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Milwaukee VA Medical Center

 

Press Releases


2018

Milwaukee VA town hall on the road - Join us at the Brookfield American Legion Post 449 for our town hall, and stick around for karaoke and a Commander's Cook Off (brat meal is $5 and burger meal is $8). (08/22/2018)

Open house for Hoptel remodeled through community support - The Milwaukee Hoptel features a newly renovated kitchen, dining room and lounge through donations from Veteran Service Organizations and other individuals. (08/20/2018)

Green Bay Town Hall - Got a question about your VA health care or benefits? Don't know who to call? Don't know who to ask? Look no further! Come out to our next town hall meeting to ask all your questions. (08/13/2018)

Free short film, "Journey of Healing" shows tomorrow - Join us for a free showing of the Milwaukee VA original short film, "For Honor: A Journey of Healing." (07/16/2018)

Milwaukee wins top national environmental awards - From keeping pharmaceuticals out of the water system to keeping more than 56 pounds of plastic from landfills, the Milwaukee VA has been an innovator in fighting pollution and protecting the environment. (07/16/2018)

Free music festival at Milwaukee VA - You're invited to a free musical festival on the grounds of the Milwaukee VA this Saturday! Pack a lunch or grab something from one of the food trucks on site. We have rock, funk, blues and a lot more, including a car show, 5K walk, art show and more. (07/09/2018)

Food truck vendors needed for music festival - We've got free music, a car show, Veteran art show and info on enrollment and benefits. Come out to the first Beats & Eats! (06/26/2018)

VA adaptive cycling clinic - Adaptive cycling clinic takes place June 27 at the Spinal Cord Injury Center. Learn how adaptive sports can treat depression, anxiety and PTSD. (06/23/2018)

PTSD Awareness Day schedule of events - Milwaukee VA is hosting its first-ever PTSD Awareness Day. Come out to learn about our evidence-based care and holistic programs, and try your hand at fish lure tying, art, yoga, tai chi and more. (06/23/2018)

Milwaukee VA Nursing Home Receives 4-Star Rating - “I am extremely proud of the outstanding care we provide to our Veterans in our Community Living Center. The Zablocki team is dedicated to honoring our Nation’s heroes in every aspect of the services we deliver each and every day.” James McLain, acting director at Milwaukee VA Medical Center. (06/15/2018)

Local barbecue enthusiasts host picnic for veterans - “A couple of our guys cooked for all the sailors coming off a ship at Fleet Week New York and cooked for more than 1,200 sailors,” said Chris Eden of BBQ Brethern. “We are hoping to do this on an annual basis and make it bigger and bigger every.” (06/06/2018)

6th Annual VA Mental Health Summit focuses on African-Americans - “Part of our mandate is to make sure all veterans in our community know all of the services available and what VA has to offer,” said William Johnson, minority veterans program coordinator at the Milwaukee VA. “Any veteran is welcome but we are trying to reach out, particularly, to historically underrepresented groups.” (06/05/2018)

Northwestern Mutual Choir performs British Invasion concert for veterans - The Northwestern Mutual Choir will perform songs from the Beatles, John Lennon, Queen, Andrew Lloyd Webber and more during a free concert. (06/01/2018)

28th Annual Veteran Bike Blessing honors Vietnam veterans - Free brats and burgers at the bike blessing! (05/29/2018)

Milwaukee VA shows "For Honor," documentary featuring local Vietnam veteran - Milwaukee VA's original documentary, "For Honor: A Journey of Healing," shows Tuesday. (05/28/2018)

Milwaukee VA Memorial Day ceremony - Join us for our 88th annual Memorial Day ceremony. (05/25/2018)

High-impact car crash at Crash Lab on Facebook Live - Crash Lab crash will be on Facebook Live. (05/15/2018)

VA2K walk at Milwaukee and Green Bay - VA2K brings veterans together and brings in donations! (05/15/2018)

Israeli presentation on Syrian refugees - Israeli delegation presents discussion on how they are caring for Syrian refugees. (05/15/2018)

