Wisconsin Veterans Network

Wisconsin Veterans Network 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.

Our collaborating agencies are veteran service organizations, state and federal veteran agencies, other nonprofit veteran and community social service agencies. Navigating the growing number of veteran help groups and other agencies (more than 500 in Wisconsin) can be a daunting, time consuming task. That's where VetsNet comes in. Once we identify the needs of the veterans or their families and ma

Our collaborating agencies are veteran service organizations, state and federal veteran agencies, other nonprofit veteran and community social service agencies. Navigating the growing number of veteran help groups and other agencies (more than 500 in Wisconsin) can be a daunting, time consuming task. That's where VetsNet comes in. Once we identify the needs of the veterans or their families and ma

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11/13/2021

At the age of 13, Tibor Rubin was one of millions of European Jews forced into a N**i concentration camp. He survived 14 months of the Holocaust while his family perished in another camp, and was finally liberated at the end of WWII. He immigrated to the U.S. in 1948, joined the Army, and eventually deployed to Korea.
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Rubin again endured extreme anti-semitism at the hands of his Sergeant while in country. Rubin’s peers offered sworn statements through the years, documenting how Rubin was continually “volunteered” for the most dangerous missions. During one of these in July 1950, he was assigned to stay behind and defend the route of withdraw for his unit toward the Pusan Perimeter. He somehow survived, single-handedly holding off waves of North Koreans for 24 hours while his unit successfully pulled back. For his actions, officers began the process to submit him for the Medal of Honor, but the paperwork never left his unit.
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Several months later at Unsan, Rubin again found himself manning a machine gun as his unit withdrew to safety in the face of an overwhelming Chinese attack. His ammo ran out and he was wounded, then captured by Chinese soldiers.
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Over the next 30 months as a POW, Rubin did everything could to help his fellow prisoners. He regularly snuck out of camp to steal food and return it to the ailing captives. He refused offers from the Chinese to return him to his childhood home in Hungary, instead remaining held prisoner. Other survivors from the POW camp later credited Rubin with saving at least 40 other POWs.
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Rubin was eventually freed and returned to the states. In 2005, 55 years later, he was finally awarded the Medal of Honor. He passed away in 2015 at the age of 86.
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11/13/2021

Because he was Black, Navy sailor Doris Miller was relegated to shining officers' shoes, making beds, and serving meals in the kitchen. But when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, Miller sprang into action, manned a machine gun, and tended to the wounded. Now, almost 80 years later, the Navy has named a ship after him: https://bit.ly/3lwkLV9

Tomorrow we will be working veteran events across the state and want to wish the 17 million women and men veterans who h...
11/10/2021

Tomorrow we will be working veteran events across the state and want to wish the 17 million women and men veterans who have served an early Happy Veterans Day!

Tomorrow we will be working veteran events across the state and want to wish the 17 million women and men veterans who have served an early Happy Veterans Day!

The USMC celebrates 246 years of service to its nation
11/10/2021
The USMC celebrates 246 years of service to its nation

The USMC celebrates 246 years of service to its nation

On November 10, 2021, Marines across the globe will recognize and acknowledge 246 years of service to their country, the sacrifices made to defend democracy, and the Marine Corps’ enduring legacy as

11/05/2021
Great opportunity for Veterans and their dogs!
11/04/2021

Great opportunity for Veterans and their dogs!

Great time had by all at Saturday's Latino Family Expo and Festival where veterans of all generations and backgrounds re...
11/01/2021

Great time had by all at Saturday's Latino Family Expo and Festival where veterans of all generations and backgrounds received a "welcome home." Secretary Mary Kolar and CVI CEO Ed Garza gave great welcoming talks.

10/29/2021
Timeline Photos
10/27/2021

Timeline Photos

A TRUE AMERICAN HERO !!!! 🇺🇸🙏🇺🇸
This photo, taken in 1944, at a field hospital in France, shows 2nd Lt Frances Y. Slanger (Boston, Massachusetts), an exceptional woman who sacrificed her life for others. In 1943, Frances joined the U.S. Army Nurse Corps and served with the 45th Field Hospital. She landed in Normandy on June 10, 1944, and did everything she could to heal the wounds of war...and save as many lives as possible. On October 21, 1944, Frances was in Elsenborn (a Belgian town near the German border) when she wrote a letter to the "Stars and Stripes" newspaper praising the soldiers fighting for freedom. Her letter said: "The wind is howling, the tent waving precariously, the rain beating down, the guns firing, and me with a flashlight writing. [...] To every GI wearing the American uniform, for you we have the greatest admiration and respect. [...] We have learned a great deal about our American boy and the stuff he is made of. The wounded do not cry. Their buddies come first. The patience and determination they show, the courage and fortitude they have is sometimes awesome to behold". A few hours after writing this tribute, Frances' field hospital was attacked by German artillery and a shrapnel perforated her stomach. Critically wounded, nothing could be done to save this true American hero. Frances was only 30 years old when her life ended, and she is now resting in peace at the Independent Pride of Boston Cemetery in West Roxbury.

