Hello, Wisconsin. Governor Tony Evers here.

Today, we’re honoring Veterans Day and all the brave folks who served our state and country, including the more than 300,000 veterans who call Wisconsin home.

As a state, we’re proud to be a key partner in the work to help ensure that each of those 300,000 individuals and their families have the tools and resources to thrive in their civilian life.

We know that veterans often face unique hurdles when they return to civilian life.

From mental health and substance use disorders, housing and employment, and so much more, and these challenges all too often stand in the way of veterans living their best and fullest lives.

Through our budget investments over the last several years, we’ve worked to address the challenges facing our veterans, but we can and should do more.

Earlier this year, I kept my promise to Wisconsin’s veterans and created a Blue Ribbon Commission on Veteran Opportunity to support our veterans and tackle the challenges they’re facing head-on.

Made up of advocates for veterans, leaders in the military community, and most importantly, veterans and their families, this commission allowed folks to share their lived experiences and input to find real solutions to help and support Wisconsin veterans.

And we’re already seeing the results of this work.

Just last month, I was proud to use the Commission’s final report and recommendations to make a $10 million investment in veterans services across the state.

This included supporting and expanding access to veteran mental health services, directing new funding for the Veterans Outreach and Recovery Program, creating a rental assistance program to serve homeless veterans, and increasing funding for the Hire Heroes Program at the Department of Workforce Development.

This investment also included providing an additional $1.5 million to our county and Tribal veterans service offices to increase allocations by 100 percent.

These investments are going to make a real difference for veterans and their families across the state, but as I said, there’s always more we can do.

Just as our veterans have upheld and defended the freedoms and values we hold dear, we must also uphold our commitment to ensuring both they and their families have the full range of support and services needed to thrive.

And I can think of no better day than today to reaffirm ourselves to that commitment.

So, on behalf of the entire state, let me share my sincere appreciation and thanks to our nation’s heroes and their families.

Thank you for your service and immense sacrifices.

You exemplify the best our state has to offer with a deep sense of duty, loyalty, respect, integrity, personal courage, and selfless service.

We owe you a tremendous debt of gratitude, and I encourage Wisconsinites across the state to take this opportunity to join me in thanking our veterans today and every day.

Thank you.

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