We will help any man or woman in crisis who served in the military. Anyone who wore the uniform -- Active Duty, Reserves or National Guard. Overseas or stateside. War or peacetime. Front lines or in the rear. They are all veterans, every one. We are here for them and their families.
New VetsNet by the Numbers, April 2017
VetsNet helped 31 veterans and family members in April, connecting them to 17 different collaborating agencies who helped fill 48 identified needs for service. Homelessness prevention and employment counseling were the top needs. That brings the year's totals to 102 vets and family members helped, with 218 identified needs, by 36 different agencies. Thanks to all who helped. First quarter 2017 capsule report
VetsNet and Milwaukee Homeless Veterans Initiative
Become Separate Non-Profit Groups
Milwaukee (March 29, 2017) – The Wisconsin Veterans Network (VetsNet) has been established as a new non-profit group separate from the Milwaukee Homeless Veterans Initiative, its parent organization, the two groups announced jointly.The move was made to improve the effectiveness of each organization. View the full press release
Work together, meet the need
The Wisconsin Veterans Network, or VetsNet, utilizes a holistic approach by a collaborative network of service providers. VetsNet provides open access to all veterans and military families in crisis who seek assistance, many of whom do not qualify for federal veteran benefits or programs. Drop in and scheduled appointments are available, and immediate referrals are made to an array of participating providers. We serve Milwaukee, Waukesha and Racine County veterans and in surrounding counties on request or referral.
How VetsNet and its Partners worked together help a family restore hot water
In late January, VetsNet got a referral from the American Legion of a veteran family in the Wisconsin Dells. The father is the veteran and is a 13 year Army National Guard veteran who was never deployed, so is not eligible for VA or WDVA veteran benefits. He was honorably discharged. The wife is disabled and the husband is the full time caregiver for her and they have three minor children ages 13, 8 and 6. Their water heater developed a leak, so the dad has been turning it on and off as they need hot water, but it needed to be replaced.
We reached out to agencies all over the area
On a cold and windy February day, the veteran came into our offices needing assistance making an installment on his rent deposit of $187, with notice from his landlord that, if not received by 2/14/17, he would have a 5 day notice to vacate and eviction process would begin. This veteran needed help because he’d just received notice that his Social Security income was being reduced by $331 from the $745 level he’d been receiving.
Quentin Hatfield, a Vietnam veteran who spent a career as a business executive and has “a passion for helping veterans who have been displaced in our society", has been named as the Director of VetsNet, the Wisconsin Veterans Network. It began operating in the spring of 2016, but Hatfield is its first full-time director. He served as chief executive officer of three large companies in Missouri and Iowa, and volunteered at the VA hospital in Lexington, Ky. before moving to Wisconsin.
"VetsNet was launched to “fill the gaps in the safety net that is supposed to protect the men and women who have served our country in uniform,” Hatfield said. “We will help anyone who served, including in the Reserves and National Guard, with a minimum of red tape.”
“For lots of veterans, we are the last resort,”” Hatfield said.
“Many do not qualify for federal veteran benefits or programs. The Veterans Administration is the main provider of veterans services, and our local VA hospital gets high marks for its service. But only 41% of Wisconsin veterans receive VA health care. There are many barriers to receiving help, including the definitions of “veterans” and “homeless.”
Full Press Release (PDF)
Donations to VetsNet are tax deductible.
Frustrated? Don’t know where to turn? Call VetsNet
If you’re a veteran or military family member having trouble getting the help you need, VetsNet may be the answer. No red tape, no bureaucracy, no Catch-22s. For many, we are the last resort. Call us and see how we can help.
Call (414) 257-3624
Wisconsin Veterans Network
6317 W. Greenfield Ave.
West Allis, WI 53214
Phone: (414) 257-3624