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A Presque Isle resort is the host site for outdoor recreational therapy for veterans and first responders and will be part of a TV show.

The group "Healing Patriots" is bringing veterans to the Sunrise Resort. Supporting partners include the Winegar American Legion Post 480 and Presque Isle Chamber of Commerce.

A shortage of volunteers has led Oneida County Veterans Service Officer Tammy Walters to ask area veterans to step forward.

The Oneida County Veterans Council in Rhinelander consists of representatives from the American Legion, American Veterans, Disabled American Veterans, Marine Corps League, Veterans of Foreign Wars and the county Veterans Service Office.

Walters says the number of volunteers from the organizations has dwindled to an unworkable number...

"Disturbing" Number Of Wisconsin Vets Homeless, Hungry

Aug 11, 2017
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MADISON, Wis. - The most recent Census Bureau estimates for Wisconsin say of more than 6,000 homeless people, at least 500 are veterans. Often, returning veterans face big challenges in acclimating to civilian life, and finding jobs and places to live. Many suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder and may have physical challenges as well.

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Veterans from  seven  Northwoods counties are coming to Rhinelander Friday(4/21/17) for a Veterans Benefits Expo, designed to help veterans find out more information about the services they are entitled to.

Oneida County Veterans Service Officer Tammy Walters says veterans only need to stop by Friday....

"....this is a seven-county event, including Forest, Iron, Price, Lincoln, Langlade, Oneida and Vilas counties. Of course all veterans, family members, survivors are welcome to join us..."

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Veterans of all generations are invited to a free multi-county veterans benefits expo in late April in Rhinelander.

Oneida County Veterans Service Officer Tammy Walters says veterans offices from Forest, Iron, Langlade, Lincoln, Oneida, Price and Vilas counties will be there, along with the VA regional office, Nicolet College, Workforce Development, VA Medical Center and private vendors will be there to assist veterans...

....we encourage any veteran, any family member, any survivor, any caregiver of a veteran to see what we have to offer them. .."


The idea of eliminating county Veterans Service Officers and adopting a regional office has gotten a sharp rebuke from the Oneida County Board of Supervisors. The state bill would put several counties under one umbrella office that could be run by someone other than a veteran. No one spoke in favor of the bill Tuesday.

Supervisor Ted Cushing of Hazelhurst says this issue is similiar to other mandates coming from Madison that strips away local control....

Veterans Cautioned To Get Authorization For Veterans Choice

May 4, 2016

Ministry Health Care, part of the nationwide Ascension health provider network, announced last month that it is now part of the Veterans’ Choice Program where eligible veterans can obtain care from providers that are not part of the Department of Veterans Affairs health care system.

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Ministry Health Care will be participating in the first wave of a nationwide effort by Ascension Health to provide care through the Veterans Choice Program, that officials say gives veterans the choice to receive care at all Ministry Health Care locations throughout the Northwoods.

Kendra Glebke is the Veterans Choice navigator for Ministry Health Care. She says qualified veterans can get care closer to home through the Veterans Choice program...

Veterans Meet With Northland Pines School Official

Feb 11, 2016

Area veterans were invited to a coffee social (Feb 11) with Northland Pines  Administrator Mike Richie along with Vilas County Veterans Service Officer Mike Biszak to share information on programs and services each can offer area veterans. “Veterans can utilize our walking track, our wellness center, and our All American Kids Club,” Richie said. “In addition, a veteran can be awarded a high school diploma if their service interrupted their high school education.”

Biszak pointed out of the 2,500 veterans in Vilas County, about 36% are receiving benefits.

It's Memorial Day...this morning we hear from Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary John Scocos. Scocos tells Ken Krall it's very important for everyone to remember the fallen, especially those from the Viet Nam era. This is the 40th anniversary year of the end of that controversial war....

Veterans Choice Card Gives Health Care Options to Some

Jan 20, 2015

Veterans living in rural areas should have a slightly easier time getting health care, thanks to a new initiative called the Veterans Choice Card. 

Veterans can use the card to access non-VA health care providers if they live more than 40 miles from a VA health facility, or if they can’t get a desired appointment within 30 days. 

Spokesperson Brad Nelson says the cards are being mailed to everyone enrolled with the Veterans Administration, but not everyone can qualifies to use it. 

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Saturday is opening day of Wisconsin’s annual gun deer season.  For many families the hunt is about much more than taking a deer - it’s a time of family bonding, camaraderie and tradition.  In today’s History Afield, Writer Bob Willging has the story of a famous World War II combat pilot, who made deer hunting with his family a priority while home on leave in 1943.

Federal Grants to Help Northern Wisconsin Homeless Veterans

Nov 20, 2014

State officials have a new plan to help connect homeless veterans in northern Wisconsin with social services and other resources. 

Federal grants totaling 1.2 million dollars over the next three years…will go to fund a new Veterans Outreach and Recovery Program. 

Veterans Affairs Grant Specialist Kelly Laabs says it’s trying to help homeless veterans access programs that provide things like housing or healthcare.    


The state capitol will celebrate the holidays this year with help from a 40-foot balsam fir from Pelican Lake in Oneida County. 

Dennis Shoeneck is owner of logging company Enterprise Forest Products.  He’s donating the large tree for the statehouse rotunda, along with more than a dozen smaller trees for outside the Capitol Square and Governor’s residence.

Shoeneck describes how Madison officials came to check out the trees earlier this spring, and notified him of their selections. 

Honor Flight Departs from CWA

Oct 6, 2014

Almost a hundred veterans are departing from Central Wisconsin Airport Monday on an Honor Flight.

As North Central Wisconsin Honor Flight Co-founder Jim Campbell says, the one-day trip to DC starts before dawn.

“Monday morning at 0-dark thirty, they head out to the airport.  Most of the veterans are there by 0500.  And we launch out around 7 o’clock in the morning.”