Milwaukee VA Medical Center
VA Mental Health Summit
Milwaukee VA Facebook videos
African-American veterans talking about their war experiences and care at the Milwaukeee VA
About the event
The 6th Annual Milwaukee Veterans Affairs Mental Health Summit, this year focusing on African-American veterans, takes place Saturday, June 23, at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
The event – a partnership with VA and UWM’s Military and Veterans Resource Center -- runs 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Student Union, 2200 E. Kenwood Boulevard. It’s free and open to the community.
“Part of our mandate is to make sure all veterans in our community know all of the services available and what VA has to offer,” said William Johnson, minority veterans program coordinator at the Milwaukee VA. “Any veteran is welcome but we are trying to reach out, particularly, to historically underrepresented groups.”
Guest speakers included retired Army 1st Sgt. Delphine Metcalf Foster, the first woman and African-American to serve as the Disabled American Veterans national commander; and Reggie Jackson, head griot for America’s Black Holocaust Museum.
Breakout sessions will focus on VA health care eligibility and benefits; racial trauma and inequality; chronic pain management; African-centric approaches to healing; disparities in African-American health care; and gun violence as a public health issue.
The Charles E. Kubly Foundation, a public charity committed to improving the lives of those affected by depression, provided a grant to support the Milwaukee VA's Mental Health Summit. There is a free lunch provided by the Aurora Health Care and Northwestern Mutual. To RSVP, visit www.mkeVASummit2018.eventbrite.com.
For a series of videos on African-American veterans talking about their war experiences and care at the Milwaukeee VA, visit the videos below or go to: Facebook.com/milwaukeeva.
For more information on the event, call Johnson at 414-384-2000, ext. 47129 or e-mail: William.Johnson1@va.gov.