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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Ray Boland

Candidate For U.S. Representative District 3

Ray Boland

Candidate Background

Party: 
Republican
Address: 

PO Box 460
Sparta, WI. 54656

Phone Number: 
608-633-6928

Candidate Biography

From candidate Website

After serving as garrison commander of Fort McCoy, Wisconsin from 1988 to 1991, he retired from the military with the rank of Colonel. His military awards  include the Legion of Merit, the distinguished Flying Cross, the Bronze Star, and the Purple Heart.  A graduate of Wood County Teachers College in Wisconsin Rapids, he also earned a bachelor’s degree in social science from Troy (Alabama) State University and a master’s degree in communications from Shippensburg  (Pennsylvania) State University.  He is a graduate of the Army War College, the Command and General Staff College, and numerous other military courses at the Army field artillery and aviation schools.

In February, 1992, Col. Boland was appointed Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Veterans. As secretary he oversaw support to the states’ nearly one half million veterans. His department provided a wide range of loan, grant, health, and cemetery benefits. Under his leadership the state greatly expanded veteran’s services with the construction of new facilities. A campus created in southern Wisconsin became a national model for merging state and federal veterans services into one stop delivery. Included was a new, 120 bed skilled nursing facility which was named Boland Hall at a 2006 dedication. Secretary Boland was elected by his peers to serve two terms as president of the National Association of State Directors of Veterans Affairs (NASDVA). Ray also became recognized as a national advocate for ending homelessness among veterans and was elected to serve as vice-president of the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans in Washington D.C. He has testified many times before Congress regarding veteran’s issues and legislation.

Secretary Boland served for ten years as a member of the National and Community Service Board. He was a Governors delegate to the White House Conference on aging and received the President’s Award from the Wisconsin Coalition of Aging Groups. He served as chairman of the Wisconsin State Educational Approval Board and was a member of the State Workforce Investment council. He is a life member of numerous national veterans’ organizations and in 1997 he was awarded the prestigious AMVETS Silver Helmet Award as the National Civil Servant of the Year. He is currently an independent consultant for public-private partnership initiatives.

Col. (ret.) Ray Boland is from Friendship, Wisconsin and currently resides with his wife Donna in Sparta, Wisconsin.  Together they have 6 children and 11 grandchildren.