Wisconsin Veterans Network (VETSNET)
Year founded: 2016
- Quentin Hatfield, executive director
- Ron Adams, board president, assistant director of diversity and inclusion at Northwestern Mutual
Annual budget: $238,306
Who you serve:
We will help any man or woman in crisis who served in the military. This means anyone who wore the uniform: Active duty, Reserves or National Guard; overseas or stateside; war or peacetime; frontlines or in the rear; regardless of discharge; family members, too.
What you do:
VetsNet is a collaborative project of more than 30 organizations, including government agencies, veterans service and nonprofit community organizations, working together to help veterans and active duty military and their families. We will assist the veteran and their family to navigate federal and state government agencies, county Veteran Service Offices, veteran-oriented nonprofits, community nonprofits and military service organizations. Since 2016, our phenomenal partners have served more than 600 veterans and their families with the help of the VetsNet staff.
What you need:
As a nonprofit, our plan and hope is to grow. Donations provide the funding necessary to recruit and retain talented navigators who are committed to serving veterans and helping to connect them with the right resources to meet their needs.
What makes you different:
Most veteran services have regulations and restrictions which limit who qualifies as a veteran. As an independent nonprofit organization, VetsNet is able to work with and assist anyone who can present a copy of their discharge papers or Department of Veterans Affairs identification card.
We are not a direct service provider. Instead, we partner with the organizations that provide services and work with them on behalf of the veteran to resolve whatever crisis the veteran and his or her family may be experiencing. We frequently will draw upon the resources of several organizations to find housing, employment and financial assistance – whatever is needed to help them get on track and provide for themselves and their families.
How to get involved:
Support us or the organizations we rely upon to meet the needs of veterans in crisis. If you know a veteran who is struggling and needs help, refer them to us.