• Spirit of giving at the Milwaukee VA Medical Center

    There is a marvelous spirit of giving at the Milwaukee VA Medical Center. Presents were wheeled out to children and Veterans alike, thanks to employees and a couple of great outreach programs.

  • USAF Veteran – what Thanksgiving means to me

    AF Veteran considers Thanksgiving Day a calendar celebration of a 365-day scorecard of appreciation. He is thankful for the kindness and compassion VA staff demonstrate in caring for our Veterans.

  • VA, caregivers work together to help ailing Veterans

    It is a tough, labor-of-love, kind of job. VA partners with family member caregivers to help provide critical round-the-clock support of their Veterans.

  • Be like Jim: No legs, no problem

    Jim Jacobi has had a lot thrown at him -- war, Agent Orange, triple bypass surgery and losing both legs. But this Vietnam Vet keeps it all positive.

  • Reaching out in crisis with telehealth

    Dr. Mike McBride was providing telehealth when telehealth wasn’t cool. The Milwaukee VA psychiatrist, who is also an Iraq and Afghanistan Veteran, was the first provider here to use mental health telehealth in someone’s home about three years ago. McBride was treating a Veteran with severe post-traumatic stress who couldn’t leave the house because of other medical issues.

  • Veteran gets VA health care at home

    Even though he can’t drive, Marine Veteran Kenneth Schmitt receives VA primary care through home-based primary care, which allows Veterans to remain at home as they face aging and chronic disease.

  • VA keeps heart care local with telecardiology

    Instead of driving 300 miles to visit a cardiologist at a VA medical center, Veteran Jerry Roberts drives 30 miles to a nearby VA clinic to be examined remotely over computer via telecardiology.

  • 3D printing helps Veteran stay independent

    When Veteran Jim Borelli was unable to drive his power wheelchair with a round joystick, a Milwaukee VA Medical Center physical therapist put him back in control with a square 3D-printed replacement.

  • Milwaukee VA police save man from heroin overdose

    Three Milwaukee VA police jumped into action after a man riding the city bus overdosed on heroin. The police and a VA doctor saved his life.

  • Veteran walks across country for suicide awareness

    Veteran Tom Zurhellen is walking 22 miles a day from Oregon to New York to raise awareness about Veteran suicide and homelessness. He says 22 is the number of Veterans who commit suicide each day.

  • Vet throws holiday party for Veterans for 31 years

    Army Veteran “Doc” Dentice planned on a one-and-done holiday party for Veterans at the Milwaukee VA back in 1988. This year, assisted by 85 volunteers, he did it again…party number 31!

  • Boat project helps keep Veterans afloat

    All Hands Boatworks was founded in 2013 by Bill Nimke, whose background was teaching, although not shop class. He was familiar with other youth boat-building organizations around the country and saw the possibilities provided by Milwaukee’s myriad of waterways.

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