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Summary of Wisconsin Military and Veterans Benefits: Wisconsin offers special benefits for Service members, Veterans and their Families including a property tax credit, the Wisconsin G.I. Bill education benefit, state employment Veterans hiring preference, Veteran Job Retraining Grants, special vehicle license plates, as well as hunting and fishing license benefits. Eligibility for some benefits may depend on residency, military component, and Veteran disability status.

Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA), County Veterans Service Officers: The WDVA has County and Tribal Veterans Service Officers that are trained to assist Service members, Veterans, retired Service members and their Families find and apply for military/Veterans benefits under federal, state and local laws. All their services are provided free of charge.
Wisconsin County Veterans Service Officers Directory

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Wisconsin Military and Veterans State Benefit Highlights and Eligibility

What are My Wisconsin Military and Veterans State Tax Benefits?

Wisconsin Individual Income Taxes on Military Pay: Military pay received by resident Service members is taxed in Wisconsin.

Learn more about Wisconsin Individual Income Taxes on Military Pay

Wisconsin Army National Guard Wisconsin Income Tax Exemption for National Guard and Reserve Service Members Serving on Active Duty: Military pay received by a reserve component Service member called to federal active duty or special state service under 32 USC 502(f) is not taxed in Wisconsin.

This does not apply to drill pay or pay received for two-week annual training.
Wisconsin Department of Revenue, Individual Income Tax Military, Frequently Asked Questions

Learn more about the Wisconsin Income Tax Exemption for National Guard and Reserve Service Members Serving on Active Duty

Wisconsin Individual Income Taxes Combat Pay Exemption: Military pay that is exempt from federal taxes, such as combat pay, hazardous duty or hostile fire pay, is exempt from Wisconsin taxes.

Learn more about the Wisconsin Individual Income Taxes Combat Pay Exemption

Wisconsin Individual Income Tax Exemption on Death Gratuity: A Department of Defense Death Gratuity paid to the surviving dependent of an active duty Service member that dies in the line of duty is exempt from Wisconsin income taxes.

Learn more about the Wisconsin Individual Income Tax Exemption on Death Gratuity

Wisconsin Income Tax on Military Retired Pay: Military retired pay is not taxed in Wisconsin.

All contributions to the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) are made using before tax dollars. Distributions from the TSP are tax-sheltered annuity benefits and are taxable by Wisconsin.
Wisconsin Department of Revenue, How Retirement Benefits are Taxed (Publication 126)

Learn more about Wisconsin Income Tax on Military Retired Pay

Wisconsin Individual Income Taxes Extension in Filing Deadline: Any extension of time allowed under federal law for filing a federal income tax return also applies for Wisconsin income tax return.

Learn more about Wisconsin Individual Income Taxes Extension in Filing Deadline

Wisconsin Taxes on Military Disability Retirement Pay: Military Disability Retirement Pay received as a pension, annuity or similar allowance for personal injury or sickness resulting from active service in the U.S. Armed Forces should not be included in taxable income. Some of the payments which are considered disability benefits include:

  • Disability compensation and pension payments for disabilities paid to Veterans or their Families

  • Grants for homes designed for wheelchair living

  • Grants for motor vehicles for Veterans who lost their sight or the use of limbs, or

  • Benefits under a dependent-care assistance program.

See IRS Publication 525 for more information.

Learn more about Wisconsin State Taxes on U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Military Disability Retirement Pay

young child hugging a tombstone in a veteran cemetery Wisconsin State Taxes on U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Disability Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC): DIC is a tax-free monetary benefit paid to eligible survivors of U.S. Armed Forces Service members who died in the line of duty or eligible survivors of Veterans whose death resulted from a service-connected injury or disease.

Learn more about Wisconsin State Taxes on U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Disability Dependency and Indemnity Compensation

Military Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP) / Reserve Component Survivor Benefit Plan (RCSBP) / Retired Serviceman’s Family Protection Plan (RSFPP) Wisconsin State Tax Benefits: SBP, RCSBP and RSFPP are not taxed in Wisconsin.
Wisconsin Department of Revenue, How Retirement Benefits are Taxed (Publication 126)

Learn more about Military Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP) / Reserve Component Survivor Benefit Plan (RCSBP) / Retired Serviceman’s Family Protection Plan (RSFPP) Wisconsin State Tax Benefits

County Veterans Service Offices Association of Wisconsin Wisconsin Veterans and Surviving Spouses Property Tax Credit: The Wisconsin Veterans and Surviving Spouses Property Tax Credit provides eligible Veterans and Surviving Spouses a refundable property tax credit for their primary residence and up to one acre of land.
Who is eligible for the Wisconsin Veterans and Surviving Spouses Property Tax Credit? The definitions of an eligible Veteran and an eligible unremarried Surviving Spouse are expanded to include:

  • Veteran that served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces and received an honorable discharge

  • Was a Wisconsin resident at the time of entering the U.S. Armed Forces or for five consecutive years after entering the military

  • Has a 100% service-connected disability rating from the VA or their branch of service or has been rated as individually unemployable and is eligible for compensation at the 100% rate

  • Unremarried Surviving Spouse of a Service member serving in an active or reserve component of the U.S. Armed Forces who died in the line of duty (Service members must meet residency requirements, as listed above, at their time of death)

  • Unremarried Surviving Spouse of a Veteran, who had a 100% service-connected disability rating from the VA or their branch of service or has been rated as individually unemployable and is eligible for compensation at the 100% rate (Veteran must meet residency requirements as listed above at their time of death)

  • Unremarried Surviving Spouse of a Veteran, who following the Veteran’s death, began to receive and continues to receive Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) from the VA (Veteran must meet residency requirements as listed above at their time of death).

Applicants must submit verifying documentation and request a Veteran’s Residency Affidavit from the WDVA before they are eligible to apply. The Wisconsin Disabled Veterans and Unremarried Surviving Spouses Tax Credit Information, Instructions and Request Forms Booklet (WDVA B0106) has all documentation requirements, forms and submission instructions.
Wisconsin Department of Revenue, Veteran and Surviving Spouses Property Tax Credit, Frequently Asked Questions
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What are My Wisconsin Military and Veterans Education Benefits?

Wisconsin GI Bill Wisconsin G.I. Bill Tuition Remission Program for Veterans, Spouses and Children: The Wisconsin G.I. Bill remits (forgives) full tuition and segregated fees for eligible Veterans, their Spouse and Children for up to eight full-time semesters or 128 credits, whichever is greater, at any University of Wisconsin System campus or Wisconsin Technical College System College​. The Wisconsin G.I. Bill is a state program that is entirely separate from the VA educational benefits. ​ Students may attend full- or part-time and may be used for continuing education, or for undergraduate or graduate degrees.
Who is eligible for the Wisconsin G.I. Bill Tuition Remission Program for Veterans, Spouses and Children? To be eligible for the Wisconsin G.I. Bill, Veterans must meet the following requirements:

Veteran Residency Requirement:

  • Wisconsin resident at the time of entry into active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces, or

  • Wisconsin resident for at least five years prior to application

Veteran Service Requirement: The Veteran must have received an honorable discharge for service under one of the following conditions:

  • Served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces for 90 or more days during a war time period, or

  • Served in a crisis zone, or

  • Served on active duty for at least two years or for the full period of their initial service obligation (during peace time)

  • Eligible for an Armed Forces Expeditionary medal or campaign medal

  • Was discharged before meeting time in service requirements due to a service-connected disability.

Wisconsin Veteran Eligibility Requirements for Benefits and Services

Spouse and Child Residency Requirement:

  • Spouse or Child is a Wisconsin resident for at least five consecutive years at the time of application, and

  • Veteran was a Wisconsin resident at the time of entry into active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces.

Veteran Service Requirement for Spouse and Child Eligibility: The Veteran must have received an honorable discharge for active duty service in the U.S. Armed Forces and have a 30% or more service-connected disability rating from the VA. The Veteran may be living or deceased, if deceased the Veteran must have been a Wisconsin resident at the time of death and whose death was under one of the following circumstances:

  • Died on while on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces

  • Died as the result of a service-connected disability

  • Died in the line of duty while on active or inactive duty for training status.

