About Us

The Veterans Service Office of Dane County consists of 6 employees and is proud to be VA accredited through several nationally recognized veterans service organizations.


Veterans Service Officer

Daniel Connery


Dan at VSO
July 2012

Dan served in the United States Army from July 1988 to July 1991. After basic training and AIT, he was stationed in South Korea (Camp Ames) for one year before heading to Fort Knox, Kentucky. Dan spent six months in the Middle East during Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm, working in support of the 1st Cavalry Division out of Fort Hood, Texas. He joined the staff of the Veterans Service Office in May 2006, after over 6 years with the Dane County Juvenile Court Program.  Dan has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Upper Iowa University.

Dan enjoys following local sports and he has been a high school football official since 1998. He lives in Oregon with his wife, Melinda, and his three boys, Bailey, Kieran, and Riley.

Dan in Service
January 1991
Southwest Asia

Deputy Veterans Service Officer

Lisa Vining


Lisa 2013
January 2013

Lisa joined the Veterans Service Office after retiring from the Army in June 2013.  A retired Army officer, Lisa's military career included a 10-month deployment to Bosnia, and Foreign Area Officer (FAO) assignments to Estonia, Mongolia, and Germany.  Lisa earned her Bachelor’s Degree from UW-Madison and Master’s Degrees from Harvard and the Naval War College. 

Lisa enjoys endurance hiking and running events and is having fun getting reacquainted with Madison-area parks and trails.  She lives in Middleton with her husband, Mike, and her daughter, Cassie.

Lisa in Bosnia-Herzegovina
January 1996

Assistant Veterans Service Officer

Thomas Hay


Tom at VSO
May 2012

Tom joined the Veterans Service Office as an Assistant Veterans Service Officer in April 2010. He is retired from the Wisconsin Army National Guard, including 4 years in the active Army and over 12 years of civil service with Department of Military Affairs. Tom's military career included deployments for Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom, as well as active duty for the Kentucky Ice Storm in February 2009. He spent half his career as an enlisted soldier and the other half as a commissioned officer, retiring as a Captain. Tom has a Bachelor's Degree in Business Management and Communications from Condordia University and an MBA from Touro University.

Outside of work, he enjoys watching sports, especially the Packers, Brewers, Bucks, and Badgers. Tom is married to Lisa and the two of them have a son, Brennan.

Tom in Service
May 2006
Camp Arifjan, Kuwait

Assistant Veterans Service Officer

Bridgette Nelson


Bridgette 2015
February 2015

Bridgette joined the Veterans Service Office in January 2015.  She was enlisted in the United States Army and served as a Combat Medic. Her service included deployments to the Republic of Haiti in 1994 during Operation Uphold Democracy and various desert deployments to Cairo, Egypt. As a medic, Bridgette worked in field, hospital, and clinic environments. After service in the Army, Bridgette attended Columbus State University and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Information Technology/Information Systems. She enjoys reading, writing short plays, and is an active member of PEO, a philanthropic organization to promote the advancement of women through education.

Bridgette is married to Jesse who is an avid photography enthusiast and she is a proud mom of daughter Victoria.

Bridgette in Haiti 1994
Republic of Haiti 1994

Support Staff

Kelsey Hansen
Veterans Benefits Specialist
VA Work-Study Students
Brittany Lowen
Chad Rynders

Veterans Service Commission - Veterans Service Commission Website



The Veterans Service Office is accredited to represent claimants before the US Department of Veterans Affairs through the following organizations:

American Legion
Disabled American Veterans
Military Order of the Purple Heart
National Association of County Veterans Service Officers
The Retired Enlisted Association
Veterans of Foreign Wars
Vietnam Veterans of America
Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs



The Veterans Service Office has memberships in the following organizations:

National Association of County Veterans Service Officers
County Veterans Service Officers Association of Wisconsin
WI State Association of County Veterans Service Commissions
Madison Veterans Council