Student Vets write book about coming home

The UWSP Veterans Club is promoting this book. See Me for Who I Am aims to undermine these stereotypes. It brings together twenty young student veterans working to bridge the media-created gap that divides them from the American people they fought to protect. With thoughtfulness, humor, and honesty, they relive and relate their worst memories, illustrate shared experiences, explain to us the fulfillment of combat, and show us what going to war really entails. For veterans, these voices will ring familiar. For civilians, the stories open a view into a world few ever see and, in the process, affirm our common humanity. Available from Amazon. Proceeds help support UWSP programs.

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Veterans Day

  November 11, 11 am

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Wausau Stand Down

For military veterans.   9 am to 3 pm  Thursday, October 17 VFW 388, River Drive in Wausau      Service providers available to assist you Consumer Credit Counseling        Social SecurityHousing & Shelter Information/Referrals      Health ScreenFemale Veterans Representative         ClothingFlu Shots           Financial CounselingPTSD/ Drug and Alcohol Treatment        VA BenefitsVeterans Service Employment Program        County Veterans Service Officers Lunch Provided All Veterans Welcome For more information, Call 715-261-1141   800-872-8662, ext. 64201

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Veterans speaking up for veterans

That is why we are here.

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“Always Lost” exhibit opens at UW-MC on Memorial Day

An extensive display of photographs marking the sacrifices of U.S. military members in Iran and Iraq since September 11, 2001 will be on exhibition in the Ahrnsbrak Room at the University of Wisconsin-Marathon County beginning Monday, May 27 and running through June 14.  A video Story of Always Lost: A Mediation on War describes the exhibit. “We’re happy to be able to host this truly moving display and there could be no more appropriate time to open this exhibition than on Memorial Day,” said UWMC Campus Dean Dr. Keith Montgomery. “We’ve been trying to reach out to veterans in the community over the past several years through different activities designed to recognize their contributions,” he added. “This is a natural extension of that effort.” The heart of Always Lost is the Wall of the Dead; individual photographs with names of the more than 6,500 U.S. military war casualties in Iraq and Afghanistan since Sept. 11, 2001. The Always Lost project team regularly adds photos to the Wall of the Dead to keep it current. Always Lost also includes the 2004 … Continue reading

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Women Veterans Retreat

Women veterans can sign up for the Women Veterans Retreat! The event is taking place on March 16-19 at the Three Bears Resort in Warrens. There is a wonderful water park whcih will be open to play in. Cost will be $100 per person (double occupancy), plus breakfast. Lunch and dinner is included. Contact District WVC Michele Rathke (Merrill) if interested. marathke@gmail.com orcall Department coordinator, Renee Simpson, 608-427-2156

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Wausau Post briefs women service members

Burns Post 388, Wausau, has been working to be welcoming and helpful to younger veterans. When the Department of Wisconsin urged posts to adopt National Guard units, 388 adopted the Wausau unit. When National urged posts to reach out to Iraq and Women veterans,  the Post started making plans to brief the women vets who had recently returned from the Iraq deployment. Renee Simpson coordinated getting speakers for the briefing from members of the Women Veterans Advocate Committee and featured Michelle Rathke, Merrill Post Commander, and Arlene Banks, former Department Surgeon. Scheduling an event with the Guard can be a challenge but the Post Chief of Staff, Jim Maas, was able to work with the unit’s Point of Contact and the Training NCO to find an hour near the end of a drill weekend to hold the briefing. Topics included information on state veterans programs for women, the She Serves programs and retreat, the VFW National Home for Children, and benefits of VFW membership. Comrades Rathke and Banks fielded questions from the soldiers and share sample issues of the VFW … Continue reading

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Lambeau Field Atrium in Green Bay to be Site of Veterans Job Fair

National Guard members, reservists and their spouses who are seeking employment, looking for a better job, or need benefit information, should register and attend this event. Organizers are also looking for those employers to participate who want quality, hard working, dedicated and proven individuals. There is room for approximately 140 employers and service providers to register and attend this 5 hour career fair. The Lambeau Field Atrium in Green Bay was selected this year for one of the 100 Veterans Mega Career Fairs sponsored by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Department of Labor and other partners. We anticipate that a wide variety of Wisconsin and National employers will be attending along with various federal and state agencies. There is no cost to employers or those who attend this great event. In addition to the hiring fair, during this time we will be presenting six different types of employment preparation training workshops. Keep an eye right here for more information, and get yourself (or your business) registered today!

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