Surviving Spouses must be unremarried to be eligible. Children must be the biological Child, adopted Child or non-marital Child that is at least 17 years old but less than 26 years old. Wisconsin Statutes 36.27(3n)

Eligibility determination is a two part process, students must submit a Request for Certification for Wisconsin G.I. Bill, Form to the WDVA, and an Application for Wisconsin G.I. Bill, Form WDVA 2029 to the school they plan to attend. The required forms as well as required documentation and submission information can be found on the Wisconsin G.I. Bill, Tuition Programs for Veterans, Qualifying Spouses and Children; Information, Forms and Instructions. Applicants can also apply online at WisVets.
Wisconsin G.I. Bill, Fee Remission for Veterans and the Spouse, Surviving Spouse and Children of Certain Veterans Application Guide

Learn more about the Wisconsin G.I. Bill Tuition Remission Program for Veterans

Wisconsin Veteran Student Assistance Grant : The Wisconsin Veteran Student Assistance Grant provides financial assistance for eligible Veterans, their Spouse and Children to attend private nonprofit educational institutions that are members of the Wisconsin Association of Independent Colleges and Universities. The amount of the grant is the lesser of $2000 or 50% of the tuition charged per semester. For each grant, the private institution will match the amount of the grant to offset the tuition charged to the student.

Grants may be made for up to 128 credits or eight semesters, less the number of credits or semesters the student received tuition assistance under the Wisconsin G.I. Bill. Veteran Student Assistance Grants will be paid only after all grants and scholarships, including VA educational benefits are paid.
Who is eligible for the Wisconsin Veteran Student Assistance Grant ? To be eligible for the Wisconsin Veteran Student Assistance Grant, Veterans must meet the following requirements:

Veteran Residency Requirement:

  • Wisconsin resident at the time of entry into active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces, or

  • Wisconsin resident for at least five years prior to application

Veteran Service Requirement: The Veteran must have received an honorable discharge for service under one of the following conditions:

  • Served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces for 90 or more days during a war time period, unless discharged early due to a service-connected disability, or

  • Served on active duty for at least two years or for the full period of their initial service obligation (during peace time)

  • Eligible for an Armed Forces Expeditionary medal or campaign medal

  • Was discharged before meeting time in service requirements due to a service-connected disability.

Veteran Service Requirement for Spouse and Child Eligibility: For a Spouse or Child to be eligible the Veteran must have received an honorable discharge and meet the following requirements:

  • 30% or more service-connected disability rating from the VA

  • Died in the line of duty

  • Died as the result of a service-connected disability.

Surviving Spouses must be unremarried to be eligible. Children must be at least 17 years old but less than 26 years old.

Students must submit a Request for Certification for Wisconsin Veteran Student Assistance Grant to the WDVA:

Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs
PO Box 7843
Madison, WI 53707-7843
Email: madison.records@dva.wisconsin.gov
Fax: 608-267-0403

Students must also submit a ​​ Wisconsin Higher Educational Aids Board, Veteran Grant for ​​ Private Non-Profit Schools Form to the financial aid office of the school they plan to attend.

Request for Certification for Wisconsin Veteran Student Assistance Grants

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Wisconsin Veterans Education (VetEd) Reimbursement Grant: The VetEd grant program provides a reimbursement to Veterans for tuition at schools approved by the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs State Approving Agency or the Wisconsin Educational Approval Program. The maximum number of credits a Veteran may receive reimbursement for is based on the amount of time the Veteran served on active duty (active duty for training does not count toward eligibility).

Time in Service to Credit Breakdown:

  • 90 to 180 days active duty = 30 credits or two semesters

  • 181 to 730 days active duty = 60 credits or four semesters

  • 731 days or more active duty = 120 credits or eight semesters

Veterans must apply for the Wisconsin G.I. Bill before they are eligible to use VetEd funds. VetEd reimbursement will be paid only after all grants and scholarships, including VA educational benefits are paid. Wisconsin Administrative Code Section VA 2.02
Who is eligible for the VetEd Reimbursement Grant?
The Veteran must have received an honorable discharge for service under one of the following conditions:

  • Served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces for 90 or more days during a war time period, unless discharged early due to a service-connected disability, or

  • Served in a crisis zone, or

  • Served on active duty for at least two years or for the full period of their initial service obligation (during peace time)

  • Eligible for an Armed Forces Expeditionary medal or campaign medal

  • Was discharged before meeting time in service requirements due to a service-connected disability.

Wisconsin Statutes 45.01

Additional Eligibility Requirements:

  • Veteran does not have a bachelor’s degree

  • Wisconsin resident at time of entry onto active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces, or for at least 12 months prior to application

  • Must use VetEd benefits within 10 years of discharge to be eligible for full credit for time in service, after 10 years Veterans will receive reduced credit

  • Veteran’s household income must be below $50,000, plus $1,000 for each dependent in excess of two dependents.

Veterans can apply online at WisVets, through their CVSO or by completing the Wisconsin Veterans Education Grant Application and mailing to the address at the top of the form.

Wisconsin G.I. Bill, Tuition Programs for Veterans, Qualifying Spouses and Children; Information, Forms and Instructions
Wisconsin Veterans Education Grant Application
Wisconsin CVSO Directory

Learn more about the Wisconsin Veterans Education Reimbursement Grant

Wisconsin Veteran Job Retraining Grants: Veterans who are unemployed or underemployed may be eligible for a grant up to $3,000 per year, 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 WDVA.
Who is eligible for the Wisconsin Veteran Job Retraining Grants?
The Veteran must have been involuntarily laid off or discharged (not due to misconduct) within 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. An underemployed Veteran must have current annual employment income that is below federal poverty guidelines.

The Veteran must be currently enrolled in a technical education program, authorized private occupational trade school or in a structured on-the-job training program that will be completed within two years of the date of application and is reasonably expected to lead to employment.

Veterans may apply for a second retraining grant one year after the first grant was issued. Veterans may only receive two retraining grants.

The WDVA will also pay a retraining grant to the Veteran's employer when the Veteran is in an authorized on-the-job training program.

Veterans may apply for the grant through their local County Veterans Service Office.​​
WDVA, Retraining Grant Application
WDVA, On the Job Training, Retraining Grant Application
Wisconsin County Veteran Service Officer Directory

Learn more about the Wisconsin Veteran Job Retraining Grants

Academic Credit for Military Experience: Active and reserve component Service members and Veterans can receive academic credit for military courses they completed while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. Students should contact the Veterans' Coordinator at the college or university they plan to attend.

Learn more about Academic Credit for Military Experience

Wisconsin National Guard Tuition Grant Program : The Wisconsin National Guard Tuition Grant Program offers educational financial assistance to Wisconsin National Guard Service members that are attending full or part time at a University of Wisconsin System campus, Wisconsin Technical College System school ​ or attending a school in a neighboring state under a Wisconsin tuition reciprocity agreement.

These grants will pay up to the equivalent of 100% of tuition, as charged at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, for maximum of eight semesters. Grants cannot pay for any room and board, books, fees or continuing education credits.
Who is eligible for the Wisconsin National Guard Tuition Grant Program?
Wisconsin National Service members must meet the following requirements:

  • Warrant Officer or enlisted Service member in good standing in the Wisconsin National Guard

  • Must have completed Initial Entry Training and Advanced Individual training

  • Must not have a bachelor’s degree

  • No more than nine unexcused unit training assembly absences

  • Not delinquent on any Child support or maintenance payments unless they have a county approved repayment agreement.

Students must maintain a 2.0 GPA to remain eligible for grants. For more information, please contact Wisconsin National Guard Education Office
Wisconsin Statutes 321.40
Wisconsin National Guard Tuition Grant Application

Learn more about the Wisconsin National Guard Tuition Grant Program

Wisconsin High School Diplomas for Wartime Veterans: Local school boards in Wisconsin will award high school diplomas to Veterans who left high school before receiving their diploma to serve in the U.S. Armed Forces during a wartime period.
Who is eligible for Wisconsin High School Diplomas for Wartime Veterans?
Veterans must meet all the following requirements to be eligible:

  • 65 years old or older, 55 years old or older if the Veteran has a service-connected disability

  • Went to high school in a Wisconsin school district

  • Left high school before receiving a high school diploma to serve on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces during a wartime period

  • Received an honorable discharge.

