On June 1, a new event called the Central Wisconsin Hero Games will honor wounded veterans at the VA Medical Center in Tomah. They will compete in Olympic-style activities, including archery and a wheelchair-accessible obstacle course.
Social work is an increasingly popular choice for veterans returning to graduate school. Just under 20 percent of graduate students receiving veteran’s benefits at UW–Madison are pursuing a master’s degree in social work, according to data from the UW–Madison Graduate School, while only 4 percent of graduate students overall are enrolled in the MSW Program.
One of the greatest casualties of war is its lasting effect on the minds of soldiers. This presents a daunting public health problem: More than 20 percent of veterans returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have post-traumatic stress disorder, according to a 2012 report by RAND Corp.
No longer missing, Pfc. Lawrence S. Gordon is finally on his way home.
Student veterans and active-duty military members at the University of Wisconsin–Madison have a new resource to aid them to access state and federal benefits.
On Aug. 13, 1944, German soldiers retreating from a U.S. Army reconnaissance patrol in Normandy blew up an armored car. Pfc. Lawrence S. Gordon, a 28-year-old Canadian enlistee, had been riding in the Ford-build M8 Greyhound, and likely died in the explosion and fire.
When Mike Garren was growing up in Kenosha, he knew that his father, Dr. John T. Garren Jr., had served as an army surgeon in the Pacific theater of World War II.
Recently, the Pentagon reported 349 military suicides in 2012 — outnumbering the 295 American soldiers who died in 2012 in Afghanistan — and warned of a worsening trend as more soldiers return stateside and transition back to their families and communities. The sobering statistics, advocates say, drive home the need for yet a stronger commitment to accessible community-based mental health services.
Veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan are encouraged to participate in a wellness study to help scientists discover new evidence-based strategies for returning servicemembers adjusting to life after combat.
The University of Wisconsin–Madison has been named to a nationwide list of military-friendly schools.
Student Veterans of America recently honored Vets for Vets, a registered student organization at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, as the 2011 Chapter of the Year for 2011 at its national conference.
U.S. military veterans are a preferred population for admission to the University of Wisconsin–Madison, and this fall the university is participating in the Yellow Ribbon Program, formally titled the Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program.
The path of a student veteran to college can be vastly different from traditional students.