The Wisconsin Veterans Foundation, Inc., a 501c3 charitable organization, was initially started by Wisconsin veterans for Wisconsin veterans who were in financial need while awaiting benefits from the VA. Twenty-five years later the need still remains with veterans and their families in dire straights awaiting benefits for extended periods of time. The financial strain during this waiting period is placing added burdens on the veterans and their families. And in cases where there is an initial denial the burdens pile up exponentially to include, but not limited to housing, food, clothing, transportation, and so much more.
Since the Foundation's inception the mission has remained the same - identify and address veterans needs. However, like other modest Veteran Service Organizations (VSO) we often coordinate with established and much larger veteran-centric organizations to meet the needs of veterans. In fact, the Foundation is often referred to as the financial service of last resort. While true, the Foundation's goal wants to make sure the veteran is linked to the organizations and service providers ho can provide service or link the veteran to larger more substantive providers.
The Foundation has long recognized the many Federal, State, County, City, VSOs, and community organizations that address veterans issues, especially in a time of need. The Foundation often reaches out to share our Foundation's abilities and learn how together we can meet veterans' need. Thus, the Foundation's first challenge is to coordinate with the established programs and ensure the veteran is linked to these services and programs first. This coordinate allows the Foundation link with the other program providers on the front-end or the back-end to best meet the veteran's immediate financials needs.
In Wisconsin we want all veterans to be connected with their County or Tribal Veteran Service Officer (CVSO or TVSO). This person is trained and knowledgeable of Federal, State, County, and many city and community programs available to veterans. Moreover the CVSO or TVSO is often connected to the many more commonly known VSOs in the area (e.g., American Legion, Disabled American Veterans, AMVETS, Veterans of Foreign Wars, etc.) as well as the lesser know local or community programs for veterans. Additionally, the CVSO and TVSO often have the latest information on employment training programs and educational educational opportunities offered by a group or a scholarship program offered by a local school.
Those outside of Wisconsin who reach out to the Foundation are directed to our Financial Assistance page where their are links to National organizations and VSOs across the country who may have the service or leads to services and benefits to meet the veteran's needs.
The Foundation's Mission stems from the following:
Vision: Provide veterans with assistance to successfully transition from military service to civilian society.
Mission: To rapidly assist veterans and their families to obtain needed benefits and services.