Diplomas may also be awarded to Veterans who received a High School Equivalency Diploma or GED. Diplomas may be awarded posthumously to eligible Veterans.

For more information, please contact the Veterans Benefits Resource Center (VBRC) at 800-WIS-VETS (947-8387).
Wisconsin Statutes 120.13 (37)

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Wisconsin Veteran Upward Bound Program Wisconsin Veteran Upward Bound Program (VUB): VUB is a free program offered at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and the Zablocki VA Domiciliary Veterans Center, that helps eligible Veterans become college-ready and helps get them enroll in a postsecondary school (university, community college, and vocational/technical programs).

VUB Services offered:

  • College preparatory instruction and tutoring

  • Preparation for academic placement exams and testing

  • Career assessment and planning

  • Application and financial aid assistance

  • Academic advisors to assist with enrollment and

  • Access to other resources: study area, computer lab, student coffee lounge

  • Referrals to additional college and community resources.

Who is eligible for VUB? To be eligible Veterans must have served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces for at least six months and received a discharge other than dishonorable. Veterans must also meet low income requirements, first generation college student and/or have an academic need. For more information, please call 414-229-2607.

Wisconsin Veterans Upward Bound Program Brochure
Wisconsin Veterans Upward Bound Program, Online Application

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Wisconsin Resident Tuition Rates for Nonresident Veterans, Service Members and their Families: Nonresident Service members and their Families are eligible for resident tuition rates while they are stationed in Wisconsin or stationed in a neighboring state within 90 miles of the Wisconsin border.

Nonresident Veterans and their Families are eligible if the Veteran meets the following requirements:

  • Served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces for at least 10 years

  • Received an honorable discharge within four years before applying at Wisconsin institution of higher learning

  • Filed Wisconsin state income tax returns for at least 8 of the last 10 years of active duty and their Spouses and Children.

Reserve component Service members that have been an active member of the Wisconsin National Guard or the U.S. Armed Forces Reserves for at least six months are eligible for resident tuition.

Learn more about Wisconsin Resident Tuition Rates for Nonresident Service Members and their Families

Children sitting on the steps of a school Wisconsin Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children (MIC3): The purpose of this compact is to remove barriers to educational success imposed on Children of military Families because of frequent moves and deployment of their parents by:

  • Facilitating the prompt 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 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.

MIC3 Assistance Request

Primary Point of Contact
Phone: 608-698-2409

Learn more about the Wisconsin Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children

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What are My Wisconsin Military and Veterans Employment Benefits?

Wisconsin State Employment Military Leave Benefit: Permanent State employees that are members of a reserve component of the U.S. Armed Forces are eligible for 30 days military leave with pay and without loss of benefits for:

  • Attendance at military schools

  • Annual field training

  • State or federal active duty

  • Absence must be greater than three days (does not have to be workdays).

Service members will be paid the difference between their state salary and their military base pay while on military leave.

Service members that are on extended military leave without pay that return to their state job will receive credit for annual leave, sick leave, and legal holidays as if they had remained continuously employed.
Who is eligible for Wisconsin State Employment Military Leave Benefit?
Reserve and National Guard Service members that are state employees are eligible for military leave.

Learn more about Wisconsin State Employment Military Leave Benefit

Wisconsin State Employment Differential Pay: State employees that are members of a reserve component of the U.S. Armed Forces are eligible to receive the difference between their state salary and their military pay plus housing allowance for 179 days when they are called to extended active duty. Service members whose state salary is greater than their military pay are not eligible for differential pay.

Learn more about Wisconsin State Employment Differential Pay

Wisonsin Badger Patch Wisconsin State Employment Veterans Hiring Preference: Wisconsin offers a Veterans hiring preference to eligible Veterans and their Spouse when applying for state employment. Preference will only be given for initial employment.

Applicants for positions that use a competitive examination or rating will have points added to their passing score. Points will be added in the following manner:

  • Veterans will have 10 points added to their grade

  • Disabled Veterans that have less than a 30% disability rating from the VA will have 15 points added to their grade

  • Disabled Veterans who have a disability rating greater than 30% from the VA will have 20 points added to their grade

  • Spouse of a disabled Veteran who has a disability rating of 70% or greater from the VA will have 10 points added to their grade

  • Unremarried Surviving Spouse of a Veteran who was killed in action will have 10 points added to their grade

  • Unremarried Surviving Spouse of a Veteran who died from a service-connected disability will have 10 points added to their grade.

Applicants for positions that do not use a competitive examination will have their name added to the list of eligible applicants.

Wisconsin Statutes 63.08(1) (fm)1
Wisconsin, Veteran Status Form

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Federal Employment Veteran’s Hiring Preferences: By Federal law, Veterans who are disabled or who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces during certain specified time periods or in military campaigns are entitled to preference over non-Veterans in hiring into the Federal civil service and in retention during reduction in force. Veterans may be entitled to 5 or 10 points included in any scoring process for examination or interviews.

5-point Hiring Preference: Five points are added to the examination score or rating of a Veteran who served:

  • During a war, or

  • During the period April 28, 1952 through July 1, 1955, or

  • For more than 180 consecutive days, other than for training, any part of which occurred after January 31, 1955 and before October 15, 1976, or

  • During the Gulf War from August 2, 1990 through January 2, 1992, or

  • For more than 180 consecutive days, other than for training, any part of which occurred during the period beginning September 11, 2001, and ending on August 31, 2010, the last day of Operation Iraqi Freedom, or

  • In a campaign or expedition for which a campaign medal has been authorized. Any Armed Forces Expeditionary medal or campaign badge, including El Salvador, Lebanon, Grenada, Panama, Southwest Asia, Somalia, and Haiti, qualifies for preference.

10-point Compensable Disability (CP) Preference: Ten points are added to the examination score or rating of a Veteran who served at any time and who has a compensable service-connected disability rating of at least 10% but less than 30%.

10-Point 30% Compensable Disability Preference (CPS): Ten points are added to the passing examination score or rating of a Veteran who served at any time and who has a compensable service-connected disability rating of 30% or more.

10-Point Disability Preference (XP): Ten points are added to the passing examination score or rating of:

  • A Veteran who served at any time and has a present service-connected disability or is receiving compensation, disability retirement benefits, or pension from the military or the VA but does not qualify as a CP or CPS, or

  • A Veteran who received a Purple Heart

10-Point Derived Preference (XP): Ten points are added to the passing examination score or rating of Spouses, Surviving Spouses, or mothers of Veterans. Both a mother and a Spouse (including Surviving Spouse) may be entitled to preference based on the same Veteran's service if they both meet the requirements. However, neither may receive preference if the Veteran is living and is qualified for Federal employment.

Ten points are added to the passing examination score or rating of the Spouse of a disabled Veteran who is disqualified for a federal position along the general lines of their usual occupation because of a service-connected disability. Such a disqualification may be presumed when the Veteran is unemployed and

  • Is rated by appropriate military or VA authorities to be 100% disabled and/or unemployable, or

  • Has retired, been separated, or resigned from a civil service position because of a disability that is service-connected in origin, or

  • Has attempted to obtain a civil service position or other position along the lines of their usual occupation and has failed to qualify because of a service-connected disability.

Preference may be allowed in other circumstances but anything less than the above warrants a more careful analysis.

A campaign medal holder or Gulf War Veteran who originally enlisted after September 7, 1980, (or began active duty on or after October 14, 1982, and has not previously completed 24 months of continuous active duty) must have served continuously for 24 months or the full period called or ordered to active duty. The 24-month service requirement does not apply to 10-point preference eligible Veterans separated for disability incurred or aggravated in the line of duty, or to Veterans separated for hardship or other reasons under Title 10 U.S.C. 1171 or 1173.

