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Dept President Joanie Dickerson with WDVA Secretary Mary Kolar

Governor Evers' congratulatory message

Department President Joanie Dickerson was selected as the 2020 Woman Veteran of the Year by the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs!

     Joanie retired from the US Navy after 20 years of honorable service (1980-2000), where she achieved the rank of Chief Petty Officer.  Since transitioning to civilian life, Joanie has used the leadership and training skills she developed in the military to effectively serve various organizations for the betterment of our veterans, youth and community members.  Joanie routinely does “little things” that she doesn’t consciously think about but does them because it’s the right thing to do.  Her volunteerism has included working with Bagley Adult-Youth Group, Boy Scouts of America Pack 71, Boy Scouts of America Troop 88, Blackhawk Area Council Boy Scouts of America, brotherhood member of Walapeju Lodge 140 Order of the Arrow, program area leader on summer day camp staff, member of US Coast Guard Auxiliary Prairie du Chien Flotilla, instructor for public boating safety, and active member of St. Mary Catholic Church.  Additionally, Joanie earned a degree in Education and is a full-time educator.

     Within the Legion Family, Joanie Dickerson has served The American Legion as Post Commander, Service Officer, and Finance Officer at Post 482 in Bagley and Adjutant on the Grant County Council.  As a dual member, she has also served as an officer and active member of American Legion Auxiliary Unit 482 and served as liaison to the County Veterans Service officer when the ALA established the state-wide Homeless Women Veterans Grant Fund.  At the department level, Joanie has served as chairman of Americanism, Poppy, and Education.  She has been a counselor at ALA Badger Girls State for 26 years, serving on the committee for nine years.  Joanie has advanced through the ALA state officer positions as Department Chaplain, Department Historian, Second Vice President, First Vice President, and Senior Vice President.  She is the first veteran to be elected to the high rank of ALA Department President in    Wisconsin and the only person to hold that distinctive honor for two years!


     Joanie Dickerson has made a significant impact on the community.  Her active involvement in various community organizations provides her the opportunity to serve veterans and to raise awareness throughout Wisconsin on how veterans continue to serve whenever needed for the betterment of all.


Congratulations, Department President Joanie Dickerson, on this great achievement!