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Milwaukee VA In the News

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)

Pamela Vertanen‘It makes me really proud:’ Veterans Day observance ceremony unites those who have served

In times of war and in times of peace, the five branches of our military unite in observance of Veterans Day. “Makes you want to re-enlist all over again!” said Pamela Vertanen, U.S. Air Force veteran. At the Milwaukee VA Medical Center brothers and sisters of the U.S. military stood as one. (FOX6-TV - Nov. 12, 2018)

Michael Hughes smoking a cigaretteSmoking soon to be banned at Milwaukee VA Hospital for patients and employees

Michael Hughes has tried to quit smoking eight times. Now, he's trying again and hopes this time it will stick. The Vietnam Veteran suffers from a chronic inflammatory lung disease and wants a healthier life.There's another incentive — the Milwaukee VA Medical Center where he works as a mail clerk is eliminating smoking for all employees by Jan. 1. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - Nov. 7, 2018)

Actors perform on stageFeast of Crispian helps traumatized veterans, with assistance from Shakespeare

In 2013, the Crispian co-founders put their theory into practice. They partnered with the Milwaukee VA Medical Center to hold weekend workshops at the hospital. The program created by UWM theater faculty has spurred interest from schools and veterans’ organizations nationwide. (UWM Report - UW-Milwaukee - Oct. 31, 2018)

Old Main360° Inside Old Main: A special VR walkthrough as the Soldiers Home prepares for revitalization

Fundraising efforts are still underway to “Save the Soldiers Home,” but the project is in the final stretch and anticipates reaching its financial goal in December 2018. (Milwaukee Independent - Oct. 24, 2018)

A volunteer feeds tree branches into a wood chipperShow of respect: Arborists trim trees, tidy up Wood National Cemetery

A show of respect happening across the country at our nation's military cemeteries happened in Milwaukee on Wednesday, Sept. 19 at Wood National Cemetery. In a setting more custom to silent reflection -- the sounds of a brash salute cut through. (FOX6-TV, Milwaukee - Sept. 19, 2018)

Volunteers trim trees and bushes at Wood National Cemetery for Saluting Branches event (WDJT-TV, Milwaukee)

Volunteers clear branches at Wood National Cemetery to honor veterans (WTMJ-TV, Milwaukee)

A volunteer loads old electronics into a recycling boxHow the Milwaukee VA has become a leader in sustainability

How often do you think about how your shopping and dining habits may have an impact on our planet? We’re being asked to consider it more and more as cities like Chicago have implemented plastic bag taxes to reduce use of plastic. (Radio Milwaukee - 88.9 FM - Aug. 20, 2018) (Note: The story link will not open on a VA network computer)

A World War II veteran holds his guitarA WWII vet hadn't touched a guitar in 40 years. A gift let it all come back to him.

It had been 40 years since David McMahon, a 92-year-old Navy veteran, last played guitar. But to him, the music never really went away. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - July 20, 2018)

A veteran gets a guitar lessonMilwaukee-based Guitars for Vets helps veterans across the country stay mentally in tune

Clad in a black Guitars for Vets shirt and cradling a Fender acoustic, Jeff Puhek played snippets of "Classical Gas" and "Stairway to Heaven" as he patiently showed Justin Skowron a few chords. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - July 17, 2018)

Jeff "Doc" Dentice gets a new truckDeserving Veteran "Doc" Gets a Truck!

Throughout the years, Jeff "Doc" Dentice has put in countless hours of volunteer work with the help of a 4x4 pickup truck he uses for supplies and donations, taking care of Vets while running fundraisers and events. Sadly, his previous truck was falling apart and continued to decline so rapidly that it was impairing those important community efforts. (WTMJ-TV, Milwaukee - July 9, 2018)

Artist rendering of new stablesUrban horse therapy program coming to Milwaukee's Bay View area will be first of its kind

The therapy program will aim to treat urban residents who have experienced trauma, such as veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder, said Mary McCormick, executive director of the Rotary Club. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - July 8, 2018)

Veterans receiving free laptop computersFrom the corps to the corporate office: 100 veterans surprised with new laptops

One hundred area veterans are the proud owners of a new laptop thanks to U.S. Bank and the nonprofit "Tech for Troops Project." (FOX6-TV, Milwaukee - July 4, 2018)

Michael and Billie KublyUW-Milwaukee receives $1 million for military and veterans mental health research and programming

Billie Kubly's husband served a year in Vietnam as an orthopedic surgeon in the Army. Kubly recently donated $1 million to the UW-Milwaukee for mental health research and education for veterans. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - June 22, 2018)

Actors at a Feast of Crispian workshop

Feast of Crispian, which serves veterans, will be Milwaukee Rep resident theater group

Feast of Crispian, which brings professional actors together with post-deployment military veterans, will be Milwaukee Repertory Theatre's resident theater company during the 2018-'19 season. (Milwaukee Journal sentinel - June 20, 2018)

U.S. sled hockey team celebrates Paralympic gold medalParaplegic vets who train at Zablocki VA in Milwaukee bring home sled hockey gold for Team USA

Josh Misiewicz grew up a hockey kid in northern Illinois, but after losing his legs to an IED in Afghanistan one of his first thoughts was that he'd never play the sport again. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - March 30, 2018)