SUBCHAPTER VI
FUNERALS, BURIALS, AND CEMETERIES
45.60   Military funeral honors.
45.61   Wisconsin veterans cemeteries.
45.62   Burial places compiled.
SUBCHAPTER VII
MEMORIALS
45.70   Veterans memorials.
45.71   Catalog of memorials.
45.72   County and municipal memorials.
45.73   Sites for veterans memorial halls.
45.74   Memorial corporations organized under 1919 act.
45.75   Memorials in populous counties.
SUBCHAPTER VIII
LOCAL RESPONSIBILITIES
45.80   County veterans service officer.
45.81   County veterans service commission.
45.82   Grants to counties and tribes for improvement of services.
45.83   Transportation services grants to counties.
45.84   Burial allowance.
45.85   Care of graves.
45.86   County tax for needy veterans.
Ch. 45 Cross-reference Cross-reference: See also VA, Wis. adm. code.
subch. I of ch. 45 SUBCHAPTER I
GENERAL PROVISIONS
45.001 45.001 Recognition of persons who served in the armed forces. The state of Wisconsin recognizes, as veterans, the men and women of Wisconsin who served on active duty in the U.S. armed forces or in forces incorporated in the U.S. armed forces, the men and women who served in a reserve unit of the U.S. armed forces, and the men and women who served in the national guard.
45.001 History History: 2005 a. 22.
45.01 45.01 Definitions. In this chapter, unless the context otherwise requires:
45.01(1) (1) "Active duty" does not include active duty for training purposes.
45.01(2) (2) "Active duty for training purposes" has the meaning given in 38 USC 101 (22).
45.01(3) (3) "Board" means the board of veterans affairs.
45.01(4) (4) "Child" means any biological child, any adopted child, any stepchild, or any other child who is a member of the veteran's household, or any nonmarital child if the veteran acknowledges paternity or paternity has been otherwise established.
45.01(5) (5) "Department" means the department of veterans affairs.
45.01(6) (6) "Dependent" includes any of the following:
45.01(6)(a) (a) A spouse, a surviving spouse, or a divorced spouse, but only if the divorced spouse is not remarried and is receiving child support or maintenance from the veteran under a court order.
45.01(6)(b) (b) Any child under 18 years of age, or under the age of 26 if in full attendance at a recognized school of instruction, or of any age if incapable of self-support by reason of mental or physical disability.
45.01(6)(c) (c) The biological or adoptive parent or a person who acts in the place of a parent and who has so acted for not less than 12 months prior to the veteran's entrance into active service.
45.01(6)(d) (d) A minor sibling or a sibling of any age if incapable of self-support by reason of mental or physical disability.
45.01(7) (7) "In-kind contributions" includes donations of appliances, buildings, creations, equipment, fixtures, furniture, materials, real property, structures, supplies, and utilities, and work performed in the acquisition of land and construction of property.
45.01(8) (8) "Memorial" means a building, structure, statue, or creation used to keep alive the remembrance of a veteran, veterans group, or an event related to a veteran and may include land upon which the building, structure, statue, or creation is located. "Memorial" does not include a museum.
45.01(9) (9) "Permanently and totally disabled veteran" means a person who is receiving 100 percent disability compensation from the U.S. department of veterans affairs under 38 USC 301 to 315, 331 to 337, and 350 to 362, due to a permanent and total service-connected disability.
45.01(10) (10) "Secretary" means the secretary of the department.
45.01(11) (11) "Service in a crisis zone" means any of the following:
45.01(11)(a) (a) Service in Lebanon and Grenada. A person shall be considered to have served in Lebanon or Grenada if the person was on active duty in Lebanon or its territorial waters under honorable conditions between August 1, 1982, and August 1, 1984, or in Grenada between October 23, 1983, and November 21, 1983, and meets one of the following conditions:
45.01(11)(a)1. 1. Was entitled to receive the armed forces expeditionary medal established by executive order 10977 on December 4, 1961.
45.01(11)(a)2. 2. Was entitled to receive the marine corps or navy expeditionary medal.
45.01(11)(a)3. 3. Was not entitled to receive a medal under par. (a) or (b) but submits other proof of service acceptable to the department.
45.01(11)(b) (b) Middle East crisis. A person shall be considered to have served in a Middle East crisis if, because of active duty in the U.S. armed forces or forces incorporated as a part of U.S. armed forces, any of the following applies:
45.01(11)(b)1. 1. The person was awarded the humanitarian service medal for participating in the attempt to rescue American hostages in Iran.
45.01(11)(b)2. 2. The person was awarded the valor ribbon bar by the U.S. state department for having been a hostage in Iran during the Iranian hostage crisis in 1980 and 1981.
45.01(11)(b)3. 3. The person participated in the April 14, 1986, military action against Libya.
45.01(11)(b)4. 4. The person served on the U.S.S. Stark on May 17, 1987.
45.01(11)(b)5. 5. The person served in support of Operation Desert Shield or Operation Desert Storm under all of the following conditions:
45.01(11)(b)5.a. a. Under an active duty order, a unit assignment order or an involuntary extension of an active duty order or in the Middle East or in territorial or international waters adjacent to the Middle East.
45.01(11)(b)5.b. b. Under honorable conditions.
45.01(11)(b)5.c. c. Between August 1, 1990, and the ending date of Operation Desert Shield or Operation Desert Storm, as established by the department by rule.
