Thursday, May 24, 2012

Census and CSPAN: "Who are U.S. vets?"

From the U.S. Census Bureau: 
Live on C-SPAN’s “Washington Journal” “America by the Numbers” 
Seven percent of U.S. women were veterans in 2010. Find out more on Friday, May 25, at approximately 9 a.m. CDT as Melissa Chiu, chief of the Industry and Occupation Statistics Branch at the U.S. Census Bureau, discusses statistics about our veteran population. Each Friday, C-SPAN’s “America By the Numbers” segment features information from the federal statistical system. The program highlights the trends and allows the public to call in or email their views. More information on previous C-SPAN programs is available at

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

ICYMI: "War on women" also hits returning military, Wis vet says

Military veterans are the big losers in the rollback of a Wisconsin law that had allowed women, minorities and other protected groups to sue in state court over employment discrimination, say leaders of a statewide veterans group. Read the Wisconsin State Journal article here.

Wisconsin Dryhootch found honored at White House

Dryhootch founder Bob Curry will be honored at the White House tomorrow at 11 a.m. CT.
The grand opening of Dryhootch Madison at the Veterans Welcome Resource Center, 8025 Excelsior Drive,  took place last week..

From the White House:
WASHINGTON, DC – On Thursday, May 24th, the White House Office of Public Engagement will honor Robert Curry as one of eleven individuals within the veterans’ community, especially those who served in Vietnam, who are Champions of Change.  These individuals have shown continued support for efforts to end veterans’ homelessness, boost veterans’ employment, treat problems with substance abuse, and develop treatment programs for those dealing with PTSD.

“Today’s Vietnam Veteran Champions of Change represent some of the best of their generation – those who served with dedication and courage.  These American patriots continue to serve in their communities today, improving the lives of their fellow veterans and military families,” said Rosye Cloud, the White House Director of Veterans, Wounded Warrior and Military Family Policy.  “As we mark the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War, we are reminded of their unwavering commitment to their country yesterday, today and tomorrow.” 

The Champions of Change program was created as a part of President Obama’s Winning the Future initiative. Each week, a different sector is highlighted and groups of Champions, ranging from educators to entrepreneurs to community leaders, are recognized for the work they are doing to serve and strengthen their communities.

To watch this event live, visit at 12:00 pm ET on May 24th.

Robert Curry is a combat veteran of Vietnam and Laos. In an effort to help our newest generation of soldiers transition as they returned from Iraq and Afghanistan, he founded, which has grown rapidly in locations and services and helped an increasing number of veterans and their families.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Ag mission changes for Wisconsin guard in Afghanistan

The mission has changed for a Wisconsin National Guard team that arrived in Afghanistan in early April to work on improving agriculture.
The team's security contingent will be reassigned because the team's agriculture specialists will be merged with a larger Army unit, the Kunar Provincial Reconstruction Team, which has its own protective force, said Madison-based spokeswoman Lt. Col. Jackie Guthrie.
Read the Wisconsin State Journal article here.