Wisconsin/Regional Resources | Services
The Badger Yellow Ribbon Program will consist of informational events and activities for members of the Wisconsin National Guard, other military services, their families, and community members to facilitate access to support services, provide information, education, and outreach opportunities in continued support of their health and well-being throughout the entire deployment cycle (pre-mobilization, deployment, demobilization, and post-deployment).
The purpose of the Wisconsin Badger Yellow Ribbon (BYR) program is to provide current information, resources, available services and proactive outreach opportunities for service members, Families, employers, and youth throughout the entire deployment cycle. The Yellow Ribbon Program works under the Wisconsin Service Member Support Division (SMSD) to ensure that service members and their Families receive the information about the services available to them including but not limited to: Tricare, VA support, financial planning, Family counseling etc. www.wisconsinmilitary.org/programs/badger-yellow-ribbon/
Wisconsin Resilience – Provide resilience and total fitness education and training to Service Members, families and DA Civilians to enable them to thrive in the military and civilian sectors and meet a wide range of operational demands. Grow and thrive in the face of challenges and bounce back from adversity.
- CPT Michelle Reitzner
2801 West 2nd St.
Appleton, WI 54914
608-301-8121 DSN: 724-8121
- SSG Michael David
2400 Wright St.
ESGR, a Department of Defense office, was established in 1972 to promote cooperation and understanding between Reserve Component Service members and their civilian employers and to assist in the resolution of conflicts arising from an employee’s military commitment. ESGR is supported by a network of more than 4,900 volunteers in 54 committees located across all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam-CNMI, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Volunteers, hailing from small business and industry, government, education and prior military service bring a vast wealth of experience to assist in serving employers, service members and their families. Together with Headquarters ESGR staff and a small cadre of support staff for each State Committee, volunteers work to promote and enhance employer support for military service in the Guard and Reserve. www.esgr.mil
Transition Assistance Advisors – Have you just returned from deployment? Do you have a service-related injury or healthcare issue? Perhaps you’re about to retire from service and you’re looking for someone to show you how to get back into the swing of civilian life. Getting to know your local Transition Assistance Advisor means you’ll have reliable, professional support whenever you need it, whatever the circumstance.
Our Transition Assistance Advisors are in every State, Territory, and the District to ensure you have a hand to help you receive the benefits you’ve earned as a result of your service in the National Guard. www.taapmo.com
Camp Hometown Heroes is specifically designed to provide the children of fallen U.S. service members ages 7-17 with opportunities for friendship, fun, acceptance, and personal growth. Through the support of pediatric grief specialists from Kyle’s Korner, the children and teenagers are provided the chance to grieve and heal. At long last, children of the fallen are given the chance to grow and move forward. www.hometownheroes.org
Healing Warrior Hearts provides programs for military personnel and their families, dedicated to healing the emotional, moral and spiritual wounds of war. The Starfish Foundation, a 501c3 charitable organization, sponsors Healing Warrior Hearts and offers the programs at no cost to military veterans and their families. www.starfishfound.org
Vets Journey Home is an organization dedicated to helping veterans with emotional issues from time in military service. Vets Journey Home focuses on PTSD, MST (Military Sexual Trauma), emotional guilt and trauma many veterans carry with them long after their time in service. These are feelings that are hard to release to family and friends who have not experienced them. Vets Journey Home is committed to giving veterans the Welcome Home they deserved and helping them heal their hearts and bring peace to their souls. www.vetsjourneyhome.org
Wisconsin American Legion, an organization comprised of veterans committed to serving veterans, their families, and their communities.
The American Legion Department of Wisconsin was chartered on August 1, 1920. There are currently over 500 American Legion Posts located throughout the state, comprised of over 73,000 members.
The Posts are grouped by individual Counties, the Counties by Districts (12 Districts) and the Districts under the Department (State). Each of the levels, including the Department, has committees devoted to Americanism, community service, youth activities, volunteerism, legislative and religious matters, veterans rehabilitation, and more. www.legion.org
American Legion members contribute significantly to their individual communities. Members give many thousands of pints of blood each year and much is donated by way of scholarships, community projects, emergency aid and youth activities. Many of the individual Posts have a clubhouse, which is used by the community as well as for the Posts’ social functions.
