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Taking Action on Veterans' Healthcare

Veterans, Health

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.

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Black Marks On Scott Walker's Veterans Record

Veterans, State

The Cognitive Dissidence blog post titled Scott Walker Wishes You a Happy Memorial Day discusses Walker's history of hypocrisy toward veterans.

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Recent Repugnant Actions of Republicans in the Legislature

State, Veterans, Health

Per Blogging Blue:

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Ride Review

Events, Veterans

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Sign Up for the Ride

Events, 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.

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Senate Republicans Block Veterans Jobs Bill

Veterans

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)

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Shame on Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan

Events, Elections, Veterans, political campaign scandal

In his acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention,  Mitt Romney neglected to mention Afghanistan or salute our troops.  

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2012 Ride For The National Veterans Wheelchair Games----Saturday, June 2

Events, Veterans

The National Veterans Wheelchair Games is the largest annual wheelchair sports competition in the world.   Milwaukee hosted it in 2007.

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Annual Support the Troops Ride-- May 19

Veterans, community, Events

Per timeanddate.com:

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11-11-11 Veterans Day

community, Events, Veterans

"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

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National Moment Of Remembrance--3 P.M. Today

Veterans, Events

No Greater Love is a non-profit organization, which is dedicated to honoring those who died to keep us free.  

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The Ride, Parade And Reclaiming Our Heritage

Events, Veterans

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!  

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And What A Great Ride It Was!

Veterans

Did you see our procession of motorcycles last Saturday morning?

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Helping Vets: Ride For The National Veterans Wheelchair Games & Fundraiser

Events, Veterans

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.

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Memorial Day

Veterans, War

Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, commemorates all men and women who have died while in military service for the United States.

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Veterans Salute

War, Veterans

On today, Veterans Day, we thank veterans and the men & women on active duty for their service to our country.

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Helping Vets And Having Fun, Too

Veterans, Events

On May 30, a procession of approximately 100 motorcycles rode through our city.

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Memorial Day: Remembering Those Who Have Died During Military Service

Events, War, Veterans

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.

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Ride for 2009 National Veterans Wheelchair Games

community, Events, Veterans

Hop on your motorcycle and join us on Saturday, May 30  in support of the National Veterans Wheelchair Games.

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Thanks Golden Corral

Events, Veterans

In a previous blog entry, I expressed appreciation for the free meal that Applebee's provided veterans on Veterans Day.

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A Veterans Day Special

Events, Veterans

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Sen. Obama Outscores Sen. McCain On Veterans' Issues

Elections, Veterans

The Huffington Post informs us that the non-partisan group Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) Action Fund, as part of its Congressional report card, gave Sen. Barack Obama a “B+” grade for his voting record on issues such as additional funding for combat body armor, post-traumatic stress disorder and other medical treatment. Sen. John McCain got a "D" grade.

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Additional RIDE Information

Events, Veterans

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.

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Milwaukee and Waukesha Counties Support Our Troops Day--May 31, 2008

Events, Veterans

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Veterans Needing Help

Veterans

“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.

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Today's Veterans Day Ceremony

City government, community, Events, Veterans

Today, November 11 is Veterans Day, the national day set aside to remember and honor those who have served in the country’s military.

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