Sokaogon Chippewa Community News
DVA Holds State Consultation in Mole Lake
“This was a good opportunity for us to make great contacts and learn more about the beneficial services available for all Veterans,” said Vickie Ackley. “Secretary Kolar and her staff were supportive and very genuine.”
Other priorities include one-on-one assistance for Veterans facing homelessness, mental health, alcohol and drug abuse and recovery issues.
Tribal officials met Todd Marks, the Veterans Outreach and Recovery Program (VORP) Region 5 representative. The VORP program was designed to connect Veterans with community services and provide case management and support, with a special focus on treatment and recovery.
On November 7th, the WDVA Wisconsin Veterans Museum and Governor Tony Evers unveiled a unique educational exhibit highlighting the military service of dozens of Wisconsin women Veterans.
The “I Am Not Invisible” traveling exhibit, featuring 32 banners measuring six-feet tall with portraits of Wisconsin women Veterans, was unveiled during a formal ceremony at the Wisconsin State Capitol.
“Women military Veterans deserve equal recognition for their bravery and sacrifice demonstrated during their service to our country,” Governor Evers said. “This exhibit not only showcases the diversity of Wisconsin women Veterans, but it also highlights the unique stories many of them experienced in the military and afterward.”
There are about 30,000 women Veterans living in Wisconsin, or about 12% of the state’s Veteran population. With the new exhibit, Wisconsin becomes the latest state to participate in the project, which was initiated by the Oregon Department of Veterans Affairs in February 2017 as a way to increase awareness and dialogue about women Veterans. Since then, the project has grown to include nine states and 14 cities. View more information about the exhibit on the Wisconsin Veterans Museum’s website.