Veterans PTSD Panel

Local Veterans will talk candidly about their struggles with post-traumatic stress disorder as part of a virtual panel discussion set for Wednesday, June 2. The discussion, to take place over Zoom, is hosted by the Southeastern Wisconsin Task Force on Veteran Suicide Prevention and the Milwaukee VA Medical Center. It will begin at noon and […]

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Gov. Evers Signs Bill Designating May 14 as Hmong-Lao Veterans Day, Orders Flags to Half-Staff

MADISON — Gov. Tony Evers today signed Assembly Bill 154, now Wisconsin Act 31, designating May 14 as Hmong-Lao Veterans Day in Wisconsin. The governor issued Executive Order #115 ordering the flags of the United States and the state of Wisconsin to be flown at half-staff in honor of Hmong-Lao veterans. The governor was joined […]

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Medical College of Wisconsin Veteran Outreach Program Helps Prevent Suicide with Firearm Safety Initiative

The Captain John D. Mason Veteran Peer Outreach Program, on behalf of the Southeastern Wisconsin Suicide Prevention Taskforce and BeThereWis.com, is bringing the Gun Shop Project and Safe Storage Program to local communities across Wisconsin. The program, developed by Safe Communities of Madison-Dane County, works with Wisconsingun shops and ranges to provide two levels of […]

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Part of deployed Wisconsin National Guard aviation unit returns to US soil from Middle East

By Wisconsin National Guard Public Affairs Office Approximately half of a Wisconsin Army National Guard aviation detachment returned safely to U.S. soil late last week after a nearly 11-month mobilization to the Middle East. The West Bend, Wisconsin-based Detachment 1, Company G, 2nd Battalion, 104th Aviation returned to Fort Hood, Texas, where the unit will […]

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Milwaukee VA Needs Volunteer Drivers to Take Patients to Appointments

The Milwaukee VA Medical Center is seeking volunteer drivers to take patients back and forth to their hospital appointments. The Disabled American Veterans, which oversees the driving program, needs volunteers for the Racine, Kenosha, Waukesha, and Milwaukee area. The program is set up to give free rides to patients for their hospital appointments at the […]

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Letter to the Editor: Military Veteran Commentary

By Chief of Police Art Howell In observation of the recent community conversation wherein it was suggested that military veterans be excluded from future employment opportunities with the Racine Police Department, a formal public response is in order. This conversation cannot proceed in earnest without first acknowledging the sacrifice of those who have given their […]

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Drive-thru flu shot clinics for veterans set in Milwaukee, Union Grove

Veterans can receive flu shots quickly and easily at two upcoming drive-thru clinics hosted by the Milwaukee VA Medical Center: Wednesday, Oct. 21, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Union Grove Clinic, 41425 Spring St.Saturday, Oct. 24, 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Milwaukee VA Medical Center, 5000 W. National Ave. No appointments are required. There is […]

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Milwaukee VA Provides Telehealth, Telephone Care During Pandemic

While the Milwaukee Veterans Affairs Medical Center is only seeing patients for essential appointments at the hospital during the coronavirus pandemic, telephone and video appointments are still available. “We remain committed to providing our veterans with the world-class care they’ve earned and deserve,” said Dr. Dan Zomchek, medical center director. “We continue to urge all […]

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Robert Ortwein, M.D. was creative, hard-working, clever and generous

We lost our beloved “Da,” “Dad,” “Dado,” “Pappa,” “Gramps,” “Grandpa”,  Robert Keith Ortwein, M.D. on Sunday, October 7. With a twinkle in his bright blue eyes, he was our leader, organizer, coach, and always our cheerleader. He will be lovingly remembered and dearly missed by the three families he loved most: the Racine families he […]