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Milwaukee VA In the News

Screen grab of Veteran talking to the camera'60-Second Video Project' brings stories together to build community among veterans

A new video project at the Milwaukee VA Medical Center hopes to bring people together to share their stories."If I can share my story and the impact of my own family, maybe I can impact somebody else," said Matthew Cade, Coast Guard veteran. The 60-Second Video Project gives veterans, their friends, family, and caregivers the chance to answer one question: What inspires you about our incredible veteran community?(WBAY-TV, Green Bay, Wis., April 17, 2019)

"60-Second Speak-Up" project gets people talking (WFRV-TV, Green Bay, Wis.)

screen grab of artist showing his paintingMilwaukee Veteran who spent decades in prison and homeless uses talent to heal and help

When Willie Weaver-Bey puts brush to canvas, a story begins to emerge.“This picture is of my significant other and her name is Jules,” he says, as he works at an easel in his home. Slowly and methodically.. “We've been knowing each other for 35 years.” For several hours nearly every day.. “I have to be able to feel the picture.” Willie lets his gift tell the stories of other people.(Spectrum News, April 8, 2019)

Joyce Casey, recreational therapist at the Milwaukee VA jokes with Noah CurrierParalyzed Marine finds hope and redemption in adaptive sports and starts Oscar Mike apparel company

But the life of the strapping 21-year-old Marine actually changed three days after returning home to the U.S. following the invasion of Iraq. Asleep with his head against the passenger seat door of his pickup truck as his buddy drove them back to Camp Pendleton, Calif.(Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, March 14, 2019)

Business owner to host wheelchair rugby (FOX6-TV, Milwaukee)

Marine veteran encourages other injured vets to participate in life-changing adaptive sports (CBS58-TV, Milwaukee)

a person delivers a karate kick to a boardBoard breaking marathon to knock out Milwaukee VA wish list

A board breaking marathon was held Saturday to knock out items on the Milwaukee VA's wish list. Karate America put on the fundraiser at three of their metro locations. Supporters donated cash for each brick and board they kicked and chopped. All of it goes to the Milwaukee Veterans Affairs medical center.(WISN-TV, March 10, 2019)

person tying fishing fliesVeterans on the Fly Brings Camaraderie and Peace to Local Vets

Tucked back in a small room on the VA campus in Milwaukee, veterans from Vietnam to the Global War on Terrorism alike escape the cold embraces of the polar vortex by sharing warmer stories and laughs about the stresses of life.(Media Milwaukee, March 6, 2019)

diner tray with hot dog, shake, ketchup and mustard bottles‘It’s just fun!” Milwaukee VA hosts sock hop with 50¢ burgers, lots of rock ‘n roll

Poodle skirts, 50-cent cheeseburgers, and lots of rock 'n roll. A sock hop at the Milwaukee V.A. was the place to be for many veterans on Thursday, Feb. 28."I was frankly overwhelmed when I walked in the door," said Jane Jensen, wife of Wade Botsford. It is an event put on for veterans like Botsford -- and their significant others.(FOX6-TV, Milwaukee, Feb. 28, 2019)

Sock Hop for Veterans held at Milwaukee VA Medical Center (WDJT-TV, Milwaukee)

Three ice fisherman hold a large fish they caughtSmith: Wisconsin Hero Outdoors extends a hand to vets, first responders and their families

The sun rose Monday behind a mountain of steam that covered the open water of Lake Michigan east of Milwaukee. Every so often the gray mass would lift, revealing a treacherous jumble of waves and icebergs. In this condition, the lake is unfit for humans. But just 100 yards to the west, inside the breakwall, solid ice packed McKinley Marina. A dozen domed fishing shelters dotted the white landscape.(Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Feb. 23, 2019)

A woman looks at a display case featuring items put in a recently discovered time capsule at the Milwaukee VA.Time capsule discovered at Milwaukee VA Hospital was almost thrown away

Apparently what the good folks building the new veterans hospital in Milwaukee wanted people to remember five decades ago were headlines in the local papers, cafeteria menus, a thermometer, coins and the speech Congressman Clement J. Zablocki gave at the cornerstone dedication.(Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Feb. 22, 2019)

Time capsule accidentally dug up now on display at Milwaukee VA Medical Center (WDJT-TV, Milwaukee)

Time capsule found under Milwaukee VA Medical Center opened, contents on display (WISN-TV, Milwaukee)

Time capsule travels back to Milwaukee VA (

Unearthed time capsule travels back to Milwaukee and confirms legend about Clement J. Zablocki (Milwaukee Independent)

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.)

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