4:39 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Essay: Fourth of July - Reflection and Renewal

U.S. Marine Corps soldiers participate in a parade.
Credit Wiki Commons image

The Fourth of July weekend celebrates community, local as well as national. Parades featuring people in uniform - scouts, firefighters and police as well as the military – traditionally are a fixture. Military uniforms remind us of the role of war in our history – and present. The current Veterans Administration scandals remind us of how serious related problems can become.

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1:00 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Area Veterans Sad, Angry Over Rising Insurgency in Iraq

Capt. Dan Buttery served in Iraq in 2003-2004. Part of his mission was to win the "hearts and minds" of local Iraqis.
Credit Photo courtesy of Dan Buttery

Some Milwaukee-area veterans are watching with heavy hearts as sectarian violence spreads throughout Iraq.

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9:10 am
Mon May 26, 2014

Memorial Day: Remembering Sacrifice, Acknowledging Struggle

Ceremonies honoring those who have died in armed conflict are planned throughout metro Milwaukee today. A parade through downtown begins at 2 o'clock at 4th and Wisconsin to the War Memorial.

Therapist Jon Christensen says there is an ongoing effort to connect with veterans and their families to help everyone heal.

On this Memorial Day, 2014, America will honor those who lost their lives, serving the country.

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1:00 am
Tue May 13, 2014

VA Under Fire for Strategy to Speed Up Claims Process

From left to right, LCpl Dale Maupin, LCpl Nate Dickrell, Cpl Rick Braun, LCpl James Hughes. The Marines were members of Milwaukee-based Fox Company. Photo was taken in 2008.
Credit Photo courtesy of Dale Maupin

While the VA works to resolve a huge claims backlog, the process may actually get worse for some, before it gets better for everyone.

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1:00 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Wisconsin Vets Caught Up in Huge VA Claims Backlog

Former Marine, Dale Maupin, waited more than a year to receive compensation for his war injuries.
Credit Erin Toner

One Milwaukee man waited more than a year after filing a disability claim to begin receiving compensation for injuries sustained in Iraq.

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Health & Science
1:01 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Robotic Exo-Skeleton Allows Paralyzed Madison Vet to Stand Up and Walk

Dan Rose's $130,000 exo-skeleton suit was a donation from a non-profit called "Soldier Socks."
Credit Erin Toner

You probably remember learning about exo-skeletons back in biology class – beetles have them. So do lobsters. Well now, we can add humans to that list.

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Arts & Culture
3:59 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

How Shakespeare Helps These Wisconsin Veterans Suffering From PTSD

Nancy Smith-Watson and her husband working with participants.
Credit Feast of Crispian

Lake Effect's Bonnie North speaks with Nancy Smith-Watson and Shep Crumrine.

A little over a year ago, Feast of Crispian began holding weekend Shakespeare intensives at the Zablocki VA Medical Center in Milwaukee.

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Arts & Culture
6:31 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

Church Newsletters Brought a Bit of Home to Milwaukee Soldiers in WWII

Milwaukee author Betty Mullins with copies of "The Apostle," a parish newsletter edited by her mother and other young women during WWII. It was sent to soldiers fighting abroad.
Credit Mitch Teich

Lake Effect's Stephanie Lecci interviews author Betty Mullins.

As Milwaukee soldiers fought on the front lines during World War II thousands of miles away, several young women from the city's south side worked to make the homefront seem a little closer.

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3:54 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

PHOTOS: Wisconsin Veterans Take 'Honor Flight' to WWII Memorial

A Wisconsin veteran stands beside the WWII memorial in Washington, D.C. as part of the Stars and Stripes Honor Flight program.
Courtney Lutz

Lake Effect's Mitch Teich interviews Joe Dean, the founder of Stars and Stripes Honor Flight; Dan Buttery, president of the board at Fisher House Wisconsin; Courtney Lutz, a photographer whose work comprises the new book, Honor Flight: A Visual Journey; and Renee Riddle, the book's editor.

For almost a decade, a group of volunteers has undertaken the task of bringing veterans of World War II to visit the Washington, D.C. monument honoring their sacrifice.

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11:30 am
Fri August 30, 2013

Two Veterans Trek from Milwaukee to LA to Raise Awareness and Money

Dryhootch founder Bob Curry
Susan Bence

The goodbyes lasted as long as the ceremony on the terrace of the Milwaukee County War Memorial as Tom Voss and Anthony Anderson prepared to set off by foot to Los Angeles.

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