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Milwaukee VA Medical Center

Milwaukee VA Medical Center We are located on 245 acres behind Miller Park, which includes the medical center, VBA and cemetery. Please go to the Info section for personal queries.

Find us online at: www.milwaukee.va.gov.

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March is National Nutrition Month! To celebrate and get involved, use this toolkit full of tip sheets and handouts, game...
03/02/2022

March is National Nutrition Month! To celebrate and get involved, use this toolkit full of tip sheets and handouts, games and activities, PowerPoint presentations and more: https://sm.eatright.org/NNMtoolkit

The Appleton and Cleveland VA community-based outpatient clinics are experiencing telephone and Internet connection issu...
03/02/2022

The Appleton and Cleveland VA community-based outpatient clinics are experiencing telephone and Internet connection issues after a fiber cut caused widespread disruption to circuits in northeastern Wisconsin. We do not have an estimated time of repair.
Veterans should call the Green Bay Health Care Center for medical assistance at (920) 431-2500 until the system is corrected,

During March, VA dedicates Women’s History Month to celebrating our nation’s front-line women for their contributions, a...
03/02/2022

During March, VA dedicates Women’s History Month to celebrating our nation’s front-line women for their contributions, achievements, and tireless effort in serving others and providing healing and hope to all. Follow @DeptVetAffairs and @CenterforWomenVeterans on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to see how VA is honoring women on the front lines.

Due to recent world events, Veterans may be feeling emotional distress as they may be reminded of their own deployment e...
03/02/2022

Due to recent world events, Veterans may be feeling emotional distress as they may be reminded of their own deployment experiences.

Nutrition and Food Services develops and provides comprehensive evidenced based nutritional services for our Veterans ac...
03/01/2022

Nutrition and Food Services develops and provides comprehensive evidenced based nutritional services for our Veterans across VHA’s health care facilities. This March for National Nutrition Month check out healthy recipes and nutrition information from VA at: https://www.nutrition.va.gov/Recipes.asp

During March, VA dedicates Women’s History Month to celebrating the contributions and achievements of our women front-li...
03/01/2022

During March, VA dedicates Women’s History Month to celebrating the contributions and achievements of our women front-line workers. Follow Women Veterans Health Care as they share stories throughout the month of how it started, and how it’s going: Learn more: https://www.womenshealth.va.gov/

Great story here from WFRV in Green Bay about ongoing efforts to prevent Veteran suicides. The clip features Zablocki VA...
02/25/2022
New ad campaign targets veteran suicide in Wisconsin

Great story here from WFRV in Green Bay about ongoing efforts to prevent Veteran suicides. The clip features Zablocki VA head of mental health services, Dr. Bert Berger, and the www.reachoutwis.org public service ads include Milwaukee VA employees and local Veterans.

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) — It is a topic not many people talk about, which is exactly why one organization wants to tackle suicide and especially how it affects veterans. “For Wisconsin, …

02/25/2022
Starting a Business? | theSITREP

If you're a Veteran or military spouse looking to start a small business, the Small Business Administration has free programs and services to help you succeed. Watch this episode of #theSITREP to learn more.

Improving your heart health can be as easy and as enjoyable as spending some extra time with someone you love. This mont...
02/24/2022

Improving your heart health can be as easy and as enjoyable as spending some extra time with someone you love. This month, take some time and have a heart-to-heart with someone special. Share this post with or tag that extra special person in the comments below and make plans to catch up and reconnect sometime soon! #Care4urheart

02/24/2022

This February, the Zablocki VA Health Care System is featuring Veterans and employees sharing their thoughts about Black History Month.
Dr. Christina Orr is the assistant director at the Milwaukee VA Medical Center and has spent much of her career serving America's Veterans. Both of Orr's grandfathers were Veterans. Her paternal grandfather died when she was seven, but he left a lasting impression in her life. "He was an Army cook, a great cook. It was a joke in our house that he could actually cook better than my grandmother. He made sure that all his children had what they needed. That was an important goal in his life. He was big into the church, the community, and his family," Orr said. " Both of my grandfathers prioritized family and community. They were some of the smartest men and kindest men that I've ever known. Our Black History Month observance is important here at the Milwaukee VA Medical Center because while we all share American history and we have a commonality in that, it's nice to also celebrate the differences that we bring to strengthen our community. It is often said that diversity makes us stronger as a team. My grandmother has a collection of beautiful hand-sewn patchwork quilts that will be handed down to me someday. What makes them beautiful is all the diversity among the patches. For me, the Milwaukee VA diversity makes us stronger and beautiful as a community, just like those quilts."

