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ppeMilwaukee VA doctors get creative to make effective PPE

When the pandemic began, a shortage of personal protective equipment forced hospitals to get creative. Milwaukee VA Dr. Ankur Patel’s dental chair is seeing fewer patients this year than ever before. Which is why he, along with the spinal cord injury departments, put their heads together to make their own PPE. The two departments worked together to form a stronger, more durable version of a shield for capper helmets. Capper helmets allow healthcare professionals to remain safe while treating patients.(Spectrum News 1, Jan. 7, 2021)

sarah nickoloffAfter exhausting, unbearable months fighting COVID-19 and losing patients, getting the vaccine was 'euphoria' for Milwaukee physician

"We had no idea it was coming," Sarah Nickoloff said while sitting in her small office on a late December morning at the Milwaukee VA Medical Center. She was going back now, back to the beginning of 2020, when like everyone else she thought it was just "going to be another year." It turned into a year unlike any other. A year filled with illness, fear and death. And at the end, a glimmer of hope, a vaccine for COVID-19.(Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Dec. 24, 2020)

charles sheppardCharles Sheppard, who helped hundreds of homeless vets In Milwaukee, dies Of COVID-19 At 61

Not everyone finds what they’re meant to do in life. But Charles Sheppard did. Friends and family say he truly believed in the value of one veteran helping another, and that’s what he was doing in his role as a peer support specialist with the Milwaukee VA Medical Center.(Wisconsin Public Radio, Dec. 18, 2020)

first shotMilwaukee VA administers first COVID-19 vaccine doses

(WTMJ 4, Dec. 16, 2020)

COVID-19 vaccinations begin at Milwaukee VA Medical Center

(Fox 6, WITI, Dec. 16, 2020)

Nurses, doctors at Milwaukee VA Hospital get COVID-19 vaccine

(WISN 12, Dec. 16, 2020)

Milwaukee VA begins vaccinating health care workers

(CBS 58, WDJT, Dec. 16, 2020)

Just under 200 Wisconsin health care workers inoculated against COVID as vaccine reaches Milwaukee VA Medical Center and Ascension Franklin

(Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Dec. 16, 2020)

Milwaukee VA Workers Start To Receive COVID-19 Vaccine, Offer Advice For Others

(WUWM, Dec. 17, 2020)

ward theaterStudy Underway To Save More of Soldiers Home

The signature building at Soldiers Home, Old Main, will see new life in early 2021 as a home for homeless veterans. But some of the other notable buildings in the 90-acre complex, built following the Civil War, faces an uncertain future.(Urban Milwaukee, Dec. 25, 2020)

wreaths'A wreath is a circle of life': Boy Scouts spend the day laying wreaths for veterans, find great-grandfather's grave

The Boy Scouts and the Fallen Heroes organization masked up to lay just over 400 wreaths on Saturday honoring heroes and even some loved ones during the holiday season. The 400 wreaths are much less than are normally put out. The amount had to be reduced due to COVID-19 and the number of people who could be out laying them at the same time.(Spectrum News 1, Dec. 19, 2020)

vaccine freezerMilwaukee VA hospital gets ultra-cold freezer for COVID-19 vaccine

Milwaukee VA 1 of 37 sites to get 1st doses of COVID-19 vaccine

The Milwaukee VA Medical Center has received a new freezer to be used to store the COVID-19 vaccine.The freezer can reach minus 80 degrees Celsius, according to Pharmacy Manager Kim Bell, cold enough to store Pfizer’s version of the vaccine, which requires minus 70 degrees.(WISN 12 WISN, Dec. 10, 2020; Fox 6 WITI, Dec. 11, 2020)

suma and vet'My Life, My Story' initiative at Milwaukee VA aims to improve patient care through storytelling

The “My Life, My Story” initiative at the Milwaukee VA Medical Center is asking veterans to share stories they find important with their health care providers. The idea is that by sharing these stories, health care workers can empathize with veterans and better understand their medical needs.(WUWM, Nov. 11, 2020)

motorcycle paradeTruck, motorcycle parade honors veterans at Milwaukee VA Medical Center

Members of the American Legion Riders motorcycle group and the Wisconsin Truck Takeover Enthusiasts drove through the Milwaukee VA Medical Center campus Sunday, Nov. 8. It was their way to honor veterans in advance of Veterans Day because traditional parades were canceled due to COVID-19 restrictions.(Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Nov. 8, 2020)

Old MainHistoric Milwaukee Soldiers Home nearly ready to house veterans once again

A 19th century jewel in Milwaukee is just months away from welcoming soldiers home once again. The final work is being done on a $44 million makeover of the soldiers home complex on the grounds of the Zablocki VA Medical Center.(CBS 58 WDJT, Milwaukee, Nov. 8, 2020)

