Steil Announces Wounded Warrior Fellow

July 5, 2019
Press Release

RACINE, WISCONSINFollowing two press conferences, Bryan Steil announced the hiring of Ryan Vishaway, Wisconsin’s First Congressional District’s Wounded Warrior Fellow. Through the House of Representatives’ Wounded Warrior Fellowship Program, Vishaway serves as the Director of Veterans and Military Affairs in our office. Vishaway is responsible for veteran outreach, veteran and military casework, and service academy nominations. Vishaway is the first Wounded Warrior Fellow to serve the First District.

“I’m excited to have Ryan Vishaway join our team. Ryan’s passion for helping our veteran community, especially addressing veterans’ mental health needs, is evident. As a soldier in the U.S. Army and someone who has seen firsthand the bureaucracy within the VA, Ryan will effectively help veterans and their families. I encourage veterans who seek assistance to contact my office and use Ryan as a resource,” said Steil.

“I’m grateful for the opportunity to serve veterans in Wisconsin. After leaving the Army, I became involved with the veteran community. With the rise of veteran suicide and a disconnect between veterans and the services and treatment available to them, I decided to pursue a career in veteran advocacy. I’m looking forward to helping Wisconsin service members, veterans, and their families,” said Ryan Vishaway.

Ryan Vishaway enlisted in the Army in 2014. He served as an infantryman with the 10th Mountain Division 1st Brigade Combat team, 1st Battalion 32nd Infantry. Ryan held rifleman, grenadier, SAW gunner, and team leader positions in the Army. He was honorably discharged in August 2017. An avid sportsman, Ryan has been married to his wife Jodie for five years and the couple has a three-year old son and has twins, a boy and a girl, due later this summer.  

Ryan is available to help veterans and members of the military throughout the First Congressional District. Those needing assistance can call 262-654-1901 to schedule an appointment to meet in person or speak by telephone.

Background on the Wounded Warrior Fellowship Program:

Created in 2008, the Wounded Warrior Fellowship Program gives congressional offices the opportunity to hire a wounded and/or disabled veteran to work for the U.S. House of Representatives. This is a two-year, full-time, and paid fellowship.

The program is limited to veterans who meet the following requirements: honorably discharged, released from active duty within the last five years, terminal pay grades at or below E-5 or O-3, and 20% or greater service connected disabilities (waived if you have a Purple Heart).  Veterans who are in receipt of a 20-year or Temporary Early Retirement Authorization (TERA) retirement are not eligible for the program.