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Recycling at Milwaukee VATrash for a cause
...26 pallets in the first hour, and when it was all over – 100 pallets totaling 70,000 pounds. “I remember watching the cars start to line up last year, and thought, ‘Oh man, we’re gonna need more pallets!’“
event bulletinChaplain's host LGBT spirituality talk
“I’ve heard a lot through the years from various communities and people who feel disenfranchised with their religion and spirituality,” said The Rev. Scott Orth. “This event is to let everyone know we are here for them.
Gumbo!Comfort in diversity
...By 10:30 a large chunk of the food was already gone. “We did not expect so many, so fast,” said Brenda Burrell, a Mental Health social worker, “I’m already out of gumbo! But the more we get, the better.”
Marvin Pratt18th Annual Salute to African-Americans
This officially kicks off a year-long celebration of the Milwaukee VA’s 150th year of providing care for veterans, and is one of many events leading up to an all-day celebration June 3 on the Milwaukee campus.
Artist Willie Weaver-Bey stands on the rooftop of the Milwaukee VA Medical CenterFrom Prison to Portraits: Painting a New Future
National Veterans Arts winner and VA employee Willie Weaver-Bey spent 40 years in prison where he learned to paint. He'll show 50 of his favorite paintings from his 10,000-plus collection.
Ian and StaceyMore than receiving, a tree for giving
“I am proud of these people. It feels better giving to someone who really needs it. It has brought some wonderful conversation and strategic planning to get the right gift for each kid.”
Podlaski brothersFrom the Bulge, to POW: Close as brothers can be
Podlaski destroyed his Browning machine gun so the Germans could not use it in battle against other Americans or allies. “I left the hillside, dismantled my machine gun and threw the parts away.”
On a boatCamp American Legion: Northwoods hope and healing
“Everyone’s around the campfire. It’s a quiet time and I go back down to that pier with my lit bobber. I put a minnow on that line and just look up at the stars. On a clear night you see Saturn and the Milky Way.
CampfireFocusing on diabetes in upnorth camp
“It’s scary when you first get that diagnosis,” said Steve Leonard, this his first trip to Diabetes Camp. “My wife has had it for two years and on insulin. So I said, ‘I got it, what am I going to do about it?’
SteveIn it together: the highs and lows of diabetes
“It was almost like an AA meeting, where people start sharing their stories and you find out you aren’t alone and there might be some hope,” he said. “But there is no magic wand. I was told you aren’t

From the Veterans Health Administration

National Salute to Veteran Patients WeekNational Salute to Veteran Patients Week
All this week, VA medical centers across the country are saluting our Veteran patients with valentines, musical performances and special ceremonies. You can salute Veterans all year by volunteering.
Help for Veterans with Seasonal Affective Disorder Help for Veterans with Seasonal Affective Disorder
If you feel sad in the winter, you may have Seasonal Affective Disorder. It is sometimes called winter depression. Here's information on treatment, including light therapy, from a VA psychiatrist.
February is Heart Month – A Veteran Nurse’s StoryFebruary is Heart Month - A Veteran Nurse's Story
Betty Cunar served as a nurse in the Vietnam war. During American Heart Month, she shares her story of care she receives from VA to remind Veterans of the importance of knowing your heart numbers.
Telehealth Revolutionizing Veterans Health CareTelehealth Revolutionizing Veterans Health Care
VA's TeleHealth service utilizes health informatics to care for Veterans and helps them live independently and stay out of the hospital — essential for their overall health care and personal goals.
Bay Pines VA in Florida Bay Pines VA in Florida Modernizing for Veterans
Modernizing is one of VA's top priorities and the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System is in the vanguard of medical centers which are modernizing their facilities and services for the Veterans it serves.
L-R: Chief of Staff Kent Crossley, Chief Experience Officer Martina Malek, nurse practitioner Judy Wagner, Chief of PM&R Mike Armstrong, nurse practitioner Laurie Kubes and Director Patrick KellyMinneapolis VA Opens “Healing Center”
Minneapolis VA opens new “Integrative Center for Health & Healing, part of VA's new emphasis on “Veteran-Centric” care. Once considered “alternative” therapy.
Army Veteran Gary Lucas navigates a hurdle exercise with the help of study coordinator Lydia PadenResearch Builds Balance and Strength in Veterans
Thanks to innovative research at the Baltimore VA, older Veterans are making strides — literally — in their ability to move about, stay balanced, prevent falls and get up from a fall if they do have one.
Holiday Open House… A Big Hit with Veterans and EmployeesVeterans Enjoy Holiday Open Houses at Memphis VA
All this month, VA medical centers across America celebrate the holidays with Veterans and employees. At the Memphis VA, there are six Holiday Open House events to greet the season.
Art work produce by Veterans who particpated in Art TherapyVeterans Creating a Brighter Future
Veterans use art as a means of expression on the road to recovery, developing goals while gaining hope and a sense of accomplishment, which are critical to the recovery process.
Women Veterans on the lake in canoesWomen Veterans: Retreat Healthy and Healing
Women Veterans attend Healing in Nature Retreat which promotes whole health and wellness to help women Veterans explore personal wellness goals. “My best six days since coming home.”

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