Learn more about Federal Employment Veterans’ Hiring Preferences

Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA): USERRA protects civilian job rights and benefits for Veterans and members of reserve components. USERRA also protects Service member rights and benefits by clarifying the law, improving enforcement mechanisms, and adding Federal Government employees to those employees already eligible to receive Department of Labor assistance in processing claims.

Army National guard serving the community Absence from Work for Military Duty: USERRA establishes the cumulative length of time that an individual may be absent from work for military duty and retain reemployment rights to five years. Exceptions to the five-year limit, include initial enlistments lasting more than five years, periodic National Guard and Reserve training duty, and involuntary active duty extensions and recalls, especially during a time of national emergency. USERRA establishes that reemployment protection does not depend on the timing, frequency, duration, or nature of an individual's service if the basic eligibility criteria are met.

Disability Accommodation: USERRA provides protection for disabled Veterans, requiring employers to make reasonable efforts to accommodate the disability. Service members recovering from injuries received during service or training may have up to two years from the date of completion of service to return to their jobs or apply for reemployment.

Return to Work without Loss of Seniority: USERRA provides that returning Service members are reemployed in the job that they would have attained had they not been absent for military service, with the same seniority, status and pay, as well as other rights and benefits determined by seniority. USERRA also requires that reasonable efforts (such as training or retraining) be made to enable returning Service members to refresh or upgrade their skills to help them qualify for reemployment. USERRA also provides that while an individual is performing military service, they are deemed to be on a furlough or leave of absence and are entitled to the non-seniority rights accorded other individuals on non-military leaves of absence.

Extension of Health and Pension Plans: Health and pension plan coverage for Service members is provided for by USERRA. Individuals performing military duty of more than 30 days may elect to continue employer sponsored health care for up to 24 months; however, they may be required to pay up to 102% of the full premium. For military service of less than 31 days, health care coverage is provided as if the Service member had remained employed. USERRA clarifies pension plan coverage by making explicit that all pension plans are protected.
Who is eligible for USERRA Benefits?
Veterans, Reservists, or National Guard Service members who leave a position for training or active military service are eligible.

The Department of Labor, through the Veterans' Employment and Training Service (VETS) helps all that have claims under USERRA, including Federal and Postal Service employees.
employees.
VETS Regional Office Locations

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State of Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development Wisconsin Office of Veteran Employment Services (OVES): OVES helps Veterans find jobs through a range of employment services and targeted business engagement.

There are two staff positions at the OVES that are focused on helping Veterans achieve their employment goals.

Local Veterans Employment Representatives (LVERs) conduct outreach to employers and advocacy with hiring executives to increase employment opportunities for Veterans and encourage hiring disabled Veterans.

Disabled Veteran Outreach Program (DVOP) specialists provide intensive services for Veterans and eligible Spouses with significant barriers to employment. DVOPs work one-on-one to conduct comprehensive assessments, develop individual employment plans and offer an array of employment and training solutions. For a complete list of eligibility requirements for DVOP assistance please review the OVES, Pre-Screening Form.

For assistance, please call or visit a Wisconsin Job Center.

Learn more about the Wisconsin Office of Veteran Employment Services

Job Center of Wisconsin Job Center of Wisconsin (JCW), Veterans Employment Assistance: JCW helps Veterans that are looking for a job or want to start a new career. Conveniently located across the state, JCWs offers priority of service for Veterans.

Priority of service means:

  • Receiving access to a service or resource earlier than those not eligible

  • When services or resources are limited, those eligible receive access before or instead of others.

Veterans can visit a JCW office location to learn more about job development services, education and training opportunities, assistance with searching for jobs, interviewing skills, resume preparation and more.

Veterans can also register on the JCW Login page to access Wisconsin's online public labor exchange that connects Veterans with employers. Some of the employment tools offered are:

  • Links to Veteran-friendly employers

  • Military-cross walk to research transferrable skills between military and civilian jobs

  • Find jobs based on Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) Code

  • Build resumes to expand search for jobs

  • Labor market information

  • Upload DD214/DD215 and VA disability rating letter to access Wisconsin State Government's non-competitive hiring process for Veterans that have a 30% or greater disability rating.

Learn more about the Job Center of Wisconsin Veterans Employment Assistance

Wisconsin Apprenticeship: Wisconsin Apprenticeship offers pre-apprenticeship training programs to help Veterans, returning Service members and National Guard Service members acquire the basic skills needed to start rewarding careers. An apprenticeship is an “earn while you learn” program providing on-the-job training and related instruction.

  • Combat to Construction: A nine week heavy equipment operator training program sponsored by Operating Engineers Local Union 139, including:

    • Three weeks of classroom learning at the Operating Engineers training facility in Coloma, WI

    • Six weeks of on-the-job learning with a union employer in a participant's home region

Combat to Construction Brochure

  • Veterans in Piping : An 18-week pipe trades training program sponsored by the Wisconsin Pipe Trades Association, including:

    • Six weeks of classroom learning at union facilities across Wisconsin

    • 12 weeks on-the-job learning with employers from the participant's preferred union training facility or home region.

Veterans in Piping Brochure 

Wisconsin Apprenticeship Training Representative Directory

Learn more about the Wisconsin Veterans Apprenticeship Program

Wisconsin Hire Heroes, Transitional Jobs Program for Veterans: The Hire Heroes Transitional Jobs Program for Veterans offers local businesses access to subsidized Veteran employees to help Veterans with high barriers to employment gain job skills needed for long-term sustainable employment.

Veterans can enter subsidized employment for up to 1,040 hours to gain new or updated skills through on-the-job training. Employers will be reimbursed federal minimum wage while they train eligible Veterans.

To be eligible, Veterans must meet these requirements:

  • Unemployed for at least four weeks

  • Satisfy all requirements related to substance abuse screening, testing, and treatment.

Veterans should contact their local Wisconsin Job Center for more information and enrollment information.
Hire Heroes, Wisconsin Transitional Jobs Program for Veterans Application

Learn more about the Wisconsin Hire Heroes, Transitional Jobs Program for Veterans

Wisconsin Veterans Professional/Occupational Licensure Fee Waiver Program: The Wisconsin Veterans Professional/Occupational Licensure Fee Waiver Program will grant fee waivers to qualified Veterans when issuing initial licenses. This program offers only one initial license fee waiver per applicant.
Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs Professional/Occupational Licensure Fee Waiver List
Who is eligible for the Wisconsin Veterans Professional/Occupational Licensure Fee Waiver Program?
Veterans must meet the following requirements to be eligible:

  • Wisconsin resident

  • Veteran, as defined in Wisconsin Statutes 45.01 (12) (a) to (f), or one of the following:

    • Service member in a reserve component of the U.S. Armed Forces who has served under honorable conditions for at least one year beginning on the Service member's date of enlistment

    • Service member who received an honorable discharge from a reserve component of the U.S. Armed Forces.

Eligibility applications for a Veterans Professional/Occupational Licensure Fee Waiver are made through the WDVA either online at the WDVA, MyWisVets Online Benefits Portal or by submitting a WDVA, Professional/Occupational Licensure Fee Waiver Eligibility Application to the address on the form.

Learn more about the Wisconsin Veterans Professional/Occupational Licensure Fee Waiver Program

Wisconsin Professional/Occupational Licensure Reciprocity for Spouses of Service Members Assigned in Wisconsin: Wisconsin offers reciprocal professional/occupational licenses for the Spouses of nonresident Service members in the U.S. Armed Forces who are assigned to a duty station in Wisconsin.

Spouses must meet the following requirements:

  • Spouse holds a license, certification, registration, or permit that was granted by a governmental authority outside this Wisconsin

  • Pay any required fees

  • Spouse meets the licensing agency or credentialing board qualification requirements.

A reciprocal credential expires 180 days after issue.

​For more information, please contact the WDVA, Veterans Benefits Resource Center by email to WisVets@dva.wisconsin.gov or by phone at 800-WIS-VETS (947-8387).

