, etc.) wartime service (WWII, Vietnam, etc.), and military medals (Silver Star, Air Medal, etc.). In all, more than 51 different service and medal designations are available.
Eligibility: A Service member of the Active, Reserve, a Veteran, Retired Military, Medal Recipient, or Military Academy student or alumni who is a qualified vehicle owner, lessee, or trust beneficiary. The $15 issuance/reissuance fee is a tax-deductible donation to the state's Veterans Trust Fund, which provides relief to Veterans and the immediate Families of Service members who die in the line of duty or as a result of service-connected disabilities, deployed Service members, and eligible disabled Veterans. Plates are transferable to surviving Spouse.
Wisconsin National Guard License Plates: Guard plates have a $15.00 issuance/reissuance fee for non-personalized plates. Personalized plates with one to seven letters or numbers are available for $15.00 plus annual registration. If you are a current or former member of one of eight Wisconsin National Guard units, you are eligible to receive one unit plate decal for an additional fee of $20.
Eligibility: Wisconsin residents who are current or retired members of the Wisconsin National Guard (Air and Army). If membership in the NG is not maintained (except due to retirement), the plates must be disposed of and regular replacement plates obtained. These plates may be transferred to a surviving Spouse. No special parking privileges are provided with these plates.
Disabled Veteran License Plates: Veterans with disabilities that impair the ability to walk may be eligible for special parking privileges. While there is no reduction in the registration fee for Disabled Veteran License Plates, privileges of the plate include parking in disabled parking spaces, exemption from time limitations and payment in metered parking in parking places with a half-hour or more limit.
Eligibility: Disabled Veteran of the United States Armed Forces.
Gold Star License Plates: Special Gold Star license plates are available to the immediate Family members of a Service member who has died in combat while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. Individual Family members include the deceased Service member's Spouse, child/stepchild, parent/stepparent, sibling, grandparent or grandchild, and the Spouse of a child/stepchild, parent/stepparent, sibling, grandparent, or grandchild. While annual registration fees apply, there is no issuance fee. If you wish to personalize the plate, you will pay an additional $15.00 each year. Gold Star Family license plates are not available at local DMV service centers; apply by mail to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation. No special parking privileges are provided with the Gold Star Plate.
Ex-Prisoner of War License Plates: The first license plate is issued at no charge, a second or subsequent plates have an additional $15.00 issuance fee plus the annual registration fee.
Eligibility: Proof of eligibility from your Orders or DD214 (Discharge document) and must be renewed annually even if no fee is required. Plates may be transferred to surviving Spouse or domestic partner.
Medal of Honor License Plates: A special non-expiring license plate is issued to any Wisconsin resident awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor. There are no issuance or renewal fees required. When the vehicle is sold, the plate stays with owner (or the lessee if vehicle is leased), and may transfer to another qualifying vehicle. Plates may be transferred to surviving Spouse and remain at no fee. If the plate had been returned to the department or surrendered to another state, no issuance fee will be charged to reactivate the plate.
Eligibility: Proof of eligibility from your Orders or DD214 (Discharge document) or copy of official order.
Veterans Motorcycle License Plate: Plates may be personalized with one to four characters. A $30 personalized plate fee is required in even years. A $15 personalized plate fee is required in odd years. Regular numbered plates have an issuance/reissuance fee of $15. No special parking privileges are provided with Veteran Motorcycle plates.
Eligibility: Veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces.
Medical Benefits: National Guard Service members are entitled to same benefits as State employees.
Eligibility: National Guard (Air and Army) Service member activated for state active duty.
Injury/Death Benefits: Same as under Worker's Compensation.
Eligibility: National Guard Service members on state active duty.
Group Insurance: Offered at $10,000.00-$45,000.00/$3.66-$17.35 month based on amount and age of insured. Options are also available for Spouse and dependents. For Army National Guard: Bonuses to $76,500.00.
Eligibility: National Guard (Air and Army) Service member.
Workers' Compensation: National Guard Service members are entitled to same workers' compensation benefits as State employees.
Eligibility: National Guard (Air and Army) Service member activated for state active duty.
Military Free Fishing and Small Game Hunting License: Wisconsin Resident members of the Armed Forces with proof that they are on leave are eligible for free fishing and small game hunting licenses.
Eligibility: Members of the Armed Forces on active duty stationed in Wisconsin.
Conservation Patron License for Purple Heart Recipients: Effective 8 November 2013, any resident Purple Heart recipient who exhibits proof at a Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Service Center of having received a Purple Heart medal is eligible to purchase a Conservation Patron license for $10. Nonresident Purple Heart recipients may purchase the license for $161.