Vaccines. They work. And getting the right ones for you at VA can help prevent at-risk Veterans from getting cancer. Lea...
02/24/2022

Vaccines. They work. And getting the right ones for you at VA can help prevent at-risk Veterans from getting cancer. Learn more about how vaccines and other preventative measures can help lower your cancer risk. https://bit.ly/36wiuUJ

02/23/2022

This February, the Zablocki VA Health Care System is featuring Veterans sharing their thoughts about Black History Month.
Rayvon Bufkin (U.S. Air Force 1985-2005 | Active Duty) served in the Air Force for 20 years before joining the Milwaukee VA. One of his most vivid memories was being part of the honor guard detail for President George H.W. Bush and French President Francois Mitterand. He also remembers spending the day with four Tuskegee Airmen when he was an Air Force recruiter in 1999. Every year during Black History Month, he looks forward to learning about the contributions of African Americans who helped grow America. “I think, at a minimum, every year you should learn at least one thing you didn’t learn in school about our contributions to the nation,” he said. Rayvon retired as a tech sergeant and has been with the VA for 14 years. He works in the office of Quality Management and Patient Safety.

02/23/2022
Iwo Jima Day

Today is Iwo Jima Day: After five days of intense fighting on Iwo Jima, Marines raised a flag on the top of Mount Suribachi Feb. 23, 1945. We honor those brave Marines and sailors and their service. #USMC #USN #navy

02/22/2022

This February, the Zablocki VA Health Care System is featuring Veterans sharing their thoughts about Black History Month.
Gilbert Johnson (U.S. Air Force 1977-1980 | Active Duty) worked as a security police officer in the Air Force. Because he was in charge of aircraft security, he spent a lot of time on the chilly flight lines at Minot (N.D.) Air Force Base. “It was cold,” he said. “Oh my God, it was cold!” As a senior airman, he drove 13 miles from home to the base, and then back home. “It was treacherous weather. Wisconsin has nothing on North Dakota when it comes to chilly temperatures!” Gilbert said his schedule was six days on, with three days off, but invariably he got called in on his off days because of exercises. He said someday he would move back to North Dakota, as long as he didn’t have to stay on the flight line guarding aircraft. Today Gilbert works at the Milwaukee VA as a dietetic technician in the call center. He’s been a VA employee for five years. Gilbert said Black History Month is a time to reflect on his heritage and culture, and to pay it forward.

Mental health concerns like stress and depression might put you at a higher risk for heart disease. Mindfulness techniqu...
02/22/2022

Mental health concerns like stress and depression might put you at a higher risk for heart disease. Mindfulness techniques like yoga, tai chi, or meditation can help you manage your stress and improve your mental health and your heart health. Share this post with or tag your yoga partner in the comments below and plan your next yoga session! #care4urheart

02/21/2022

This February, the Zablocki VA Health Care System is featuring Veterans sharing their thoughts about Black History Month.
Clayton Bohannon (U.S. Army 1989-1991 | Active Duty 1991-2005 | Army National Guard) joined the Army at age 31 as part of the “two years, try two” deal. He deployed to the desert several times as a “12 Bravo” combat engineer. He earned the rank of private first class during Desert Storm, and later left the Army as a specialist. While deployed, he saw a lot of demolitions and land mines. Clayton later joined the Army National Guard as an “88 mike” and “13 bravo,” most often working as a truck driver. He also served as a cannoneer in field artillery, and later transitioned to launching rockets systems. “I shot really big bullets that could travel as far as 15 miles,” he said. Clayton enjoyed the camaraderie, meeting people from all over the world, and working together as a team. Today Clayton leads a team at the Milwaukee VA as a housekeeping supervisor. He has been employed at the VA for six years, starting out part time and becoming a supervisor in his first 18 months on the job. “The VA changed my life and gave me pride and dignity,” he said. Clayton said Black History Month is a time to reflect on the accomplishments of African Americans. He comes from a family that has served in the armed forces since 1918. As a Gulf War Veteran, he is passing on his history to his children and grandchildren.

