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Live Today – Put it Away! Community Panel Discussion Regarding Suicide Prevention & Firearm Storage

Three expert panelists, including gun shop owners, will share their experience and thoughts on why they advocate for this program and the need to bring awareness to our local firearm retailers.

The discussion, hosted during Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, will center around lethal means, “Live Today – Put it Away!”, as research has shown that 70% of suicides of Veterans are by use of a firearm, and over 50% of suicides are not due to mental illness, but instead may be going through a divorce, job loss, or the feeling of hopelessness in a dire moment.

Veteran peers Mark Flower and Chris Swift from the Captain John D. Mason Veteran Peer Outreach Program will lead the virtual discussion with three panelists. Specifically, the panel will look at the program’s ability to offer safe storage outside of the home, as time and distance from lethal means during a crisis can save a life, as well as explore firearm owners’ opinions about how likely they are to utilize this service.

Below is the link to down load the presentation.

Live Today – Put it Away! Panel Discussion 9-1-21

Speakers: Chuck Lovelace, Steve Dorazio, and Bill Brassard, from the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF)


Sept 1, 2021,  Noon – 1:30pm

VISN 12 Mental Health Summit:

Be There For All Veterans

This virtual summit will feature a panel discussion and breakout sessions focusing on how to create a safe and welcoming environment for our diverse Veteran population. The event will look at what’s working, what isn’t and how best to improve access, outreach and engagement.

A panel discussion is 9 to 10:30 a.m., followed by breakout sessions 10:30 a.m. to noon. This event is hosted by the Milwaukee VA Medical Center.


Sept. 2,   2021  9 aM to noon

Sept. 11: 20-year anniversary of terrorist attacks

The War Memorial Center, 750 N. Lincoln Memorial Drive, Milwaukee, is hosting several events, including a morning ceremony, motorcycle ride to the 9/11 memorial in Kewaskum and the opening of a 9/11 exhibit.

In addition, Summerfest will host Military Appreciation Day program.


Sept. 11, 2021 8:30am

2021 Suicide Prevention Conference

2021 U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) / U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Biennial Suicide Prevention Conference

This year’s theme: Make Every Connection Count: Putting the 7 Strategies for Suicide Prevention to Work

Task Force Presentations on May 20, 2021

1. Overall review of the task force: 2021 DOD VA SP Conference Presentation SE WI VA task force on SP

2. 2021 DOD VA SP Conference Presentation Public Health messaging – advertising & earning media

3. DOD/VA  Conference: Stay in the Fight: When one of us is harmed all of us are harmed!


May 18-20, 2021

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is offering a free Suicide Prevention Training for Wisconsin Veterans and their family members. Participants will learn to identify someone who may be at risk for suicide, how to help someone in crisis, and how to care for the mental health of ourselves and our loved ones.  


Sign up for the LivingWorks Start and Talk Saves Lives Program.

Follow this link to sign up:


Virtual Event

Ongoing – sign up!


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2020 VA Mental Health Summit: This virtual summit brings you presentations on wellness, stress management, mental health, emotional well-being for veterans, their families and employers, with stories from three veterans who found alternative ways to help them heal emotionally and a resource guide to help you find the assistance you might need.

This event occurred Fri, Oct 2, 2020, at the War Memorial Center in Milwaukee. Due to COVID-19 concerns, the event went virtual. We recorded all of the presentations and now have them here for you to watch at any time.

Virtual Event

Prevent Suicide Wisconsin


Thursday April 29 & 30, 2021

All day event


4th Biennial Suicide Symposium: Addressing the Role of Clinical Intervention and the Experience of Patient Loss to Suicide

 Our overall goal in holding this biennial this symposium is to provide a structured, safe environment where practitioners and trainees from all disciplines of medicine obtain collegial support and education to reduce the stigma and fear surrounding patient suicide.


April 28, 2021

Women Veteran Leaders: Continuing to Serve

Wednesday, March 10, 2021 12:00 PM (CST)

In celebration of Women’s History Month, join the War Memorial Center, in partnership with the Milwaukee VA Medical Center’s mental health team, for our “Continuing to Serve” panel in support of Operation 30:20. The panel will feature four female veterans, discussing their transition to civilian life and how the military influenced their paths to leadership.

 The panelists: • Maj. General Marcia Anderson, U.S. Army Reserve Veteran • Mary M. Kolar, Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs • Dr. Berdie Cowser, U.S. Army Reserve Veteran • Bonnie P. Freudinger, U.S. Air Force Veteran The moderator will be Dona Drew, USMC veteran and current staff member of the VA Medical Center’s Southeastern Wisconsin Task Force on Veteran Suicide Prevention. 

Wednesday, March 10, 2021 12:00 PM (CST)


Zoom Webinar

Captain John D. Mason Veteran Peer Outreach Program Is Hosting A Community Discussion Panel Regarding Outreach To Veterans With Diverse Backgrounds

Go to the Captain John D. Mason Facebook site to sign up

A Panelist Discussion on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s question and perspective: “What can we do for others?”

Click here for the Panelist Biographies.

SAVE The Date:

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

12 Noon -1pm program

1pm – 1:30pm informal discussion

Theme: How Can We and YOU Improve Veteran Outreach and Reduce Suicides in our Diverse Milwaukee Communities?

Check out the presentation here!

The AFSP Wisconsin Chapter is hosting our State Capitol Day virtually this year! 

The event will include a brief training session on the basics of advocating for suicide prevention and current policy issues impacting our state. Interested advocates will also have the opportunity to schedule a meeting with their state legislators after the event to:


  • Share with them why suicide prevention is important to YOU and to your community
  • Educate them about the work being done in your community to prevent suicide
  • Teach them what more must be done to prevent suicide
DATE/TIME: Monday, February 1st at 6pm – 7:30 Central
LOCATION: Zoom – a link will be sent to all registered attendees prior to the event

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War Memorial Center And VA Medical Center Present:

Desert Storm At 30: Continuing To Serve

Some Veterans have lost a sense of mission in their lives. This can result in a difficult transition for Veterans back to civilian life. Learn about finding your mission!

SAVE The Date:

Thursday, January 21, 2021

12 Noon

Hear from a Panel of Desert Storm Veterans who have found their mission after Desert Storm