Resources for Veterans & Their Families

Those resources focusing on employment information for vets appear in boxes with blue background.

Veteran with Family Image

Local Resources

American Legion - Antigo meets the first Thursday of each month at 7:30 p.m., 617 7th Ave., Antigo. Contact: Tom Stuckert at 715-216-0087 or email: Tom Stuckert
American Legion - Elcho meets the first Monday of each month at 7 p.m., Elmo St., Elcho. Contact Larry Anderson at 715-610-3912 or email Larry Anderson
American Legion - Phlox meets the last Tues. of each month at 7 p.m., Norwood Town Hall. Contact: Terry Depies at 715-219-0692 or email Terry Depies
American Legion - White Lake meets the 1st Thursday of each month at 7 p.m., 615 School St., White Lake. Contact: Earl Gray at 715-216-0952
Disabled American Veterans Chap #23 meets the 3rd Wed. of each month at 7 p.m., 1216 Elm St.(VFW), Antigo. Contact: Jack Marciniak at 715-623-4508
Langlade County Housing Authority is active in assisting veterans in finding affordable housing in the county. They also provide low interest loans for home purchase and remodeling.
Langlade County Veterans Service Office wants to assist veterans in receiving all the benefits to which they are entitled.
Marine Corps League meets at 7 p.m. on the 4th Thursday of each month at the American Legion Club, 617 7th Ave., Antigo. Contact: Tom Lukowicz at 715-623-9110 or email Tom Lukowicz
VFW Post 2653 meets the 1st Tues. of each month at 7:30 p.m., 1216 Elm St., Antigo. Contact Tom Lukowicz at 715-623-9110 or email Tom Lukowicz
40 et 8 Organization Langlade County Voiture 1204 Meets at the American Legion Club, 619 7th Ave., Antigo on the 2nd Tuesday of every odd-number month. Website Contact Chef De Gare, Dale Oatman at 715-627-6545
Wisconsin National Guard Headquarters -- Wausau, WI is located at 833 S. 17th Ave., and their phone number is 715-845-1011.
VFW Post 9438 - White Lake meets the 3rd Thurs. of ea. month at 7 p.m. at 615 School St., White Lake. Contact Al Werwie at 715-882-3602.

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State Resources

American Legion - Wisconsin has resources that can be utlized by veterans and American legion posts within in the state, as well as programs, flag etiquette, adjutants' notes, membership information, a newsletter, and more.

AMVets Dept. of Wisconsin has information about programs, local posts, memberhsip, auxiliary, a calendar of events, and more.

Center for Veterans Issues Based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the Center for Veterans Issues, Ltd. (CVI) is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit veterans administration and management organization. CVI supports the concerns of all veterans by providing information, resources, identification of funding, technical assistance and organizational development to veteran service organizations. CVI also provides transitional housing to homeless veterans, while offering many services to help veterans transition back into the community.
Military.com Benefits provides information on Wisconsin State benefits for veterans, including: housing programs, financial assistance, employment programs, education and training, etc.
University of Wisconsin Independent Learning offers advising about available federal and state benefits for education and how to get started with a program of study. Includes live chat help.
Veterans of Foreign Wars - Wisconsin site offers an abundance of information on veteran job opportunities, local news and posts, access to necessary forms, forums, blogs and even Facebook. A great way to network!
Veterans' Online Resources is sponsored by the Wis. Dept. of Workforce Development, and provides resources for veterans, people working with vets, and employers.
Wisconsin Army National Guard includes information about education benefits, the family program, and several other resources.
Wisconsin Paralyzed Veterans of America has sections on its new web site for education, employment, job opportunities, scholarships, and sports and recreation, among others.
Soldier
Wisconsin Dept. of Veterans Affairs serves as the veteran's principle advocate in the state; providing outreach, programs and services to ensure they receive the benefits to which they are entitled.

Veteran's Job Search Journal
This guide, created by the Minnesota WorkForce Center in Wadena, MN, helps veterans with all aspects of the job search. It also discusses the emotional impact of job loss or separation from military service and suggests factors that will ease stress for separating veterans. Includes a link to interviewing tips for veterans, an example of an interview for a Non-Commissioned Officer In Charge, and interview questions that consider a service member's skills and experiences. Found nothing comparable in Wisconsin; unknown if a nonresident of Minnesota can use all these resources.

WiscJobs has a special site which focuses on helping vets find employment, with job search resources, the veterans' preference form, disabled veterans and affirmative action information, and links to state and federal benefits.

