David Michael Miller

Evidence shows that 18 is too young of an age to make an accurate risk assessment, says Amy Hagopian of the University of Washington School of Public Health. “The tobacco industry knows this. So do military recruiters.” Read more


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Victoria Davis

Adjusting to civilian life is tough for any vet attending UW-Madison — but even harder for women veterans who have fewer resources at their disposal. A new coffee group aims to connect women vets on campus. Read more


Harold Schmitz, a Milwaukee-based artist, was drafted into the Army Air Corps as an artist in World War II. “In My Spare Moments” at the Wisconsin Veterans Museum displays his art an his tools, giving a special glimpse into an unusual assignment. Read more

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M. Schleif Photography

Throughout November, the work of veterans will be featured at 11 venues throughout the city as part of a month-long exposition. Coordinator Yvette Pino says she hopes the works will spark conversations on the role of the military and treatment of vet Read more

Visual Arts

“Women at War: Warrior Songs Vol. 2” is an important and heartfelt album sharing the stories of female military veterans. The album release party is at High Noon Saloon on Nov. 10. Read more

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David Michael Miller

Valor on Washington would offer 64 affordable housing units, with a special focus on women veterans and veterans with children. It would be the largest development of this type in the country. Read more



Wisconsin Historical Society

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

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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. Read more


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


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. Read more



Todd Hubler

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

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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. Read more



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. Read more



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.” Read more



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. Read more


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. Read more

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. Read more



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. Read more

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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. Read more



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. Read more