Veterans

Arts & Culture
9:42 am
Mon May 27, 2013

Veterans' Voices No Longer Silent "After the Wars"

Korean War veteran Bill Stenberg is featured in "After the Wars."
Credit Paul Calhoun

Lake Effect's Bonnie North interviews Paul and Ben Calhoun, creators of an exhibit of photographs and recorded interviews with combat veterans.

Some veterans feel like they can't discuss their combat experiences, but a new art exhibit gives them voice.

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Arts & Culture
11:52 am
Thu May 23, 2013

Active Military Members: Visit Many Wisconsin Museums for Free This Summer

Milwaukee Art Museum
Yinan Chen, Flickr

Starting Memorial Day, and running through Labor Day, more than 45 museums across Wisconsin will allow active duty military personnel and up to five family members to visit for free.

The Blue Star Museum program is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense and more than 2,000 museums across the county.

Museums participating in Milwaukee:

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Veterans
3:15 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Veterans Flocking to Higher Education, But Some Face Obstacles

Army veteran Tom Voss is back at UWM after dropping out of college twice since leaving the military.

A record number of veterans are heading back to school. One incentive has been the Post 9/11 GI Bill. It enhanced education benefits, starting in 2009. They now cover undergraduate tuition and provide veterans with a monthly living allowance and book stipend. To be eligible, a vet must have served on active duty after the 9/11 terrorist attacks and not exhausted prior GI benefits.

No matter what federal or state aid former soldiers have received however, WUWM’s Erin Toner learned that some have found the transition to school difficult and even costly. Local schools are intervening.

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Veterans
8:10 am
Thu August 2, 2012

Unemployment Rate Dropping for Veterans, But Many Still Jobless

Army veteran Justin Claus has struggled to find work since leaving the Army in 2010.
Credit Justin Claus

There has been some good news recently regarding the status of returning military veterans. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate for post-9/11 vets nationwide dipped below 10 percent in June. That is a substantial drop from June of last year, when the rate topped 13 percent. While the trend is positive, more young veterans are out of work than the general population. WUWM’s Erin Toner profiles a Racine man who suspects his military disability status frightens employers.

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Veterans
3:08 pm
Fri May 25, 2012

Exhibit Turns Women Veterans' Stories Into Art

Veteran Carolyn Morgan and Artist Yvette Pino were paired for new exhibit.
Erin Toner

As we head into Memorial Day weekend, we’re going to hear from women veterans whose military service has inspired artwork. A new exhibit at the Wisconsin Veterans Museum in Madison features 20 prints that resulted from private conversations between veterans and local artists. As WUWM’s Erin Toner reports, several women say the project helps validate their service to the country.

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Veterans
3:24 pm
Wed May 2, 2012

Mental Health Clinic Provides Unique Treatment to Veterans' Families

Therapist Kathy Anderson chats with Claudia Stetz, the widow of a Vietnam War veteran.
Credit Erin Toner

Monday, we reported on a one-year-old clinic in West Allis treating a growing number of veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Some say they’re seeking outside therapy because they’re dissatisfied with their VA health care. This morning, WUWM’s Erin Toner revisits the clinic to report on another free service it provides – mental health services for the families of veterans. Family members don’t qualify for care at VA hospitals.

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Veterans
3:17 pm
Tue May 1, 2012

New Clinic Provides Mental Health Care to Veterans, Family Members

Therapist Kathy Anderson, left, and client Claudia Stetz, right, relax at Veteran Quest in West Allis.
Credit Erin Toner

An alarming number of suicides among American soldiers has/have been pressuring the VA to improve mental health services for veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. As a result, the U.S. Veterans Affairs Department plans to add nearly 2,000 employees to reduce wait times for appointments. In Milwaukee, a growing number of vets dissatisfied with the VA have been supplementing their government care with therapy at an outside clinic. As WUWM’s Erin Toner reports, it offers a less structured approach.

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Veterans
3:32 pm
Tue April 3, 2012

Local Vets Flock to Help Build Massive Medical Database

Mike Eisenreich submits a blood sample for the Million Veteran Program.
Credit Erin Toner

The Milwaukee VA hospital is asking veterans to help build the world’s largest medical database. The effort is called the “Million Veteran Program”. Its goal is to collect blood samples and medical histories from a million vets nationwide, and eventually, make the information available to researchers. As WUWM’s Erin Toner reports, organizers hope the data leads to medical breakthroughs, including for ailments that afflict service men and women.

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Veterans
7:57 am
Tue December 27, 2011

War's End Rekindles Grief For Educator

Pat Farrell studies the names of former Catholic Memorial students killed in action.

American troops have been leaving Iraq this month, as President Obama adheres to the schedule for ending the war and the task of rebuilding the country which began nine years ago.

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Veterans
2:58 pm
Mon December 26, 2011

Erin Toner on NPR: VA Shortens Residential AODA Treatment

The Milwaukee VA is shortening its residential mental health treatment programs. Doctors there say the shortened stay from 90 to 45 days will mean more intense treatment and will make it easier for veterans to transition back into society sooner.

But as Erin Toner reported for NPR’s Morning Edition, some patients say getting clean and sober is just the first step in their recovery. They worry about being pushed out too soon.

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