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Milwaukee VA In the News

Video screen grab of old newspaper clippingsTime capsule accidentally dug up now on display at Milwaukee VA Medical Center

A time capsule buried in 1963 when workers first broke ground on the modern day Milwaukee VA Medical Center is now on display. The capsule was accidentally dug up by construction workers in 2015. The capsule includes newspaper clippings, a mercury thermometer, coins, and other keepsakes. Construction workers initially thought the time capsule was garbage and almost threw it away.(CBS 58 WDJT-TV, Milwaukee, Feb. 19, 2019)

Artist Frank KaiserVeterans Art Show begins at Milwaukee VA Medical Center

Wisconsin veterans are showing off their creative side. The Milwaukee VA Medical Center is holding an art show this week. It features work in 100 categories like painting, sculpture, dance, and music.More than 30 veterans are participating. That includes Frank Kaiser, who finds artwork calming and an escape from everything.(CBS 58 WDJT-TV, Milwaukee, Feb. 11, 2019)

VA arts competition offers Milwaukee Veterans an avenue of expression, healing and redemption (Milwaukee Independent)

Purple Mask art project and first-place ribbon‘Rewarding to me:’ Milwaukee VA Creative Arts Festival helped injured Army veteran heal

Artists from the Milwaukee area prepared for a special festival that helps prevent veteran suicides.Rochelle Lopez said she never thought of herself as an artist. Her road to art started in Iraq. She served in the Army for nine years."I wanted to be proud of myself," said Lopez. Her service ended with an injury(FOX6-TV, Milwaukee, Feb. 6, 2019)

Art therapy gives Milwaukee veteran a new life (WTMJ-TV4, Milwaukee)

Two people practicing Jiu-JitsuJiu-Jitsu used to prevent veteran suicides: ‘Great way to get rid of anxiety and depression’

Officials at the Milwaukee VA Medical Center are taking a unique approach in the effort to combat veteran suicides -- using Jiu-Jitsu as a form of physical and emotional therapy. "This is a great way to get rid of anxiety and depression and just to be around like-minded individuals," said Dustin Jackson, a a combat medic, was deployed three times. (FOX6-TV, Milwaukee - Feb. 3, 2019)

West Allis firemanNew partnership tries to prevent veterans from avoiding 911 because they fear missing VA care

Staff at the Milwaukee VA Medical Center's emergency room were aware of the baffling trend: Veterans suffering heart attacks and strokes would drive themselves to the ER. Why not just call 911 and come by ambulance? Starting last August, the Milwaukee VA began working with the West Allis Fire Department to identify veterans who want to be taken to the VA in emergencies.(Milwaukee Journal sentinel, Jan. 25, 2019)

‘Improving ease of access:’ Milwaukee VA partners with fire departments to better serve veterans (FOX6-TV, Milwaukee)

Dean Juntunen walking with robotFor 27 years this paralyzed Air Force veteran could not walk. Now a robotic exoskeleton has him on his feet.

In 1991 Dean Juntunen broke his back when he fell 30 feet from a rope swing. Doctors told him he would never walk again. For the last 27 years, their words were correct. But in November the paralyzed Air Force veteran stood up for the first time since the accident and walked with the help of a robotic exoskeleton.(Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - Jan. 16, 2019)

Robotic exoskeleton helps veteran take steps forward (WBAY-TV, Green Bay, Wis.)

After 91 wheelchair marathons, UP's Juntunen walking again (The Daily Globe, Ironwood, Mich.)

Local paralyzed veteran walks with new state-of-the-art robotics exoskeleton (WLUC-TV, Houghton, Mich.)

Paralyzed veteran shows off wearable exoskeleton that helps him walk (WLUK-TV, Green Bay, Wis.)

One Step at a Time: Robot Gives Paralyzed Veteran the Chance to Walk Again (WFRV-TV, Green Bay, Wis.)

Robotic exoskeleton helps veteran take steps forward (WBAY-TV, Green Bay, Wis.)

Robotics study helping paralyzed U.P. Veteran step forward (WJMN-TV, Marquette, Mich.)

Copper Country veteran learns to walk with robotic exoskeleton (ABC10-TV, Ishpeming, Mich.)

Milwaukee VA in the News - 2018

Officer Cole KantnerAppleton VA police officer praised for helping capture suspect, save young child

An Appleton VA police officer is being called a hero after his quick thinking helped save an 18-month-old child. "It's kind of one of those situations where I guess when something negative like this happens that you just pray to God that you're at the right place at the right time," said Officer Cole Kantner. (WSAW-TV, Wausau, Wis. - Dec. 19, 2018)

'Right place at the right time': Appleton VA officer talks on baby rescue (FOX11NEWS-TV, Green Bay, Wis.)

Ward TheaterVA seeks redevelopment proposals for three more Milwaukee Soldiers Home district buildings

Efforts to continue redeveloping Milwaukee's historic Soldiers Home complex are expanding to three more buildings.The Department of Veterans Affairs is seeking proposals from developers to rehabilitate what are now vacant buildings in the Soldiers Home National Historic Landmark District.(Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - Dec. 10, 2018)

Emergency room equipmentMilwaukee VA Medical Center expands emergency department

Milwaukee-area veterans now have more access to emergency care. The VA Medical Center recently expanded its emergency department from 11 to 20 beds. The VA says the expansion will allow staff to see nearly double the number of patients it previously could at any given time. (WDJT-TV, Milwaukee - Dec. 4, 2018)

Peggy and Ed CallahanOrganic orchard in Port Washington is a dream come true for retired physician

While working as a physician, Peggy Callahan dreamed of having her own apple orchard. She and her husband, Ed, raised their three kids, and it remained in the back of her mind. In 2017, Peggy Callahan retired from the medical field to focus on the orchard full time, including creating a certified USDA organic orchard. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - Nov. 30, 2018)

Bucks player Brook LopezBucks Photo Gallery - Donte And Brook Tip Off Hoops For Troops Week At VA

Donte DiVincenzo and Brook Lopez prepared and ate dinner with veterans enrolled in compensated work therapy at a transitional residence located on the Clement J. Zablock VA Medical Center campus as part of Hoops For Troops Week.(Milwaukee Bucks website - Nov. 15, 2018)

Bucks Video - Hoops For Troops Dinner with Brook Lopez and Donte DiVincenzo

Volunteers harvest applesMilwaukee Group Launches Fruit Tree Harvest Initiative

Before the cold snapped us from summer to fall weather in late October, four people were busily tending a tree laden with ripe, red apples. It was the Glean Team at work on the Milwaukee VA Medical Center grounds. The idea is to make sure the tree owner is happy and the tree’s fruit doesn’t go do waste.(WUWM 89.7 FM, Milwaukee - Nov. 13, 2018)

the Milwaukee VA Medical Center brothers and sisters of the U.S. military stood as one. (FOX6-TV - Nov. 12, 2018)

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