45.10 45.10 Veteran appearances. The department may reimburse any veteran who incurred travel expenses relating to an appearance that occurred at the request of the state, subject to the following:
45.10(1) (1)A veteran seeking reimbursement shall submit to the department documentation of travel expenses incurred.
45.10(2) (2)Notwithstanding ss. 16.53 (12) (c) and 20.916 (8) and (9), the department may reimburse all documented travel expenses but reimbursement shall not exceed $2,000 annually per veteran.
45.10 History History: 2015 a. 55.
45.12 45.12 Wisconsin veteran-owned business logotypes.
45.12(1)(1)In this section:
45.12(1)(a) (a) “Disabled veteran-owned business" means a business certified by the department of administration under s. 16.283 (3).
45.12(1)(b) (b) “Veteran-owned business" means each of the following:
45.12(1)(b)1. 1. A disabled veteran-owned business.
45.12(1)(b)2. 2. A business that is certified by the department for purposes of s. 16.75 (4).
45.12(1)(b)3. 3. A business not included under subds. 1. and 2. that the department certifies for purposes of this section as being at least 51 percent owned by one or more veterans.
45.12(2) (2)The department shall design an official logotype appropriate for use by veteran-owned businesses in this state. The logotype design shall contain the words “Wisconsin Veteran-Owned Business."
45.12(2m) (2m)
45.12(2m)(a)(a) The department shall certify each farmer who applies to the department to use the logotype under par. (b) if the farmer is one of the following:
45.12(2m)(a)1. 1. A veteran.
45.12(2m)(a)2. 2. An immediate family member of a veteran under s. 45.01 (12) (g) to (i).
45.12(2m)(b) (b) The department, in consultation with the department of agriculture, trade and consumer protection shall design an official logotype appropriate for use on agricultural products produced by persons certified under par. (a).
45.12(3) (3)The department may design an official logotype, in addition to the one designed under sub. (2), appropriate for use by disabled veteran-owned businesses in this state. The logotype design shall contain the words “Wisconsin Disabled Veteran-Owned Business."
45.12(4) (4)The department shall consult with the department of administration to design the official logotype under sub. (2) and the official logotype under sub. (3), if any.
45.12 History History: 2015 a. 384; 2017 a. 121; 2017 a. 364 s. 49.
subch. II of ch. 45 SUBCHAPTER II
EDUCATION AND TRAINING
45.20 45.20 Tuition reimbursement.
45.20(1)(1)Definitions. In this section:
45.20(1)(a) (a) “Institution of higher education" has the meaning given in 20 USC 1001 (a).
45.20(1)(c) (c) “Part-time classroom study" means any of the following:
45.20(1)(c)1. 1. Enrollment in courses for which no more than 11 semester or the equivalent trimester or quarter credits will be given upon satisfactory completion.
45.20(1)(c)2. 2. Enrollment in courses during a summer semester or session.
45.20(1)(d) (d) “Tuition," when referring to the University of Wisconsin System, means academic fees and segregated fees; when referring to the technical colleges, means “program fees" and “additional fees" as described in s. 38.24 (1m) and (1s); and when referring to a high school, a school that is approved under s. 45.03 (11), or a proprietary school that is approved under s. 440.52, means the charge for the courses for which a person is enrolled.
45.20(2) (2)Tuition reimbursement program.
45.20(2)(a) (a) Administration.
45.20(2)(a)1.1. The department shall administer a tuition reimbursement program for eligible veterans enrolling as undergraduates in any institution of higher education in this state, enrolling in a school that is approved under s. 45.03 (11), enrolling in a proprietary school that is approved under s. 440.52, enrolling in a public or private high school, enrolling in a tribal school, as defined in s. 115.001 (15m), in any grade from 9 to 12, or receiving a waiver of nonresident tuition under s. 39.47.
45.20(2)(a)2. 2. A veteran who is a resident of this state and otherwise qualified to receive benefits under this subsection may receive the benefits under this subsection upon the completion of any correspondence courses or part-time classroom study from an institution of higher education located outside this state, from a school that is approved under s. 45.03 (11), or from a proprietary school that is approved under s. 440.52, if any of the following applies:
45.20(2)(a)2.a. a. The part-time classroom study is not offered within 50 miles of the veteran's residence by any school or institution under this paragraph and the educational institution from which the study is offered is located not more than 50 miles from the boundary line of this state.
45.20(2)(a)2.b. b. The correspondence course is not offered in this state.
45.20(2)(b) (b) Eligibility.
45.20(2)(b)1.1. A veteran is eligible for the tuition reimbursement program if he or she meets all of the following criteria:
45.20(2)(b)1.a. a. The annual income of the veteran and his or her spouse does not exceed $50,000 plus $1,000 for each dependent in excess of 2 dependents.
