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Milwaukee VA Medical Center


150th Anniversary of Outstanding Veteran Care


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When 60 Veterans first made their way onto the Milwaukee VA campus and moved into existing farm buildings, things looked a lot different than today.

The campus sprawled over 425 acres of rolling grass, hills and lakes. Little by little, year by year, and decade by decade, more buildings were added to meet the burgeoning need of Veteran healthcare.

More than 1,500 visitors stepped into the past on June 3, 2017, to see the campus and those we served through the years, during our huge 150th anniversary bash. The day was replete with re-enactors from different military eras, historic campus tours, adaptive sports demonstrations and a closer look at our Fisher House and Spinal Cord Injury Center.

The day before, WKLH 96.5 Hometown Rock brought their morning show on the road to promote the event from our South Entrance.

Each part of the campus was reserved for a different military era. Visitors got the chance to tour an authentic Vietnam encampment in one area, and learn what it was like to serve as part of the allblack, 27th U.S. Colored Troops in another. A wealthy, Civil War-era couple stood on the porch of the Ward Theater to talk about society during the 1860s, while World War I and World War II re-enactors held sway over spellbound onlookers in their camps. At Wood National Cemetery, voices from our military past came to life to tell their story. Even the modern military was represented with the 409th Area Support Medical Company out of Madison, Wisconsin.

Considering the thousands upon thousands of Veterans who called this place home and passed through the grounds — from the Civil War to today’s military hospital where we serve more than 64,000 Veterans annually — it all felt right.

Even today, our main hospital looks far different from when it opened in 1966. Many floors have been remodeled, and the facility now provides world-class cardiac, cancer care and mental health services. Our recent changes include the Spinal Cord Injury Center, robotic surgery and new catheterization lab. These improvements support innovative, life-saving and lifechanging care to Veterans of all ages and eras.

We’re proud of our first 150 years of service and look forward to 150 more.

Related Coverage

Milwaukee VA planning 150th anniversary celebration - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Celebrating 150 years at the Milwaukee VA Medical Center - FOX6 TV, Milwaukee

Zablocki VA Medical Center Celebrates 150th Anniversary - WUWM 89.7, Milwaukee

Mayor Barrett invites Milwaukee to VA's 150th birthday - Milwaukee Independent




Dean Schwaller
Chairperson, 150th Anniversary Committee
414-384-2000 Ext. 43994


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