According to The Capital Times (July 31), veterans advocate Jason Johns said the two military organizations he represents ( Military Order of the Purple Heart of Wisconsin and Veterans of Foreign Wars of Wisconsin) and the American Legion Department of Wisconsin are opposed to a bill meant to curtail asbestos lawsuits, which Gov. Walker had signed into law earlier this year.
On Wednesday, the U.S. Senate voted 93-3 on a measure meant to ease healthcare delays for veterans by allowing vets to get care from private providers if they can't get an appointment at a VA facility, opening more VA clinics, and hiring additional medical staff. VA officials would be able to more easily fire or demote employees for inadequate job performance, too.
The Cognitive Dissidence blog post titled Scott Walker Wishes You a Happy Memorial Day discusses Walker's history of hypocrisy toward veterans.
In 2007, the Milwaukee area was picked to host the National Veterans Wheelchair Games. In anticipation of this annual event, the motorcycle “Ride for the National Veterans Wheelchair Games” was developed in 2006 to help raise awareness of the games and raise funds to offset the cost to send Wisconsin paralyzed vets to the Games. This year’s Games will be in Tampa, Florida.
On Wednesday, Senate Republicans blocked a bill to provide jobs and job training for veterans. ( Senate rules required 60 votes to move the bill forward. It fell 2 votes short. All the Democrats voted yes, but most of the Republicans voted no)
In his acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention, Mitt Romney neglected to mention Afghanistan or salute our troops.
The National Veterans Wheelchair Games is the largest annual wheelchair sports competition in the world. Milwaukee hosted it in 2007.
"On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, was declared between the Allied nations and Germany in the First World War, then known as "the Great War." Commemorated as Armistice Day beginning the following year, November 11th became a legal federal holiday in the United States in 1938. In the aftermath of World War II and the Korean War, Armistice Day became Veterans Day, a holiday dedicated to American veterans of all wars " ---per History.com
No Greater Love is a non-profit organization, which is dedicated to honoring those who died to keep us free.
Don’t miss Reclaiming Our Heritage at Milwaukee VA Medical Center. It’s been advertised as the 10th Annual Living History and Veteran Tribute Event June 4-5, 2011. A one-of-a –kind, family-friendly, free admission, positively-patriotic weekend!
Did you see our procession of motorcycles last Saturday morning?
A three-county motorcycle ride with County Executives and Sheriffs to benefit vets will take place on Saturday, June 12, 2010. The ride is limited to 100 motorcycles.
Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, commemorates all men and women who have died while in military service for the United States.
On today, Veterans Day, we thank veterans and the men & women on active duty for their service to our country.
On May 30, a procession of approximately 100 motorcycles rode through our city.
Let us never forget the purpose of this special day, which is to honor and remember the men and women who have died in service to their country.
Hop on your motorcycle and join us on Saturday, May 30 in support of the National Veterans Wheelchair Games.
In a previous blog entry, I expressed appreciation for the free meal that Applebee's provided veterans on Veterans Day.
My previous blog post about Milwaukee and Waukesha Counties Support Our Troops Day (Saturday, May 31) mentioned two scheduled events: 1) The 2008 RIDE for the Wheelchair Games, a motorcycle rally to raise awareness and funds to send Wisconsin paralyzed veterans to the 28th National Veterans Wheelchair Games in Omaha, Nebraska and 2) Reclaiming Our Heritage, a free-admission, living history event with encampments from all the major military eras in U.S. history.
“Nearly 200,000 Americans are currently serving in the armed forces in Iraq and Afghanistan. This Veterans Day, many Americans will be hoping not only for their safety on the battlefield, but for compassionate care and secure shelter for the veterans once they return”---- excerpt from Adam Phillips’ report published 11/10/07 in Voice of America News.