Learn more about the Wisconsin Professional/Occupational Licensure Reciprocity for Spouses of Service Members Assigned in Wisconsin

Wisconsin Hilton Honors Military Program: The Wisconsin Hilton Honors Military Program helps make the career transition from service in the U.S. Armed Forces to civilian employment easier for current and former Service members. The Hilton Honors Military Program will provide hotel accommodations for required travel while they are looking for a new job, training for a new job, or finding housing. Those eligible can receive up to a total of 100,000 hotel points for verifiable employment-related activities. Each state sets its own eligibility and residency requirements. Recipients must have a Hilton Honors account to receive the points. For more information, please email HiltonHonors@naswa.org or contact the nearest American Job Center.

Learn more about the Wisconsin Hilton Honors Military Program

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What are My Wisconsin Military and Veterans Unemployment Insurance Benefits?

Wisconsin Unemployment Insurance (UI) Program: The Wisconsin UI Program provides temporary financial assistance for workers that are unemployed through no fault of their own. UI is a partial, short-term replacement of lost wages while workers are seeking other work and is not intended to be a permanent source of income . Employers pay all costs of the UI program.

UI claims must be filed on the Wisconsin Work Force Development, UI, Online Filing webpage.

To file for UI, applicants will need the following information:

  • A username and password for filing online

  • Email or mobile number

  • Social security number

  • Wisconsin driver license or identification number

  • Work history for the last 18 months:

    • Employers' business names

    • Employers' addresses (including zip code)

    • Employers' phone number

    • First and last dates of work with each employer

    • Reason no longer working with each employer

  • Alien registration number, document number and expiration date if not a U.S. citizen

  • DD214 (Member 4 copy), if discharged from the U.S. Armed Forces in the last 18 months

  • SF-50 or SF-8, for former federal civilian employee in the last 18 months

  • Name and local number of union hall if employed through a union

  • Current mailing address.

Online services hours:
Sunday: 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Monday through Friday: 6:00 am - 7:00 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am - 2:30 pm

For help using online services please call 414-435-7069 or 844-910-3661.
Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development Information Needed to Apply
Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development, UI Handbook for Claimants

Learn more about the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development's Unemployment Insurance Program

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What are My Wisconsin Military and Veterans Department of Transportation (DOT) Benefits?

Wisconsin Drivers License “Veteran” Identifier on Wisconsin Driver Licenses and ID Cards: Wisconsin offers a Veteran identifier for Wisconsin driver licenses and ID cards for eligible Veterans.
Who is eligible for the “Veteran” Identifier on Wisconsin Driver Licenses and ID Cards?
Veterans must meet the following requirements to be eligible:

  • Received an honorable discharge

  • Served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces (other than for training) for two years or full term of service during peace time

  • Served 90 days on active duty (other than for training) in the U.S. Armed Forces during a wartime period.

Veterans can call 800-WIS-VETS (947-8387), select option 1 to determine eligibility. Veterans can apply online at the MyWisVets Online Benefits Portal or they can apply by submitting the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs, Eligibility Application for WisDOT Veteran Identifier to the address on the form. Veterans will be required to provide a copy of their DD214 to verify eligibility.

Learn more about the “Veteran” Identifier on Wisconsin Driver Licenses and ID Cards

Wisconsin Department of Transportation, Active Duty Military Modified Licensing and Registration Procedures: The Wisconsin Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) offers modified driver licensing and registration procedures for Service members serving on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces stationed outside Wisconsin.

Please refer to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, Active Duty Military Personnel webpage for modified procedures for the following services:

  • Driver license renewal

  • Renew by mail

  • Extension of driver license expiration date

  • Duplicate driver license

  • Commercial Driver License Waiver

  • Accidents without insurance

  • Suspended or revoked license reinstatement

  • Reinstate online

  • Reinstate by mail

  • Reinstate by someone else

  • Confirm driving status

  • Medical report

  • License plates and vehicle registration

  • Dealer and salesperson licenses

  • Motor carrier fees and reports

  • Special license plates

Learn more about Wisconsin Department of Transportation Active Duty Military Modified Licensing and Registration Procedures

Wisconsin Military and Veteran License Plates: Wisconsin offers nine distinctive license plate designs to honor the service and sacrifice of eligible Service members, Veterans, retired Service members, and certain Family members. Military and Veteran license plates may be used on automobiles, motor homes, trucks rated less than 8,000 pound gross vehicle weight, or farm trucks rated for 12,000 pounds gross vehicle weight or less. Specific eligibility and documentation requirements will apply. A short description of some these license plates is listed below.

Learn more about Wisconsin Military and Veteran License Plates

Wisconsin Veterans/Military License Plates with Branch of Service, Wartime Service and Award Decals: The Wisconsin Military license plate is offered to Veterans, Service members, service academy students and alumni. This license plate can be ordered with two decals to recognize the owner’s branch of service, war time service, medals they received or that they attended a service academy. In all, more than 50 different service and medal decals are available. These plates may be personalized for an $15 annual fee and may be transferred to a Surviving Spouse.

Applicants must submit a copy of their DD214 (or equivalent), official documentation that they attend or graduated from a service academy or certification from their commander that they are eligible. Completed applications, a check for required fees and documentation must be mailed to:

Wisconsin Department of Transportation
Special Plates Unit
P.O. Box 7911
Madison, WI 53707-7911

Wisconsin Department of Transportation, Military License Plate Information and Application
Wisconsin Department of Transportation, Military License Plate Decal Examples

Learn more about the Wisconsin Veterans/Military License Plates with Branch of Service, Wartime Service and Award Decals

Wisconsin Disabled Veteran License Plate Wisconsin Disabled Veteran License Plates: The Wisconsin Disabled Veteran license plate is available for Veterans who have disabilities that impair the ability to walk. Disabled Veteran license plates authorize parking in disabled parking spaces, exemption from time limitations and free parking in metered parking places with a half-hour or more time limit. These plates may be personalized for a $15 annual fee.
Who is eligible for the Wisconsin Disabled Veteran License Plates?
Veterans must have served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces and have a service-connected disability that cause one of the following limitations:

  • Cannot walk 200 feet or more without stopping to rest

  • Cannot walk without assistance from, another person, brace, cane, crutch, prosthetic device, wheelchair or other assistance device

  • Difficulty breathing

  • Uses portable oxygen

  • Cardiac condition

  • Severely limited ability to walk due to an arthritic, neurological or orthopedic condition.

Veterans must have their applications certified by a VA health care specialist as proof of eligibility. Completed applications and a check for any required fees must be mailed to:

WisDOT
Special Plates Unit
P.O. Box 7911
Madison, WI 53707-7911

Wisconsin Department of Transportation, Disabled Veteran License Plate Information and Application

Learn more about the Wisconsin Disabled Veteran License Plates

Wisconsin Gold Star Family License Plate Wisconsin Gold Star Family License Plates: Wisconsin Gold Star license plates are available to the immediate Family members of a Service member who died while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. This license plate has no issue fee and may be personalized for a $15 annual fee.
Who is eligible for the Wisconsin Gold Star License Plates? Applicants must meet eligibility requirements to receive the Gold Star Lapel Button to be eligible for the Gold Star Family license plate.

Eligible Family members include

  • Spouse

  • Grandparent

  • Parent, stepparent

  • Sibling

  • Child, stepchild

  • Grandchild

  • Spouse of a grandparent, parent, sibling, Child, stepchild, stepparent or grandchild.

Completed applications and a check for any required fees must be mailed to:

WisDOT
Special Plates Unit
P.O. Box 7911
Madison, WI 53707-7911

Wisconsin Department of Transportation, Gold Star License Plate Information and Application

Learn more about the Wisconsin Gold Star Family License Plates

Wisconsin Medal of Honor License Plate Wisconsin Medal of Honor License Plates: Wisconsin Medal of Honor license plates are offered to recipients of the Medal of Honor. This license plate does not expire, has no issue or renewal fees and may be transferred to a Surviving Spouse. Medal of Honor license plates may not be personalized.

Veterans must submit a completed Wisconsin Department of Transportation, Title/License Pate Application and a copy of their DD214/215 or official documentation of proof they received the Medal of Honor to:

WisDOT
Special Plates Unit
P.O. Box 7911
Madison, WI 53707-7911

Learn more about the Wisconsin Medal of Honor License Plates

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What are My Wisconsin Military and Veterans Health and Insurance Benefits?

