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Veterans Life

Veterans Life2018-08-24T09:37:36+00:00

​Opportunity, support, community

Looking for the best place to live and work after your military service ends? Wisconsin has it all. You’ll find clean air, beautiful natural areas for outdoor recreation, friendly neighbors, great schools from pre-K through technical colleges and research universities, the nation’s best healthcare and a thriving job market. Housing is diverse and affordable, and commute times are well below the national average. Living here offers you more—and allows you to be more you.

Right now you’re in a unique position to create the future you want. But the choices can be overwhelming without a clear path and plenty of support. Wisconsin offers more state funded programs for vets than any other state. Best of all, we’ll be with you every step of the way as you navigate this uncharted territory—from finding a place to continue your education, to looking for family-supporting jobs and choosing a community you’re proud to call home.

Wisconsin veterans community

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Benefits & Programs WI MN IL OH PA ID ME DE ND OR NM AR CA LA MA MD TX WA NH MS WV IN MO AL CT MI SD AZ NC NJ AK NY CO KY MT TN KS VT VA SC UT WY HI FL NV OK IA RI NE GA DC
Skilled Nursing Facilities 6 5 3 2 5 8 7 1 6 1 1 2 2 5 2 1 8 4 2 4 1 1 7 4 4 6 1 2 2 2 1 4 4 2 3 3 4 1 1 3 4 1 1 1 1 7 1 1 2 2 1
Assisted Living Facilities 1 1
State Veteran’s Cemeteries 3 2 1 1 2 3 1 1 2 4 2 5 4 3 1 2 2 6 2 1 4 2 3 4 2 3 4 2 4 1 1 1 3 1 8 2 1 1 4 2
State Veteran’s Museums
Property Tax Credit/Exemption
Home Loans
Free/Reduced Education for Veterans
Free/Reduced Education for Veteran’s Family
Personal Financial Grants Assistance
Non-Profit Grants
Employment Grant for Businesses
Personal Loans
Free/Reduced Hunting License
Free/Reduced Fishing License
Free/Reduced State Park Passes
Professional/Occupational License Fee Waiver
SAA under SDVA
State Homeless Program
Veteran’s Preference for State Employment
State Tax Exempt for Military Retirement Pay
State Paid War Bonus
Veteran License Plates
Veteran Status on Driver’s License or I.D.
Veteran’s Court
Veteran’s Licensing
Transportation for Veterans
Total # of State Benefits 23 21 20 20 19 19 19 18 18 18 18 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 14 14 14 14 14 13 13 13 13 13 12 12 5

HAVE A LOOK IN WISCONSIN®

Charming small-town living with close proximity to major metro areas

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Education, culture-rich communities and $1 billion in yearly research

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Lake Michigan, old world charm and craft beer and Wisconsin’s largest city

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Scenic landscape, high qualify of life and an abundance of recreational activities

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Extraordinary quality of life, outdoor recreation and business-friendly communities

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Impactful careers, family living and recreational opportunities galore​

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Recreational playgrounds, safe neighborhoods and a small-town feel

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Recreational playgrounds, safe neighborhoods and a small-town feel

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HAVE A LOOK IN WISCONSIN®

One thing Wisconsin’s regions all have in common is how unique they are. Every community in Wisconsin holds its own individual charm and characteristics, making our state one of the best options for fulfilling your personal and career goals.

From the natural playground of our forests and lakes to the vibrant communities hosting world-renowned festivals and farmers markets, Wisconsin balances enriching experiences with the essentials of a superior education and high-quality healthcare. Regardless of what you’re looking for, one of our safe, diverse neighborhoods is a good place to start being more you.

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WISCONSIN STORIES

Our residents are some of the happiest and most ambitious people in the nation—but don’t just take our word for it. Take theirs.

“If this (game development with his current company) is going to happen – it needs to happen in Wisconsin. The state has a strong engineering background and strong education background, but also a strong artistic background. Wisconsin brings the best of these unique backgrounds together.”

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TIM GERRITSEN • BUSINESS OWNER

“Wisconsin is the best state for us. The balance of network support, the economics and the opportunity for social and culture. Wisconsin is ideal for anyone’s success.”

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WESLEY ESCONDO • BUSINESS OWNER

“Living in Austin (Texas) was getting to be too expensive. There are a lot of opportunities in Wausau with major companies. We took promotions when we moved here. And the commute times are shorter so I get more time with my family.”

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TINA & PATRICK REVELL • HOMEOWNERS

“Wisconsin is great for it. The cost of living is amazing, the people are amazing, you have access to so many things. You don’t need to live in a Chicago, San Francisco, New York … they are great cities, but if you can get  all those amenities here, at a much lower cost, why wouldn’t you?”

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DAVE HEALY • MADMARKER STUDIOS • MOUNT HOREB

“There is a sense of belonging that I feel in Eau Claire that I don’t think I would feel if I was living in a different city.”

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AARON BRICE • AMBIENT INKS • EAU CLAIRE

“Choosing Wisconsin was a perfect fit for our company and part of it was the people that live in the great state of Wisconsin.”

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LARRY KLENC • MCPHERSON GUITARS • SPARTA