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VA nurse uses emergency response skills, on the fly

A "rapid response" in a hospital is a call that is made to quickly bring a team of clinicians to the aid of a patient in distress.

Alexandra Gillen and her father sit in front of a building in Frankfurt, Germany.

Ribbon cut for new VA outpatient clinic in Oconomowoc

Thousands of Veterans in the Lake Country region west of Milwaukee can soon get their care closer to home with the coming of the new Oconomowoc VA Outpatient Clinic.

Dignitaries lined up to cut ribbon in front of new VA clinic in Oconomowoc.

'It's OK to ask for help': Event aims to improve mental health care for first responders

As a young police officer, Dave Funkhouser was unable to save a 9-month-old girl after police were alerted that the infant was pulseless and not breathing.

Dave Funkhouser speaking at podium.

'The best year of my life': Veteran sheds nearly 100 pounds through TeleMOVE! program

Healthy, sustainable weight loss is a marathon, not a sprint. And though her race is far from over, Tina Wilson’s weight-loss journey has already yielded life-changing results.

Table filled with healthy food

Milwaukee VA Voluntary Service revamps Red Coat Ambassador Program

The Red Coat Ambassador Program was pioneered in VA hospitals more than six years ago to improve Veterans’ experiences and help them navigate facilities during visits. Wearing a red coat or vest, the volunteers were easily identifiable and offered Veterans a friendly smile.

A woman wearing a red coat grabs a snack off a cart to offer to a man in a wheelchair

Taking a 'Pause for Peace'

Ongoing war and strife in the world, coupled with attacks on U.S. military bases, led to a “Pause for Peace” Thursday at the Milwaukee County War Memorial Center.

Chaplain Robert Allen speaking in front of Eternal Flame

Milwaukee VA marks Hanukkah with menorah-lighting ceremony

Children’s voices, lifted in song, helped the Milwaukee VA celebrate Hanukkah during a ceremony Tuesday in the hospital’s chapel.

Group lights menorah

Badges of Courage: Nurse memorializes great-uncle to push mental health care for Veterans

U.S. Army Cpl. Joseph Toporski, a decorated World War II Veteran from Milwaukee, died alone on the streets of Chicago in 1973, consumed by alcoholism. He was 54 years old.

Rebecca Janikowski with great-uncles medals, picture

Milwaukee VA physician with ties to Israeli hospital laments war's devastating effects

Dr. Jeffrey Green lives in two worlds. And right now, he is in one, watching from afar as the other is torn apart by war.

Portrait of Emergency Department doctor Jeff Green side-by-side with image of him working at hospital in Isreal