Free Hunting or Fishing License for Returning Veterans: 2013 Wisconsin Act 20 authorizes recently returning Wisconsin resident Veterans to receive a one-time free small game, archery, gun deer or annual fishing license. Veterans who wish to receive a free hunting or fishing license must first contact the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA) to determine their eligibility for this program.
Eligibility: Eligible Veterans will receive a voucher code that may be redeemed at the DNR within 365 days of discharge. A qualifies Veteran is a Wisconsin resident who is one of the following:
- A Veteran, as defined in s. 45.01 (12) (a) to (f), who served in a war period
- A member of a reserve component of the U.S. Armed Forces or of the National Guard, as defined in 32 USC 101 (3), who has served in a war period* and who has served under honorable conditions for at least one year beginning on the member's date of enlistment in a reserve component of the U.S. Armed Forces or in the National Guard.
- A person who served in a war period who was discharged from a reserve component of the U.S. Armed Forces or from the National Guard, as defined in 32 USC 101(3) if that discharge was an honorable discharge or a general discharge under honorable conditions.
*For this benefit, a "war period" means any of the following:
- A period between September 11, 2001, and the ending date of Operation Enduring Freedom or an operation that is a successor to Operation Enduring Freedom, as established by the Department of Veterans Affairs by rule.
- A period between March 19, 2003, and the ending date of Operation Iraqi Freedom or an operation that is a successor to Operation Iraqi Freedom, as established by the Department of Veterans Affairs by rule.
Disabled Veterans Reduced-Fee Fishing License: Wisconsin disabled Veterans with a combined service-connected disability rating by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) of 70% or greater are eligible for a disabled Veteran reduced-fee fishing license.
Eligibility: unemployable. Acceptable evidence to receive this license includes:
- Veteran's Disability Award Letter showing benefits are being paid for a disability of 70% or more;
- A letter from the Veterans Administration that indicates customer is receiving benefits for a disability of 70% or more;
- A completed Disabled Veteran Free State Park Application 2300-123 [PDF] signed by a county Veteran service officer; or
- A Wisconsin State Park & Forest Disabled Veteran or Former POW ID Card issued by the DNR.
Special Hunting Permits for Disabled Residents: Individuals who are disabled (regardless of Veteran status) may qualify for free hunting permits that allow them special privileges, including hunting from a stationary vehicle and hunting with a crossbow. In addition to the permit, the individual must purchase the appropriate hunting license. Categories of permanent or temporary disabilities that may qualify for these hunting permits include:
- Loss of mobility without the aid of a wheelchair, walker, single leg brace or prosthesis above the knee, two leg braces or prosthesis below the knees, two crutches, or two canes
- Certain lung diseases
- Certain cardiovascular disorders
- Restricted mobility or ambulation that precludes hunting using traditional methods, including certain upper or lower extremity disabilities or other valid medical reasons
- Legal blindness
Free Access to State Parks and Trails: Certain disabled Veterans and former Prisoners of War (POWs) are eligible to receive waivers of vehicle admission and trail pass fees for State of Wisconsin Parks and Trails.
Eligibility: Eligible Veterans include:
- Disabled Veterans with 70% or greater, either Permanent or Temporary disability rating
- Disabled Veterans determined by the Federal VA to be Total Disabled due to Individual Unemployability (TDIU).
- Former POWs.
Transportation to VA Medical Appointments: Wisconsin Veterans may use one of two programs that assist Veterans who need help getting to VA medical appointments. The Wisconsin Department of the Disabled American Veterans operates several vans around the state that normally stop at predetermined locations and then transport to the various medical centers.
Eligibility: These rides are free of charge and available to all Veterans based on financial need - you do not have to be disabled or belong to the DAV to get a ride on this network.
Assistance to Needy Veterans and Family Members: A grant program provides limited financial assistance to those in need and who have exhausted all other sources of aid. The grants may be used for specified health care and subsistence needs or economic emergency assistance for Spouses and dependents of activated or deployed Service members, up to maximum grant limits. There is a lifetime cumulative grant award limit per Veteran of $7,500.00.
Eligibility: A Veteran or the un-remarried surviving Spouse with dependent children of an eligible Veteran who died in the line of duty while on active duty or inactive duty for training or the Spouse with dependent children of an eligible Service member who is currently activated or deployed. Must have applied for and been denied or determined to be ineligible for all other applicable aid programs, including Unemployment Insurance, Medicaid, Medicare, BadgerCare, and Federal VA health care.
