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Wis. Veterans Network (VetsNet) is a collaborative network of agencies throughout Wisconsin serving veterans and veteran families in need. We work with agencies and groups in every corner of the state to meet those needs.
6317 W Greenfield Ave
West Allis, WI
WHO WE ARE: VetsNet, founded and run by veterans to serve veterans, service members and their families, is a non-profit social service agency headquartered in West Allis d serving southeastern Wisconsin. We link those we serve with the agencies who can best meet their needs and solve their problems, and do follow-up to make certain there are successful outcomes. WHO WE SERVE; We will help any man or woman in crisis who served in the military. Anyone who took the oath and wore the uniform -- Active Duty, Reserves or National Guard. Overseas or stateside. War or peacetime. Front lines or in the rear. Regardless of discharge. They are all veterans, every one. We are here for them and their families. In our first year of operation, we served 407 veterans and family members. WHERE WE OPERATE: Based in Milwaukee County, we also serve Waukesha, Racine, Washington, Ozaukee, and Sheboygan Counties, and other areas upon request. WHAT WE DO: VetsNet facilitates and coordinates services in these broad areas, all of which are at the top of the list for veterans and their families: Emergency relief, homelessness, benefits counseling, financial counseling, substance abuse, mental health, legal assistance, relationship (personal & family counseling), employment counseling, training & placement, and more? HOW WE DO IT: Veterans and families experience a modern, comfortable, relaxed environment, conducive to building trust and reducing stress. Drop in and scheduled appointments are available, and immediate referrals are made to an array of participating providers. We use a collaborative, holistic approach. We are located five minutes from the VA hospital and one block from the Milwaukee County Veterans Service Office, making collaboration and referrals easy. We offer shared space to other agencies, and our VetsNet staff helps connect vets and families with the help they need. Our principles of operation with our 20+ partner agencies: (1) A shared commitment to improving service delivery, (2) Working together to meet the need. (3) Selfless organizational support by all provider participants. (4)Program development through collaboration of providers and consumer advocates, (5)Evidence-based evaluation and decision making, refining the system WHY WE DO IT: In serving homeless and at-risk veterans since 2008, the Milwaukee Homeless Veterans Initiative (MHVI) identified serious gaps in the veteran safety net, and launched VetsNet as a result. Many veterans and family members in need find it nearly impossible to navigate the myriad of agencies that provide services, and find that regulations and restrictions often prevent them from qualifying for some programs. VetsNet is unique in that it provides open access to all veterans and military families who seek assistance, many of whom do not qualify for federal veteran benefits or programs. The Veterans Administration is the main provider of veterans services, and our local VA gets good marks and reviews, but only 41% of Wisconsin veterans receive VA health care. There are many barriers to receiving help, including the definitions of “veterans” and “homeless.” VetsNet will serve anyone who wore the uniform, including Reserves and National Guard members, and their families We do it with as little red tape and bureaucracy as possible, and eliminate any Catch-22s. For many veterans, we are the last resort. VetsNet began in early 2016 as a project of the Milwaukee Homeless Veterans Initiative, but in March 2017 was incorporated as an independent non-profit organization. It is registered with the State of Wisconsin as a charitable organization and is recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a tax exempt 501(c)(3) charity. Contributions are tax deductible.
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VETSNET SERVICES TO VETERANS:
Services categories include, but are not limited to:
1. Emergency relief: relief includes food, medical services, su***de prevention or intervention services, or housing for those facing imminent dangers from various situations.
2. Homelessness services include: rapid rehousing for those who have become homeless; homelessness prevention services for those faced with evictions, foreclosures, etc.
3. Benefits counseling: Often veterans and/or their families are not aware of the range of benefits available to them as a result of their service, injuries suffered while in service, or services available to spouses and dependents. Our Navigators connect veterans to a host of service providers with resources available to assist veteran(s) and families.
4. Financial counseling: we currently utilize, three partner agencies to help veterans with budgeting counseling, debt reduction and advising related to other financial needs.
5. Employment counseling, training, and placement: Through a variety of state, local and private agencies, to assist veterans with finding work, developing resumes, learning interviewing skills and connecting with employers for work opportunities.
6. Substance abuse: A variety of partners, including the VA and private or nonprofit agencies assist with providing substance abuse counseling, inpatient treatment and therapy to eliminate dependencies on drugs, alcohol, to***co and other substances.
7. Mental health: Veterans are connected to government, private and nonprofit agencies for inpatient and outpatient therapy programs to deal with a host of mental health issues including PTSD and other service and non-service related concerns.
8. Personal and family counseling: Many veterans, especially those returning from conflict zones or high stress assignments may need assistance returning to civilian life; in addition, their families may also need readjustment counseling. We connect Veterans to the VA, WDVA and private/nonprofit partners to assist in making those adjustments.
9. Legal assistance: Marquette Law School and Legal Aid provides legal advice. In addition, we offer connections to attorneys at other agencies who provide pro bono legal assistance. We also partner with an advocate who works with veterans facing charges being handled through the Veterans Court.
10. Domestic violence: Our association with agencies like Sojourner Family Peace Center and others is vital in helping veterans and/or their families at risk of harm as a result of domestic violence. The immediate goal is to provide refuge, with intervention and counseling services.
11. Home repairs: Low-income veteran homeowners who often cannot afford certain repairs or maintenance. We reach out to organizations like Home Depot and various foundations to locate resources to assist with these needs.
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