Wisconsin National Guard Medical Coverage for Injury, Illness and Death Benefits Incurred While on State Active Duty Covered by Workers Compensation: Wisconsin National Guard Service members serving on state active duty that are injured, become ill, become disabled or die in the line of duty are eligible for benefits and compensation under Wisconsin Worker’s Compensation laws. Workers' compensation benefits will not be paid when similar benefits are provided under any federal law or regulation.

In addition, the beneficiaries of National Guard Service members who are accidentally killed in the line of duty will receive a $50,000 death benefit. Wisconsin Statute 102.475

Learn more about Wisconsin National Guard Medical Coverage for Injury, Illness and Death Benefits Incurred while on State Active Duty

Wisconsin National Guard Wisconsin National Guard State-Sponsored Life Insurance (SSLI): SSLI offered through the Wisconsin National Guard Association is made up of several voluntary group life policies that are designed to help meet the needs of National Guard Service members and their Families. Every member of the Wisconsin National Guard is covered with $1,000 SSLI at no cost to the Service member.

Service members can continue this term life insurance coverage until age 70. Spouses must be under age 60 to be eligible, Children are covered until age 21 or age 26 (if a full-time student).

Key Benefits of SSLI:

  • $10,000 no-cost coverage for new enlistees for one year

  • Over $45,000 in coverage available through a combination of the SSLI plans

  • Coverage available for Spouse and Children

  • Coverage 24 hours a day, 365 days a year

  • No War or aviation exclusion

  • Premiums may be payroll deducted from drill pay

  • No hazardous duty or civilian occupation restrictions.

Wisconsin National Guard Association State Sponsored Life Insurance Brochure
Wisconsin National Guard SSLI Enrollment Form

Learn more about Wisconsin National Guard State-Sponsored Life Insurance

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Life Insurance: The VA provides valuable life insurance benefits to Veterans, active and reserve component Service members and their Families to provide financial security given the extraordinary risks involved in military Service. The VA provides the following life insurance benefit programs:

  • Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance (SGLI)

  • Veterans’ Group Life Insurance (VGLI)

  • Family Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance (FSGLI)

  • Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance Traumatic Injury Protection Program (TSGLI)

  • Service-Disabled Veterans’ Life Insurance (S-DVI)

  • Veterans’ Mortgage Life Insurance (VMLI).

Learn more about U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Life Insurance

Family on a playground Tricare Reserve Select Health Insurance: TRICARE Reserve Select is a premium-based plan, available worldwide for Selected Reserve, (Reserve and National Guard) and their Families who meet the following qualifications:

  • Not on active duty orders

  • Not covered under the Transitional Assistance Management Program

  • Not eligible for or enrolled in the Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) program or currently covered under FEHB, either under their own eligibility or through a Family member.

The plan provides comprehensive health care coverage when Service members are not on active duty and covered by active duty TRICARE benefits.

Learn more about TRICARE Reserve Select Health Insurance

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What are My Wisconsin Military and Veterans Parks and Recreation Benefits?

2 men fishing in a boat Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, U.S. Armed Forces Service Member Benefits: Wisconsin law extends many privileges for hunting, fishing and trapping for resident and nonresident active and reserve component Service members. A short description of these benefits is below. For information on military privileges, contact:

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Contact Webpage
Phone: 888-936-7463

Free Licenses for Service Members on Leave: Wisconsin resident Service members serving on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces are eligible for free small game hunting and fishing licenses when on leave. Service members must show their military ID and leave papers when they apply.Deer standing in a snow covered field

Service members on leave are also eligible for the following benefits:

  • One bonus antlerless deer harvest authorization for any one unit with a quota, even if the unit is sold out

  • Use Gun Buck Deer harvest authorization and one Farmland (Zone 2) Antlerless Deer harvest authorization statewide on public access or private land

  • Use Gun Buck Deer harvest authorization during any firearm deer season to harvest a buck including during antlerless-only deer seasons

  • Spring turkey harvest authorization for any zone and time period

  • Sturgeon spearing license after the October 31 deadline, through the end of the open season for spearing sturgeon.

Nonresident License Rates: Eligible nonresident Service members can purchase Wisconsin hunting, fishing and trapping licenses for resident prices. Service members must be serving in one of the following:

  • Wisconsin National Guard

  • Active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces stationed in Wisconsin

  • In a U.S. Armed Forces Reserve unit located in Wisconsin

  • Active or reserve component on active duty stationed out of state who was a resident at the time they entered active duty.

Hunter Safety Requirements: Service members that completed basic training may purchase a hunting license without being required to complete a hunter safety course.

Wisconsin Bear Hunting Benefit for Service Members: Residents and nonresident active duty Service members are eligible to receive a one-time transfer of a Class A Bear license. Service members must show proof of active duty service when they apply.

Wisconsin Elk Hunting Benefit for Nonresident Service Members: Nonresident Service members may be eligible for an elk hunting permit if they meet the following requirements:

  • Service member in the Wisconsin National Guard

  • Active duty Service member in the U.S. Armed Forces stationed in Wisconsin

  • Service member in a U.S. Armed Forces Reserves unit located in Wisconsin

  • Service member serving on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces that is stationed out of state who was a Wisconsin resident at the time they entered active duty.

Deer in the woods Wisconsin Service Member Hunting Permit, Harvest Authorization or License Deferral: Service members who are unable to fish, hunt or trap due to their military service may defer a permit, harvest authorization or license issued under a random or preference selection system until they are able to use them.

Learn more about Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, U.S. Armed Forces Service Member Benefits

Wisconsin Conservation Patron License for Purple Heart Recipients: Wisconsin resident and nonresident Purple Heart recipients are eligible for the following benefits:

  • Reduced fee Wisconsin Conservation Patron license (Resident - $10, Nonresident - $161)

  • Hunting, fishing and trapping licenses at resident rates for nonresidents

  • One-time transfer of a Class A Bear license

  • One spring turkey harvest authorization

  • Purple Heart Eligible to submit an elk hunting application.

Applicants must provide official documentation as proof they received the Purple Heart at any Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Service Center after which Veterans may purchase their licenses at any licensing agent and online at the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, go Wild webpage.

Wisconsin Free Hunting or Fishing License for Returning Veterans: Wisconsin resident Veterans are authorized to receive a free one-time small game, archery, gun deer or annual fishing license.
Who is eligible for the Wisconsin Free Hunting or Fishing License for Returning Veterans?
Veterans must meet the following requirements to be eligible

  • Veteran that served on active duty in the of the U.S. Armed Forces during a war time period

  • Service member in a reserve component of the U.S. Armed Forces, who served during a war time period for at least one year beginning on the Service member's date of enlistment

  • Service member in a reserve component of the U.S. Armed Forces that served during a war time period and received an honorable discharge.

Interested Veterans must first contact the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs who will determine their eligibility, Veterans will then receive a voucher code that may be redeemed within 365 days of discharge at any licensing agent or online at the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, go Wild webpage.

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Professional Licenses: Veterans may qualify for a one-time fee waiver for a Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources specific, occupational or professional license. Please see the Wisconsin Veterans Professional/Occupational Licensure Fee Waiver Program in the Wisconsin Military and Veterans Employment section above. For more information, please contact the Veteran's Benefit Resource Center at 800-947-8387.

Wisconsin Resident Disabled Veterans Reduced-Fee Fishing License: Wisconsin resident Veterans who have a 70% or greater service-connected disability rating, that are receiving service-connected disability benefits because they are individually unemployable or that are receiving a non-service-connected disability pension from the VA are eligible for a reduced-fee fishing license for $3.

Wisconsin Resident Disabled Veterans Spring Turkey Harvest Authorization: Wisconsin resident Veterans who have a 50% or greater service-connected disability rating from the VA or that are receiving service-connected disability benefits because they are individually unemployable are eligible for a reduced fee spring turkey harvest authorization for $10. Hunters must also have a turkey stamp and spring turkey license in addition to the harvest authorization.