45.20(2)(b)1.c. c. The veteran is a resident at the time of application for the program and was a Wisconsin resident at the time of entry into service or was a resident for any consecutive 12-month period after entry into service and before the date of his or her application. If a person applying for a benefit under this subsection meets the residency requirement of 12 consecutive months, the department may not require the person to reestablish that he or she meets that residency requirement when he or she later applies for any other benefit under this chapter that requires that residency.
45.20(2)(b)2. 2. In determining eligibility under this subsection, the department shall verify all reported income amounts.
45.20(2)(b)3. 3. A veteran is not eligible under this program if the veteran has an undergraduate degree from any institution of higher education.
45.20(2)(c) (c) Program benefits.
45.20(2)(c)1.1. A veteran who meets the eligibility requirements under par. (b) 1. may be reimbursed upon satisfactory completion of an undergraduate semester in any institution of higher education in this state, or upon satisfactory completion of a course at any school that is approved under s. 45.03 (11), any proprietary school that is approved under s. 440.52, any public or private high school, any tribal school, as defined in s. 115.001 (15m), that operates any grade from 9 to 12, or any institution from which the veteran receives a waiver of nonresident tuition under s. 39.47. Except as provided in par. (e), the amount of reimbursement may not exceed the total cost of the veteran's tuition minus any grants or scholarships that the veteran receives specifically for the payment of the tuition, or, if the tuition is for an undergraduate semester in any institution of higher education, the standard cost of tuition for a state resident for an equivalent undergraduate semester at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, whichever is less.
45.20(2)(c)2. 2. An application for reimbursement of tuition under this subsection shall meet all of the following requirements:
45.20(2)(c)2.a. a. Be completed and received by the department in a time limit set by administrative rule.
45.20(2)(c)2.b. b. Contain the information necessary to establish eligibility as determined by the department.
45.20(2)(c)2.c. c. Be on the application form established by the department.
45.20(2)(c)2.d. d. Contain the signatures of both the applicant and a representative of the institution or school certifying that the applicant has satisfactorily completed the semester.
45.20(2)(c)3. 3. Reimbursement provided under this subsection shall be paid from the appropriation under s. 20.485 (2) (tf). If the amount of funds applied for exceeds the amount available under s. 20.485 (2) (tf), the department may reduce the reimbursement percentage, except to disabled veterans who are eligible for 100 percent of tuition and fees under par. (e), or deny applications for reimbursement that would otherwise qualify under this subsection. In those cases, the department shall determine the reimbursement percentage, except to disabled veterans who are eligible for 100 percent of tuition and fees under par. (e), and eligibility on the basis of the dates on which applications for reimbursement were received.
45.20(2)(c)4. 4. Reimbursement of tuition and fees for a course may be provided at an institution or school under this paragraph other than the one from which the veteran is receiving his or her degree or certificate of graduation or course completion if all of the following apply:
45.20(2)(c)4.a. a. The curriculum at the institution or school consists only of courses necessary to complete a degree in a particular course of study.
45.20(2)(c)4.b. b. The course is accepted as transfer credits at the institution or school listed under this paragraph from which the veteran is receiving his or her degree but is not available at that institution or school.
45.20(2)(d) (d) Limitations.
45.20(2)(d)1.1. Subject to subd. 1m., a veteran's eligibility for reimbursement under this subsection at any institution of higher education in this state, at a school that is approved under s. 45.03 (11), at a proprietary school that is approved under s. 440.52, at a public or private high school, at a tribal school, as defined in s. 115.001 (15m), that operates any grade from 9 to 12, or at an institution where he or she is receiving a waiver of nonresident tuition under s. 39.47 is limited to the following:
45.20(2)(d)1.a. a. If the veteran served on active duty, except service on active duty for training purposes, for 90 to 180 days, the veteran may be reimbursed for a maximum of 30 credits or 2 semesters, or an equivalent amount of credits or semesters if at a school other than an institution of higher education.
45.20(2)(d)1.b. b. If the veteran served on active duty, except service on active duty for training purposes, for 181 to 730 days, the veteran may be reimbursed for a maximum of 60 credits or 4 semesters, or an equivalent amount of credits or semesters if at a school other than an institution of higher education.
45.20(2)(d)1.c. c. If the veteran served on active duty, except service on active duty for training purposes, for more than 730 days, the veteran may be reimbursed for a maximum of 120 credits or 8 semesters, or an equivalent amount of credits or semesters if at a school other than an institution of higher education.
45.20(2)(d)1m. 1m. For courses begun later than 10 years after the veteran's separation from the service, a veteran may not be reimbursed for more than 60 of the credits to which the veteran's eligibility is limited under subd. 1. and may not be reimbursed for more than 11 semester credits or equivalent trimester or quarter credits for any semester or session, other than a summer semester or session, regardless of the number of credits taken during that semester or session.