Research Fair looks at groundbreaking work - Join us for groundbreaking research at your Milwaukee VA. (05/11/2018)

Milwaukee VA to hold town hall at Cleveland Lakeshore Technical - Milwaukee Veterans Affairs will hold its next town hall meeting, 12:30 to 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 9, at Lakeshore Technical College in Cleveland, Wisconsin. (05/07/2018)

Hello Girls documentary: America's first female soldiers - In 1918, the U.S. Army Signal Corps sent 223 women to France as telephone operators to help win the Great War. They swore Army oaths, wore uniforms, held rank, and were subject to military justice. By war's end, they had connected over 26 million calls and were recognized by General John J. Pershing for their service. When they returned home, the U.S. government told them they were never soldiers. For 60 years, they fought their own government for recognition. In 1977, with the help of Sen. Barry Goldwater and Congresswoman Lindy Boggs, they won. Unfortunately, only a handful were still alive. (05/03/2018)

Physically Active Fair open to all - Come out to our physically active fair! (04/30/2018)

Fisher House open house - Come out for the tours. Stay for the refreshments. Help us celebrate two years at your Milwaukee VA Fisher House. (04/26/2018)

Free veteran legal clinic - If you're a veteran and have legal issues such as child custody, unpaid tickets, IRS or more, come out to our free legal clinic, this Saturday. (04/25/2018)

Free recycling April 24 - If you have recyclables clogging up your house, give 'em to us! We're holding our annual free recycling event this Tuesday in honor of Earth Day. (04/20/2018)

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2017

Community open house - VA will also have information available throughout the hospital on the My HealtheVet program, women’s healthcare, adaptive sports, recreation therapy, veteran benefits, and suicide prevention. Mike Orban, Vietnam veteran, will be on hand to discuss how he got help for his post-traumatic stress at the Tomah and Milwaukee VA Medical Centers. (10/20/2017)

Souled Out: Conquering combat PTSD - Vietnam veteran Mike Orban will give a frank and uncensored presentation on his post-traumatic stress disorder, and how he found healing at the Tomah and Milwaukee VA Medical Centers. (02/08/2017)

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2016

Wreath laying at Wood National Cemetery to honor Veterans - “This is such an honor to have the community honor these men and women,” said William Janowski, Wood National Cemetery foreman. “Especially around the holiday season when folks are gathered with family, some gather here – remembering.” (12/14/2016)

Quarterly town hall for veterans, community - Both our Facebook and Twitter will be available for questions and comments as well and we encourage using @milwaukeeva and #townhall. (12/12/2016)

First-ever cancer support outreach event at Milwaukee VA - “Not everybody needs every aspect of care that is offered, but we still offer all these options to our veterans,” said Dr. James Sanger, chief of Milwaukee VA plastic surgery. “Cancer is a major focus of our work here at VA. Each organ system has its own cancer, and it can be scary to get that diagnosis. But we have these support groups for each cancer, and we want to bring everybody together to let veterans know about options. (10/14/2016)

Community, cinema step up to raise awareness of veteran suicide - “We need the public’s help to get the word out, to help us help our veterans,” he added. “But we also need to get advice and input from the public on what we can do better. Crumrine hopes the public will give feedback on how VA can best reach veterans and to promote the other public showings of the movie. (10/13/2016)

Network security breach with Milwaukee VA affiliate - Milwaukee VA shares health information with MCW as an academic affiliate. This breach of security of veteran health information is serious and Milwaukee VA is here to protect and provide world-class healthcare to our former service men and women. (09/01/2016)

Disabled American Veterans needs volunteer drivers - “I’ll take as many volunteers as I can get,” she said. “It doesn’t matter if we get one volunteer or 50. The more we get, the better we can serve those areas and the more days we can transport veterans who need our help to get to their appointments. (07/26/2016)

