Wisconsin Historical Society

Unlike its controversial monuments, Confederate Rest cemetery, which houses the graves of more than 100 Confederate soldiers, was a unifying force. more

Aug 31, 2017 5:00 AM Opinion 3 Comments

Madison musician Jason Moon has released “If You Have to Ask...Warrior Songs Vol. 1,” an album based on songs and stories from 42 veterans. It’s a powerful testament to war’s toll on the mental health of people serving in the Armed Forces. more

Dec 8, 2016 5:00 AM MUSIC

A new documentary explores the mental health crisis among America’s veterans — and how the current system is failing them. more

Oct 20, 2016 5:00 AM Movies

Playwright Nick Schweitzer based his new play, “Returning Home,” on true stories from U.S. war veterans. The play opens Aug. 19 at the Bartell Theatre. more

Aug 18, 2016 5:00 AM Stage


Todd Hubler

How can writer stay true to his anti-war beliefs yet keep the peace with ranting relative. more

Jun 27, 2016 5:00 AM Tell All


Lauren Justice

The 2011 Wisconsin uprising sparked a friendship between U.S. veterans Lars Prip and David Soumis. Ever since, they’ve maintained a steady, quiet presence at the state Capitol. more

May 26, 2016 5:00 AM Snapshot


Wisconsin Historical Society

War correspondent Dickey Chapelle evaded snipers and jumped with paratroopers to capture photographs from World War II and Vietnam. A new book, Dickey Chapelle Under Fire, highlights her extraordinary career. more

Dec 10, 2015 5:00 AM Books


Kirsten Harper

A Q&A with Doug Bradley and Craig Werner, authors of “We Gotta Get Out of This Place: The Soundtrack of the Vietnam War.” more

Dec 3, 2015 5:00 AM Books


Chris Collins

Homeless and in poor health, Tom Hasting wanted to disappear. But the U.S. Army veteran made a new start after coming to Madison and finding inspiration at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art. more

Nov 12, 2015 5:00 AM Snapshot

They often don’t want to talk at length about their wartime experiences, but the artists in “WAR : RAW,” survivors of PTSD and traumatic brain injuries, are part of a program that helps veterans work through trauma by making art. more

Jul 11, 2015 8:00 AM A & E


Narayan Mahon

"American Sniper" is now considered the most successful war movie of all time, grossing more than $400 million and generating fiery debate. As Catherine Capellaro reports in the February 19 "Isthmus", there's a reason many veterans are embracing it. more

Feb 23, 2015 11:27 PM News


Narayan Mahon

Attempts to compare real war with Hollywood's version are "bullshit," says Henry Janisch. That's why the 35-year-old veteran doesn't want to dwell on comparisons between him and Chris Kyle. more

Feb 19, 2015 2:00 PM Isthmus Cover Stories


UW Communications / Jeff Miller

College students with military ties face numerous challenges. But now student veterans at UW-Madison have a new ally in the Veteran Services and Military Assistance Center. more

Jun 26, 2014 2:00 PM News


Bennet Goldstein

Every Friday, the group known as the Deadly Writers Patrol meets. Sometimes over sandwiches. Sometimes over pastries. Then they read their stories aloud. more

May 24, 2013 10:17 PM Books

When Kenneth Payne saw a man doubled over at the day shelter, he knew right away he was a veteran. "One of the things we're taught to do, when we're stressed out real bad, is get in the squat position, tuck your head in and breathe," says Payne. more

Jan 31, 2013 3:00 PM News


AT EASE for Disabled Veterans

"We know plenty of veterans, Vietnam vets were all around during college," says Liz. She says they were often struggling with "demons," but couldn't talk about it. Volunteering with animals, she says, "is a great way to help deal with PTSD." more

Jan 20, 2013 5:07 PM News


Badger Honor Flight

"We all owe everything we have to that generation that was willing to make the ultimate sacrifice," says Steve Bartlett, volunteer public relations officer for Badger Honor Flight. "Time to say thank you is really running out." more

Jul 2, 2012 8:25 PM People


Nora G. Hertel

Three World War II veterans from Madison sat down last week to reminisce about their experience during the war and a recent trip to Washington D.C. commemorating their service. Sam Fatsis, George Choles, and Ted Cappas have been friends for decades. more

Jul 2, 2012 8:25 PM People

You could be forgiven if acupuncture is not the first thing that pops to mind for the treatment of trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and other emotional disorders. After all, the Madison Veteran's Project, a free weekly acupuncture clini more

Mar 29, 2012 2:00 PM News

Last Saturday, on his 85th birthday, my father got on a plane at 5 a.m. and flew to Washington D.C. But he wasn't alone. My oldest niece's husband, Sgt. Mark Felix, and about 100 other World War II veterans and their guardians accompanied him. more

Nov 10, 2011 10:10 PM Citizen Dave