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Free State Park, Forest and Trail Pass for Disabled Veterans and Former Prisoners of War (POW): Wisconsin resident Veterans may be eligible for a free State Park, Forest and Trail Pass. Passes do not apply for nightly camping or other non-admission fees. Veterans must meet the following requirements to be eligible:

  • Veteran that is receiving compensation from the VA for a 70% or more service-connected disability rating

  • Veteran that is receiving compensation due to a service-connected individually unemployable rating from the VA

  • Service member or Veteran that was a former POW.

Veterans will be required to provide copies of their VA Rating/Decision Award Letter, DD214 or separation papers and a photo ID to a Wisconsin County Veteran Service Officer (CVSO). The CVSO will certify a Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Disabled Veteran Free State Park/Forest/Trail Pass Application which can be mailed to:

Disabled Veteran and Former POW Fee Waiver
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources PR/6
PO Box 7921
Madison, WI 53707

Wisconsin CVSO Directory

Wisconsin Resident Disabled Veteran Recreation Card: Wisconsin resident Veterans that have a 50% or greater service-connected disability rating from the VA or that are receiving service-connected disability benefits because they are individually unemployable are eligible for a $7 Wisconsin Resident Disabled Veteran Recreation Card. This card authorizes the Veteran free park admission and trail pass as well as fishing and small game hunting licenses.

Learn more about Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Veteran Benefits

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What are My Wisconsin Military and Veterans Miscellaneous Benefits?

Wisconsin Veterans Transportation to VA Medical Appointments: The Disabled American Veterans Department of Wisconsin (DAV) and the WDVA have programs that will provide rides to Veterans for VA medical appointments. The DAV operates several vans around the state that normally stop at predetermined locations and then transport to the various medical centers. Visit the DAV Van Program webpage for more information on van routes and schedules.

For Veterans who live in locations not served by the DAV, most counties provide some type of assistance. Some counties provide this service free of charge and others require a small fee or donation, which may be waived for low income Veterans. ​Veterans should contact their CVSO for information.
Wisconsin CVSO Directory

Learn more about Wisconsin Veterans Transportation to VA Medical Appointments

Wisconsin Veterans Assistance Grants: The WDVA Wisconsin Veterans Assistance Grant program provides financial assistance to resident Veterans and eligible Family members who have exhausted all other sources of aid. The grants may be used for specified health care and subsistence needs. There is a lifetime cumulative grant award limit per applicant of $7,500.

Health care grants can be provided for:

  • Dental care - may not exceed $800 in a consecutive 12-month period, aid for extended dental care - may not exceed $4,000 in a consecutive 24-month period

  • Vision care – may not exceed $400 in a consecutive 12-month period

  • Hearing care – may not exceed $200 in any consecutive 12-month period, assistance for each required hearing aid may not exceed $1,875 in a consecutive 24-month period.

Subsistence grants can be provided when there is a loss of income due to illness, injury, or natural disaster and no other sources of aid are available. Applications for Subsistence Aid must be submitted no later than 12 months following the verified loss of income. Grants are awarded for any 30-day period, up to a maximum of three months. Grants cannot exceed $3,000 during any consecutive 12-month period.

Grants can also be provided for eligible Family members for economic emergencies that include:

  • Failure of the only means of transportation

  • Failure of a stove, refrigerator, heating, electrical or plumbing systems, etc.

  • Medical emergency

  • Severe damage to home as a result of a natural disaster.

Who is eligible Wisconsin Veterans Assistance Grants? Veterans must meet the following requirements:

  • Veteran as defined in Wisconsin Statutes 45.01 (12)

  • Household income at or below 200% of federal poverty guidelines

  • Does not have household liquid assets in excess of $1,000 for a health care grant or six months in available liquid assets and income to meet basic needs for a subsistence grant.

Family members must meet the following requirements for assistance:

  • Experienced an unexpected financial emergency

  • Unremarried Surviving Spouse and dependent Children of a Veteran who died in the line of duty while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces on active duty (including active duty for training), or

  • Spouse and dependent Children of an activated or deployed resident U.S. Armed Forces Service member

  • Family members are not required to meet household income requirements.

Applications for the assistance ​must be submitted through WDVA County Veterans Service Offices.
WDVA, Veterans Assistance Grant Application (Health Care Aid)
WDVA, Veterans Assistance Grant Application (Subsistence Aid)
Wisconsin County Veteran Service Officer Directory

Learn more about the Wisconsin Veterans Assistance Grants

Honor Guard burial ceremony folding the american flag Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA), Military Funeral Honors Program (MFHP): The WDVA MFHP serves to coordinate and provide a final tribute to Service members and Veterans who served Wisconsin and the nation as members of the U.S. Armed Forces. Deceased Veterans and Service members are entitled a Military Funeral Honors ceremony which includes folding and presentation of the U.S. burial flag and the sounding of taps, at no cost to the Family.

The WDVA administers the program with assistance from Veterans Service Organizations, County Veteran Service Offices, funeral directors and Service members in the U.S. Armed Forces.
Who is eligible for Wisconsin MFHP? To be eligible for Military Funeral Honors Veterans must meet one of the following criteria:

  • Died while serving in an active or reserve component of the U.S. Armed Forces

  • Discharged from active duty under conditions "other than dishonorable"

  • Completed at least one term of enlistment or period of initial service obligation in a reserve component of the U.S. Armed Forces and received a discharge under conditions other than dishonorable.

For more information or to schedule Military Funeral Honors contact the MFHP office:
Phone: 877-944-6667
Fax: 866-454-0356
Email: honors@dva.wisconsin.gov
Wisconsin MFHP Brochure
Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs, Military Funeral Honors Request Form

Learn more about Wisconsin Military Funeral Honors Program

Wisconsin Medals and Records Assistance for Veterans: The WDVA, Veterans Benefits Resource Center (VBRC) can help Veterans find copies of their DD214.

They can also help with issues regarding military awards and decorations, such as:

  • Lost medals or awards

  • Need replacing (broken, damaged, etc.)

  • Were authorized but never received

  • Were authorized for specific military service after the Veteran was discharged from the U.S. Armed Forces

  • Request medals Veterans are eligible for but were never authorized or awarded.

​For more information, please call 800-WIS-VETS (947-8387) and ask for the VBRC Medals and Records section.
Request Pertaining to Military Records, Standard Form 180

Learn more about Wisconsin Medals and Records Assistance for Veterans

Wisconsin Veterans Military Discharge Reviews: The WDVA can provide assistance when a Veteran requests a Review of Military Discharges that were given Under Less Then Honorable Conditions.

The types of discharges that may be reviewed are:

  • General discharges

  • Under Other Than Honorable Conditions

  • Undesirable discharges

  • Bad Conduct discharges

  • Dishonorable discharges

  • Given under Administrative Review

  • Summary or General Court-Martial.

Call the VBRC at 800-WIS-VETS (947-8387) for more information. ​

Learn more about Wisconsin Veterans Military Discharge Reviews

Wisconsin Women Veterans Program: The WDVA Women Veterans Program addresses the needs of women Veterans in Wisconsin and creates a community for women with mutual experiences. The Women Veterans Program is committed to providing outreach and education for women Veterans’ programs and issues as well as encouraging and supporting recognition of women Veterans’ contributions to Wisconsin and the nation.

Some of the initiatives sponsored by the Women Veterans Program are:

  • Woman Veteran of the Year Award

  • Annual Women Veterans retreat

  • Women Veterans conference

  • Women Veterans newsletter

For more information about the Women Veterans Program, contact: ​
WomenVets@dva.wisconsin.gov

Phone: 800-WIS-VETS (947-8387)
WDVA, Women Veterans Program Brochure ​​

Learn more about the Wisconsin Women Veterans Program

Wisconsin Homeless Housing and Recovery Program (VHRP): VHRP helps Veterans that are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless receive job training, education, counseling and rehabilitative services they need to find steady employment, affordable housing and the skills to sustain a productive lifestyle.

VHRP is a residential program that offers secure and safe housing to Veterans while they receive training and services to become stably housed. Veterans may stay at a VHRP for up to 24 months, many Veterans complete the program in six to 10 months. Staff will work with residents regarding:

  • Permanent housing

  • Employment assistance

  • Education job training

  • Healthcare and mental health services

  • Substance abuse recovery support

Who is eligible for VHRP? To be eligible for VHRP Veterans must have served at least one day on active duty and received a discharge other than dishonorable.