45.20(2)(d)2. 2. The department may provide reimbursement under this subsection to a veteran who is delinquent in child support or maintenance payments or who owes past support, medical expenses or birth expenses, as established by appearance of the veteran's name on the statewide support lien docket under s. 49.854 (2) (b), only if the veteran provides the department with one of the following:
45.20(2)(d)2.a. a. A repayment agreement that the veteran has entered into, that has been accepted by the county child support agency under s. 59.53 (5) and that has been kept current for the 6-month period immediately preceding the date of the application.
45.20(2)(d)2.b. b. A statement that the veteran is not delinquent in child support or maintenance payments and does not owe past support, medical expenses or birth expenses, signed by the department of children and families or its designee within 7 working days before the date of the application.
45.20(2)(d)3. 3. A veteran may not receive reimbursement under this subsection for any semester in which he or she is eligible for or received a grant under s. 321.40 or under 10 USC 2007.
45.20(2)(d)4. 4. A veteran may not receive reimbursement under this subsection for any semester in which the veteran fails to receive at least a 2.0 grade point average or an average grade of “C".
45.20(2)(e) (e) Disabled veteran eligibility. A disabled veteran who meets the requirements under this subsection and whose disability is rated at 30 percent or more under 38 USC 1114 or 1134 may be reimbursed for up to 100 percent of the cost of tuition and fees, but that reimbursement is limited to 100 percent of the standard cost for a state resident for tuition and fees for an equivalent undergraduate course at the University of Wisconsin-Madison per course if the tuition and fees are for an undergraduate semester in any institution of higher education.
45.20 Cross-reference Cross-reference: See also ch. VA 2, Wis. adm. code.
45.21 45.21 Retraining assistance program.
45.21(1)(1)Amount and application. The department may pay a veteran not more than $3,000 for retraining to enable the veteran to obtain gainful employment. The department shall determine the amount of the payment based on the veteran's financial need. A veteran may apply for aid to the county veterans service officer of the county in which the veteran is living. The department may, on behalf of a veteran who is engaged in a structured on-the-job training program and who meets the requirements under sub. (2), make a payment under this subsection to the veteran's employer.
45.21(2) (2)Eligibility. The department may provide aid under this section if all of the following apply:
45.21(2)(a) (a) The veteran is enrolled in a training course in a technical college under ch. 38 or in a proprietary school in the state approved by the department of safety and professional services under s. 440.52, other than a proprietary school offering a 4-year degree or 4-year program, or is engaged in a structured on-the-job training program that meets program requirements promulgated by the department by rule.
45.21(2)(b) (b) The veteran meets the financial assistance criteria established under sub. (3) (c).
45.21(2)(c) (c) The veteran is unemployed, underemployed, as defined by rule, or has received a notice of termination of employment.
45.21(2)(d) (d) The veteran requesting aid has not received reimbursement under s. 45.20 for courses completed during the same semester for which a grant would be received under this section.
45.21(2)(e) (e) The department determines that the veteran's proposed program will provide retraining that could enable the veteran to find gainful employment. In making its determination, the department shall consider whether the proposed program provides adequate employment skills and is in an occupation for which favorable employment opportunities are anticipated.
45.21(3) (3)Rules. The department shall promulgate rules for the distribution of aid under this program, including all of the following:
45.21(3)(a) (a) Standard budgets for single and married veterans.
45.21(3)(b) (b) Selection procedures.
45.21(3)(c) (c) Uniform need determination procedures.
45.21(3)(d) (d) Application procedures.
45.21(3)(e) (e) Coordination with other occupational training programs.
45.21(3)(f) (f) Other provisions the department deems necessary to assure uniform administration of this program.
45.21(4) (4)Report. The department shall include in its biennial report under s. 15.04 (1) (d) information relating to the veterans retraining assistance program, including the number of veterans obtaining gainful employment after receiving aid and a description of the veterans receiving aid, including their sex, age, race, educational level, service-connected disability status, and income before and after obtaining gainful employment. This information may be based on a valid statistical sample.
45.21 History History: 2005 a. 22, 25; 2017 a. 59.
45.21 Cross-reference Cross-reference: See also ch. VA 2, Wis. adm. code.
subch. IV of ch. 45 SUBCHAPTER IV
ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS
45.40 45.40 Assistance to needy veterans.
45.40(1g)(1g)Definitions. In this section:
45.40(1g)(a) (a) “Health care provider" means an advanced practice nurse prescriber certified under s. 441.16 (2), an audiologist licensed under ch. 459, a dentist licensed under ch. 447, an optometrist licensed under ch. 449, a physician licensed under s. 448.02, or a podiatrist licensed under s. 448.63.
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2017-18 Wisconsin Statutes updated through 2019 Wis. Act 186 and through all Supreme Court and Controlled Substances Board Orders filed before and in effect on July 10, 2020. Published and certified under s. 35.18. Changes effective after July 10, 2020, are designated by NOTES. (Published 7-10-20)