Public invited to Simulation Center open house - “The heart and soul of the Simulation Center are the mannequins and the theaters that can be set up for whatever scenario we want. Whatever we want to do, it has extra plug outlets to hook up ventilators, monitors and things like that,” said Dr. Jutta Novalija, an anesthesiologist and Simulation Center medical director. (05/05/2016)

Milwaukee VA Celebrates Earth Day with recycled electronics drop-off - Some electronics that can be recycled are televisions, computer monitors, fax machines, cell phones, DVD players, VCRs, printers (04/21/2016)

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2015

Public hearing for Enhanced Use Lease of VA historic buildings - Under the Enhanced Use Lease process, these buildings may only be used for supportive housing for homeless veterans and veterans at risk of homelessness. (11/24/2015)

Medical center, VBA add social media to next town hall - During the event, participants will be able to send questions via social media to the Milwaukee VA’s Twitter account, @MilwaukeeVA, using the hashtag, #TownHall. VA officials will reply to the Tweet. (11/18/2015)

Milwaukee VA does veteran access stand down - “Our goal, as always, is to provide timely access with personalized care,” said Dr. Michael Erdmann, chief of staff (11/10/2015)

Milwaukee VA plans Veterans Day ceremony - Roshandran Mahendran, a VA employee who came to the United States from Sri Lanka as a refugee in 1993. He served in the Army from 1999 to 2008. (11/04/2015)

James D. McLain named acting medical center director of Milwaukee VA - Some of McLain’s military assignments include Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas; Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland; Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany; and the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok, Thailand. His deployments include Operation Desert Storm and Iraqi Freedom. He retired from the Army in 2007. (11/02/2015)

Veterans Benefits Administration plans claims clinic - Experts will be available to answer questions about the appeal process, compensation, pension and vocational rehabilitation and employment benefits. VA counselors will also be on hand to discuss individual claim and medical eligibility questions. (11/02/2015)

Breast reconstruction surgery doubles at Milwaukee VA; BRA Day draws attention to services offered - “Our numbers have vastly increased over the last 10 years,” she added. “A few years ago we only did two reconstructive surgeries a year. Now we do about a dozen a year.” (10/06/2015)

VA nurses discuss healthcare at Alverno College forum - Panel participants include Greuel, who is part of VA’s Iraq and Afghanistan outreach team; Linda Bay, a clinical nurse specialist; Susan Giulianetti, a nurse practitioner from the polytrauma team; Beth Hammer, program manager for nursing excellence; and Judy Kiefer, a polytrauma social worker. (03/24/2015)

Milwaukee Vet Center holds Vietnam breakfast - Bevelyn Johnson, Milwaukee Vet Center director, said the breakfast is a way to celebrate and honor those who served for Vietnam Veterans Day, and show the community what the Vet Center offers. (03/23/2015)

VA will air Oscar-winning “Crisis Line” documentary - “We know 22 veterans a day commit suicide, and even one is one too many,” said Karen Gage, suicide prevention coordinator at the Milwaukee VA. “Whenever we get a referral from the hotline, we work very hard to get that veteran taken care of, so he or she can get the services they have earned and need.” (03/12/2015)

Chief of Staff wins national John D. Chase Award - “When I started we didn’t have primary care clinics. We had one general clinic, and most people who came in had to be hospitalized, sometimes unnecessarily. You could smoke openly in the hospital; even patients could smoke in their room. (03/12/2015)

VA cop named Employee of the Year - “Her customer service cannot be beaten by any other person. Her smile is contagious. She’s not only an effective officer, other officers follow her lead. Not only is she a role model as an officer, but a person of the community.” (03/04/2015)

VA will air Oscar-winning “Crisis Line” documentary - “We have a wide array of services and care we can provide,” she said. “We work with each veteran one-on-one with compassion and confidentiality. If someone needs help, we are here for them.” Veterans can reach out for help by calling 1-800-273-8255 (03/02/2015)

Next quarterly town hall meeting takes place March 7 - The Milwaukee VA Medical Center and Veterans Benefits Administration will hold its next quarterly town hall meeting, noon to 2 p.m. March 7 in the Matousek Auditorium. (02/27/2015)

