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James Bond serves as the Secretary-designee of the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs. He is a disabled veteran with over three decades of service – service to his country, the State of Wisconsin, and to fellow veterans. James served on active duty in the United States Marine Corps from 1983–1988, with assignments at home and abroad. 
After receiving an Honorable Discharge from the Marine Corps, James returned to Wisconsin, enrolled at UW-Madison, attained his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees, and for the past three decades served in several professional and executive leadership positions in service to the State of Wisconsin. James joined the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA) in 2010, recently serving as Deputy Secretary. On January 9, 2023, Governor Tony Evers appointed James to serve as Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs. As WDVA Secretary, James is the chief advocate for more than 330,000 veterans in Wisconsin and their families.   
James is deeply honored and thankful to Governor Evers for his appointment and the opportunity to continue doing what he loves best—​serving veterans, making sure they receive the benefits and services they have earned, telling their stories, and honoring their contributions. 
James lives in Madison with his husband, Todd, and their two sons. 




Karl Stuvengen was born in San Francisco, California and raised in Orfordville, Wisconsin. He graduated from Orfordville Parkview High School in May 1977. In December 1976, prior to his graduation, he enlisted in the United States Navy and reported to basic training at Great Lakes, IL in July 1977.

He served aboard the USS Mount Vernon (LSD-39) as an Electrician’s Mate until his discharge in 1982. In response to the September 11th terrorist attacks, he rejoined the Navy Reserve and was subsequently mobilized 3 times to Japan, Iraq and Kuwait, with the Navy Expeditionary Combat Command, where he qualified as an Expeditionary Warfare Specialist and Assault Boat Coxswain. He retired from the Navy on April 1, 2018 as a Command Senior Chief Petty Officer (E-8).

During his time out of the Navy, he used the GI Bill to attend college and graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in 1987 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science.

He was employed in the private sector for many years in the propane, waste management and manufacturing industries as an electrician. He was also an electrical contractor for several years. He retired as the Director of Public Works in Orfordville in August 2019.

He is a 33-year, Paid Up For Life member of Wells – Davis – Young – Neal Post 209 in Orfordville, where he has served as Commander, Finance Officer and currently as Judge Advocate. He has served The American Legion on the local, county, district, state and national levels. In July of 2023 he was elected Commander of The American Legion, Department of Wisconsin at the 104th Department Convention in Wausau. He also currently serves as the Rock County Council Adjutant. He is a 45- year member of the Sons of The American Legion and Rock County Voiture 844, 40 et 8, and is a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Disabled American Veterans and the Fleet Reserve Association.

Karl lives in Orfordville and is married to the former Debi Erbs and together they have 7 children and 5 grandchildren, all members of The American Legion Family. His son Kristoffer is currently on active duty with the Navy and is to date, the only 4th generation member of Post 209.



Register for State of Wisconsin Veteran Benefits
Are you a veteran interested in applying for Wisconsin State Veteran Benefits? Are you a newly separated or a retired veteran looking where to start your new journey?

Look no further than MyWisVets - Wisconsin's Veteran Benefits Portal.

Click on the below link and register yourself with the state.

If you are a Spouse, Widow, Dependent or a Member of a Gold Star Family and are looking for information about benefits, you can also find information pertaining to you on this page as well.. There will be a green box to click in the upper right-hand corner. (See image below)
Updated: 23 January 2024