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African-American veterans talking about their war experiences and care at the Milwaukeee VA

African-American vets face additional challenges

Dr. Keisha BattleAfrican-American Veterans often struggle with the same problems and concerns as others, but they also face unique issues based on race, prejudice and historical mistrust.To address those concerns, and what VA can do to help, African-American Veterans will be the focus of the sixth annual VA Mental Health Summit, presented by the Milwaukee VA Medical Center in partnership with University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Military and Veterans Resource Center. Read the story

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

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:

For more information on the event, call Johnson at 414-384-2000, ext. 47129 or e-mail:

Related Coverage

Sixth VA Mental Health Summit Focuses On African-American Veterans - WUMN (NPR-89.7, Audio)

William Johnson, minority veterans program coordinator at Milwaukee VA Medical Center, and Jayne Holland, UWM Military and Veterans Resource Center, talk with Bonnie North. Listen to the interview.

 UW-Milwaukee receives $1 million for military and veterans mental health research and programming - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Billie Kubly knows how war affects military members who frequently suffer from the invisible wounds of depression and post-traumatic stress connected to their service. Read the story.