Don't forget this Saturday!
10/26/2021

Don't forget this Saturday!

Don't forget this Saturday!

Timeline Photos
10/21/2021

Timeline Photos

15 Famous Figures Most People Don't Know Actually Fought In War - rnkr.co/CelebritiesInBattle

10/18/2021

SSG Laszlo Rabel Medal of Honor Recipient:
Staff Sergeant Laszlo Rabel was born in Budapest in 1939 and escaped from Hungary after participating in the failed 1956 revolution against Soviet-backed Hungarian Communist forces. Rabel lost several family members and friends in the uprising and he eventually made it across the border into Austria and found refuge in the United States.
Rabel settled in Minnesota and enlisted in the Army in 1966 at the age of 27. Staff Sergeant Rabel was awarded the Medal of Honor.
Staff Sergeant Lazlo Rabel, United States Army, distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity while serving as leader of Team Delta, 74th Infantry Detachment (Long Range Patrol), 173d Airborne Brigade, in Binh Dinh Province, Republic of Vietnam on 13 November 1968.
At 1000 hours on this date, Team Delta was in a defensive perimeter conducting reconnaissance of enemy trail networks when a member of the team detected enemy movement to the front.
As Sergeant Rabel and a comrade prepared to clear the area, he heard an incoming gr***de as it landed in the midst of the team's perimeter. With complete disregard for his own life, Sergeant Rabel threw himself on the gr***de and, covering it with his body, received the complete impact of the immediate explosion.
Through his indomitable courage, complete disregard for his own safety and profound concern for his fellow soldiers, Sergeant Rabel averted the loss of life and injury to the other members of Team Delta.
By his conspicuous gallantry at the cost of his own life in the highest traditions of the military service, Staff Sergeant Rabel has reflected great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
The Giant Killer book & page honors these incredible war heroes making sure their stories of valor and sacrifice are never forgotten. God Bless our Vets!🇺🇸🇺🇸

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Happy 246th birthday to the U.S. Navy! Today—and everyday—we honor all who serve and have served in the greatest naval force in the world.

10/12/2021
Timeline Photos
10/11/2021

Timeline Photos

During WWI, Sgt. Alvin C. York was awarded the Medal of Honor when he almost single-handedly killed 25 German soldiers and captured 132 in the Argonne Forest. After the war, he turned down lucrative offers to cash in on his celebrity, and returned home to Tennessee. In this photo at the family home, his mother pours water into a wash basin while his younger sister looks on. http://fnote.it/6xku

10/08/2021
History of Women in the Military
10/07/2021
History of Women in the Military

History of Women in the Military

Women have served in the military since before their was a nation and that legacy paved the way for women today who serve proudly in all branches of the military in a variety of roles.

10/05/2021
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10/01/2021

Mobile Uploads

Arch enemies meet again at a German Cemetery seventy-seven years later. Jurgen Tegethoff, 97, (left) was a Tiger Tank Commander during WWII for the German Army. Ed Cottrell, 99, (right) was a P-47 pilot whose number one priority during the war was to fly out, locate tanks, and destroy them. He did it over sixty times. Jurgen, being a tanker, was forced to only move his tank at night. He often had to hide in the woods to prevent being strafed or bombed. “To think we could do those awful things to one another back then is horrible. I’m glad we could meet as friends and not shoot at one another finally.” Said Jurgen. www.TheWWIIrifle.com

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Aim High... Today, the U.S. Air Force celebrates its 74th birthday. Thank you to all the men and women past and present,...
09/18/2021

Aim High... Today, the U.S. Air Force celebrates its 74th birthday. Thank you to all the men and women past and present, for making this the greatest air power the world has ever seen.

Fly-Fight-Win!!!

Aim High... Today, the U.S. Air Force celebrates its 74th birthday. Thank you to all the men and women past and present, for making this the greatest air power the world has ever seen.

Fly-Fight-Win!!!

Today is National POW/MIA Recognition Day. We remember the hardships endured by Americans captured during war, the loss ...
09/17/2021

Today is National POW/MIA Recognition Day. We remember the hardships endured by Americans captured during war, the loss of those still missing and unaccounted for, and the continuing grief borne by families awaiting news of their loved ones.