 

Wisconsin State Law Library offers information and links regarding: the U.S. Board of Veterans' Appeals; U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs; U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims; directories of facilities, practioners and state benefits; military law, and veteran employment. They also provide the following forms:

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims Forms
  • VA Form 9, Appeal to Board of Veterans' Appeals
  • VA Forms (U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs)
  • WI Dept. of Veterans Affairs Forms
Wisconsin National Guard Family Program offers a calendar of events for families, and links to career opportunites, employer support, veterans transition assistance and others.
 
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National Resources

Disabled American Veterans is the official site of DAV which offers a broad array of information on services, legislation, membership benefits, suicide prevention, and the DAV Charitable Trust and Service Foundation.
House Committee on Veterans Affairs is the official site of this U.S. House of Representatives committee with information on hearings, legislation, current issues, and publications.
International Center for Disability Resources on the Internet (ICDRI) is a non-profit center based in the United States and designated as a 501 (c)(3) entity. This site includes the collection of a knowledge base of quality disability resources and best practices and their mission is to provide education, outreach and training based on these core resources.
Military OneSource is a terrific fount of information for military members, their spouses, and families. The content is rich and deep, and all active service members and their families will find assistance and guidance on this site. Their site address will be changing in early 2009 and we will update this link as soon as possible.
National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, sponsored by the U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs, addresses the needs of soldiers suffering with PTSD, providing links to health care providers, information on coping skills, guides for families of returning soldiers, etc.
Operation Enduring Freedom / Operation Iraqi Freedom (OEF/OIF) Home, a site sponsored by the U.S. Dept of Veterans Affairs, has information on enhanced VA health care benefits, primary care health services, National Guard Reserves, transition services, housing transition, military transition programs, employment information, and family services.
U.S. Army Veterans Associations site provides links to numerous Army Vet organizations.
U.S. Dept. of Labor Veterans' Employment and Training Service provides veterans and transitioning service members with the resources and services to succeed in the 21st century workforce by maximizing their employment opportunities, protecting their employment rights and meeting labor-market demands with qualified veterans.
U.S. Marine Corps League site offers information on veteran concerns, but also includes stories from Marines currently serving.
Request Military Service Records or Prove Military Service is a site where most veterans and their next-of-kin can obtain free copies of their DD Form 214 (Report of Separation) and other military and medical records. You can use their eVetRecs system or acquire a Standard Form SF-180 to mail or FAX in.
Marine
U.S. Navy Veterans Association provides information for Navy vets on outreach programs and advocacy, among other things.
U.S.Vets provides housing, counseling, job assistance, and hope to thousands of homeless veterans each year. Our programs foster the skills necessary for every veteran to return to the community and remain self-sufficient.
U.S. Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs - the official site of this Senate committee with information on legislation, current issues and publications.
Veteran Benefits Administration, a site sponsored by the U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs, has information on education, compensation and pension, home loans, life insurance, survivors' benefits, and vocational rehabilitation. Some of information is available en Español.
VetFriends.com helps you to reunite with friends and family who are veterans of or are currently serving in the US Army, USN, USAF, USMC and USCG!.
Veterans Service Organizations provides a list and links to numerous veterans organizations. Provided by the U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs.  

Suicide Among Veterans & Service Personnel

News Hour with Jim Lehrer Extra (Nov. 10, 2008) Watch interviews of Col. Elspeth Ritchie, Army Psychiatrist, Veterans Affairs Secretary James Peake, and Paul Sullivan, Executive Director of Veterans for Common Sense. They discuss the incidence of suicide among our military service members, heightened by multiple deployments. Although the number of direct care providers has increased, there still aren't enough of them to provide sufficient direct assistance. Secretary Peake advises that there are about 18 suicides daily by veterans of all conflicts. Sullivan clearly states that the length of individual deployments and the repeated deployments have escalated the number of mental health problems faced by veterans and members of the military service. Powerful interviews. Veterans for Common Sense Veterans for Common Sense (VCS) was formed in August 2002 by war veterans who believe that we, the people of the United States of America, are most secure when our country is free, strong, and responsibly engaged with the world.  Our mission, based on the pragmatic ideals of the American patriot Thomas Paine, is to raise the unique and powerful voices of veterans so that our military, veterans, freedom, and national security are protected and enhanced, for ourselves and for future generations. One of VCS's primary concerns is the incidence of suicide among the military serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as the significant number of mental health issues afflicting these service members.

Army and Agency Will Study Rising Suicide Rate Among Soldiers
This is a PDF file of a recent New York Times article.
Army suicide rate could top nation's this year
This is a PDF file of a recent CNN article.
Record Number of U.S. Soldiers Committed Suicide in 2007
This is a PDF file of an eNews article.
Suicide Among Returning U.S. Soldiers on the Rise
This is a PDF file of a Bio-Medicine article.
U.S. Still Losing a Brigade's Worth of Vets Every Year to Suicide
This is a PDF file of an Alternet article.
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06-Oct-2011