02/20/2022

This February, the Zablocki VA Health Care System is featuring Veterans sharing their thoughts about Black History Month.
“Once a Marine, always a Marine.” Officer Allen Perry (U.S. Air Marine Corps 1982-1986 | Active Duty) served in the Marine Corps as an amphibious assault crew chief. He called the ships “battlefield taxi cabs,” referring to how they transferred the troops from ship to shore. He earned the rank of corporal (E-4), and was stationed at Camp LeJeune, N.C.; Camp Pendleton, Calif.; and Quantico, Va. He also spent one year overseas in Okinawa, Japan. Officer Perry said his time at Quantico stands out because he was so close to Washington, D.C., and really got to know the inner workings of federal government. He also recalls devastating typhoons in Okinawa that often shut down the base. He said during Black History Month he takes time to reflect on leaders from the past who fought for the rights we enjoy today.

02/19/2022

This February, the Zablocki VA Health Care System is featuring Veterans and sharing their thoughts about Black History Month.
Tanya Rutherford (U.S. Army 1990-1998 | National Guard) is as a registered nurse in the emergency department of the Milwaukee VA Medical Center. At age 17 she enlisted in the U.S. Army National Guard. She considers herself a “mama's girl,” and until leaving for basic training she had never flown in an airplane. She arrived at Fort Dix, New Jersey completely terrified. It was a big eye-opener for her, and being away from her family was difficult.
Soon after returning home from basic training she found herself “young, in love and pregnant.” “Becoming a mother at 18 changed everything,” she said. "It wasn't just about me anymore."
Rutherford was assigned as a 91B medical specialist, but she trained as a combat medic and attained the rank of E4. Her unit was male-dominated, and she had to prove herself, but her fellow soldiers became like brothers and father figures to her.
Rutherford said she had to show her son she wasn't just a statistic. "All of my success in the military demonstrated that I could do anything. It was important to me that he see that." she said. "I learned to speak up and represent myself as a female soldier."
Rutherford said she appreciates Black pioneers who paved the way for her to have opportunities, especially Mary Eliza Mahoney, the first Black nurse, and Dr. Martin Luther King for eloquently stating “I have a dream.”

Today we recognize retired USAF Col. Gail Halvorsen who passed away on Feb 16 at 101 years old.  He is best known as the...
02/19/2022

Today we recognize retired USAF Col. Gail Halvorsen who passed away on Feb 16 at 101 years old. He is best known as the “Berlin Candy Bomber" or "Uncle Wiggly Wings" and gained fame for dropping candy to German children during the Berlin Airlift from 1948 to 1949. He served in both the Army Air Corps and USAF from 1942–1974.
“Seek a positive outlook on life and the world will be manageable, even if difficult. Attitude is not everything but it does influence everything.” - Gail Halvorsen
We salute you, sir!

02/18/2022

This February, the Zablocki VA Health Care System is featuring Veterans sharing their thoughts about Black History Month.
Kevin Butler (U.S. Army 1986-1994 | Reserve) is a licensed practical nurse in the internal medicine clinic at the Milwaukee VA Medical Center. He has been with the Milwaukee VA Medical Center for 12 years. He previously worked at Advocate Aurora Health for 21 years.
Butler enlisted in the U.S. Army Reserve in 1986 and trained as a 91A combat medic, attaining the rank of specialist. While on assignment with the 961st Engineering Battalion, Butler noticed alarming symptoms in one of his fellow soldiers. Thanks to his EMT experience, he knew exactly what to do and was able to assist in evacuating the service member from Iron Mountain in Michigan. "We trained all the time, and in this case we were able to recognize, call for help, respond and evacuate the patient," he said. The service member was taken by helicopter to the nearest hospital. He received care and was back with the unit the next day. "I will never forget him." said Butler. “It’s such a great feeling to use my skills to save a life.” To Butler, Black History Month means never forgetting the shoulders he’s standing on to be where he is today. Butler said he is grateful for the sacrifices others made to give him the opportunities he has.