National Salute to Veteran Patients week - “Our focus is on the hospitalized veterans, but all veterans are welcome,” said Stephanie Pulsfus, director of Voluntary Services. “It’s just going to be a fun and exciting event, and our way of saying ‘Thank you.’” (02/09/2015)

16th Annual Salute to African-American Veterans - “There were African-American Medal of Honor recipients from World War II who weren’t even recognized until President Clinton came into office. Since then, it’s grown into a hospital-wide event, with a lot of community support.” (02/05/2015)

"Four Chaplains" memorial service at Milwaukee VA - It’s something I always look forward to because it really demonstrates the unselfish nature of military chaplains and truly represent service above self,” said The Rev. Norm Oswald, a Catholic priest and chief of chaplains at the Milwaukee VA. “Just like the four chaplains were all of different faiths, so are we at the Milwaukee VA and we offer spiritual services for everyone.” (01/26/2015)

Milwaukee VA doctor is the first to complete innovative program - Dr. Ian Weissman, radiologist at the Milwaukee VA, is the first Physician in the nation to graduate from the Radiology Leadership Institute. (01/23/2015)

Milwaukee VA to celebrate, honor Martin Luther King Jr. - "...This holiday is an instrument used to inspire individuals to use their strengths, passions and talents to better the lives of others and impact their local and global communities." (01/16/2015)

Milwaukee VA seeks veteran artists for Creative Arts Festival, possible national recognition - “The event is amazing, and the artwork is world class,” said Marisa Straub, a creative arts therapist and one of the organizers for last year’s local and national event held in Milwaukee. (01/16/2015)

Morse-Marshall School to bring gifts for Veterans - “The kids have worked really hard on the drawings of eagles,” said Hufnal. “And it’s an amazing way for our students to give back to the veterans.” (01/08/2015)

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2014

Yoga opens to all outpatient veterans at Milwaukee VA - Yoga is especially beneficial to those looking to improve physical health and work through issues such as post-traumatic stress. Yoga offers cardiovascular health, treatment for depression, anxiety, PTSD, military sexual trauma and chronic joint pain. (12/30/2014)

Veterans Day ceremony at the Milwaukee VA - The guest speaker this year is Kim Michalowski, president of Fisher House Wisconsin and a former Army Reserves command sergeant major. (11/10/2014)

2014 National Veterans Creative Arts Festival kicks off Monday - “It’s part of their ongoing recovery and their health and wellness lifestyle,” Crumrine said. “It’s an inspirational time, and for many of the participants, it provides a camaraderie that parallels what they experienced in the military, and something they haven’t gotten since that time.” (10/24/2014)

Milwaukee VA celebrates the 50th Anniversary of White Cane Safety Day - “It’s going to be like a show-and-tell where you just walk around, and see the vendors themselves and they’ll explain what (each device) does and how it works,” said Leon Haith, program coordinator for the Visual Impairment Services Team. (10/07/2014)

Milwaukee VA to host nursing career fair - “This is an excellent environment for nurses with the wonderful mission of serving veterans,” said Mezaros. “Ideally, we are looking for nurses who are dynamic, high-qualified individuals looking to give back and meet the I CARE core values, integrity, commitment, advocacy, respect and excellence.” (10/06/2014)

Fisher House Groundbreaking - Fisher House Wisconsin groundbreaking ceremony. (02/01/2014)

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2010

Mueller: A VA family affair: Father and two sons all work at Milwaukee VA - Mueller: A VA family affair: Father and two sons all work at Milwaukee VA (10/07/2010)

Transition: Lending a hand: transition advocates cut through red tape - Transition: Lending a hand: transition advocates cut through red tape (10/07/2010)

Shinseki: Top boss visit: Secretary meets with vets and tours Milwaukee facilities - Shinseki: Top boss visit: Secretary meets with vets and tours Milwaukee facilities (10/07/2010)

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