Military Funeral Honors Program: Funeral Honors consist of the folding and/or presentation of a burial flag and the sounding of taps. Any of which can be rendered, depending on the Family's wishes. * The minimum number of personnel who will respond to a request for honors will be two uniformed service representatives. Section 578 of Public Law 106-65 entitles eligible Veterans to have a detail consisting of two or more uniformed military personnel present for military funeral honors. At least one of these representatives will be from the branch of service of the deceased. These two representatives will sound Taps, fold and present the U.S. flag to the next of kin. * If requested and available, the MFHP at no cost to the Family of a Veteran will arrange for a firing detail consisting of a minimum of three individuals who will fire three rifle volleys. This rifle detail may consist of MFHP team members, VSOs or other military organizations. It is appropriate to have multiple organizations present at the same service to render honors. * If requested and available, the MFHP will arrange for a bugler. Due to a shortage of buglers, Taps is normally sounded with the aid of an electronic bugle provided by the military service providing honors.* Funeral directors are requested to ask the question to the Family if they would like military representation and/or local VSO support for honors to be provided. If a Family requests military representation and/or a VSO cannot provide the support requested, the honors should be coordinated through the MFHP.
- Died while serving on active duty or in the Selected Reserve (drilling with a unit).
- Discharged from active duty under conditions "other than dishonorable."
- Completed at least one term of enlistment or period of initial obligated service in the Selected Reserve under conditions "other than dishonorable."
- Discharged from the Selected Reserve due to a disability incurred or aggravated in the line of duty.
Military Service Medals and Records Assistance: The state of Wisconsin provides Veterans and Family members of Veterans with military service medals and/or copies of military service records, discharge document, or DD Form 214. For assistance, contact a County Veterans Service Officer.
Physical Disability Board of Review: WDVA provides assistance in requesting a Review of Physical Disability Medical Separation of 20% or less disability granted under honorable conditions. Veterans who have been medically separated from the U.S. Military between September 11, 2001 and December 31, 2009 now have the opportunity to have their disability ratings reviewed by the Physical Disability Board of Review (PDBR) to ensure fairness and accuracy.
Military Discharge Reviews: WDVA provides assistance in requesting a Review of Military Discharges that were given Under Less Then Honorable Conditions.
The types of discharges include, but are not limited to General Discharges; Under Other Then Honorable; Undesirable; Bad Conduct and Dishonorable Discharges; given under Administrative Review, Summary or General Court-Martial.
Each Branch of Service has set up a process for reviewing unfavorable discharges. There are two types of reviews:
- Discharge Review Board - Reviews discharges of former Service members, except those given by reason of a sentence of a General Court Martial or over 15 years since discharge. The purpose of the review is to determine if the discharge was granted in a proper manner, i.e., in accordance with regulatory procedures in effect at the time, and that it was equitable, i.e., giving consideration to current policy, mitigating facts, and the total record.
- Board for Correction of Military Records - Reviews discharges to correct errors or remove injustices from any military record. This includes all General Court Martials, discharges over 15 years old, and RE-Codes.
Wisconsin Women Veterans: From the founding of our nation, women have protected America's freedom and will continue to do so in ever-increasing numbers. Women Veterans remain historically under-represented in using available benefits and may be more reluctant than their male counterparts to embrace their status as Veterans.
To address the needs of women Veterans in our state, the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA) remains committed to:
- Provide advocacy for women Veterans;
- Encourage and support recognition of women Veterans' contributions to Wisconsin and the nation;
- Provide outreach for women Veterans' programs and issues;
- Unite Wisconsin women Veterans so their voices may be heard.
Homeless Veterans Assistance: The Veterans Assistance Program (VAP) helps homeless Veterans and those at-risk of becoming homeless receive the job training, education, counseling and rehabilitative services (such as alcohol and drug abuse treatment) they need to obtain steady employment, affordable housing and the skills to sustain a productive lifestyle. Click here for the Homeless Veterans Assistance brochure.
Wisconsin Veterans Homes: Wisconsin has two Veterans Homes for eligible Veterans and their Spouses. To arrange for a pre-admission tour call:
* Veterans Home at King at (715) 258-5586
* Veterans Home at Union Grove at (262) 878-6700 or (866) NOW-VETS (866-669-8387)
* Veterans Home at Chippewa Falls at (715) 720-6775
Eligibility: To be admitted to the Home, Veterans must meet criteria for military service and state residency. The Veteran must have entered service from the state of Wisconsin, or must have resided in the state of Wisconsin for 12 consecutive months since his/her discharge from military service. A Spouse of a Veteran can also reside at the Wisconsin Veterans Home, provided they are admitted while the Veteran is at some type of facility (i.e. assisted living, nursing home, hospital) or if the Spouse is a Widow/Widower.
Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemeteries: The Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA) operates the state Veterans' cemeteries at Northern Wisconsin - Spooner, Central Wisconsin - King, and Southern Wisconsin - Union Grove. Upon meeting eligibility standards, Veterans are provided a burial at no cost, Spouses and dependent children will incur a burial fee. Click here for the Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemeteries brochure.
Veterans Health Administration
VA Medical Centers
Madison: William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital, 2500 Overlook Terrace, 888-478-8321 / 608-256-1901
Milwaukee: Clement J. Zablocki Veterans Affairs Medical Center, 5000 W. National Ave, 414-384-2000
Tomah: Tomah VA Medical Center, 500 E. Veterans St, 608-372-3971
Appleton: Appleton Clinic (John H. Bradley), 10 Tri-Park Way, 920-831-0070 / Fax: 920-831-7936
Baraboo: Baraboo Clinic, 1670 South Blvd, 608-356-9318 / Fax: 608-356-9321
Beaver Dam: Beaver Dam Clinic, 215 Corporate Dr, Suite B, 920-356-9415 / Fax: 920-356-9477
Cleveland: Cleveland Clinic, 1205 North Ave, 920-693-5600 / Fax: 920-693-5604
Green Bay: Green Bay Clinic (Milo C. Huempfner), 2851 University Ave, 920-431-2500
Janesville: Janesville Clinic, 2419 Morse St, 608-758-9300 / Fax: 608-758-9400
Kenosha: Kenosha CBOC, 8207 22nd Ave, 262-653-9286
La Crosse: River Valley Clinic, 2600 State Rd, 608-784-3886 / Fax: 608-784-0262
Owen: Clark County Outpatient Clinic, 8 Johnson St, 715-229-4701 / Fax: 715-229-4716
Rhinelander: Rhinelander Clinic, 639 West Kemp, 715-362-4080 / Fax: 715-362-1375
Union Grove: Union Grove Clinic, 21425 Spring St, 262-878-7000 / Fax: 414-878-2317
Wausau: Wausau Clinic, 515 S. 32nd Ave, 715-842-2834 / Fax: 715-845-8211
Wisconsin Rapids: Wisconsin Rapids Clinic, 555 West Grand Ave, 715-424-4682 / Fax: 715-424-4614
Community Based Outpatient Clinic
Chippewa Falls: Chippewa Valley VA Clinic, 2503 County Hwy I, 715-720-3780 / Fax: 715-720-3781
Hayward: Hayward VA Clinic, 15954 River's Edge Dr, Suite 103, 715-934-5454
La Crosse: VA River Valley Integrated Health Center, 2600 State Rd, 608-784-3886 / Fax: 608-784-0262
Madison: Madison Central Clinic, 2500 Overlook Ter, 888-856-9039 x17059 / Fax: 608-280-7020
Madison: Madison West Annex Clinic, 1 Science Ct, 608-284-6360 x16360 / 888-856-9039 x16360 / Fax: 608-284-6375
Rice Lake: Rice Lake VA Clinic, 2700A College Dr, 715-236-3355
Superior: Twin Ports VA Clinic, 3520 Tower Ave, 715-398-2400
Green Bay: Green Bay Vet Center, 1600 S. Ashland Ave, 920-435-5650 / 877-927-8387 / Fax: 920-435-5086
La Crosse: La Crosse Vet Center, 20 Copeland Ave, 608-782-4403 / Fax: 608-782-4423
Madison: Madison Vet Center, 706 Williamson St, 608-264-5342 / 877-927-8387 / Fax: 608-264-5344
Milwaukee: Milwaukee Vet Center, 7910 N. 76th St, Ste 100, 414-434-1311 / Fax: 414-434-0128
Wausau: Wausau Vet Center, 605 S 24th Ave, Ste 24, 715-842-1724 / Fax: 715-842-9634
Veterans Benefits Administration
Milwaukee: Milwaukee Regional Office, 5000 W National Ave, 800-287-1000
National Cemetery Administration
Milwaukee: Wood National Cemetery, 5000 West National Ave, Bldg 1301, 414-382-5300 / 414-382-5302 / Fax: 414-382-5321
Military Installations in Wisconsin
Wisconsin Air National Guard
United States Army Reserve (USAR)
Document Review Date: 12 December 2013