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Dane County Veterans Service Office

About Us

The Veterans Service Office of Dane County consists of seven dedicated individuals who are focused on advocacy for veterans and their families.  We are proud to be VA-accredited through several nationally recognized veterans service organizations. Get to know our team below.

Daniel Connery

Veterans Service Director

An image from 2018 of Dan

October 2018

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 proudly served as president of the County Veterans Service Officers Association of Wisconsin from September 2018 to September 2019. He 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.

An image from 1991 of Dan in service

January 1991

Southwest Asia

James Quattromani

Deputy Veterans Service Director

Jim in December of 2019

December 2019

Jim joined the Veterans Service Office as Deputy Director of Veterans Services in December 2017 after 5 years as criminal prosecutor in Dane County and St. Louis County, Missouri. Jim graduated from Stanford University in 2000, where he was in Naval ROTC. After his commissioning, he entered Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S) training, graduating in August 2001. He then served in Naval Special Warfare as a SEAL officer from 2000 – 2007. After leaving service, he attended law school at Northwestern University and practiced law from 2010 until joining the office in 2017.

Jim lives on the west side of Madison with his family and enjoys fitness, outdoor activities, and keeping up with his kids’ activities.

An image from 2004 of James in service

ca. 2004


Thomas Hay

Assistant Veterans Service Officer

An image from 2012 of Tom at his desk

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 the 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 Concordia 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.

An image from 2006 of Tom in service

May 2006

Camp Arifjan, Kuwait

Bridgette Nelson

Assistant Veterans Service Officer

An image from 2015 of Bridgette at her desk

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.

An image from 1994 of Bridgette in service


Republic of Haiti

Darin Trautner

Assistant Veterans Service Officer

Darin in December of 2019

December 2019

Darin joined the County Veterans Service Office January 2016 after his employment with the William S. Middleton VA Hospital as a Travel Clerk and Compensation & Pension Clerk.  Darin earned his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in Sociology with a Certificate in Criminal Justice in 1988.  Darin enlisted in the Air Force in 1990 and retired in June 2014 at the rank of Chief Master Sergeant.   He was stationed at Truax Field his whole career as an Active Guard and Reserve Security Forces Policeman.   He deployed to El Salvador in support of Operation New Horizons in 1994.  He was activated after September 11, 2001 in support of Operation Noble Eagle.  He was then deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom to Thumrait Air Force Base Oman in 2002 and Manas Air Force Base Kyrgyzstan in 2009.  

Darin enjoys fishing, golfing, and other outdoor sports and activities.  He lives in McFarland with his wife, Kim, and his two sons Tyler and Colby.

Darin serving in the military



Pamela Lange

Veterans Benefits Specialist

Pam in December of 2019

December 2019

Pam joined the Veterans Service Office as a Veterans Benefits Specialist in July 2019. She worked for many years as an EMT-Intermediate. Pam also volunteered her time for eight years responding to ambulance calls as a volunteer for the Waunakee Area EMS. She has spent over 25 years in the Public Safety field and has an Associate’s Degree in Paramedicine. Pam lives in Waunakee with her husband, Rick. They have three sons, Christopher, Jonah, and Zach.



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


The Veterans Service Office has memberships in the following organizations: