5000 West - Fall 2019 - Milwaukee VA Medical Center
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Milwaukee VA Medical Center


5000 West - Fall 2019

Home of the Brave offers clothing, caring, smiles

A volunteer offers a knit stocking cap to a Veteran

With winter having made an early arrival, the timing for hand-knit blankets, stocking caps and other clothing items couldn’t have been better for the annual Home of the Brave event for Veterans at the Milwaukee VA. Read the story.

Fisher House serves up platters of appreciation

A volunteer serves lunch to a VA employee

Fisher House Wisconsin had its picnic protocol down pat.“Reservations for 800? Sure, right this way.” Fisher House Wisconsin provided an outdoor picnic lunch for Milwaukee VA employees on a fall afternoon at the Lake Wheeler pavilion. Read the story.

Also in this Issue


Grinch Kabobs

Whole Health
Living your best life

Veterans Voices
“Thank You for Serving Me with Dignity and Respect!”

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Employee of the Month - Katherine Clarke, October

Katherine Clarke

"Katherine Clarke, of Community Engagement & Relations, has performed above and beyond the call of duty with her collaborative and dedicated focus to the VA with her outstanding performance as the Milwaukee VA's Beats & Eats co-chair for 2019.

Throughout this 14-month role, her collaborative efforts garnered the masses and bolstered the VA's presence in the community as a beacon in our veteran community and was a successful event — exceeding all expectations." - from the nomination package

Please see our awards section for previous Employees of the Month; In Service awards, I Care Champions, and more.

Facing In

Frank Lopez

Missy Czerwinski

Sunne Perry

Facing In is a short-form series of 60-second videos covering a wide range of topics, but centered around our great Veteran community. Over the last year or so, Milwaukee VA multimedia journalist Benjamin Slane collected short interviews from our community – from Green Bay to Union Grove – these are the moments people shared with us. Watch all the videos.

Milwaukee VA in the News

A volunteer helps Veteran in a wheelchair gets ready to push a curling stone.Disabilities don't slow down these veterans, who are learning to curl at the Wauwatosa Curling Club

It’s a Monday morning, and the ice at the Wauwatosa Curling Club is a crisp 24 degrees. Yet a group of about 15 veterans from the Milwaukee VA Medical Center have congregated on the sheet of ice, ready to throw a 44-pound curling stone toward the target.(Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Nov. 26, 2019)

A blind Veteran walking with a white caneBlind Wisconsin Veteran Excels with Help of Milwaukee VA

The Milwaukee VA helps innovate the lives of veterans who are blind or visually impaired. John Carter is a Marine Veteran who was completely blinded after being shot in the face while serving as a Milwaukee police officer.Transitioning from an active lifestyle to learning to live blind was no easy task. However, with the help of the Milwaukee VA, he was able to find help through blind rehab centers and with technology the VA offered.(Spectrum , Milwaukee, Nov. 14, 2019)

Read more local and national stories on the amazing work being done at the Milwaukee VA in our "Milwaukee VA In The News" section.