45.01(11)(b)6. 6. The person served for 90 days or more in support of Operation Enduring Freedom or an operation that is a successor to Operation Enduring Freedom or served in the Operation Enduring Freedom theater of operation under all of the following conditions:
45.01(11)(b)6.a. a. Under an active duty order, a unit assignment order, or an involuntary extension of an active duty order.
45.01(11)(b)6.b. b. Under honorable conditions.
45.01(11)(b)6.c. c. Between September 11, 2001, and the ending date of Operation Enduring Freedom or an operation that is a successor to Operation Enduring Freedom, as established by the department by rule.
45.01(11)(c) (c) Service in Panama. A person shall be considered to have served in Panama if the person was on active duty in the U.S. armed forces in Panama or its territorial waters under honorable conditions between December 20, 1989, and January 31, 1990.
45.01(11)(d) (d) Service in Somalia. A person shall be considered to have served in Somalia if the person was on active duty in the U.S. armed services in Somalia or in territorial waters adjacent to Somalia under honorable conditions between December 9, 1992, and the ending date of Operation Restore Hope, as established by the department by rule.
45.01(11)(e) (e) Service in Bosnia. A person shall be considered to have served in Bosnia if the person served for 90 days or more in support of Operation Balkan Endeavor or served for 90 days or more in Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Czech Republic, Croatia, Hungary, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia including the autonomous provinces of Kosovo and Vojvodina, Slovakia, or Slovenia, or in territorial waters adjacent to any of those countries, under all of the following conditions:
45.01(11)(e)1. 1. Under an active duty order, an involuntary extension of an active duty order, or a unit assignment order.
45.01(11)(e)2. 2. Under honorable conditions.
45.01(11)(e)3. 3. Between December 1, 1995, and the ending date of Operation Balkan Endeavor or a successor operation, as established by the department by rule.
45.01(12) (12) "Veteran", except in s. 45.001, means any of the following:
45.01(12)(a) (a) A person who has served on active duty for at least one qualifying term of service under pars. (b) to (d) under honorable conditions in the U.S. armed forces or in forces incorporated as part of the U.S. armed forces during a war period or in a crisis zone.
45.01(12)(b) (b) A person who has served on active duty in the U.S. armed forces or in forces incorporated as part of the U.S. armed forces under honorable conditions, for 2 continuous years or more or for the full period of his or her initial service obligation, whichever is less.
45.01(12)(c) (c) A person who has served on active duty for 90 days or more under honorable conditions in the U.S. armed forces or in forces incorporated as part of the U.S. armed forces during a war period or for any period of service under section 1 of executive order 10957 dated August 10, 1961.
45.01(12)(d) (d) A person whose term of service in the U.S. armed forces or in forces incorporated as part of the U.S. armed forces under honorable conditions entitled him or her to receive the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, established by executive order 10977 on December 4, 1961, the Vietnam Service Medal established by executive order 11231 on July 8, 1965, the Navy Expeditionary Medal, the Marine Corps Expeditionary Medal, or an equivalent expeditionary or service medal.
45.01(12)(e) (e) A person who was honorably discharged from the U.S. armed forces or from forces incorporated as part of the U.S. armed forces for a service-connected disability, for a disability subsequently adjudicated to have been service connected, or for reasons of hardship.
45.01(12)(f) (f) A person who was released under honorable conditions from the U.S. armed forces or from forces incorporated as part of the U.S. armed forces due to a reduction in the U.S. armed forces.
45.01(12)(g) (g) A person who died while in service in the U.S. armed forces or in forces incorporated as part of the U.S. armed forces.
45.01(12)(h) (h) A person who, while serving in the U.S. armed forces or in forces incorporated as part of the U.S. armed forces, is missing in action.
45.01(12)(i) (i) A person who died as the result of a service-connected disability.
45.01(12)(j) (j) A person who died in the line of duty while on inactive or active duty for training purposes in the U.S. armed forces, in forces incorporated as part of the U.S. armed forces, or in the national guard.
45.01(12m) (12m) "Veterans home" means the Wisconsin Veterans Home at Union Grove, the Wisconsin Veterans Home at King, and the Wisconsin Veterans Home at Chippewa Falls.
45.01(13) (13) "War period" means any of the following:
45.01(13)(a) (a) Indian War: between 1860 and 1898.
45.01(13)(b) (b) Spanish-American War: between April 21, 1898, and April 11, 1899.
45.01(13)(c) (c) Philippine Insurrection: between April 12, 1899, and July 4, 1902 (extended to July 15, 1903, if actually engaged in Moro Province hostilities).
45.01(13)(d) (d) Boxer Rebellion: between June 16, 1900, and May 12, 1901.
45.01(13)(e) (e) Mexican border service: between June 19, 1916, and April 5, 1917.
45.01(13)(f) (f) World War I: between April 6, 1917, and November 11, 1918 (extended to April 1, 1920, if service was in Russia).
45.01(13)(g) (g) World War II: between August 27, 1940, and July 25, 1947.
45.01(13)(h) (h) Korean conflict: between June 27, 1950, and January 31, 1955.
45.01(13)(i) (i) Vietnam War: between August 5, 1964, and January 1, 1977, excepting service on active duty for training purposes only.
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2011-12 Wisconsin Statutes updated through 2013 Wis. Act 380 and all Supreme Court Orders entered before Dec. 13, 2014. Published and certified under s. 35.18. Changes effective after Dec. 13, 2014 are designated by NOTES. (Published 12-13-14)