West Allis FDFire department teams up with Milwaukee VA to care for high-risk veterans

The West Allis Fire Department is partnering with the Milwaukee VA to bring a new level of care to high-risk veterans at their homes. In an effort to reduce frequent trips to the hospital's emergency department, the program sends specially trained paramedics to veterans' home to assess health risks and to assure veterans have all their prescriptions in order and are taking the right doses.(Spectrum News, Milwaukee, Sept. 17, 2020)

A farmers market vendor with a tray of hot peppersMilwaukee VA Farmers Market has a Secret Spice in Store for Hungry Customers

The Milwaukee VA has opened back up their farmers market for the season.Summer is a wonderful time to head to farmers markets across the state. It’s a great chance for locally owned businesses to get their product in front of new faces. Every other Friday, right outside the Milwaukee VA, you’ll find a funfilled farmers market. Booths overflow with flowers, veggies, buttery popcorn and much more. (Spectrum News, Milwaukee, Aug. 21, 2020)

Ben SlanePhotographer Shares Emotional Pictures Taken at Milwaukee VA Medical Center

Benjamin Slane has been working in public affairs for the Milwaukee VA Medical Center for six years. Part of his job is to tell stories through pictures and video. The journalism major is good at it. “Everyone has a story,” he said. “At the VA, we’re in a unique position where we have 70,000 stories to tell and they’re all good stories.” (Spectrum News, Milwaukee, Aug. 20, 2020)

fingers picking guitar stringsThe Power of Music: Meet the Milwaukee VA music therapists

"Last week, an outcome of music therapy treatment was my patient's sister singing to him and he passed while she was singing to him," Christine Wiggin, a board certified music therapist with the Milwaukee VA, said. Wiggin is one of three music therapists at the VA helping veterans with the power of music. (WTMJ4-TV, Milwaukee, May 26, 2020)

A VA health care worker in a mask shakes hands with Joe WilliamsArmy veteran discharged from Milwaukee VA after battling COVID-19

There's no greater feeling than going home after beating the novel coronavirus. After being admitted to the hospital for nearly two months, Army Veteran Joe Williams received a hero's send off from family and healthcare workers after winning his battle against COVID-19. (WTMJ4-TV, Milwaukee, May 22, 2020)

Army veteran released from hospital after battling COVID-19 for 60+ days (FOX6-TV, Milwaukee)

Wisconsin veteran returns home for the holiday after battling COVID-19  (WKOW27-TV, Madison)

Etchings found during renovationsVeteran’s etchings from 1924 found in historic Milwaukee Soldiers Home tower

Workers rehabbing the Milwaukee Soldiers Home have stumbled upon some incredible history — a collection of etchings in the main tower of Old Main. Peter Schumacher was taking measurements and inspecting the historic windows he noticed several etchings in the wood siding of an area with limited accessibility. These etchings read “Chas. H. Lass 107 Eng 32 Div, 1917-1919” and were dated May 26, 1924. (FOX6-TV, Milwaukee, May 22, 2020)

Veterans unload boxes of sandwiches from a car‘Feels good:’ Vietnam War veterans donate hundreds of sandwiches for VA workers

A special meal for frontline workers of the COVID-19 pandemic arrived at Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center courtesy of a group of area Vietnam War veterans on Thursday. The veterans delivered 600 Cousins submarine sandwiches to health care workers, paid for by one of the members of the local veterans chapter.. (FOX6-TV, Milwaukee, May 15, 2020)

Old Main buildingNew Life for Old Main

The redevelopment of Old Main, the signature building at the Civil War-era Soldiers’ Home complex on Milwaukee’s west side, is continuing despite the pandemic. Built in 1867 to house returning soldiers after the Civil War, much of the complex, located behind the Milwaukee Veteran’s Administration Medical Center, has been vacant for decades. But come spring 2021, veterans will again reside in 101 apartments in the century-and-a-half-old complex. (Urban Milwaukee, May 15, 2020)

Dr. Sarah NickoloffNASCAR makes a comeback; drivers to honor health care workers

Sports is making a comeback with NASCAR returning to the track on Sunday, May 17. Each driver who will compete at Darlington Raceway in South Carolina will honor a health care worker -- including one from the Milwaukee VA Medical Center. Among the drivers taking part in Sunday's race is Wisconsin's own, Matt Kenseth. (FOX6-TV, Milwaukee, May 14, 2020)

Shawn Feirer414 Heroes: This Veteran Is Managing Respiratory Care at Milwaukee’s VA Medical Center

“We’re here to help them feel better, but more often than not, when we greet someone, their first concern is how we’re doing. It’s very humbling.” - Who: Shawn Feirer, 49, Program Manager of Respiratory Care, Milwaukee VA Medical Center (Zablocki). (Milwaukee Magazine, May 7, 2020)

