About the Speakers | Veterans Expo 2016

About the Speakers | Veterans Expo 2016

Keynote: Wisconsin Veterans Secretary John Scocos

Wisconsin Veterans Secretary John ScocosJohn A. Scocos was appointed the first cabinet Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs by Governor Scott Walker. As the Secretary he is the chief advocate for the nearly 400,000 veterans of Wisconsin. In this capacity he is responsible for the leadership and management of the Department to include strategic and long-range planning initiatives aligning with the Department's vision.

Scocos was commissioned through the Reserve Officer Training Corps in 1981 as an Armor Officer. He served more than 31 years of military service and retired at the rank of Colonel. He served on active duty from 1981 to 1990 and then joined the United States Army Reserve. He was mobilized in both 2007 and 2008 for service in Iraq. In 2010 he served as a Military Assistant in the Office of the Secretary of Defense.

Civilian awards include the 2007 and 2008 Military Order of the Purple Heart Department of Wisconsin Outstanding Service Award,  2008 Department of Veterans Affairs of the United States of America Secretary's Award for Leadership and Dedication, the 2010 AMVETS Legislative Advocacy Award, and the 2012 Spirit of Service Award from the Wisconsin Jewish War Veterans.

Scocos' military awards and decorations include: The Legion of Merit, The Bronze Star Medal (1 Oak Leaf Cluster), Meritorious Service Medal (3 Oak Leaf Clusters), Army Commendation Medal (3 Oak Leaf Clusters), Army Achievement Medal (2 Oak Leaf Clusters), Iraqi Campaign Medal (1 Bronze Star), Global War on Terrorism Medal and the Combat Action Badge.