Snapshot of Services Offered:
- Substance Abuse Relapse and Maintenance Planning
- Treatment and Family Recovery
- Adult Children of Addicts
- Trauma (PTSD)
- Military Issues
- Depression & Anxiety
The Wisconsin Employment Resource Connection (WERC) is an employment partnership program designed to provide relevant and timely workforce training and job-placement assistance to Wisconsin military Service Members and their spouses. The program’s specialized education, training and job-search services will enhance participant’s abilities to obtain and retain meaningful employment.
WERC bridges the gap between qualified Service Members and spouses with employers through the analysis of service member and employer needs. www.wisconsinmilitary.org/werc/
Salute the Troops was founded in April 2012 to benefit veterans who have sacrificed for our nation and now need our help.
Volunteer: Salute the Troops is an all-volunteer organization dedicated to supporting the veterans that have sacrificed so much for our freedoms. We need your help to host a successful event. You can join our planning committee or volunteer for race day events.
Our Mission is: To enable veterans to live full and independent lives by providing resources that empower them. www.salutethetroopswi.org
Milwaukee Homeless Veterans Initiative – Our commitment: We don’t leave our wounded behind.
There should not be a single homeless veteran in America. But in Milwaukee, one of every four homeless persons is a veteran, and 300 to 400 veterans are homeless on any given day. Over the course of a year, four times that many are homeless for a time. An additional 5,500 local veterans are classified as at risk, because they are living below the poverty line, spending more than half of their incomes on housing, or living with another family.
Those are the people we have served since 2008 — more than 1,200 veterans and their families. We seek out and help those who are currently homeless. We also do homelessness prevention, to help those who are only one misfortune away from losing their homes. They could slip into homelessness without the support they receive from us and others. www.mkehomelessvets.org
Acres of Hope and Aspirations – Where Healing is Nurtured by Nature features Gardens of Hope and Creatures of Rehab. Acres of Hope and Aspirations is a rehab facility dedicated to make a difference to those lives affected or touched by brain injury.
The grounds contain gardens, a rehab home and farm that is supervised and staffed 24 hours/day by RNs and rehab staff skilled and experienced in brain injury rehab and recovery and neurobehavioral problems.
Acres of Hope and Aspirations helps clients and their families recover, rehabilitate and overcome and compensate for deficits sustained from a brain injury. Clients can face lives worth living as they embark on a new but different journey that provides support, motivation and hope. www.acresofhopeandaspirations.org
Disability Rights Wisconsin – Protection and advocacy for people with disabilities
Disability Rights Wisconsin is a private non-profit organization which was founded in 1977. Designated by the Governor to ensure the rights of all state citizens with disabilities through individual advocacy and system change, DRW is part of a national system of federally mandated independent disability agencies. DRW is completely independent of government and the disability service system in order to be free of any conflicts of interests which would undermine our capacity to advocate vigorously on behalf of the human and legal rights of people with disabilities.
As Wisconsin’s protection and advocacy agency, DRW operates several federally funded advocacy programs focused on various populations and issues. In addition, DRW operates some other state and federally funded programs:
- Family Care and IRIS Ombudsman
- Disability Benefit Specialist
- Medicare Part D Helpline
- Quality Education Coalition
- SSI Managed Care
- Violence Against Women with Disabilities Project
Wisconsin SMSD will provide Wisconsin’s Service Members and their Families mobile, high quality, effective, and efficient assistance throughout the deployment cycle. Programs shall consist of informational events and activities for members of the Armed Forces, their families, and community members to facilitate access to services supporting their health and well-being. www.wisconsinmilitary.org/support-center/
Easter Seals Southeast Wisconsin touches the lives of over 10,000 children and adults with disabilities in Southeast Wisconsin. We connect the children and adults we support to a world of possibilities, so they can live, work and play in the community of their choice. With 80 years of history, we have a strong track record of positive family outcomes that truly changes lives.
Our Mission is to provide exceptional services to ensure that all people with disabilities or special needs and their families have equal opportunities to live, learn, work and play in their communities. We connect children and adults with disabilities to a world of possibilities by eliminating barriers that separate them from achieving greater independence, access to the community and exercising choice in their lives. www.eastersealswise.com
Wisconsin/Regional Resources | Education
Veterans For Peace is a global organization of Military Veterans and allies whose collective efforts are to build a culture of peace by using our experiences and lifting our voices. We inform the public of the true causes of war and the enormous costs of wars, with an obligation to heal the wounds of wars. Our network is comprised of over 140 chapters worldwide whose work includes: educating the public, advocating for a dismantling of the war economy, providing services that assist veterans and victims of war, and most significantly, working to end all wars. www.veteransforpeace.org