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5000 W National Ave
Milwaukee, WI
53295

Using Milwaukee County Transit System? Ride the BLU Line to the VA, http://www.ridemcts.com/. Washington County Commuter Express commutes to the VA from Germantown, Richfield and West Bend to the Milwaukee VA Medical Center, http://www.ridewcce.com/wcce.iml?mdl=schedules.mdl&service=1 . Disabled American Veterans (DAV) appointment shuttle may call 414-384-2000, ext. 41811, for more information on the medical appointment shuttle.

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Milwaukee VA: Tracing VA’s origins

When 60 Veterans first made their way onto the Milwaukee VA campus in 1867 and moved into existing farm buildings, things looked a lot different than today. The campus sprawled over 425 acres of rolling grass, hills and lakes. It is an honor that today’s modern-day Department of Veterans Affairs traces its roots back to these hallowed grounds. Little by little, year by year, and decade by decade, more buildings were added to meet the burgeoning need of Veteran health care. Thousands upon thousands of Veterans who called this place home have passed through these grounds -- from the Civil War to today’s military hospital that serves more than 64,000 Veterans annually. Our main hospital looks far different today than when it opened in 1966. All floors have been remodeled, and the facility now provides world-class cardiac, cancer and mental health services. Our recent changes include the Spinal Cord Injury Center, robotic surgery and new catheterization lab. These improvements support innovative, life-saving and life-changing care to Veterans of all ages and eras.

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This week, the Milwaukee VA Medical Center is celebrating National Salute to Veterans Week! In order to thank our veterans and participate in the event, The Salvation Army of Milwaukee County Brass Band recorded a video performance. #WeLOVEourVETS #SALArmyLoveBeyond
Milwaukee's own Anna May Robinson of the 6888th Central Postal Battalion mentioned on TV this morning by Al Roker:
https://youtu.be/WIAjoTes_lQ Today thus 17th day year 2022 the month of January. Gunnery Sgt. Rex Gaurdian K9 has passed unto the greener pastures. His service to thus country will always be honored and cherished. Rex has served milwaukee and surrounding counties since 2016 Serving children and adults with joy. Rex also served as the Shepards Den 1st K9 and paved the way for future Gaurdian K9 units to serve not only Gaurdians of the Grave But myself as my SERVICE K9. We have shared many journies far beyond our wildest dreams. May we remember Gunnery Sgt. Rex as the evil day and night he fought defending all. Dues Vult Dum Spiro Spero 1192 1307 1822 1821 May the compass be square. So mote thus day be In the brother and sisterhood of mankind Under the mother and fatherhood of God
Awesome facility. My husband was there for a week and had excellent care. Thank you to the Drs and Nurses from us both. 💙
Special Delivery To Our Hospitalized Veterans For Christmas. Thanks Don Kordus - Dennis Marifke - Dick Turzinski for helping Doc Bring The "34th Annual" To Our Veterans @ Zablocki VA Hospital In Milwaukee. Front Row Left is VA Medical Center Director Dr. Dan Zomchek.
The Salvation Army Brass Band performed Christmas music at the Milwaukee VA Medical Center last week for all to enjoy! #HopeMarchesOn
Thank you Milwaukee VA Medical Center for bringing the Veterans In Focus display to UWM. And for the great energy the photographers brought to their work!
Congratulations to Darcie Greuel, our 2021 Wisconsin Woman Veteran of the Year! She was presented her award in ceremony by Governor Tony Evers and WDVA Secretary Mary Kolar at the Milwaukee VA Medical Center today! #WisVetsWomen #WisVets
Some pictures of our beautiful grounds today taken by a friend from KO Photography. Sean Oster
Sec. Kolar had the privilege to speak at the 10th Annual Latino Expo and Festival in Milwaukee today. Thank you to everyone that came out and supported our veterans. Milwaukee VA Medical Center #WisVets #WisVetsWomen
Our very own Milwaukee Soldiers Home was featured in Forbes today! We thank them for bringing awareness to this incredible project and its mission of serving veterans. JP Cullen Milwaukee VA Medical Center U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Ramlow/Stein Architecture +Interiors Greater Milwaukee Foundation Housing Authority of the City of Milwaukee The Home Depot Foundation Milwaukee Preservation Alliance, Inc. #savingplaces #thisplacematters
You send me a letter stating that 10 years ago I was overpaid and you just stopped my Pension. Well I hope that you are satisfied with making another Veteran homeless and loosing everything because of YOUR MISHANDLING OF MY PENSION. Congratulations.