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What services are available for Wisconsin veterans?

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Some of the resources available to Wisconsin veterans include housing benefits, tax credits, job placement and training, access to memorial cemeteries and funerary honors. All state programs are administered by the State of Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs, which has online registration, eligibility applications and application tracking.

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If the veteran entered service through the state or has lived in Wisconsin 12 consecutive months since discharge, she may apply to live in one of three state-run veterans' homes, located in King, Union Grove and Chippewa Falls, respectively. Spouses are also allowed residence in the home as long as they are processed (admitted) during the veteran's stay in a prior care facility, such as a hospital or nursing home. Wisconsin veterans, along with un-remarried, surviving spouses, can also enjoy refunding of the entirety of the property tax applied to their primary residences, as long as all sub-requirements of state residency and service-connected disability ratings are met.

Regarding employment, Wisconsin offers significant education and training opportunities, including a G.I Bill waiving tuition and other fees for eight full-time semesters, as well as a veterans preference for civil service jobs. Other services include publicly funded transportation to VA medical appointments, specialized license plates and reduced-fee fishing licenses for disabled veterans. Wisconsin also provides a specialized advocacy and support program for the state's women veterans.

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