The Wisconsin Veterans Foundation, Inc. was developed by veterans for veterans and their families. having difficulty transitioning from military service to society.
The founding veterans were seeing fellow veterans from the Vietnam Era and beyond on falling through cracks i.e., unable to pay for daily or monthly necessities while awaiting VA benefits, having difficulty getting or maintaining employment, living in their cars, the street or a shelter, others were dealing with their circumstances with drugs and alcohol. Divorce, suicide, and medical issues were significant higher than their non-veteran cohorts.
So the founders of the Foundation looked at what they could do immediately, specifically acute financial assistance for Wisconsin veterans, educating health professionals on the issues of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and ensuring programs and services addressing employment had elements aimed at our veteran population.
Today, the Foundation has maintained the founders' objectives with acute financial assistance as the key service for Wisconsin veterans, but done in concert with the County or Tribal Service Officer (CVSO or TVSO) or a recognized counselor from a Veteran Service Organization. Providing transitional, ongoing career education and development and employment services linkages is as high as ever. This includes efforts to provide networks for veterans and their families to access and integrating new technologies in our offerings.
The Foundation was designed for veterans regardless of service or time of service recognizing needs and demands change not only for the veteran, his or her family, surviving spouses, and those attempting to meeting the physical, social, and emotional needs of veteran population. Thus, the Foundation Board continues to seek veterans, professionals, and others interested in addressing veterans issues.
If you are interested in working with the Foundation in solving veteran issues or volunteering your time on one of projects let us know.
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"Over 20 years ago when a small group of Veterans and those concerned about Veterans' issues, started the Wisconsin Veterans Foundation, Inc. Our primary mission was to assist Wisconsin Veterans awaiting services and benefits from the VA.
"Today, we continue to provide financial assistance and have added career education, employment assistance, and coordinated activities with other critical Veteran services.
"Without outside financial support we could not assist veterans."
John L. Margowski, President
"Assisting Veterans resolve issues effecting their lives and the lives' of their family has been educational and extremely gratifying.
"In the more than 10 years I have been with the Foundation, the organization has assisted Veterans on the verge of eviction, in need of transportation to maintain employment, getting non-traditional training leading to employment, developed and delivered training to Veterans, professional providers and business leaders on Veterans' issues.
"This Foundation has quietly assisted each Veteran successfully and with dignity.
"And as our Foundation President has said, 'Without outside support we could not assist veterans."
James Mullarkey, Secretary
"It has been my pleasure to server as Treasurer for the Wisconsin Veterans Foundation (WVF).
"The Wisconsin Veterans Foundation from its inception has been diligent, resourceful and persistent in its goal of helping Wisconsin Veterans who need temporary financial assistance, other personal needs and/or services.
"Personally gratifying, my involvement with Foundation invokes memories of my Army service as an infantry rifleman in Vietnam, helping other members of my unit by giving backup and support when needed. Although working with the WVF may not be as intense or adrenaline provoking as my service in Vietnam, it does, in a smaller way, give me a sense of satisfaction when helping veterans.
"I take personal satisfaction that the WVF works with extremely low overhead costs; meaning more resource for meeting the goals purpose of the WVF.
Patrick J. Craney, Treasurer
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