Please contact the VHRP sites directly for questions about referrals, applications, and program information.

VHRP Chippewa Falls
2820 East Park Avenue, Building 128
Chippewa Falls, WI 54729
Phone: 715-726-2541

​VHRP Green Bay
2500 Bel Meadow Drive
Green Bay, WI 54311-6775
Phone: 920-391-4370

VHRP Union Grove
21425 Spring Street, Cottage 16
Union Grove, WI 53182
Phone: 262-878-9151

Wisconsin VHRP, Resident Handbook

Learn more about the Wisconsin Homeless Housing and Recovery Program

Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Outreach and Recovery Program (VORP): VORP is designed to connect Veterans to community services and provide case management and support, with a special focus on treatment and recovery.

​​VORP staff work with community providers and professionals to help Veterans and provide referrals to:

  • Mental health services

  • Substance abuse treatment

  • Financial assistance

  • Housing and utilities​

  • Claims and benefits assistance

  • Employment and education

VORP funding may be available to assist with treatment expenses.
Who is eligible for the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs VORP? Anyone that served or continues to serve in an active or reserve component of the U.S. Armed Forces.

Contact information for all VORP locations can be found at the “learn more…” link below.
VORP Brochure

Learn more about the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Outreach and Recovery Program

 Wisconsin Veterans Home at Union Grove Wisconsin Veterans Homes: Wisconsin has three Veterans Homes that provide long term skilled nursing care for Veterans and their eligible Family members.

Some of the services provided at Wisconsin Veterans Homes are:Wisconsin Veterans Home Chippewa Falls

  • Dental care

  •  Doctor visits

  • Laboratory services

  • Social worker services

  • Medical transportation

  • Mental health services

  • Occupational, physical, respiratory, and speech therapies

  • Skilled nursing care

  • Social services

  • Special Care units

  • Religious services

  • Family style dining rooms

  • Housekeeping services

  • Daily activities

Who is eligible for care at Wisconsin Veterans Homes? To be eligible for admission at a Wisconsin Veterans Home applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Veteran who served on active duty during peacetime for two or more years or the full period of their initial obligation, or

  • Veteran who served on active duty for at least 90 days, one day of which must have been during a wartime period, and

  • Received an honorable discharge

  • Spouse of an eligible Veteran

  • Spouse and Parents of Service member that was killed while serving on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces

  • Wisconsin residency is not a requirement.

Admissions will be considered using the following priorities

  • First Priority - Veterans

  • Second Priority - Spouse of an eligible Veterans

  • Third Priority - Spouse of a deceased Veteran

  • Fourth Priority - Parents of Veterans that were killed while on active duty.

Within each of the admission priorities above applications will also be prioritized based on:

  • First Priority - Applicants who have been Wisconsin residents for more than six continuous months prior to application

  • Second Priority - Applicants who have been Wisconsin residents for less than six continuous months prior to application

  • Third Priority - Nonresident applicants.

Wisconsin Veterans Homes Application for Admission
Wisconsin Veterans Homes, Eligibility and Admissions Webpage

Learn more about the Wisconsin Veterans Homes

Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemeteries: The WDVA operates three state Veterans cemeteries that serve as a dignified final resting place for Service members, Veterans and their eligible Family members.

Cemetery Locations:

Northern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery There are four burial options available at the SWVMC and the NWVMC cemeteries which includes in ground burial of casket and cremated remains, above ground placement of cremated remains in a columbarium wall and placement of cremated remains in a scattering garden. The CWVMC currently only offers inground casket and cremation burials.

 Veterans that meet eligibility standards are provided a burial at no cost, Spouses and dependent Children will incur a burial fee.
Wisconsin Veterans Cemeteries Burial Fees
Who is eligible for Burial at a Wisconsin Veterans Cemetery? Eligibility requirements for the burial at a Wisconsin Veteran Cemetery are the same as for VA National Cemeteries, with the exception of a Wisconsin residency requirement. Exact eligibility Central Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemeteryrequirements can viewed at the VA, National Cemetery Administration Eligibility webpage. The following are the general eligibility requirements:

  • Discharged from active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces under conditions other than dishonorable, or

  • Died while on active duty, or

  • Served at least 20 years in the National Guard or Reserves and qualified for military retired pay (or would have qualified except death occurred before age 60), orSouthern WI Cemetery

  • Reserve component Service members if they were activated for federal service, (active duty for training does not qualify)

  • Spouses and dependents (burial of dependent Children is limited to unmarried Children under 18 years old or 26 years old if a full-time student at an approved educational institution or a Child that develops a lifelong disability prior to age 21).

Veterans must meet one of the following Wisconsin residency requirements to be eligible for burial:

  • Wisconsin resident at the time of entry or re-entry into U.S. Armed Forces, or

  • Wisconsin resident at the time of death, or

  • Wisconsin resident for at least 12 consecutive months after entering or reentering service on active duty. ​

Note: There is no residency requirement for a Veteran who dies while on active duty.

Veterans are encouraged to complete the WDVA, Pre-Registration for Cemetery Interment - Application (WDVA 2111) to establish eligibility prior to need. Instructions for submission of an application and required documentation s are on the form.

Veterans may also use the MyWisVets Online Benefits Portal. Once registered Veterans can select to pre-register with the cemetery of their choice. The MyWisVets portal will also allow Veterans to upload and submit any required documents electronically and is the fastest method for processing requests.

For questions and more information please contact Veterans Benefits Resource Center at 800-WIS-VETS (947-8387).
Wisconsin Veterans Cemeteries Brochure
Wisconsin Veterans Cemeteries Pre-registration Program

Learn more about the Wisconsin State Veterans Cemeteries

Veterans Benefits Resource Center (VBRC): VBRC provides Veterans improved access to information about WDVA programs, benefits and services. Through the VBRC, the WDVA will provide improved customer service to Wisconsin’s Veterans.

VBRC has staff who are trained to provide the most frequently requested information about their programs, benefits and services. All calls during business hours will be routed to an available Support Staff member on their first call, rather than potentially being routed to a voice mail box.

If a Support Staff member cannot answer a technical question immediately, they can find a subject matter expert and get answers for the Veteran quickly.

Contact VBRC:

Hours: Monday – Friday 7:45 am – 4:15 pm Central Time
Phone: 608-266-1311 or 800-WIS-VETS (947-8387)
Fax: 608-267-0403
Email: WisVets@dva.wisconsin.gov
Address: 2135 Rimrock Road, Madison, WI 53713

Learn more about the Veterans Benefits Resource Center

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U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Facilities in Wisconsin

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Facilities in Wisconsin: The VA has numerous resources available for Veterans and Family members. Please see the local location listing for your nearest facility.

(VA) Cemetery in WisconsinLearn more about U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Facilities in Wisconsin

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Cemeteries in Wisconsin: The VA National Cemetery Administration maintains seven national cemeteries in Wisconsin. Please see the local location listing for the nearest cemetery.

Learn more about U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Cemeteries in Wisconsin

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Military Installations in Wisconsin

Please see the Wisconsin Military Resource Locator for additional information.

Active Duty

Army
Fort McCoy

Air Force
There are no active duty Air Force bases in Wisconsin.

National Guard
Wisconsin Department of Military Affairs

Wisconsin Army National Guard

Wisconsin Air National Guard
Volk Field
115th Fighter Wing
128th Air Refueling Wing

U.S. Army Reserve (USAR)
88th Readiness Division


Resources

Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs

Wisconsin Department of Revenue

Wisconsin Department of Military Affairs

Wisconsin Air National Guard

Army National Guard Benefits

FEDSHIREVETS, Veterans Preference

Wisconsin Department of Transportation

Wisconsin Department of Revenue, Retirement Tax Information

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Wisconsin Facility Locations

Wisconsin Statutes and Annotations

Military Interstate Children's Compact Commission, Wisconsin

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Document Review Date: 11 March 2022