Today is National POW/MIA Recognition Day. We remember the hardships endured by Americans captured during war, the loss of those still missing and unaccounted for, and the continuing grief borne by families awaiting news of their loved ones.

09/11/2021
What a unique opportunity! 🇺🇸
09/07/2021

What a unique opportunity! 🇺🇸

Brewers Shout Out Video

The Milwaukee Brewers are preparing for the possibility that they will make the playoffs. They are asking any deployed units or units stationed in Wisconsin to do a Shout-Out video that will be shown on the Jumbo-tron in the stadium during the game.

DETAILS
VIDEO LENGTH: About :15 seconds
CAMERAL/PHONE: Please hold horizontally
EMAIL VIDEO FILE TO BREWERS: [email protected]
DEADLINE: September 28th

What is R.E.D. Friday?RED is an acronym that stands for Remember Everyone Deployed. R.E.D. Friday was created to remind ...
08/27/2021

What is R.E.D. Friday?
RED is an acronym that stands for Remember Everyone Deployed. R.E.D. Friday was created to remind people of our heroes overseas and show that we are thinking of them. People across the country wear red every Friday to serve as a reminder and spread the message of how important it is that we keep our troops in our thoughts and prayers.

What is R.E.D. Friday?
RED is an acronym that stands for Remember Everyone Deployed. R.E.D. Friday was created to remind people of our heroes overseas and show that we are thinking of them. People across the country wear red every Friday to serve as a reminder and spread the message of how important it is that we keep our troops in our thoughts and prayers.

Our hearts are broken with the devastating loss experienced today.
08/26/2021

Our hearts are broken with the devastating loss experienced today.

Our hearts are broken with the devastating loss experienced today.

Veterans, Save the Date!
08/24/2021

Veterans, Save the Date!

SAVE THE DATE! The Wisconsin Badgers Salute to Veterans football game is back! This year’s game will be held on October 16 against West Point - The U.S. Military Academy! 🏈

We will once again be giving out FREE tickets to the game to eligible veterans and military members who sign up through our ticket lottery system on Tuesday, September 7.

Stay tuned for additional details! #WisVets #WisVetsWomen #onwisconsin #gobucky

Come visit us today! We will be at Heroes Day at the Marcus Performing Arts Center! Stop by and say Hi!
08/22/2021

Come visit us today! We will be at Heroes Day at the Marcus Performing Arts Center! Stop by and say Hi!

Come visit us today! We will be at Heroes Day at the Marcus Performing Arts Center! Stop by and say Hi!

Stop by our booth, TOMORROW, and receive a small token of our appreciation for your service!
08/21/2021

Stop by our booth, TOMORROW, and receive a small token of our appreciation for your service!

Join us this Sunday for Heroes Day!

This free event will honor veterans, as well as shine a spotlight on the many hardworking heroes in our community who have been integral in the global response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Details: https://bit.ly/2XDD8Op

As a resource center that assists veterans from ALL branches and ALL eras, the events that have taken place in Afghanist...
08/16/2021

As a resource center that assists veterans from ALL branches and ALL eras, the events that have taken place in Afghanistan weigh heavy on our hearts.

We want you to know that YOU are not alone! Emotions ranging from anger, sadness, frustration, defeat, or even a mix of all of them is OK. You are not alone! We feel it, too!

Our hearts are with the Afghanis who helped us, who translated for us, who put themselves and their families in harms way to keep us safe.

Our hearts are with the Gold Star Families! You have felt the ultimate sacrifice. There are no words to make that any better, but know that your sacrifice is not unnoticed! Your love for your service member is felt among us every day! You are not alone!

Our hearts our with our brothers and sisters we fought along side. We fought this together and we will work through this together! You are not alone!

Our hearts are with each and every veteran and service member who knows the weight of this war, the ones who fight their demons every single day! We are here for you! We see you! You are not alone!

Check on your Devil Dogs, Wingmen, Shipmates, Battle Buddies, and Coasties. We will get through this together! Call a friend, DM us, or reach out to the Veterans Crisis Line (1-800-273-8255 press 1)

As a resource center that assists veterans from ALL branches and ALL eras, the events that have taken place in Afghanistan weigh heavy on our hearts.

We want you to know that YOU are not alone! Emotions ranging from anger, sadness, frustration, defeat, or even a mix of all of them is OK. You are not alone! We feel it, too!

Our hearts are with the Afghanis who helped us, who translated for us, who put themselves and their families in harms way to keep us safe.

Our hearts are with the Gold Star Families! You have felt the ultimate sacrifice. There are no words to make that any better, but know that your sacrifice is not unnoticed! Your love for your service member is felt among us every day! You are not alone!