Nurse Tabitha Eden wearing a mask in New York CityMilwaukee VA nurse helped turn a Manhattan convention center into a COVID-19 hospital

Tabitha Eden’s first deployment was in 2004 to Kuwait in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Her second was in 2013 in Djibouti in Africa. She is currently on her third deployment — in New York City. Eden is a commander and a nurse corps officer in the U.S. Navy reserves and the program manager of nursing education and research at the Milwaukee VA Medical Center. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, May 7, 2020)

Robert Husslein Sr. leaving Milwaukee VA in a wheelchair93-year-old WWII veteran survives bout with COVID-19, released from Milwaukee VA hospital

Wednesday, May 6 was a very good day for 93-year-old Robert Husslein Sr. -- a World War II veteran who survived the coronavirus -- and was released from the Milwaukee VA Medical Center. Husslein's son said, everyone should "keep up the hope" -- because if his father can beat COVID-19, anyone can. (FOX6-TV, Milwaukee, May 6, 2020)

VA workers cheer coronvirus patient in a wheelchair'We did not expect him to make it:' Veteran hospitalized with coronavirus for 50 days gets sendoff celebration

Arvin McCray is a lucky man. He knows it and he's grateful. To his older sister who realized he was ill and took him to the Milwaukee VA Medical Center's emergency room on St. Patrick's Day. And to the hundreds of caregivers at the Milwaukee VA who saved his life. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, May 5, 2020)

Milwaukee Army Veteran beats coronavirus after 50 day battle (WTMJ4-TV, Milwaukee)

‘It’s like I was born again:’ West Allis Army vet released from VA hospital after 48-day battle with COVID-19 (FOX6-TV, Milwaukee)

Veteran leaves hospital after 50 days battling coronavirus (WISN12-TV, Milwaukee)

COVID-19 patient released from VA Medical Center after 50 days (CBS58-TV, Milwaukee)

A VA worker in a yellow vestNew technology at Milwaukee VA hospital saves PPE masks, keeps workers safe

The Milwaukee VA Hospital takes us inside the COVID-19 ward and shows the measures they are taking to protect patients and staff. Before you even get to the front doors, you have to go through a tent. There, medical personnel are waiting to take temperatures and give assessments. (WTMJ4-TV, Milwaukee, April 14, 2020)

Jose Martinez‘It was touching my heart:’ Brookfield barber donates hundreds of gloves to Milwaukee VA

Supplies like gloves and masks are becoming harder for first responders to get ahold of as the coronavirus continues to spread. A Brookfield barber's donation is helping with that shortage. The International Barbershop in Brookfield might be closed, but the owner's heart is getting down to business. (FOX6-TV, Milwaukee, March 27, 2020)

A poster advertising yogaWellness Power Hour at Milwaukee VA promotes healthy relationships

The Milwaukee VA Medical Center is working to promote healthy relationships.The monthly event is part of what's called the "Whole Health" program and utilizes a number of different workouts. Veterans can try everything from yoga to Thai chi. (CBS58-TV, Milwaukee, Feb. 19, 2020)

A student prepares cookiesMenomonee Falls students make valentines cookies for veterans at Milwaukee VA hospital

Middle school students in Menomonee Falls made valentines for veterans Wednesday, Feb. 3. And they weren't just any valentines -- they were edible valentines. The heart-shaped cookies for patients at Milwaukee's VA Hospital will be delivered on Monday, Feb. 10. (FOX6-TV, Milwaukee, Feb. 5, 2020)

Outside of Milwaukee VA Medical CenterMilwaukee VA to hold registered nurse hiring fair

The Milwaukee Veterans Affairs Medical Center is holding a Registered Nurse Career Fair Wednesday, Jan. 29 to hire about 80 positions for all shifts and departments. According to the VA, full-time salaries range from $60,568 to $105,521, plus a 13 percent shift and 25 percent weekend differential. (CBS58-TV, Milwaukee, Jan. 27, 2020)

Patient looking at a laptop screenMilwaukee VA conducts nearly 1,500 virtual appointments in program's 1st year

The Milwaukee Veterans Administration medical center has completed almost 1,500 virtual medical appointments over the past year, thanks to its free telehealth service, according to a Jan. 22 WITI report. Since rolling out the free telehealth service in 2019, several hundred patients at the Milwaukee VA have participated in virtual appointments, according to the report.(Becker's Hospital Review, Jan. 27, 2020)

Patient looking at a laptop screenMilwaukee VA rolls out new tool to help vets connect with doctors at no extra cost

The Milwaukee Office of Veterans Affairs is rolling out a new tool to help veterans connect with their doctors. Late Wednesday morning, Jan. 22 on a quiet street in Slinger, a veteran is having a health check-up. The doctor working with him is more than 30 miles away. (FOX6-TV, Milwaukee, Jan. 22, 2020)

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