State Veteran Homes
The Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs operates three long-term and rehabilitative care facilities that care for veterans, a veteran's spouse, the surviving spouse of a veteran, and Gold Star Parents (parents who have lost a son or daughter in combat).
Wisconsin has three Veteran Homes.
- Wisconsin Veterans Home at King
- Wisconsin Veterans Home at Chippewa Falls
- Wisconsin Veterans Home at Union Grove
WDVA has a veterans home brochure that provides contact information for each home.
For the purposes of admissions eligibility, a "veteran" is defined as:
- A person who has served on active duty during peacetime for two or more years or the full period of their initial obligation, or
- A person who served on active duty for at least 90 days, one of which must have been during a wartime period, and
- A person who served and was discharged from the armed forces under honorable conditions.
- Spouses of veterans and parents of veterans who were killed on active duty are also eligible to apply.
The following general and subcategory priorities will be used when processing applications for admission.
- First Priority: veterans
- Second Priority: spouses of veterans
- Third Priority: spouses of deceased veterans
- Fourth Priority: parents of veterans who were killed on active duty
Within each of the above general priorities, these sub-category priorities will be applied when processing applications for admission:
- Provide first priority to eligible applicants who have resided in the state of Wisconsin for more than six continuous months prior to the date of application for membership,
- Provide second priority to eligible applicants who are residents on the date of application and who have been residing continuously in the state of Wisconsin for a period of six months or less immediately preceding the date of application for membership,
- Provide third priority to eligible applicants who reside out-of-state on the date of application for membership.
Cost of Care
Members who are able to pay for the total cost of their care will be billed monthly. Each member has the right to manage his or her own personal funds.
Members who are unable to pay the cost of their care may be eligible for Medicare or Medicaid. Please note that Medicare and Medicaid only cover Nursing Home costs not Assisted Living.
VA Service-Connected Veterans
Veterans who are rated 70% service-connected or higher by the VA do not pay for any of their care at a Wisconsin State Veterans Home or any VA-contracted nursing home.
- WDVA Form 4000 - Application for Admissions (DOT)
- WDVA Form 4002 - Disclosure of Health Information (DOT)
- WDVA Form 4006 - Admission Checklist (DOT)
- WDVA Form 4020C - Rights and Responsibilities (DOT)
- WDVA Form 4020F - Privacy Practices (DOT)
US News & World Report Online
US News and World Report has a listing of nursing homes and assisted living. The website may help you find other accommodations if the veteran is unable to get into a state home. You are able to search by state or community. The website also rates skilled nursing homes.