Our hearts our with our brothers and sisters we fought along side. We fought this together and we will work through this together! You are not alone!

Our hearts are with each and every veteran and service member who knows the weight of this war, the ones who fight their demons every single day! We are here for you! We see you! You are not alone!

Check on your Devil Dogs, Wingmen, Shipmates, Battle Buddies, and Coasties. We will get through this together! Call a friend, DM us, or reach out to the Veterans Crisis Line (1-800-273-8255 press 1)

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6317 W Greenfield Ave
West Allis, WI
53214

General information

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.

Opening Hours

Monday 8:30am - 4pm
Tuesday 8:30am - 4pm
Wednesday 8:30am - 4pm
Thursday 8:30am - 4pm
Friday 8:30am - 4pm

Telephone

(414) 257-3624

Products

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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10-28-21 OUR AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN FUNDING HAS BEEN HIGHJACKED FOR "PET PROJECTS" UNDER THE GUISE OF THE PANDEMIC. WHAT SAY YOU?
TUESDAY, October 26, 2021 TIME FOR ACTION FOCUS - October 24 thru October 29, 2021
There's still time to reserve your spot - All are welcome! Please share everywhere you can. While dinner reservations must be in by 9/13, movie onhttps://warriorfilms.org/veterans-journey-home/ly reservations are possible as are last minute walk-ins. https://www.eventbrite.com/.../veterans-journey-home... More about the Veterans Journey Home movies at https://warriorfilms.org/veterans-journey-home/ Warrior Films is a non-profit organization wanting to help veterans find healing and joy. All five movies can be accessed for a donation via their website.
Our first annual Veteran’s Appreciation event was held yesterday at our Pewaukee office! We had a beautiful evening filled with live music from S**g and refreshments from Troop Cafe Milwaukee and The Loaded Pony. We are so grateful for the organizations that joined us to share their mission and opportunities: Resilience Racing, Wisconsin Army National Guard Recruiting and Retention, Ellenbecker Home Maintenance and Concierge Group, Wisconsin Hero Outdoors, Guitars For Vets, Fisher House Foundation and Milwaukee VA Medical Center, Next 18, Paralyzed Veterans of America Wisconsin Chapter, Inc., and Wisconsin Veterans Network. We hope to see you next year!
#NationalNonProfitDay: Laureate Group Senior Communities are proud to have built strong relationships with the American Red Cross of Wisconsin and the Wisconsin Veterans Network! Both non-profits work tirelessly to serve their communities, and it has been an honor working side-by-side for many years. #ThankYou #MakeYourDIfference
#NationalNonProfitDay: Laureate Group Senior Communities are proud to have built strong relationships with the American Red Cross of Wisconsin and the Wisconsin Veterans Network! Both non-profits work tirelessly to serve their communities, and it has been an honor working side-by-side for many years. #ThankYou #MakeYourDIfference
#NationalNonProfitDay: Laureate Group Senior Communities are proud to have built strong relationships with the American Red Cross of Wisconsin and the Wisconsin Veterans Network! Both non-profits work tirelessly to serve their communities, and it has been an honor working side-by-side for many years. #ThankYou #MakeYourDIfference
#NationalNonProfitDay: Laureate Group Senior Communities are proud to have built strong relationships with the American Red Cross of Wisconsin and the Wisconsin Veterans Network! Both non-profits work tirelessly to serve their communities, and it has been an honor working side-by-side for many years. #ThankYou #MakeYourDIfference
#NationalNonProfitDay: Laureate Group Senior Communities are proud to have built strong relationships with the American Red Cross of Wisconsin and the Wisconsin Veterans Network! Both non-profits work tirelessly to serve their communities, and it has been an honor working side-by-side for many years. #ThankYou #MakeYourDIfference
#NationalNonProfitDay: Laureate Group Senior Communities are proud to have built strong relationships with the American Red Cross of Wisconsin and the Wisconsin Veterans Network! Both non-profits work tirelessly to serve their communities, and it has been an honor working side-by-side for many years. #ThankYou #MakeYourDIfference
#NationalNonProfitDay: Laureate Group Senior Communities are proud to have built strong relationships with the American Red Cross of Wisconsin and the Wisconsin Veterans Network! Both non-profits work tirelessly to serve their communities, and it has been an honor working side-by-side for many years. #ThankYou #MakeYourDIfference
#NationalNonProfitDay: Laureate Group Senior Communities are proud to have built strong relationships with the American Red Cross of Wisconsin and the Wisconsin Veterans Network! Both non-profits work tirelessly to serve their communities, and it has been an honor working side-by-side for many years. #ThankYou #MakeYourDIfference